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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 Building Sets featured on Good Morning America’s Deal of the Day

Select K’NEX sets were featured on Good Morning America’s Deals and Steals for over 50% off. Watch the segment here!

K’NEX Donates 10,000 toys to the TODAY Show Toy Drive!

K’NEX President and CEO, Michael Araten, appeared on the TODAY Show to present Kathie Lee and Hoda with over $250,000 worth of toys for their 2014 Toy Drive! See it now!

The Wendy Williams Show gives away the K’NEX Hyperspeed Hangtime Roller Coaster Building Set

Toy Insider mom, Laurie Schacht, was a guest on the Wendy Williams Show recently where she featured her best deals of 2014, including the amazing Hyperspeed Hangtime building set from K’NEX. Each lucky audience member got to go home with one, too!! Features the Hyperspeed Hangtime Coaster

In a piece highlighting some of the most entertaining construction toys of the year, featured the K’NEX Thrills Hyperspeed Hangtime Roller Coaster Building Set. At $69.99 it’s a great gift for kids 9+ this holiday season! View here!

LINCOLN LOGS featured on TODAY Show’s Black Friday Deals segment

Toy Insider Mom, Laurie Schacht, recently announced some of the best Black Friday toy deals on the TODAY Show and included a great Lincoln Logs deal, watch now!

GODDARD School names K’NEX and LINCOLN LOGS top toys for Holiday 2014

The Goddard School children recently tested all the new toys for 2014 and named K’NEX and LINCOLN LOGS among their favorites! Check it out!

K’NEX Brand Ambassador shows off the ultra-cool K’NEX Mini-Golf Set to Fox 29

K’NEX Brand Ambassador, Joey Fortman, appeared on Fox-29 recently to show off the hottest Holiday toys of 2014. Joey featured the K’NEX Mini Golf set, which retails for only $199.99! Watch the video here to see what else is hot this year!

Toy Insider Mom, Laurie Schacht, shows off the Hot Holiday Toys for 2014!

You may think that it’s too early to start talking about the holiday season, but it’s definitely not! Toy Insider Mom, Laurie Schacht, stopped by PIX 11 to show off some of the toys that are going to be harder to find as we get closer to the holidays, including the K’NEX Hyperspeed Hangtime Roller Coaster! You’ll want to snag these off the shelves before it’s too late! Watch now!

K’NEX Education applies learning to the real world

6th grade teacher, Christopher Triola from Erie County, writes an article that discusses real world learning and how K’NEX and K’NEX Education sets help students learn STEM skills that apply to real life. Triola discusses at length an amusement park project he did with his students. He says, “The amusement park project, and many others like it done by countless other dedicated teachers, proves our students do not need a bubble sheet to provide documentation of growth. All they truly need is something real to work for and be proud of.” We couldn’t agree more! Read the rest of Christopher’s story here .

K’NEX to donate 10% of web sales to Autism Speaks

During the months of October, November and December 2014, K’NEX will donate 10% of all net proceeds from directly to Autism Speaks, whose goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. Shop now! .

Toy Insider Mom, Laurie Schacht, talks about great back-to-school toys

Toy Insider mom, Laurie Schacht, speaks about great toys to encourage back-to-school learning and highlights the K’NEX Education Exploring Wind and Water Energy set.

K’NEX President and CEO featured on CNBC’s Power Pitch

K’NEX President and CEO, Michael Araten, was recently featured as a toy industry expert on CNBC’s Power Pitch. During the show an aspiring toy inventor pitched his idea to 3 industry insiders. Did they give him the “yea” or the “nay”? Watch the segment here to find out.

Michael Araten, President of K’NEX, accepts the ice bucket challenge!

K’NEX Director of Marketing challenges K’NEX President and CEO to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Watch the video to find out who he challenged next!

K’NEX to receive 2015 Visionary Award from the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

K’NEX President and CEO, Michael Araten, had this to say about the honor, “We at K’NEX and The Rodon Group are thrilled to have been named the 2015 Visionary Award winner. We are a small, family business at heart, committed to manufacturing in the Greater Philadelphia region, and without the hard work and dedication put forth by our talented team, we would not be where we are today. As President and CEO I am humbled by them daily. My thanks to them, and our collective thanks to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for bestowing this incredible honor upon us.”

