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New York Toy Fair 2013 LEGO Set Images From YourCreativeFriends

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The 2013 New York Toy Fair has kicked off and YourCreativeFriends has sent us some videos and images from various LEGO themes such as Castle, City, Legends of Chima, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and The Lone Ranger. YCF notes that the Marvel and DC Universe sets were strictly off-limits to any photography. Attendees to the LEGO VIP Collector’s Event received a couple of gifts including a Yoda minifigure standing on the sidewalk wearing a white “NY I Love” sweater. The other gift was a carded Darth Vader minifigure wearing a medal from the The Empire Strikes Out animated show. Check out all of YourCreativeFriends’ videos to see which set(s) you might be wanting to pick up later this year.

2013 New York Toy Fair Exclusive

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LEGO Friends Wins Toy of the Year

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At the famous Plaza Hotel in New York, the 13th annual Toy of the Year Awards were given out Saturday night at the 2013 American International Toy Fair. There were twelve awards to be won and The LEGO Group walked away with three awards. LEGO was the only toy manufacturer to win more than one award. The Architecture line won the Specialty Toy of the Year while the big winner was the LEGO Friends line won the Girl Toy of the Year as well as the coveted Toy of the Year title. LEGO Friends was introduced in early 2012 and became a big hit for the company and tonight, the theme joins a select group of toys to win the biggest award in the industry.

The Year’s Finest Toys and Games Unveiled at “OSCARS®” of the Toy Industry

LEGO® Friends from The Lego Group Grabs Coveted “Toy of the Year” Title;

LeapPad2(TM) by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Bestowed Inaugural “People’s Choice” Award

NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Hundreds of toy executives and guests from around the world gathered in New York City this evening to honor the year’s top toys and industry icons at the 13(th) annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards and Toy Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

A Toy Industry Association (TIA)-administered event in support of the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), the “Oscars” of the toy industry took place at the Plaza Hotel, kicking off the 110(th) American International Toy Fair. Throughout the evening, TOTY Awards were presented across 12 categories – from e-Connected and Innovative to Educational and Outdoor. [FULL LIST OF CATEGORY WINNERS BELOW]

In addition, the overall “Toy of the Year” award was presented to LEGO Friends (The Lego Group), while LeapPad2 (LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.) received the inaugural “People’s Choice” award.

Interspersed with the presentation of the TOTY Awards were two inductions into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame: Judith (Judy) Ellis, Chair of the Toy Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the late Russell (Russ) Berrie, Founder of Russ Berrie Inc. The new inductees join a distinguished roster of 59 other luminaries who have been inducted into the Hall since its establishment in 1985.

“The TOTY Awards are a joyous way to kick off Toy Fair week,” said Carter Keithley, TIA President. “This event honors the creativity and innovation of the toy industry while supporting the philanthropic work of our very own Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), which brings the gift of play into the lives of needy children around the world.”

Award winners were selected with the input of consumers (on ToyAwards.org), retailers (mass and specialty), media and members of the toy industry. The five ballots – open from November 19, 2012, to January 13, 2013 – were weighted and used to determine the category winners, with the exception of the “People’s Choice” award which was selected exclusively by consumers who voted on ToyAwards.org.

And the winners are…

— Recognizing an outstanding toy that inspires creative play through
various forms of activity, the Activity Toy of the Year was presented to
LEGO® Friends (The LEGO Group)

— Recognizing an outstanding toy developed for boys of any age, the Boy
Toy of the Year was presented to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Shellraiser (Playmates Toys)

— Recognizing an app-cessory or other physical toy that interacts with a
smartphone, tablet or gaming device the e-Connected Toy of the Year was
presented to Skylanders Giants(TM) (Activision Publishing, Inc.)

— Recognizing an outstanding toy that helps children develop special
skills and knowledge through play, the Educational Toy of the Year was
presented to LeapPad2(TM) (LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.)

