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Come Out & Play!

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair returns to Chicago on Navy Pier, November 22nd and 23rd at Navy Pier in Festival Hall A. Kick off your holiday fun! Please share this newsletter with friends, like us on Facebook, help us spread the word!

Featured Exhibits – We have robots, Rainbow Loom, dinosaurs, Star Wars characters, Lazer Tag, a truck filled with video games, carts… and so much more! Check out the Featured Exhibitor Page: http://www.chitagfair.com/featured-exhibits/

Young Inventor Challenge, presented by Spin Master(11/22 10a – 2p) – A fantastic opportunity for children ages 6 to 18 to showcase their own original toy & game inventions to toy & game industry professionals, members of media and the general public. We have a new workbook full of inspirations and exercises for you, and an even bigger prize package! Registration for the Young Inventor Challenge is at http://chitagfair.com/young-inventor-challenge/. The deadline is November 4th!

Rummikub National Championship! (11/22) – The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is hosting the Rummikub National Championship! The winner of the tournament receives round trip airfare and a travel stipend to compete in the World Championship next year in Germany! More details coming soon – http://www.chitagfair.com/featured-events/rummikub-national-championship

Illinois State Yo-Yo Championship (11/22 10a – 4p) – A dynamic performance competition (featuring ladder climbs). Hands-on tips for all skill levels; online and day-of registration available. This immensely entertaining contest will feature multiple divisions in both the Sport and Pro categories. Contest entry is open to all ages!

Catan National Championship, US Qualifier (11/22 10:30am) – This event is already full, and a wait list has started. Mayfair is considering adding additional seats. Open to ages 18+. For more information and wait list sign up, visit http://www.chitagfair.com/settlers-of-catan-national-championship-us-qualifier/

Star Wars Luncheon (11/22, 12p-1p) – Meet & eat with your favorite Star Wars characters! Plus free Star Wars Action figures! Sponsored by Hasbro. http://chitagfair.com/star-wars-luncheon/

Special Programming for Scouts (11/23) – Scouts in uniform receive free admission to the fair thanks to Mayfair Games, publishers of the hit board games “The Settlers of Catan” and “Catan Junior”. Mayfair Games will be providing a special workshop for boy scouts working towards their game design badge. Legoland Discovery Center will be providing a workshop for Girl Scouts on creating their own LEGO Comic Book. For more information, visit http://chitagfair.com/girl-scouts-and-boy-scouts/

Meet the Inventors (11/22 & 23) – Leslie Scott, inventor of the worldwide tower stacking sensation Jenga, will be giving copies of her book “About Jenga” to the first 1000 attendees at the fair. She will be available for signings 12-2 each day. You can also meet the inventors of Rainbow Loom, Zoomer the Robot Puppy and more! http://www.chitagfair.com/featured-inventors

Ticket Information - $10/adult, $5/child ages 3-13. More information, including a $2 off coupon and complimentary admission guidelines, can be found on our ticket page: http://chitagfair.com/tickets-and-hours/

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quakeconSymbiote Studios to release 20th Anniversary Phobos Figure for QuakeCon

Seattle, WA - Vinyl collectible toy makers Symbiote Studios has announced their QuakeCon Exclusive figure to be the much loved DOOM space marine Phobos from Quake III. Phobos stands 3.5 inches tall has two accessories and is made of high quality vinyl. QuakeCon is held every year in Dallas Texas and is best known as the largest free LAN party in the world. Doom/Quake developer John Carmack helped create the event so both Quake and DOOM related products at the show are in high demand. 8K attendees are expected this year and many in that community refer to it as the “Woodstock” of competitive video gaming. QuakeCon runs from August 1-4, 2013.
Joseph Reiter Symbiote Studios CEO explains “QuakeCon is a great show. The love of the genre is everywhere and we get to meet our customers. DOOM and Quake are cult classics and our San Diego Comic Con Exclusive DOOM figure was a huge success so I am sure the release of Phobos will be well accepted.” Symbiote Studios has released two other figures at San Diego Comic Con. Both items were key characters from the 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Game of the year The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim including Astrid with the Blade of Woe and Dark Elf in Daedric Armor.

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About Symbiote Studios:

Launched in 2007, Symbiote Studios goal was to create realistic vinyl toys and resin statues. From humorous figures like Sam and Max to bad ass figures from DOOM and Elder Scrolls  Skyrim they have established themselves as serious contenders in the category.