K’NEX releases its first line of TITANFALL Building Sets

K’NEX is pleased to introduce its first line of building sets based upon the popular video game TITANFALL. These building sets will allow fans 8+ to build the exciting world of TITANFALL.

Former land speed record holder visits K'NEX UK to inspire Guinness World Record

Former world land speed record holder, Richard Noble OBE dropped in on the Royal British Legion to check on the team’s life-size replica of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car. The giant model is being built by a team of ex-servicemen and women in a bid to achieve Guinness world Record status for the World’s Largest K’NEX Structure. In his role as Bloodhound’s project director, Noble visited the team to check progression and offer inspiration. Read more by clicking the link below.

Boy Toys Gone Girly!

Toy Insider mom, Laurie Schacht, comments on boy toys that have gone girly in this news segment. Laurie highlights the benefits of building and features TINKERTOY and Lincoln Logs.

K’NEX President & CEO, Michael Araten speaks at Walmart’s Made in the USA Summit

On August 14th, K’NEX and The Rodon Group President and CEO, Michael Araten, participated in the Walmart sponsored U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Denver, CO. Walmart executives, industry experts, suppliers, and component manufacturers gathered for two days to discuss Walmart’s commitment to spending an additional $50 billion on investment of American-made products. Michael wrote an article explaining the impact of the summit and why he attends year after year.

The Toy Book takes a K’NEX behind-the-scenes tour

Toy Book reporter, Philip Guie, gets a behind-the-scenes look at K’NEX world headquarters and its manufacturing facility, The Rodon Group. Read all about it here.

K’NEX President and CEO, Michael Araten, interviewed for Business in Focus Magazine

K’NEX President and CEO, Micahel Araten, was recently interviewed for Business in Focus Magazine. Araten spoke about the benefits of US manufacturing and the importance of innovation when it comes to designing products like K’NEX. Read the entire article here.

K’NEX launches the “Prepare for TITANFALL Sweepstakes”

Fans can log on to the K'NEX Facebook page,, from July 14, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) through July 23, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. (Eastern Time), and enter the "Prepare for TITANFALLGiveaway" daily for their chance to win one of ten TITANFALL K'NEX Prize Packs (valued at $119.95), including one (1) TITANFALL IMC Pilot Strike Building Set, one (1) TITANFALL Militia Pilot Attack Building Set, one (1) TITANFALL IMC Atlas Titan Building Set, one (1) TITANFALL Militia Ogre Titan Building Set, and one (1) TITANFALL Angel City Escape Building Set. One grand prize winner will be awarded a Deluxe K'NEX TITANFALL Prize Pack, which includes all the prizes from the basic prize pack plus one (1) TITANFALL Ultimate Angel City Campaign Building Set, and is valued at $219.94. Winners will be chosen at random on July 24, 2014.

Typhoon Frenzy featured on the TODAY Show

The K’NEX Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster Building Set was recently featured on the TODAY Show as an ideal toy for rainy day play! Watch the segment here!

K’NEX Exhibit opens in Philadelphia Airport

K’NEX is excited to announce the launch of the K’NEX: Innovative Engineering @Play exhibit at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The exhibit will be on display in Terminal A-West, post-security, and is accessible to ticketed passengers through October 2014. A talented team of 6 K’NEX designers and engineers worked together for nearly 170 hours to create K’NEX: Innovative Engineering @Play, an amazing 7-foot tall kinetic structure made up of more than 48,000 made in the USA K’NEX parts.

K’NEX President and CEO participates in SelectUSA roundtable discussion at the White House

The SelectUSA Investing in America roundtable discussion, hosted by the President, with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients, brought together 11 companies that have recently chosen to invest in the United States, together. These companies, including K'NEX Brands, Ford, Erisson, and more, have recognized the many advantages of locating, growing, and hiring in the can be done, together, to bring additional job-creating investment to the U.S. Together, the roundtable participants are investing billions of dollars in the U.S., and creating thousands of new jobs.
Michael Araten, K’NEX Brands President and CEO, recently named one of the top CEO Leaders in STEM, was honored to participate in this important discussion. He said, "Sitting down with the President, his advisors and the fine leaders of these other great companies to discuss the importance of Investing in America was a great privilege." Araten continues, "The keys to the success of American manufacturing are abundant energy, consumers who can easily recognize that products they love are made in the USA, and STEM education. STEM is the heart of innovation and innovation drives growth, profit and jobs of the future. K'NEX and Rodon work actively with local community colleges and technical schools to ensure that students graduate with the skills they need to work at companies like ours. And through the K'NEX Education line, we are providing teachers with a complete STEM solution, enabling them to teach critical concepts in sequence and demonstrate real world applications."

