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Jack Lovewell - "CRUSH IT BAT” AND USING “CAD”

DEVELOPMENT ADVICE When you are involved in product development in the toy business pay attention to some of the following suggestions. I recommend using computer aided drafting and design (or what most people refer as CAD). Combine all your development work to include sketching and Three-D prototyping. Use mockups to confirm that the configurations of the parts make sense. Look at all the options. This is how to improve costing and engineering of the final details. Many designers have the opinion that once they get the CAD of the product, they think they are done. They figure that the tooling and manufacturing engineers will take over. They assume that the functional details can be resolve

Cheryl Leahy - How to Host an Adult Game Night

How to Host an Adult Game Night When I was little, my parents rarely left us with a babysitter to hit the town. Instead, they gathered their friends for a game night and relegated the children the basement (where we inevitably watched inappropriate television and gorged ourselves on Doritos and other 80’s goodies). If you’re inspired by game nights of the past, why not throw your own adult game night for your friends? I hosted one last year and it was an absolute riot! We got together with our neighbors the Saturday after Thanksgiving when we were all “familied out” and we laughed until our turkey-stuffed bellies hurt. Here’s what I did to make my party a success and how you can too with min

Contract Term – Renewal Threshold

One of the most confusing terms of a licensing agreement is the term of the agreement and that is not just because it is the term that is the term that we are talking about. Three or five year terms are typically offered with various elements governing renewals. A fixed term almost never makes any sense in a toy or game license contract. The origin of this thinking comes from big deals where entertainment companies license their well-known properties like Disney Princesses or the like. The licensor is given a fixed time to prove their mettle. The licensed property is often more valuable than the licensee’s net worth and the licensor can therefore call the shots. This is not true of our usual

The 16th Annual Chicago Toy and Game Week Fair (CHITAG 2018) Debuts New Offerings for Adults and Bab

The 16th Annual Chicago Toy and Game Week Fair (CHITAG 2018) Debuts New Offerings for Adults and Babies and Welcomes The World’s Foremost Toy Expert Along With Top Toy and Game Brands and More Than 30,000 Consumers CHICAGO, IL (October 19, 2018) – For the first time ever, Santa Claus is coming to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair on November 17 and 18, 2018. The jolly old elf will meet and greet kids of all ages inside a magical toy workshop created from Magformers at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago), a marquee element of the weeklong celebration that celebrates the toys and games we love and the extraordinarily creative people behind them. The display from Magformers will be one of more


NEW “PLAY IN EDUCATION” TRACK HEADLINES THE TWO-DAY EVENT FOR INDUSTRY VETERANS AND NEWCOMERS CHICAGO, IL (October 16, 2018) – The Chicago Toy and Game Group has revealed the 2018 schedule and speaker lineup for the annual ChiTAG Inventor Conference that kicks-off Chicago Toy and Game Week (ChiTAG) November 15-18. The largest of its kind, ChiTAG’s inventor conferences are a multifaceted professional development forum within the toy and game industry and inventor community, complete with unrivaled opportunities for education, pitching ideas, collaboration, trend discovery and more. Registration is now open for the following conference tracks: International New Inventors and New Business Track

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