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THINKFUN RELEASES KICKSTARTER SENSATION ROBOT TURTLES™, THE BOARD GAME FOR LITTLE PROGRAMMERS, TO FAMILIES EVERYWHERE

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (January 31, 2014) – ThinkFun®, Inc., the world’s leading developer of addictively fun games that sharpen your mind, will bring Kickstarter sensation Robot Turtles™, the board game for little programmers, to the market in concert with national movements supporting code literacy and STEM education. ThinkFun is internationally known for Laser MazeTM, Rush Hour® and Zingo!®.

 

THINKFUN CO-FOUNDERS CELEBRATE 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS AND MARRIAGE AND TOY OF THE YEAR FOR GRAVITY MAZE™

NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2015 – Toy Fair Booth 1933 – For game company ThinkFun, Inc., the kickoff to the largest toy fair in the western hemisphere on Valentine’s Day is especially sweet timing. It was 30 years ago in February 1985 that Andrea Barthello and Bill Ritchie co-founded ThinkFun with a dream to ignite the minds of children worldwide, and 30 years ago that they were married. Today, ThinkFun is the leading developer of addictively fun games that build 21st century thinking skills like Gravity Maze™, just named Toy of the Year in the specialty category.

 

THINKFUN 2015 GAMES

THINKFUN DEBUTS THREE MAKER CONSTRUCTION SETS FOR BUDDING ENGINEERS, MAESTRO PHILIP SHEPPARD’S SECRET FOR CREATING WORLD-CLASS COMPOSITIONS AND A TWO-PLAYER RUSH HOUR®

 

THINKFUN’S GRAVITY MAZE™ AND LASER MAZE™ ARE FINALISTS FOR TOY OF THE YEAR AWARDS

NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2015 – Toy Fair Booth 1933 – 2015 is a year of celebration for ThinkFun, Inc. as it marks its 30th anniversary, the debut of an exciting lineup and Toy of the Year Finalist honors for its smash hits Gravity Maze™ and Laser Maze™. ThinkFun is the world’s leading developer of addictively fun games that build 21st century thinking skills.

TOP 10 THINGS PARENTS AND THEIR LITTLE PROGRAMMERS WILL LOVE ABOUT ROBOT TURTLES

 

Playfully Based on Serious Research From Martin Research Consulting

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (December 9, 2014)  - Just in time for Hour of Code, a new research study released by ThinkFun® and Martin Research Consulting suggests that Robot Turtles, the only board game that teaches coding skills to preschoolers, offers myriad benefits beyond high income potential.

EVERYONE’S FALLING FOR GRAVITY MAZE BY THINKFUN!

Only Marble Run with a Logic Puzzle is a Fun Spin on STEM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (November 5th, 2014) - From the makers of the smash hit Laser Maze™ comes Gravity Maze™, the only marble run with a 3-D logic puzzle!

NOW NATIONWIDE, ROBOT TURTLES™ BY THINKFUN® IS FIRST BOARD GAME TO TEACH CODING SKILLS TO KIDS AS YOUNG AS FOUR

Robot Turtles - The first board game for little programmers!

 

Kickstarter Success to Mass Availability Shows Support for Code Literacy & STEM Skills

 

BOARD GAME TEACHING PRESCHOOLERS HOW TO CODE AND MARBLE RUN INSPIRED BY LASER MAZE™ TOP THINKFUN’S 2014 LINE UP

NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2014 – Toy Fair Booth 1933 – A board game that teaches preschoolers how to code, a marble run in the spirit of Laser MazeTM, new editions of Zingo!®, and a get-up-and-dance game for toddlers are highlights of ThinkFun, Inc.’s line up for 2014 premiering at the American International Toy Fair. ThinkFun is the world's leading developer of addictively fun games that sharpen your mind.

 

THINKFUN CO-FOUNDERS CELEBRATE 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS AND MARRIAGE AND TOY OF THE YEAR FOR GRAVITY MAZE™

NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2015 – Toy Fair Booth 1933 – For game company ThinkFun, Inc., the kickoff to the largest toy fair in the western hemisphere on Valentine’s Day is especially sweet timing. It was 30 years ago in February 1985 that Andrea Barthello and Bill Ritchie co-founded ThinkFun with a dream to ignite the minds of children worldwide, and 30 years ago that they were married. Today, ThinkFun is the leading developer of addictively fun games that build 21st century thinking skills like Gravity Maze™, just named Toy of the Year in the specialty category.

 

The couple’s tale of the day their dream turned to reality reads like a paperback thriller. Working together at a Washington DC area real estate company, Barthello resigned just as Ritchie was being fired. When shortly thereafter the company’s CEO was indicted for insurance fraud and fled the country, they joke the “stars were aligned.”

 

In the early years of ThinkFun, Barthello and Ritchie’s basement was command central, serving as home office, assembly line and distribution center. “People enjoy hearing the story of how we built our company from basement to global brand in a notoriously competitive and ever-changing industry,” said Barthello who serves as ThinkFun’s chief operating officer. “But heads lean in really close when we talk about working together as spouses for 30 years!”

 

While quick to add that every situation is different and what works for them won’t work for everyone, Barthello and Ritchie are happy to share the insight they’ve cultivated these past three decades. They cite understanding what each of you is good at (and avoiding overlap), taking time for yourself and banning business talk over breakfast as three simple mantras. It also comes in handy that they each bring distinctive talents to the table, with Barthello the fearless problem-solver in operations, marketing and sales, and Ritchie, the visionary, techie and finance expert.

 

On an occasion when many couples would be commemorating their 30th with the tradition of pearls or the modern gift of diamonds, Barthello and Ritchie have something way more fun up their sleeves. At this year’s Toy Fair they will unveil the long-awaited two-player edition to their iconic traffic jam strategy game, Rush Hour, winner of 26 awards since its introduction in 1996. Dubbed Rush Hour® Shift, the game features two drivers trying to break free from traffic and reach the other side while the foundation below shifts with no warning. Some might say the game is a clever parallel to the institution of marriage. “Sometimes in marital matters – business or otherwise - you have to go head-to-head to come out the other side with clarity and purpose,” said Barthello. “And just when you have it all straight, there’s an unexpected shift!”

 

 


 

About ThinkFun, Inc.

Now celebrating its 30th year, ThinkFun is the world's leader in addictively fun games that ignite 21st century thinking skills and give children an early advantage. Its broad range of games, brainteasers and puzzles are breaking new ground in homes and on the web. ThinkFun stimulates crucial brain development in logic, visual/spatial, math, language, focus and reasoning, preparing kids for a world where math, engineering, coding and creativity are of increasing importance.www.ThinkFun.com.

THINKFUN CELEBRATES THREE TOY OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINATIONS

Alexandria, VA (January 13, 2014) - ThinkFun®, Inc., the world's leading developer of addictively fun games that sharpen your mind, proudly announces three nominations for the 2014 Toy of the Year Awards, well-known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry. Toy of the Year Awards are issued by the Toy Industry Association, and winners are selected by a combined vote of toy manufacturers, retailers, media and consumers. A testament to their retail and consumer appeal, ThinkFun’s nominated games were selected as finalists from over 520 submissions.

 

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