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Meccanoid G15 KS wows the crowd, takes home top prize at Living in Digital Times' Last Gadget Standing Showdown at 2015 International CES(R)

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spin Master Ltd., a global leader and one of the top five U.S. toy manufacturers*, is thrilled to be adding more awards to its trophy case as its newly-announced Meccanoid G15 KS personal robot has won the audience award at the Living in Digital Times' Last Gadget Standing Showdown at 2015 International CES®. The awards took place on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Meccanoid G15 KS, the latest offering from Spin Master's iconic Meccano brand (known as Erector in the United States), prevailed out of a field of nine other gadgets in the audience category, with the award decided by use of an applause-o-meter, used to measure audience enthusiasm.

"The public has spoken loud and clear, and it's obvious that they love the Meccanoid as much as we do," says Ben Gadbois, Global President for Spin Master Ltd. "Needless to say, we are beyond excited by the level of enthusiasm there is for the Meccanoid and the Last Gadget Standing award is a huge validation for the amount of creativity and innovation that went into our robot. Based on the hundreds of photos taken at the conference and press articles written about the Meccanoid already, it is clear that Spin Master has yet another big winner on our hands."

The Meccanoid G15 KS is an advanced yet easy to use open source Robotic Building platform, making it accessible to builders covering a broad range of ages and skill sets with motion control programming powered by Extreme Reality (www.xtr3d.com). At CES, Meccanoid was also awarded the Geek Beat TV Robotics award as the editor's top pick in the robotics category.

The next chapter of the Meccano story, the Meccanoid G15 KS will help demonstrate that Meccano is the only brand that combines real life engineering, technology, tools, and materials to build, create, and stretch kids' imaginations, allowing them to learn while having fun.

*Source: The NPD Group / US Retail Tracking Service / Annual 2013 / Dollar Volume

For additional information please contact:

Press & Products:

Tara Tucker
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Spin Master Ltd.
416-768-5295 (mobile)
tarat@spinmaster.com

About Meccano:





Invented in England by Frank Hornby in 1901, Meccano was conceived as a model-construction system, based on the principles of mechanical engineering. Adhering to a "Mechanics Made Easy" ethos, the sets comprised of re-usable metal strips, plates, wheels, axles and gears, with nuts and bolts to connect the pieces. Acquired by Spin Master Ltd. in 2013, MECCANO continues to infuse innovation into the line by incorporating more ergonomic tools, new materials and advanced technologies into its sets. Through the years, Meccano has inspired countless engineers, designers, architects and creative minds of all ages. The brand continues to work with builders, creators, visionaries and educators to develop products that inspire the pioneers of the future. Meccano/Erector sets are currently sold in more than 50 countries. www.meccano.com

About Spin Master Ltd.

A multi-category children's entertainment company, Spin Master has been designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing consumer products for children around the world since 1994 and is recognized as a global growth leader within the toy industry. Spin Master is best known for such popular brands as boy's action phenomena and 2009-2010 Boy's Toy of the Year winner Bakugan Battle Brawlers™, and award-winning brands Air Hogs®, Aquadoodle™, Flutterbye™, Spin Master Games™ including 2014 Game of the Year, Boom Boom Balloon ™ and the popular Hedbanz™, Spy Gear™, Tech Deck™, and the 2014 Innovative Toy of the Year Zoomer™. The company has also marked an entry into children's media with the launch of Spin Master Entertainment, a subsidiary focusing on the design, development and production of television and other media properties, including the hit animated preschool series, PAW Patrol™. Spin Master employs over 900 people with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Munich, and Milan. For additional information please visit: www.spinmaster.com

CONTACT: Joshua Tucker Communications Manager Spin Master Ltd. 416-550-8498 joshuat@spinmaster.com

Source:Spin Master Ltd.