— Recognizing an outstanding children’s board, card, CD-ROM or electronic
game, the Game of the Year was presented to Perplexus Epic(TM) (PlaSmart
Inc.)

— Recognizing an outstanding toy developed for girls of any age, the Girl
Toy of the Year was presented to LEGO® Friends (The LEGO Group)

— Recognizing an outstanding toy developed for infants and toddlers up to
36 months, the Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year was presented to Tranquil
Turtle(TM) (Cloud b)

— Recognizing an outstanding toy that combines innovation and play value,
the Innovative Toy of the Year was presented to Digital Light Designer
(Crayola)

— Recognizing an outstanding toy that is designed for outdoor play, the
Outdoor Toy of the Year was presented to The Original Big Wheel(TM)
(Kids Only, Inc., a division of JAKKS Pacific, Inc.)

— Recognizing an outstanding toy developed for preschool-aged children
(ages 3-5) the Preschool Toy of the Year was presented to Doc McStuffins
“Time For Your Check-Up” Doll (Just Play)

— Recognizing a property that has had the greatest success spreading its
brand throughout the industry, Property of the Year was presented to
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)

— Recognizing an outstanding toy that is distributed primarily through
specialty toy retailers, the Specialty Toy of the Year was presented to
LEGO® Architecture (The LEGO Group)

Descriptions of each TOTY-nominated toy and links to each manufacturer’s website can be found online at ToyAwards.org. The finalists were selected from nearly 650 products and properties submitted for consideration. Nomination committees comprised of academics, journalists, toy trend experts, play therapists, toy inventors & designers, and toy retailers narrowed the field to the slate of 84 finalists.

Event sponsors for the evening were JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (diamond level), Dallas Market Center and UL (silver level); Coyne PR, Keller & Heckman, Freeman and LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (bronze level); and Locker, Greenberg & Brainin and Sequence Events (friends).

For more information, please visit ToyAwards.org or the Toy Industry Hall of Fame website.

About the Toy Industry Association (TIA) (www.toyassociation.org)

TIA is the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and bringing toys and youth entertainment products to kids of all ages, representing more than 600 companies who account for approximately 85% of domestic toy sales. Toy safety is the number one priority for the toy industry. TIA has a long history of leadership in toy safety and works with government, consumers and industry on ongoing programs to ensure safe and fun play.

About the Toy Industry Foundation (www.toyindustryfoundation.org)

While other organizations provide food, shelter and support services to children and their families, the Toy Industry Foundation sees to it that these children have toys and opportunities to play in an attempt to restore both fun and a sense of normalcy to their lives. The Foundation currently fulfills its mission through core programs including The Toy Bank(TM) and grants to organizations whose missions are in line with that of the Toy Industry Foundation. The first industry-wide program of its kind, The Toy Bank receives donations of newly manufactured toys from members of the toy industry and distributes them through local charities to underserved, at-risk and homeless children throughout the United States and around the world.

**Via: Toy Industry Association**

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The Brick Fan/YCF at New York Toy Fair 2013

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New York Toy Fair 2013

The 2013 American International Toy Fair in New York is starting tomorrow and Stud from YourCreativeFriends will be there on the floor doing coverage for their channel as well as for our site. The LEGO VIP event is from 7-9AM EST on February 10 and YCF is invited to take part in the festivities. The badges feature the Hollywood Starlet from the Series 9 Collectible Minifigures. There will many new LEGO sets from many different themes including Star Wars, The Lone Ranger, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, DC Universe Man of Steel, Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, and of course the return of the Castle sets. Be sure to come back Sunday morning to get the most complete news from Toy Fair 2013.

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LEGO Legends of Chima Summer 2013 Wave Images

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There are some new images from the Summer 2013 wave of the LEGO Legends of Chima line. As reported from the 2013 London Toy Fair, there are quite a few new sets being released this summer. There are also new minifigures from different different tribes that will be introduced including the Fox, Gorilla, and Skunk tribes. Brickipedia has posted a images of these new Chima sets.

