COMMENTARY: Roam With Romo

Anisha.Nov26Have you ever wished that you had your very own robot? I know it seems unrealistic unless you have big time money, but maybe not. Meet Romo, the robot I’m sure anyone would love to have. By the creators of Romotive, Romo is a product of this technologically advanced age that will not only make you excited to have your own robot, but enjoy all of the things it does. Suggested for ages 8 and up, this edition of Romo is available for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPod Touch 5th generation at Brookstone.com and Romotive.com. The previous Romo is available for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPod Touch 4th Generation. All one has to do is download the free Romo app, set the device onto the base, and when you open the app, you are introduced to your new blue friend.

Romo wakes up not knowing where he is, and reacts with shock when he sees a real life human being standing in front of him. He is quite the chatterbox at the beginning, with many sound effects and dialogue shown on the screen. Romo is adorable, and I found myself at many moments saying, “Awwwww.” He never saw a human being before and snapped a photo of me to send to his mom on his planet. In his curiosity, he also asked for my name, which he thought was weird. Back on his planet, they don’t have names, but numbers! Then it is up to you to decide whether to give him a name or not. My mom and I decided to name him Bluboo.
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Nickelodeon Introduces The Story of Me Research Study

In a presentation to advertisers, Nickelodeon released its latest research insights into today’s kids, born since 2005, who are growing up markedly different from the generation before them. For these kids, the hallmarks and traits include being closer to their parents than prior generations, being seen as smart and funny by peers and family, and creating their own relationship to technology.

Drawn from a proprietary Nickelodeon Consumer Insights study titled “The Story of Me,” the presentation at the network’s Times Square headquarters compared and contrasted the kids of today with kids of a similar age 10 years ago, as well as highlighting select third-party data about kids’ media consumption.

Today’s generation of kids is demonstrating defining characteristics that set them apart from generations prior. Select findings and highlights from the presentation include:

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Marvel Entertainment Partners with Huffy for New Bicycle Line

Spider-ManMarvel Entertainment LLC and Huffy have announced that they will develop a new line of bicycles, tricycles, scooters, and accessories. The new products will be an expansion in the bike category for Marvel.

The new line will launch in stores in the spring and fall of next year. The addition of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy also introduces Marvel’s newest heroes.

The Spider-Man bike is the first in the category to feature the character’s web design as a web trap which holds villain and hero toys. Another version of the bike includes a special plastic web-frame design. Scooters and tricycles feature interactive lights and sounds. The Huffy line of Marvel products will include multiple designs at top retail stores across the U.S.

Invincible, Thief of Thieves Minimates Get Packaged

InvincibleMinimates1Diamond Select Toys has released the first Minimates based on the comics Invincible and Thief of Thieves. Both comic titles were created by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman for his Skybound Entertainment imprint at Image Comics, and neither one has received poseable action figures before now.

Invincible figures of Invincible, Atom Eve, Omni-Man, and Allen the Alien, while Thief of Thieves figures including Redmond, Celia, Augustus, and Agent Cohen. Both sets are only available at comic shops and specialty stores.

Shoppers Share Feelings About Return Policies, Fraud

According to a survey Tada commissioned of more than 7,000 online shoppers, 59 percent claim they’ve never been denied on a return while 38 percent of respondents claim they are. These shoppers double-check the policy to ensure that not only is there ample time for returns, but that there’s free shipping both ways as well.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) conducted a survey in 2012 to determine how much return fraud is costing stores: $2.9 billion last holiday season alone. A panel of shoppers claim that they very rarely, if ever, take advantage of an overly generous return policy (90 percent would not do this). Meanwhile, 92 percent say they’ve never committed wardrobing, which is buying something with the intent to use or wear it and return it. Generation Y is the most guilty of this, as 7 percent admit to doing this with clothing and 4 percent with electronics and other items.

These shoppers were also polled to find out who ranks as having the best and worst return policies. Some retailers ended up on both lists. Tada came up with their own list of the stores with the best return policies.

