Author: Alexis Willey

Spielwarenmesse TrendGallery 2015 to Include Tech, DIY, and Science Toys

Trends for this year’s Spielwarenmesse TrendGallery will include Little Scientists, Express Yourself, and Beyond Reality, all believed to be promising international trends within the toy industry. All three trends, as well as new products linked to them, will be found in the TrendGallery space in Hall 3A during the fair. The Little Scientist trend includes toys that bring scientific phenomena to life, promote logical and analytical thinking, and explain technical relationships, exposing kids to the sciences in a fun way. Express Yourself focuses on do-it-yourself toys and the processes of self-discovery realized through creativity. And nurturing the technological aspect...

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New Pulp Fiction Mini-Figures from Diamond Select Toys

Diamond Select Toys‘ latest Minimates mini-figures box set, which is based on the scene from Quentin Tarantino’s classic film, Pulp Fiction, entitled “Diner Showdown,” is now available. The set includes main characters Jules and Vince (played in the film by Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta) in casual T-shirts and shorts as they face off against robbers Pumpkin and Honey Bunny (portrayed by Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer). Each 2-inch figure has 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and The set is available exclusively at Hastings stores and on gohastings.com. This set joins the Pulp Fiction Minimates 2-pack with Jules and Vince in their suits, and the Vince and Mia’s Night Out box set with Vince, Mia Wallace, Lance, and Jodie figures. Upcoming box sets include the Bonnie Situation and a set featuring Butch, Marsellus Wallace, Zed, and the...

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Petra’s Planet Hosting Player Power Event to Celebrate One Million Users

Dramaforum recently announced that Petra’s Planet user registrations have surpassed 1,000,000. Petra’s Planet is a free-to-play browser-based virtual world that allows children to play games, chat, and explore world cultures in a safe online environment. Currently, to celebrate this milestone, children who visit Petra’s Planet will be able to participate in a special, week-long Player Power event to collect special items and rewards. Petra’s Planet is COPPA compliant and advertising-free, and includes a safe chat system, a stringent privacy policy, and live moderators who guard against any misconduct, providing a safe environment for children and peace of mind for parents. Building on the success of Petra’s Planet, Dramaforum has created Petra’s Planet for Schools, an education specific virtual world that enables schools to teach 21st century learning principles, e-safety, and digital literacy skills to their...

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Activision Leads with Three Top-Selling Video Game Titles

Activision Publishing Inc. has delivered the top two selling console retail releases of the year the U.S., as well as the No. 1 kids video game franchise of 2014, based on retail sell-through, according to the NPD Group. In only its first month of release, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is already the top-selling console game of the year through November in the U.S. overall, as well as individually on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation3. Call of Duty games continue to lead November console game sales for 6th consecutive year. Destiny, the new release from Bungie, is the No. 2 top-selling console game and No. 1 top-selling new video game franchise of the year. Skylanders is the No. 1 kids video game franchise of the year, based on retail sell-through including toys and accessories. Activision Publishing is a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard...

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Angry Birds Celebrates Five Years with “BirdDay” Extravaganza

To celebrate Angry Birds’ five-year anniversary, Rovio has released “Play the Next Level,” a new Angry Birds episode featuring 30 new game levels created entirely by fans. “Play the Next Level” is the result of a social media competition hosted by Rovio and its partners and was one of the world’s largest user generated events with thousands of entries from all over the world. In its home nest in Finland, Rovio is hosting a BirdDay party for over 2,000 local children and gifting every baby born in Finland on December 11 with a special edition baby Flock outfit. As part of the celebrations,...

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