Eglor’s Twin Bike (70007) – £19.99 – Eglor, Razcal

Gorzan’s Gorilla Striker (70008) – £49.99 – Gorzan, Rizzo, Gardo, G’Loona

Worriz’ Combat Lair (70009) – £59.99 – Worriz, Eris, Grizzam, Windra, Wakz, Wilhurt

The Lion CHI Temple (70010) – £99.99 – Lagravis, Laval, Longtooth, Ewald, Cragger, Crawley, Razar

Skunk Attack (70107) – £9.99 – Skinnet

Royal Roost (70108) – £9.99 – Lagravis

Whirling Vines (70109) – £9.99 – Gorzan

Tower Target (70110) – £9.99 – Grizzam

Swamp Jump (70111) – £9.99 – Furty

Sky Joust Speedorz Starter (70114) – £14.99 – Eris, Rawzom

Laval (70200) – £10.99

Eris (70201) – £10.99

Gorzan (70202) – £10.99

Cragger (70203) – £10.99

Worriz (70204) – £10.99

Razar (70205) – £10.99

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LEGO The Lone Ranger Stagecoach Escape (79108) Revealed

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LEGO The Lone Ranger Stagecoach Escape (79108)

Toy Ark has revealed the Stagecoach Escape (79108) set from the LEGO The Lone Ranger theme. There are five minifigures in the set including: The Lone Ranger, Tonto, Red, and two bandits. As you can see, Red is an interesting minifigure because she will be the first female minifigure to have a peg leg. The build consists of an elaborately built stagecoach pulled by two horses. On top the stagecoach is a safe. Toy Ark lists the set will retail for $29.99 and it expected to be released in April.

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LEGO Exclusive VIP Keychain (4644591) for Valentines

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LEGO VIP Key Chain (4644591)

This is probably old news by now but LEGO is sending a red-chromed minifigure VIP Keychain (4644591) to all VIP members who very active and engaging based on a list of criteria which includes purchase frequency. If you were the few lucky ones who qualified, the keychain should have started arriving in your mailboxes by now or in the near future. There’s also a Valentine’s card included with some special offers such as early access for the Palace Cinema (10232) on Feb 14-28. In the month of March, for all orders $50 or more, you get a FREE Republic Frigate (30242) polybag. Also from March 1-15, there is FREE shipping with orders $75 or more. Finally from March 25 – April 8, there is a Double VIP point event. Hopefully I’ll be getting one of the keychains in the mail soon but if not, I’ll be a sad panda.

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**Image courtesy of YourCreativeFriends**

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LEGO The Lone Ranger Constitution Train Chase (79111) Close Up

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LEGO The Lone Ranger Constitution Train Chase (79111)

Minifigures.co.uk has posted a couple of images of the Constitution Train Chase (79111) from the new LEGO The Lone Ranger theme. The set will be depicting a scene from The Lone Ranger movie set to be released on July 3rd. As you can see, there will be 7 minifigures in the set including: Captain Jay Fuller, Tonto, Latham Cole, Butch Cavendish, Rebecca Reid, Danny Reid, and the Lone Ranger. In the second image, you can the actual build for the set. There is the locomotive, a coal wagon, a trailer with some sort mini-gun, and a what looks like a passenger/storage car. It looks like you also get some track pieces and a water tower. This set will retail for $89.99 and expected to be released in April 2013 along with the other sets in the theme.

The chase is on to save Rebecca and Danny from Butch Cavendish and his gang of henchmen onboard the speeding train, Constitution! Help Tonto to place the dynamite and blow up the water tower to stop the speeding train in its tracks! Ride to the rescue with the Lone Ranger alongside on his trusty horse, Silver. Jump aboard the highly detailed locomotive with 3 cars and dodge the gatling gun! Uncover the secret coal wagon hideout, blow the prison wagon door with the dynamite and escape to safety with Rebecca and Danny!

LEGO The Lone Ranger Constitution Train Chase (79111)

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