NANOBLOCK® AWARD: BUILD IT YOUR WAY COMPETITION TO LAUNCH AT THE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR FEBRUARY 16th

-nano-enthusiasts are Encouraged to Submit Their Unique nano-creations for the Chance to Win Fun Prizes and be Crowned

達人 TATSUJIN: Master of nanoblock®!-

New York, NY (February 14, 2013) – nanoblock®, the world’s smallest building block system from The Ohio Art Company, makers of the famous Etch A Sketch®, invites nano-enthusiasts of all ages to participate in the first-ever national nanoblock® Award: Build It Your Way Competition (#nanoblockBIYW).  Using only nanoblock® bricks, applicants are asked to stretch their imaginations and build their very own unique creations for the chance to be crowned TATSUJIN: Master of nanoblock® along with fun prizes including a family vacation, a free iPod nano and a year-long supply of nanoblock® pieces.  The competition is set to launch in conjunction with the American International Toy Fair in New York City, February 16th (booth #2739) and submissions will be accepted online at www.YourNanoblockCreations.com.

“Our nanoblock® line is a fan favorite with kids, parents and collectors all over the world,” says Martin Killgallon, Vice President, The Ohio Art Company.  “Through our contest, we hope to encourage our fans of all ages to participate and continue to expand their imaginations beyond the limits so that they too can become Tatsujin the Japanese phrase for ‘Master’ of nanoblock®.”

nanoblock® features a patented double-feather design to lock micro-sized pieces firmly together, allowing for very realistic creations featuring significant detail and design. There are a wide variety of nanoblock® building sets available, including the ‘mini and mini + series’ which includes everything from the nanoblock® Giraffe to the nanoblock® Praying Mantis  ‘Musical Instruments such as the nanoblock® violin and piano,’ ‘Sites to See’ that features the Eifel Tower, ‘Deluxe’ series which includes the Space Shuttle and even an entire collection of ‘Hello Kitty’ builds. 

How the nanoblock® Build It Your Way Competition works:

Entry Phase: From February 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014, parents/applicants can upload a photo of their original nanoblock® creation in one of two categories, under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces.  There is no limit to the number of submissions per applicant. Submissions are accepted at www.YourNanoblockCreations.com.

Judging Phase:  All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of a mixture of toy industry opinion leaders and Ohio Art representatives. The top five finalists will be selected and notified on or around September 15, 2014. 

Winner Phase: One grand prize-winner will receive a $4,000 travel voucher.  A first and second prize winner will be selected in each category (under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces).  Two first prize winners will receive an iPod nano and nanoblock® sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year.  Two second prize winners will receive nanoblock® sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year.  Winners will be announced, on or around, September 21, 2014 and featured on The Ohio Art website and the official nanoblock® Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Visit us online: www.YourNanoblockCreations.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nanoblockUSA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nanoblockusa

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About Ohio Art Company

Creators of the famous Etch A Sketch® drawing toy, The Ohio Art Company remains one of the world’s most widely recognized toy companies since its establishment in 1908. The Ohio Art Company is committed to developing innovative toys that encourage creativity and learning while providing hours of enjoyment, encouraging self-expression and promoting positive development.

About Kawada Company

Located in Tokyo, Japan, Kawada Company is a leading wholesaler of toys and games. Specializing in toy building blocks, Kawada has a nationwide distribution network and The Ohio Art Company is the U.S. distribution partner for nanoblock®. Kawada develops building blocks that create more realistic and detailed items than the other leading building toys.  For more information visit: http://www.diablock.co.jp/kawada/about.html.