Blog from April 2011

K'NEX says THANK YOU for your C.H.O.P. donations!

We donated 10% of sales from to pediatric gastroenterology research at CHOP this holiday season and thanks to you we have donated $20,194.06 to CHOP!

Ultimate Bowser's Castle Building Set one of Toys R Us' HOT Holiday Toys!

K'NEX is pleased to be among the manufacturers included in the annual Toys "R" Us Holiday Hot Toy List. The Holiday Hot list features the 36 most exciting new items from around the world that are sure to WOW kids on Christmas morning.

K'NEXosaurus Rex named one of the Best 100 Toys of 2011

"I spend a great deal of time reviewing a large quantity of products created by a myriad of manufacturers and designers. I make sure my selections meet the criteria of my high standards of excellence," according to Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., also known as Dr. Toy. K'NEX is honored to be amongst the top 100 toys of 2011. The K'NEXosaurus Rex stimulates your child's imagination and creativity as he builds a walking dinosaur!

Mario and Standard Kart Building Set named an Honors Winner in 2011 NAPPA competition!

"This year's Children's Products winners represent an exciting combination of traditional children's toys, books and games along with virtual products like video games, ebooks and apps," said Julie Kertes, National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) general manager.

K'NEX Plays Part in Creating a Children's Museum in Rutland, Vermont

The Rutland Creative Economy initiative to create a children's museum for the small city of Rutland, Vermont took a step forward with the July opening of a six week rotating set of exhibits for children that engages the community in hopes of a permanent future for the museum.

K'NEX Toy Designer Featured in NASCAR Program

Michael Klitsch, senior toy designer leading the development of the K'NEX NASCAR building sets was interviewed in the NASCAR Pocono Raceway souvenir program.

K'NEX Facebook Page Reaches 10,000 Fans

On July 5th the K'NEX Facebook page reached 10,000 fans and lucky fan Christine from Valdosta, GA was chosen randomly to win $1,000! If you haven't joined this vibrant fan community you're missing out. "Like" us today to meet other builders and enjoy special offers, product news, and fun contests.

Monster Jam Driver Tour K'NEX/Rodon

On July 22nd John Seasock, driver of Monster Jam's Grinder visited K'NEX headquarters in Hatfield, PA to meet with staff, sign autographs and tour The Rodon Group manufacturing facility where he saw K'NEX being made. Thanks for visiting, John!

Champion Cyclist Visits K'NEX

Champion cyclist Matt Baranoski, son of Rodon Mold Designer Michael Baranoski, and a member of our K'NEX/Rodon family, stopped by to present a framed jersey to K'NEX President Michael Araten and Founder Joel Glickman as a token of appreciation. K'NEX is one of Matt's sponsors. Matt recently won the Keirin Cup. We wish him luck in upcoming races!

K'NEX Ferris Wheels Named a Best Classic Toy for 2011

"Classic toys are toys you return to from your own childhood, like the shiny, durable Radio Flyer red wagon, scooter, or tricycle," according to Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., also known as Dr. Toy. K'NEX was pleased to have its ferris wheels chosen as a Dr. Toy Best Classic Toy for 2011. K'NEX ferris wheels are a favorite of builders, including the popular new K'NEX Light Up Ferris Wheel!

Local High School Students Create K'NEX Grandfather Clock

Students from Souderton Area High School's Big Red Marching Band took on a different role recently as they constructed a grandfather clock that was donated by K'NEX.

K'NEX Participates in Toy Drive for Canada's Children of the North

Thanks to the generosity of over 50 CTA members, we assembled over $30,000 worth of toys-on display for thousands of people, and many thousands more watching on television, to see-at the Santa Claus Parade free breakfast event in the heart of Toronto in Yonge-Dundas Square.

Formula Smiles and K'NEX Team Up Over the Holidays

This holiday season NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya and wife Connie will visit the Early Beginnings Academy Northshore to donate K'NEX toys to the children attending the school.

Dover International Speedway donates K'NEX toys statewide to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware

DOVER, Del. - Children in Delaware received a special delivery last week from the Dover International Speedway pace truck. K'NEX toy sets were delivered statewide to 13 Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware.

K'NEX Featured in PA Parenting Magazine

Want to learn more about K'NEX? Check out this month's Parents Express Magazine, a regional parenting publication that highlighted K'NEX in the July issue.

Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) airs a video tour of K'NEX and Rodon headquarters

On Monday, June 27th at 6:00 pm the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) aired a video tour of K'NEX and Rodon headquarters.

K'NEX displays HUGE TD Bank Logo for the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship

Hey Philly folks - did you see the HUGE TD Bank logo we built out of K'NEX last weekend as part of the festivities surrounding the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship? It was 32 feet long and more than 300,000 pieces!

K'NEX and Rodon Cheer On Matt Baranoski

Matt Baranoski, son of long-tenured Rodon employee, Michael Baranoski a mold designer, has found increasing success as an elite track cyclist.

2010 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® Awards Winners Honored in Las Vegas

The 2010 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® NGK Spark Plugs World Finals concluded Saturday in-front of a sold-out Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV while the world champions and other award winners were honored Sunday night before the Monster Jam industry, drivers, crews, and sponsors at Harrah's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 

Grave Digger® Tops Maximum Destruction® in Racing World Championship as Monster Mutt Fetches First-Ever Freestyle World Championship at Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® NGK Spark Plugs World Finals

Before a sold out crowd at the 11th Annual Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® NGK Spark Plugs World Finals, icon Dennis Anderson, driving Grave Digger®, claimed his third Monster Jam World Finals Racing Championship and Charlie Pauken, driving Monster Mutt®, captured the first Freestyle Championship of his career at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium.