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Welcome to the K'NEX Newsroom - a place to read about what's hot in the news! From Toy Fairs to K'NEX builders on TV, the newsroom is sure to keep you updated. So make sure you check back often and stay "in the news"!

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K’NEX Products Featured in Women’s Day Magazine

Three products have been featured in The Toy Insider insert of Women’s Day Magazine. The TINKERTOY Transit Building Set, the Thunderbolt Strike Roller Coaster Building Set and the Super Mario Ghost House Building Set have all been included in their Holiday Gift Guide.



TINKERTOY Pink Building Set wins Oppenheim Award

The TINKERTOY Pink Building Set has been chosen as one of the Oppenheim Top Preschool Toys for the Holidays. A great gift for any little girl, this set comes with 150 durable, plastic pieces including spools, straight rods, bendable rods, wheels, eyes, two buildable figures and more! The rods, spools and flag pieces are made in the USA. The newly redesigned TINKERTOY pieces snap together and stay together for long-lasting play.



Amazon.com features K’NEX products as Deal of the Day

On October 9, 2013 Amazon.com featured K’NEX products at up to 50% off. In addition, multiple K’NEX Angry Birds Building Sets have been included on Amazon’s Annual Holiday Toy List. Check them out in this article from the Wall Street Journal!



K’NEX Wins Two Parents’ Choice Awards!

Two K’NEX products, the TINKERTOY 100 Piece Essentials Building Set and the Thunderbolt Strike Roller Coaster Building Set, have been selected as winners of the Parents’ Choice Award®, at the Silver and Recommended levels, respectively.



VOTE NOW for the Amazin’ 8 Roller Coaster Building Set

The Amazin’ 8 Roller Coaster Building Set has been nominated for the 2013 People’s Play Awards by TimetoPlayMag.com! The People’s Play Awards are determined by a public vote, so use this link to vote for the Amazin’ 8 Roller Coaster Building Set! Voting is open until December 2nd.



Senator Mike Fitzpatrick Visits The Rodon Group and K’NEX

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-8, visited The Rodon Group and K’NEX to announce legislation that would encourage consumers to buy more American made products. Fitzpatrick credited The Rodon Group and K’NEX with “leading the way” in the resurgence of American manufacturing. Fitzpatrick’s Made In America Act would direct the U.S. Commerce Department to create a voluntary program to certify and label American-made goods. To view the full story, click here.



K’NEX featured in Supply Chain World Magazine

Once again, K’NEX is being recognized for its reshoring efforts. In the Fall Issue of Supply Chain World, Larry Fanelle, Senior Vice President of Operations for K’NEX, talks about how K’NEX is working hard to being more of its supply chain back to the United States. Fanelle states that the company is committed to strengthening its position as “America’s Building Toy” in the coming years.



K’NEX Wins Two Tillywig Top Fun Awards!

K’NEX is honored to be the recipient of two Tillywig Top Fun awards for the Thunderbolt Striker Roller Coaster Building Set and the TINKERTOY 100 Piece Essentials Set.



Play the TINKERTOY Win-In-A-Snap Game for a Chance to Win $1000

TINKERTOY is excited to launch its very own Facebook application game, the Win-In-A-Snap Game. The Win-In-A-Snap Game will launch on Monday September 9, 2013 and run through Sunday October 20, 2013. In the TINKERTOY Win-In-A-Snap Game, you and your preschooler can solve a puzzle to gain entries to win the $1,000 Grand Prize or instantly win a TINKERTOY building set. Check out the TINKERTOY Win-In-A-Snap Facebook game by “Liking” the TINKERTOY Facebook page ! Also, check us out on Twitter: @TINKERTOY



K’NEX® Brands And PopCap Games, A Division of Electronic Arts, Announce New Licensing Relationship

Plants vs. Zombies™ fans will soon be able to build and play with characters from their favorite game with new licensed building toys by K’NEX®. PopCap Games (a division of Electronic Arts), creator of the popular gaming franchise and K’NEX, the only U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love®, are pleased to announce their new agreement to create a line of building toys based on the Plants vs. Zombies games. The relationship combines the award-winning K’NEX building system with your favorite Plants vs. Zombies characters, bringing them from the digital screen to the construction aisle for the first time. With over 30 Game of the Year awards, Plants vs. Zombies is a global brand that is popular across the U.S., Europe and Asia, and appeals to male and female audiences ages 4 through 104.



K’NEX featured in Parade Magazine!

In celebration of Labor Day, Parade Magazine featured a story celebrating the resurgence of American Manufacturing on Sunday September 1, 2013. K’NEX, the only U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love® is proud to make all K’NEX rods, connectors and bricks in the USA at our sister company, The Rodon Group. Check out the full article here.



K’NEX Reshoring Efforts Featured in July/August issue of Toy Book

K’NEX is honored to be highlighted in the July/August issue of Toy Book in an article titled, “Home Sweet Home”. K’NEX once again was recognized for being America’s Building Toy™ in a great story that speaks to the reshoring efforts of K’NEX.