The Importance of US manufacturing

K’NEX President and CEO, Michael Araten, recently appeared on Fox Business: After the Bell to discuss the Importance of US Manufacturing. Watch the video!

2014 K’NEXpert Search is now open!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 15th annual K’NEXpert Search contest, which challenges young builders to design and submit a creative, original model made entirely from K’NEX parts.
Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and complexity of the model; age will also be taken into account. The contest will have four Grand Prize Winners—one from each of the four different age group categories. Age groups include: 5-6 years old; 7-8 years old; 9-11 years old; and 12-14 years old. The Grand Prize Winners will each receive a prize package valued at approximately $2,000.
Grand Prize Winners will receive packages that include: $1,000, an iPad Mini and a $500 K’NEX credit code good toward a shopping spree at, while eight additional finalists will each receive a $100 K’NEX credit code and a K’NEX T-shirt.
The K’NEXpert Search runs through August 29, 2014, enter today!

PA Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf visits K’NEX

Fresh off his victory in the Democratic primary, Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf visited K’NEX manufacturing facility, The Rodon Group, as part of his “Fresh Start Tour.” Wolf spent time visiting with employees of The Rodon Group, a plastics manufacturer most famous for its K’NEX line of construction toys, and toured the plant before presenting a “Made in Pennsylvania” plan to increase the number of manufacturing jobs in the state. Click to view pictures from the visit.

K’NEX: Building Thrill Rides Exhibit opens in Edmonton

The K’NEX traveling exhibit; Building Thrill Rides; just opened at TELUS Science Museum in Edmonton and will be on display until October 14th.
See it here!

Governor Corbett inspires students at the 2014 K’NEX STEM Design Challenge

The 2014 K’NEX STEM Design Challenge took place on May 2nd at Harrisburg University. Students were challenged to build a people mover out of K’NEX and were judged on presentations kills, creativity and more. School across Pennsylvania participated in this event which started with an inspiration speech from PA Gov. Tom Corbett. Pictures from the event can be seen here: or check out the news story here!

K’NEX UK unveils new TV Campaign

K’NEX UK recently launched a new TV campaign, check out their thrilling commercial!

K’NEX Education to Exhibit at USA Science & Engineering Festival

K’NEX Education will be participating in the third USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo hosted by founding and presenting sponsor Lockheed Martin. Designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, the Festival allows kids and adults to participate in more than 3,000 hands-on activities, as well as see more than 100 live stage performances.
The K’NEX Education Build and Learn Zone invites kids of all ages to have fun with hands-on learning while designing, building, investigating, problem solving, and evaluating scientific and design principles in action using K’NEX rods, connectors, gears, tires, and hubs at interactive building stations. Kids will have the opportunity to chat with K’NEX designers and engineers, and teachers can stop by and learn how K’NEX Education building sets can complement their STEM curriculum.

K’NEX to host STEM Design Challenge

K’NEX Education®, America’s STEM Building Solution, recently announced a new building competition for Pennsylvania students in grades 4-8. The 2014 STEM Design Challenge will be hosted by Harrisburg University on May 2nd and is sponsored by three outstanding Pennsylvania organizations: K’NEX, Thermo-Fisher Scientific, and Allegheny Intermediate Unit (IU3). The STEM Design Challenge encourages students to work as teams to answer a challenge. This year teams are challenged to create an environmentally friendly “people mover.” Each team also needs to bring a blueprint and prepare a 2 minute presentation on how their model answered the challenge. Teams will be judged on creativity, teamwork, challenge success, design and presentation.

K’NEX Bloodhound Racing Challenge at Birmingham’s Big Bang Fair

Thousands of students took part in the K’NEX Bloodhound Racing Challenge held last month at Birmingham's NEC. Hosted by world land speed record challengers, the Bloodhound team, the activity enabled children to get hands on with K’NEX as they built their own super cars.
Aiming to encourage young people to develop a passion for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Big Bang Fair attracted around 60,000 attendees including students, teachers and parents. For more information click here.