Walmart Matches Competitors’ Black Friday Deals One Week Early

logo-walmartHoliday shoppers don’t have to wait until Black Friday to start shopping for deals at Walmart. At of 8 a.m. on November 22, Walmart has started a pre-Black Friday savings event in stores and online, lowering the prices on popular toys and electronics, to match select Black Friday offers from Target, Toys “R” Us, and Best Buy one week early.

The retailer also extends its Christmas Ad Match to walmart.com customers. Customers who purchase an item on walmart.com, and find a lower price in a local competitor, can email christmasadmatch@walmart.com and receive the difference on a gift card. The same policy is in place for customers at Walmart stores for items purchased November 1 through December 24, excluding Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

Examples of toys and electronics that are part of Walmart’s pre-Black Friday saving event, while supplies last, include LeapPad 2, Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, Nerf Rebelle Crossbow, Monopoly Board Game, Hot Wheels Single Car, Skylanders and Disney Infinity Starter Packs, and select PS4 and Xbox One video games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, NBA 2K14 and Battlefield 4. [Read more...]

Uglydoll Launches Android Plush in Google Store

Uglydoll.AndroidPretty Ugly, LLC and the creators of the popular Uglydoll brand have launched unique Android plush toys, which are available in the Google Store. The Uglydoll team’s collectible plush creations, Android Ox and Android Babo, can be found at the Google Store under the Fun and Android brand shop tabs. The toys are available in 11-inch plush and a 4-inch backpack clip accessory.

Little Pim Partners with VTech for Foreign Language Content

Little Pim has partnered with VTech on the Little Pim foreign language video series for preschoolers. The series will be available for the InnoTab Learning Tablet range starting December 1 in VTech’s Learning Lodge app store, which is home to educator-approved downloadable content and curriculum.

LittlePim1The Little Pim videos help kids learn 360 words and phrases in a second language. The videos will be offered in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, and German.

Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Method provides total immersion in the language. The method engages a child’s love of play watching real kids and animation. The program is the brainchild of Julia Pimsleur Levine, the daughter of Dr. Paul Pimsleur, creator of the Pimsleur Method, the popular language-learning program for adults. For more information on Little Pim, visit LittlePim.com.

Nintendo World Hosts Launch Event for Mario and Zelda games in Rockefeller Plaza

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On November 21, Nintendo is hosting a combined celebration for Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS. The event will take place at Nintendo World in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City from 8 p.m until midnight.

Fans will be able to purchase all three of these Wii U and Nintendo 3DS releases, a day before they launch in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. In addition to early access to the games, chalk artist Chris Carlson will be on site to reveal an art piece featuring iconic imagery from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Costumed characters from both the Mario and Zelda series will also be there and taking pictures with fans.

Marvel Select Photo Contest Winners Revealed

MarvelSelectPhotoContest.runnerupThe Marvel Select photo contest is complete. Marvel went through all of the entries and picked out the three best, based on a variety of criteria, including pose, lighting, composition, complexity, and innovation.

MarvelSelectPhotoContestThe second runner-up is Geof LeBaron, who shot Marvel Select’s Agent Venom being overpowered by the Classic Venom. He wins a pre-production Unleashed Hulk in test packaging and an unpainted Amazing Spider-Man prototype.

The first runner-up was Earl E. Ware III, who shot the Marvel Select Rhino standing victorious over a fallen Spider-Man. Earl is awarded a Fearsome Foes of Spider-Man Gift Set and an unpainted brown Green Goblin prototype.

The winner of the competition is Ryan Vasquez, who shot the Marvel Select Rhino taking on Spider-Man, but this time Spider-Man executes a leap over the mid-stride Rhino. For capturing such an action-packed moment on an elaborate set, Ryan won the grand prize, a Don Cheadle-signed Iron Man 2 War Machine figure, a variant Genis-Vell Captain Marvel figure, a prototype Fearsome Foes of Spider-Man Gift Set, and an unpainted all-black Venom prototype.