November 2012 News

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Hasbro Donates to Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

Hasbro, Inc. Provides Donation of Cash to Relief Agencies and Games to Shelters to Assist with the Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

$100,000 in total grant support to the American Red Cross, World Vision and Feeding America; Plus 10,000 games donated to World Vision and the American Red Cross

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- November 2, 2012 -- Hasbro, Inc. announced today that it has provided $100,000 in combined grant support through the Hasbro Children's Fund to the American Red Cross, World Vision and Feeding America to support their relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, over 10,000 games have been donated to shelters along the east coast.

"Our hearts go out to the many victims of Hurricane Sandy," said Brian Goldner, president and CEO of Hasbro, Inc. "We hope our support will assist these organizations who are working tirelessly to deliver critical services to those impacted by this disaster."

Change Your Alarm Batteries This Weekend

CPSC Urges Consumers to Change Batteries in Alarms This Weekend When Changing Clocks for Daylight Saving Time

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 2, 2012 - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is encouraging consumers to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms this weekend.

"When changing clocks this weekend for Daylight Saving Time, remember to change the batteries in smoke and CO alarms," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "Fresh batteries in alarms are essential to keeping your alarm working and on guard to protect you and your family."

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4, 2012.

About two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that don't work. CPSC also recommends that consumers test their alarms once each month and place smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside each bedroom.

Fire departments responded to more than 366,700 residential fires nationwide that resulted in more than 2,300 deaths, more than 12,500 injuries, and $7.09 billion in property losses annually, on average, from 2008 through 2010.

Toys'R'Us: Order Online & Pay In Store

Toys"R"Us, Inc. Introduces 'Pay In Store' For Online Orders

New Option Allows Customers to Visit Any Toys"R"Us® or Babies"R"Us® Store Nationwide to Complete Their Online Order Using Any Payment Method - Cash or Credit - Accepted In Store

WAYNE, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012 -- Toys"R"Us, Inc. today announced that it has launched "Pay In Store," a new payment option for orders placed through and Customers now have the ability to shop thousands of toys and juvenile products available online and pay for them in any one of the company's 873 stores across the country, using any payment type, including cash or check. Payment is accepted at all registers. This service is the latest example of the company's continued efforts to enhance its omnichannel capabilities, utilizing all channels to provide customers with the most convenient shopping experience.

Meijer's Holiday Toy Price Drop & Top 25 List

Meijer Drops Prices On More Than 400 of Season's Hottest Toys In-store and Online

Retailer also releases its Top 25 Toy List for the holiday season

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 1, 2012 -- Meijer will continue to be a toy destination this holiday season, offering customers the lowest prices on the hottest toys and brands by slashing prices on more than 400 popular products in-store and online.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer on Sunday will also issue its Holiday Gift Guide that includes 18 pages of holiday toys, as well as an online release of its Top 25 Toy List for the holiday season, which features national brands like Fisher Price, Mattel and Leap Frog. The holiday gift guide will be available in stores and online.

"Meijer understands that our customers are continuing to keep a close eye on price tags this holiday season, which is why we're once again offering price drops on a variety of the hottest toys," said Adam Whitney, toy merchandise manager for Meijer. "Our ultimate goal this holiday season is to help our customers save money while still enjoying the tradition of gift giving."

LEGOLAND Florida Seeks Master Model Builder

Help Wanted: Dream Job Requires Long Hours Of Fun, Play

WINTER HAVEN, Fla., Oct. 31, 2012 -- LEGOLAND® Florida announced it is seeking qualified applicants for a new, in-house Master Model Builder to join its team. Essential job responsibilities include envisioning, designing and building unique LEGO® creations.


"Master Model Builders are royalty here at the park," said General Manager Adrian Jones. "They enjoy celebrity status and when they're not being interviewed by reporters and paparazzi, they spend eight hours a day playing in the model shop. Who in their right mind wouldn't want this job?"

Would-be builders must first submit a short video clip of themselves and a home-made LEGO® creation. Candidates will be culled through Facebook voting, then invited to the park December 1 and 2 to participate in a series of skills tests. Details on the video submission and the search are available at

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Limited-Edition Statue

New Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Limited-Edition Statue

Statue Reveal & Pre-order on November 2nd

Tempe, Ariz. - October 31, 2012 - McFarlane Toys has teamed up with Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries to bring you a new iconic collectable from the Halo universe.

Leading up to the highly anticipated release of Halo 4, Microsoft created the live-action digital series, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. This online epic live-action digital series delivers an exciting story of heroism and sacrifice taking fans back to the beginning of the Human-Covenant War, leading into the events of Halo 4, the biggest entertainment event of 2012.

To commemorate this riveting action story, the McFarlane Toys Collectors Club is offering the first-ever Halo resin statue exclusively on the McFarlane Toys online store. This highly detailed, hand-painted, cold-cast resin statue depicts a pivotal scene from Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn that is a MUST have for Halo fans.

Diamond Select Toys Celebrates Halloween ComicFest with a Horde of Horror Toys

Diamond Select Toys Celebrates Halloween ComicFest with a Horde of Horror Toys!

November 1, 2012 - Happy Halloween! Over the past few years, Diamond Select has established itself as the preeminent purveyor of horror toys, and this Halloween they're pulling out all the stops! In addition to a black-and-white Walking Dead Minimates two-pack that's exclusively available at comic stores participating in Halloween ComicFest, they have a horde of haunted merchandise that's available in comic shops everywhere!

diamond select toys

At comic shops and specialty stores now:
Alice: Madness Returns Select Figures Series 1
Mad Monster Party Figures Series 1
Munsters Select Eddie and Marilyn Figures
Muntsters Family Black-and-White Figure Box Set
Munsters Minimates Black-and-White Munster Koach with Hot Rod Herman
Universal Monsters Hunchback of Notre Dame Minimates Box Set

King Robo Mickey, Bandai, WWE, 2013 Marvel at Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store

November 1, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer has several items of interest to collectors:

Hi - a variety of cool new items have just been listed this morning:

2013 Marvel 3.75" Wave 01

New Bandai:

King Robo Mickey & Friends Combiner - Please Note - Pricing will be reduced if a domestic source is found

Godzilla, Gundam, Saint Seiya, Ultraman, One Piece & More

Metal Gear: Revengeance - Raiden

More new WWE Cases

K'NEX November Mission: Win a K'NEX Atomic Coaster

K'NEX Announces November Mission: K'NEX 20 on 20 Contest

Contests Run Monthly Through December, 20 Chances to Win Each Month!

Hatfield, PA, November 2012 – K'NEX, the only US construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love™, announced its eleventh in a series of twelve contests, Mission: K'NEX 20 on 20, monthly "hunts" for secret codes on various K'NEX related web pages.

Every month on the 20th day, through December 2012, K'NEX will be giving away K'NEX products to lucky fans! On the 1st weekday of every month a prize will be revealed and a new "mission" is assigned. Missions can be found on the K'NEX website: which directs participants how to find secret codes. Once a code is found, participants must return to the K'NEX site and enter the code. If correct, they are eligible to be entered for a chance to win a prize. On the 20th of each month, when the contest closes, winners will be randomly chosen from those eligible entries.

Toys'R'Us Donated $500,000 to Hurricane Sandy Relief

Toys"R"Us Children's Fund Donates $500,000 to Save the Children to Support Initial Relief Efforts in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

WAYNE, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012 -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, today the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund announced it will make a $500,000 donation to Save the Children, a global humanitarian organization, to support its initial work and assessment of needs for children and families in evacuation shelters. These funds will also help the organization distribute much-needed items, including hygiene kits, diapers, and baby wipes.

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