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The Brass Ring Archives

With so many companies reaching for success in the Toy and Hobby industry, it's easy to overlook the people around you who create innovative products with imagination, courage, and often, overextended credit lines so that kids keep tossing and turning on Christmas Eve. Interested? Read on...

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The Bear Mill: The Secret is in the Stuffing
When The Bear Mill, an Idaho-based company, opened its doors for business in 2000, it was initially involved in the design and manufacture of pillow stuffing machines. Yet things changed in a dramatic fashion in 2001...


Tokyopop is Homegrown Japanimation
Whether you love geometry, science or just like having fun, Rogerís Connection Construction System is a unique building toy that will keep children thinking about how to create an architecturally sound...


Making A Fun Geometric Connection
Whether you love geometry, science or just like having fun, Rogerís Connection Construction System is a unique building toy that will keep children thinking about how to create an architecturally sound...


Heritage Puzzles: A Beacon of an Idea
If there is a special landmark in your memory, there is a good chance that it has been made into a quality puzzle by some local artists and Karen Everhart...


Playground Kids Forever
In 1999, three toy professionals who had worked together previously in developing and selling toys targeted at mass-market accounts...


Containing Childrenīs Play Places
Most parents know that young children have an abundance of energy and the more we encourage exercise, the healthier our children will be...


Masterpieces Puzzles: Works of Art
When you think of spending time with the family, puzzles are among the top activities...


Lucon Kids is Busy, Busy, Busy
Laurie Norton created a product entirely out of a motherís need...


Front Porch Classics: Built To Last
Founder of Front Porch Classics, Steve Edmiston, coupled his entrepreneurial talent with his imagination to create games...


Auto Mobiles: Enjoy the Ride
Cheryl Wells has made a career out of her experience as a mother...


Mental Engineering Reinvents Excitement with SummerSled
As an engineer, Matt Walker spends his time figuring out ways to make things work better...


Vida Games has the Gator by the Tail
Patricia Lasker can rightfully call 2003 her year. It was only last March that her company, Vida Games, launched Green Alligators ...


Molding Kits Create a Lasting Impression
You wouldnít think that a company run by a brother and sister team from a home-office in American Fork, Utah would be invited to hobnob with celebrities...


CoolBlox Let Kids Build a Soft Fortress
If Wayne Levy hadnít stubbed his toe on a bedpost, he might not be the head of a toy company today...


Way Cool! Innovative Furniture and Bedroom Accessories for Tweens
As owner of Fun Furnishings, Laura Lind has succeeded in doing what every business strives for: creating the right product at the right time...


Designing Woman
Hanging out at marine parks and zoos isnít how most companies do research and development, but for Grace Fua of Fua And Company LLC, itís all in a dayís work...


Scaring Up Halloween Fun
Youíd think being an emergency room physician would keep a person busy. Nonetheless, Dr. Paul Koch found time to create his own Halloween board game...


Youíre It: TinyTagô Starts Small and Scores Big
Mark Andersonís company, Sean-O Toys, stands as a testament to the do-it-yourself spirit of entrepreneurship.


Stacking Up Creativity with PixelBlocks
The brainchild of a Los Angeles television producer, Glendora, CA-based PixelBlocks makes its premiere this September with a colorful new construction system.


Abra Palabra! An Old Game is New Again
Ed You can now add the title of entrepreneur to that of clinical pharmacist and actor/singer. company, Palabra Enterprises Inc., was born out of a love for the game of the same name...


Not Your Fatherís Yo-Yos
At Yomega Corp., the companyís in-house team of engineers is focused on creating the next wave of yo-yos to satisfy enthusiasts worldwide.


Electronics for Infant and Preschool
When it comes to toys, Eric Toriumi, general manager of Star Electronics, knows what heís talking about. Besides being a father to three children...

A New Tradition is Born
Talking to Susan Nickey-Newton, owner of BadaBadaBingo Fun Games Co., you canít help sharing her enthusiasm as she describes her journey from artist to entrepreneur.


Breyer Animal Creations Then and Now
Having been with Breyer Animal Creations for ten years, Director of Marketing and Product Development Stephanie Macejko has seen many new horses join the company stable.


"Why Didnít I Think of That?"A Goof-Off Game Gets Real
3Point Enterpriseís Richard Crasnick was faced with a tough choice in January of 2000. After struggling to get his fledgling public relations firm off the ground...
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