K'NEX President & CEO named 100 CEO leaders in STEM

K'NEX is pleased to announce that its President and CEO, Michael Araten, has been named one of the top 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by STEMConnector. STEMConnector is the one-stop for "who" is doing "what" in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and careers. In support of this announcement Araten also spoke at the US News STEM Leadership Dinner on Tuesday June 18th and on the "What Big Employers Want" panel on June 19th. K'NEX was also honored to exhibit its K'NEX Education line, which offers curriculum supported Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) sets for use in elementary, middle and high school classrooms at the conference.



PacMan and the Ghostly Adventures Maze Building Sets Get Rave Reviews!

Pac is Back! New PacMan and the Ghostly Adventures Building Sets from K’NEX have officially hit store shelves! Now you can build your favorite characters and navigate them through tricky mazes, just like in the TV show on Disney XD! Build Pac, Cylindria, Spiral and Betrayus with cool accessories, power pellets and evil minion ghosts to recreate some of the most awesome battle scenes from the cartoon. Collect and combine them to create a giant maze for the ultimate PacMan experience! Check out this product review from The Brick Show for a better look!



K'NEX announces partnership with Export Now to sell K'NEX product to consumers in China

Export Now (www.exportnow.com), a one-stop online platform that helps U.S. companies tap the growing market demand for their products in China, announced the launch of online retail for K'NEX Brands (www.knex.com) on China's Tmall.com business-to-consumer website.
One of the world's most popular lines of children's construction toys, K'NEX building sets let children build and create models by connecting together specially designed building pieces. The toys are designed to inspire creativity, build self-confidence and encourage interaction among children and parents. The website will provide greater access to the Chinese consumer market for popular K'NEX building sets such as Angry Birds™, Super Mario Brothers™ and Mario Kart™.
The new online offerings (meilike.tmall.com) mark the first official presence for K'NEX in mainland China.



K'NEX wins 2 Play on Words Awards!

K'NEX is pleased to announce that it has won 2 Playonwords.com (PAL) Awards! K'NEX Robo-Creatures Assortment and TINKERTOY: Pink Building Set have been awarded Best in Play for 2013.



K'NEX featured in July episode of "Talk of the Town with Kim & Marie"

K'NEX was honored to have been chosen by Blue Ridge Communications to appear in their July episode of "Talk of The Town with Kim and Marie". Kim & Marie visited the K'NEX factory and took a tour led by K'NEX president & CEO Michael Araten. They had a great time! Check out the video for a behind the scenes look at K'NEX.



Michael Araten interviewed on Fox Business News

K'NEX President & CEO, Michael Araten, was interviewed by Fox Business News about American Manufacturing and spoke about the exciting turn of events happening at K'NEX: selling American made toys to Chinese consumers. Watch it now!




Representative Fitzpatrick announces the "Made in America Act" at Rodon

K'NEX & Rodon were pleased to welcome Representative Fitzpatrick as he announced his latest bill: the "Made in America Act". Watch the coverage here



K'NEX Amazin' 8 Coaster featured on the TODAY Show

Toy Insider mom, Laurie Schacht, showcased her 7 favorite non-digital toys for summer on the TODAY Show. The K'NEX Amazin' 8 Coaster was featured as a top pick! Check it out: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/52429342



K'NEX President & CEO named 100 CEO leaders in STEM

K'NEX is pleased to announce that its President and CEO, Michael Araten, has been named one of the top 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by STEMConnector. STEMConnector is the one-stop for "who" is doing "what" in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and careers. In support of this announcement Araten also spoke at the US News STEM Leadership Dinner on Tuesday June 18th and on the "What Big Employers Want" panel on June 19th. K'NEX was also honored to exhibit its K'NEX Education line, which offers curriculum supported Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) sets for use in elementary, middle and high school classrooms at the conference.



K'NEX wins 5 Stevie Awards at the 2013 American Business Awards!

K'NEX and The Rodon Group president and CEO, Michael Araten, was awarded 2 silver Stevie Awards, 1 for Executive of the year in manufacturing and 1 for executive of the year in consumer goods, at the 2013 American Business Awards held on June 17th in Chicago. K'NEX Angry Birds Building Sets product line launch also took home 3 awards that evening, 2 gold and 1 silver. Congrats!



K'NEX Lincoln Logs & TINKERTOY lines named top Retro toys by Grandparents.com

K'NEX Lincoln Logs and TINKERTOY building sets were recently named one of the top retro toys making a comeback in 2013 by Grandparents.com. Check out the story here



Super Mario Mystery Figures make a great summer travel toy!

Looking for a great on-the-go toy for your kids to take on vacation this summer? Toy Insider Mom, Laurie Schacht, recommends K'NEX Super Mario Brothers Wii Mystery Figure Bags. Watch the segment to see all her great summer toy pics!



