K’NEX Awards Four Grand Prize Winners in 2015 Annual K’NEXpert™ Search Building Contest

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8 Finalists Each Also Awarded Great Prizes

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“K’NEX fans consistently surpass our expectations with their creativity and innovation, building elaborate works of art that wow even our toy designers. We’re proud to have the current winners represent K’NEX in 2016,” said Michael Araten.

K’NEX Brands, the only U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love®, has chosen the winners of its 2015 Annual K’NEXpert Search. The K’NEXpert Search is an annual, nationwide building contest that asks kids ages 5-14 to design an ultra-creative, original model made entirely out of K’NEX pieces.

Four Grand Prize winners and eight finalists were chosen from four age categories. As Grand Prize Winners, Auri from California (5-6 year-old age group); Xander from Texas (7-8 year-old age group); Nathan from Florida (9-11 year-old age group); and Michael from New York (12-14 year-old age group), will each be awarded a $1,000 K’NEX credit code good toward a shopping spree at knex.com, K’NEX T-shirt, special surprise for his/her 2016 birthday (approximate retail $50.00 value), personal photo gallery on knex.com, 25% discount on all K’NEX sets and parts valid throughout 2016, and an invitation to tour the K’NEX corporate headquarters to meet the designers and learn how K’NEX is made. The eight finalists, who will each be awarded $250 K'NEX credit code good toward a shopping spree at knex.com, and a K’NEX t-shirt, along with other prizes, are: Sebastian from South Carolina, and Aden from Ontario (5-6 year-old age group); Connor from British Columbia, and Jacob from Illinois (7-8 year-old age group); Paul from New York, and Genesa from California (9-11 year-old age group); and Max from Illinois, and Franklin from Texas (12-14 year-old age group).

“The K’NEXpert contest is the highlight of our year,” said K’NEX President Michael Araten. “K’NEX fans consistently surpass our expectations with their creativity and innovation, building elaborate works of art that wow even our toy designers. We’re proud to have the current winners represent K’NEX in 2016,” said Araten.

The Grand Prize-winning builds are truly impressive.

Six-year-old Auri, built “Hay Ride,” which included a tractor and 3 cars carrying hay!

Xander, age 7, built “No Escape Prison,” that features a solar powered motorized prison cell.

Eleven-year-old, Nathan, created the “Griffinator” a motorized ball machine.

Fourteen-year-old Michael built an original double track K’NEX rollercoaster.

A panel of judges comprised of K’NEX employees selected the Semi-Finalists from each age category. This was followed by a public, online vote which determined the 12 winners.

The 2015 Annual K’NEXpert Search was open to residents of the U.S. and Canada, except those of Puerto Rico, U.S. territories or possessions, the Province of Quebec, and where prohibited, who were 5 through 14 years of age as of June 8, 2015, and no purchase was necessary. For more information on K’NEX, the contest or previous winners, visit http://www.knex.com/knexpert.

About K’NEX Brands
Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands, the world’s most innovative construction toy company, was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children, and is America’s STEM building solution. Winner of over 250 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX is focused on Building Worlds Kids Love® and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” From the living room to the classroom, K’NEX has building toys specially designed for every age group and skill level. The K’NEX family of brands includes K’NEX Building Sets, K’NEX Thrill Rides, K’NEX Education®, Lincoln Logs®, Tinkertoy®, K-FORCE Build and Blast™, Beasts Alive®, Mighty Makers®, Mario Kart Wii™, Mario Kart 7™, Mario Kart 8™, Super Mario™, PacMan™, Titanfall™, Family Guy™, Plants vs. Zombies™, and more. Since 1992, The Rodon Group®, a subsidiary of K'NEX Brands, L.P., has manufactured over 34 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system. Join us as we help build the leaders of tomorrow. For more information, please visit http://www.knex.com or http://www.rodongroup.com.

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