Month: April 2010

Bandai’s Pocoyo Line to Include Plush, Bath Toys, and More

Bandai America Incorporated, the master toy licensee for Pocoyo in the U.S. and Canada, is launching an extensive toy line for the animated series, which will hit store shelves in North America this fall. Bandai’s Pocoyo products will include a 10-inch basic plush of Pocoyo, Elly (the elephant), and Pato (the duck); Squeeze n’ Play plush of the characters; 2.5-inch bath figures; a bath water taxi; a six-inch mini-plush assortment of the Pocoyo, Elly, Pato, and Loula the dog; and Bump n’ Go, an electronic car of Pocoyo that stops, turns, and moves backward. Co-produced by Zinkia and ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Pocoyo will debut this spring on Nick Jr. in the U.S. The show has been broadcast in over 100 territories worldwide. ITV Studios Global Entertainment handles the worldwide distribution rights for Pocoyo, excluding Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Latin America, which are handled by Zinkia. Home entertainment rights for Pocoyo in the United States are handled exclusively by NCircle...

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Garanimals Toys at Walmart

This summer, Garanimals will debut a new array of infant plush exclusively at Walmart. Inspired by the Garanimals newborn and infant apparel, the collection will include 28 soft, cuddly, and cute plush items available in a variety of colors and prints for boys and girls, as well as gender-neutral options. Prices range from $5-$12. At Walmart in June, Garanimals is also introducing a wide-range of toys and accessories for infants through age 2, including activity gyms, crib mirrors, finger puppets, mini o-balls, rattles, soft squeakers, teethers, wood toys, and more. The toys range in price from $1 to $12. The new lines will be available in the infant department of...

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Report: HDTVs and Laptops Grow in Popularity Among Kids

According to a new report by The NPD Group, high-definition televisions (HDTVs) and laptops have become more popular with kids, while all other consumer electronics have remain stable in popularity. The report, Kids & Consumer Electronics 6, states that HDTVs and laptop computers surpassed digital cameras last year in percentage of households that acquired one in the past 12 months. Cell phones, however, remain the most acquired consumer electronic device with 30 percent of households with kids ages 4 to 14 purchasing mobile phones in the past year. When asked about future purchases in the next 12 months, 18 percent of parents surveyed stated they plan to purchase an HDTV for their child in the coming year, compared to the 17 percent of parents who plan to purchase a cell phone or digital camera for their kid. Televisions (both standard and high definition) remain the most widely used consumer electronic devices among kids with 74 percent of children in the 4-14 age group watching TV. Computers (both desktop and laptop) are second at 70 percent. Additionally, the report shows that (with the exception of desktop computers) more households are downloading content to various devices for kids such as portable and console VG systems, cell phones, laptop computers, and...

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Video: Haywire Helps Set Guinness World Record for Rubber Chicken Toss

On April 25, hundreds of people participated in an attempt to break the world record for the most people throwing rubber chickens at the same time. The attempt was successful; 265 people gathered and set a Guinness World Record for “Largest Rubber Chicken Toss.” Haywire Group, maker of the Flickin’ Chicken game, provided the rubber chickens in exchange for a $1 donation to the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA). Tara Cleary from Reuters reports (above). For more info, click...

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Webkinz World Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Twitter Party

Ganz is celebrating the 5th anniversary of Webkinz World on April 29, which is being hailed as Webkinz Day. The day will be highlighted by a Twitter party—a first for Webkinz—featuring prizes, new information about upcoming Webkinz releases, and more. The Twitter party, hosted by Ganz and Resourceful Mommy, will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. this Thursday. To learn more, visit www.webkinznewz.com. Launched in 2005 by Ganz, Webkinz pets combine plush with the world of the Internet. In Webkinz World, children can adopt a pet, play games, do quizzes, create rooms, earn KinzCash, and “chat” with other members. Since its launch, new languages and features have been added, including Zumwhere, the Caring Valley, and the Kinzville...

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