K'NEX and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer products announce Family Guy Partnership

K'NEX is pleased to announce its partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer products to create an exciting new line of building toys inspired by the popular animated series Family Guy! The partnership combines the award-winning K'NEX building system with the most iconic characters and elements from Family Guy, including Peter, Stewie, Brian, the Griffin Family station wagon, Stewie's time machine and more, bringing them from the television screen to the construction aisle for the first time. K'NEX Family Guy building sets will be available at major retailer Spring 2014.



K'NEX President named finalist in the American Business Awards

K'NEX and The Rodon Group president and CEO, Michael Araten, has been named a Finalist in the 2013 American Business Awards. The company is also celebrating being named finalist in the 11th annual Stevie Awards for its Angry Birds building sets. The award ceremony will be held June 17th in Chicago, IL.



K'NEX Chief Marketing Officer, Barb Rentschler, interviewed for PR World Awards webzine

K'NEX Chief Marketing Officer, Barb Rentschler, was recently interviewed on her thoughts on social media and marketing, for PR World Awards Web Magazine. Check out the interview here



Engineering.com produces "How to design a K'NEX Coaster" video

Engineering.com recently released a video they produced for the Design Show after interviewing K'NEX designers on the process of designing a K'NEX Coaster. Check out this great video here



Annual K'NEXpert search begins!

The Annual K'NEXpert Search launched this month and there is a new age group for builders 12-14 and a new prize package including cash and prizes like an iPad Mini, TRU gift card and knex.com Shopping Spree. We look forward to celebrating the amazing work of our biggest fans!
Register your model here



K'NEX announces plans to open office in the UK

K'NEX is pleased to announce that it will be opening a UK subsidiary. Located in London, England, K'NEX UK will open its doors January 1, 2014.



TINKERTOY & Lincoln Logs featured on the TODAY SHOW

K'NEX was excited to see its TiNKERTOY and Lincoln Logs products featured on the TODAY Show's recent retro toys segment. Watch the video here



K'NEX Chief Information Office, Tony Kratowicz, interviewed for Consumer Goods Technology Magazine

K'NEX Chief Information Office, Tony Kratowicz, was recently interviewed on his team's innovative digital information database, KIID, for Consumer Goods Technology Magazine. Check out the interview here



Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Breaks World Record

The Lincoln, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, University of Nebraska School of Architecture and Lincoln's Children's Museum shattered the Guinness World Record for tallest Lincoln Logs Structure! The group both built the tallest Lincoln Logs structure ever (12' 4" tall), and broke the record for most logs used (10,036 logs). The replica of the Nebraska State Capitol Building took 6 hours to build. Check out pictures from the day here.



K'NEX Great Thrill Ride Build Off Winners announced!

Over 100 classrooms registered for this year's Great Thrill Ride Build-Off which expanded the contest to partnerships with Cedar Point Amusement Park (OH), Valleyfair Amusement Park (MN) and Dorney Park (PA). Models will be installed in the parks for their full 2013 Operating Seasons. You can check out the winning models here



K'NEX & Eagles Huddle Up for Autism

K'NEX was thrilled to once again participate in the Philadelphia Eagles Huddle up for Autism event held in April at Lincoln Financial field. It was a successful day and a lot of fun was had by all!



K'NEX wins award for dedication to quality & innovation!

K'NEX president & CEO Michael Araten was pleased to accept the "Toy Man" seal of approval for K'NEX's outstanding dedication to quality and innovation. K'NEX is committed to making high-quality, educational & fun building toys for children of all ages right here in the USA!



K'NEX introduces 2013 product line at NY Toy Fair

K'NEX was pleased to introduce over 45 new products to its 2013 product line at the 110th American International Toy Fair held this past February in New York. The 2013 K'NEX product line includes inspiring additions to popular product lines such as K'NEX Building Sets, K'NEX Thrill Rides, Lincoln Logs®, Tinkertoy®, NASCAR®, Angry Birds®, Mario Kart Wii®, The Beatles Yellow Submarine® and KISS®. New York Toy Fair also marked the public debut of three exciting new product lines; Nintendo Super Mario®, Nintendo Mario Kart 7® and PAC-MAN® and the Ghostly Adventures.



The Great Thrill Ride Build Off Returns!

For a third consecutive year K'NEX will continue its quest for future thrill ride innovators, expanding the Great Thrill Ride Build-Off competition this year to include three Cedar Fair parks!
Open to all classrooms and student groups in grades 6-12 the contest runs through April 8. One winning K'NEX model will be displayed at each of the three participating parks: Cedar Point amusement park/resort in Sandusky, Ohio, home to parent company Cedar Fair's corporate headquarters; Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa.; and Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee, Minn. Click here for more info:



K'NEX wins awards!

The 2013 awards season has just begun and K'NEX is pleased to announce that the K'NEXmen Mystery Figures, K'NEX Intro Assortment, and Lincoln Logs Horsehoe Hill Station have each won a 2013 Tillywig Best Creative Fun award! Learn more about the Tilly Wig Awards: here.



10% of February knex.com sales go to the United Way

For the entire month of February we will donate 10% of sales from knex.com to the North Penn United Way. You can also make a donation without making a purchase.Click here:

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