K’NEX President and CEO, Michael Araten, featured in Family Business Magazine

Michael Araten was recently interviewed by Family Business Magazine about what it takes to run a family business. Read the whole story here.

Time to Play Mag reviews Peter and Chris Family Guy Figures

See what time to Play Magazine thinks of our new Family Guy Peter and Chris figures! Check out the review here!

Time to Play Mag reviews Meg and Brian Family Guy Figures

See what time to Play Magazine thinks of our new Family Guy Meg and Brian figures! Check out the review here!

Millionaire Playboy reviews Typhoon Frenzy Coaster

Millionaire Playboy has been building—check out his review of our Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster!

Building Your Way To Success, Trend Hunter interviews Michael Araten

K’NEX president and CEO, Michael Araten speaks about the keys to success in this Trend Hunter interview.

K’NEX; TINKERTOY partner with the Goddard School to inspire kids

Preschoolers in Goddard Schools across the country are being taught problem-solving skills with TINKERTOY building sets. Check out the whole story here.

K’NEX UK launches new website

K’NEX’s new UK division launched their new website earlier this month. Check it out!

The Brick Show reviews New Family Guy Sets

Check out this detailed review from our friends at The Brick Show.

Students prepare for the K’NEX Design Challenge

Students across Pennsylvania are gearing up for a statewide competition K’NEX STEM Design challenge at Harrisburg University in May and are preparing by taking part in mini competitions. Read more about it here.

K’NEX announces new Titanfall building sets discusses the launch of the new K’NEX Titanfall building sets.

K’NEX featured on Good Morning America’s Deals and Steals

Check out the segment here!

K’NEX Education featured on ABC World News Now

K’NEX Education’s Investigating Solar Energy small group set was recently featured on ABC World News Now as one of the “Hot Toys” of 2014’s Toy Fair. Watch the video here:

The teases 2 new K’NEX Sets

Fans recently got a sneak peek at 2 new K’NEX building sets, Plants Vs. Zombies and Titanfall. released 2 teaser videos of the sets to its viewers. Check out the videos and let us know what you think.

K’NEX partners with The Goddard School for Teach. Play. Learn. campaign.

Over 400 Goddard Schools nationwide will be participating in TEACH. PLAY. LEARN., beginning January 13 and running through February 14, 2014. During this time each school will hold an open house at which children can take place in the “21st Century Build Challenge”, a fun event in which children will be asked to use TINKERTOY parts, made and distributed by K’NEX to create with a new invention parts that solves a problem. Children will work together to create stories about how these inventions work and schools will submit their invention for a contest on The Goddard School National Facebook Page. In addition, the first 25 families that attend the open houses will receive a free TINKERTOY set – a $10 value! For more information on Teach. Play. Learn. visit:

CNN Money highlights K’NEX

K’NEX was featured in CNN Money’s recent article highlighting American manufacturers who are exporting to China. Read the story here!

K’NEX Education hosts Teacher workshops at its Hatfield, PA location

On January 7th K’NEX Education hosted a Forces, Energy & Motion STEM Workshop for 25 teachers from Bucks and Montgomery County. The workshops were aimed at providing teachers with the tools they need to get students excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Our country faces a critical shortage of qualified STEM workers and K’NEX Education is helping teachers prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s STEM jobs. Reviews K’NEX Extreme Sports Building Set, one of the top children’s product review sites, recently reviewed the K’NEX Extreme Sports Building Set.Check out the review here!

Goddard School students tour K’NEX manufacturing facility

On Thursday January 9th offered a rare behind-the-scenes tour to 40 students from the Horsham, PA Goddard School location. 4 K’NEX employees led the pre-k students on a private tour where they learned how TINKERTOY parts are made.

TINKERTOY PINK and K’NEX Education Investigating Solar Energy Building Set featured on the TODAY Show

As part of her Hot Holiday Toys of 2013 segment on the TODAY Show, Stephanie Oppenheim, from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, featured the TINKERTOY Pink and K’NEX Education Investigating Solar Energy Building Sets. Check out the segment here! names the K’NEX Thunderbolt Strike one of the “Best Toys of 2013” recently announced their favorite toys of 2013 and the K’NEX Thunderbolt Strike Roller Coaster took top honors in the 9+ category!