New Horses & Hearts Collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop

041516-horses-hearts-social-916x916The new Horses & Hearts Riding Club Collection at Build-A-Bear Workshop features realistic horses and accessories. The accessories include saddles, stables, bridles, and more. The horses’ manes and tails can be styled with a brush and hair extensions.

The new collection has two horse breeds to choose from: Make Your Own Palomino American Quarter Horse and Make Your Own Bay Thoroughbred Horse.

The NPD Group Says Video Game Sales are Steady

Total video game sales from March 2015 to March 2016 stayed about the same, according to The NPD Group. In addition, total software sales went up by seven percent, video game hardware sales went down by nineteen percent, and video games software and video games accessories sales increased by eight and nine percent.

The top 10 games for 2016 include: Tom Clancy’s The Division, Far Cry: Primal, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Grand Theft Auto V, UFC 2, MLB 16: The Show, Pokken Tournament, NBA 2K16, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Minecraft.

Drones Rulemaking Committee Makes Recommendations to FAA

The Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Rulemaking Committee submitted recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish framework for classifying and flying drones above people, according to the Toy Industry Association. The recommendations will be used as a basis for an FAA-proposed rule that will be issued this year. [Read more…]

Silvergate Media Signs Multi-Territory Deal with Netflix for Octonauts

octonautsSilvergate Media has signed a three year, multi-territory deal with Netflix for seasons one, two, and three of Octonauts.

Netflix is currently the exclusive subscription video on demand (SVOD) partner for Octonauts in the U.S. With the new deal, Octonauts is now available on Netflix in France, Latin America, and Canada. The number of series available varies in each territory.

Oconauts is now in its fourth season and is aired in more than 100 countries on Disney Channel, ABC, TF1, Super RTL, and China Central TV.

Nelvana Named Licensing Agent for Super Wings in France

Nelvana Enterprises.Super WingsCorus Entertainment’s Nelvana is the new licensing agent for Super Wings in France.

Additionally, Nelvana holds the merchandising licensing rights for the series in North America, where it represents Super Wings in all categories except toys. Super Wings toys are distributed through Auldey in the U.S. and France, and Imports Dragons in Canada.

Super Wings is a series for preschoolers that follows the adventures of Jett, a jet plane, who travels around the world delivering packages to children with his group of airplane pals. Jett and his friends are able to transform from planes into heroes who can run, climb, dig, and swim.

TUV Rheinland Safety Hero Teaches Toy Safety Knowledge

tuvTUV Rheinland Hong Kong experts brought toy safety knowledge to a group of over twenty kids at the YMCA Lam Tin Center. Last year, the EU issued over 460 notifications regarding toy safety in the RAPEX (Rapid Alert System for Dangerous non-food products). The common risks of toys are chemical substance release and choking. During the Easter holiday, the experts used examples and interactive games to convey safety tips when playing with toys.

During the talk, the experts covered a wide range of products, from seasonal products such as swimming pools, sunglasses, face paint, and more. The kids were focused and involved in the presentation and actively participated in the discussion. At the same time, the experts told them of the dangerous outcomes of being careless when playing with toys and taught the kids how to choose safe and suitable toys.

Fisher-Price Envisions the Future of Parenting at SXSW

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 5.25.28 PMFisher-Price’s newly revealed video and vision, The Future of Parenting, shows the perspective of how technology could empower parents of the upcoming decade in soothing, entertaining, and caring for young children. The company has been working with Continuum, a global innovation design consultancy, to develop experiences based on technical themes to inspire future products and experiences rooted in solutions, play, learning, and development. [Read more…]

Disney Magic Kingdoms Game Available Now on Smartphones and Tablets

a7270f5cccc9d30c634ab87beaf34ebbe17d9dc3cfd6fe4f994efde3feb853dcGameloft, in collaboration with Disney, has launched the Disney Magic Kingdoms app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, and Windows Phone.

Disney Magic Kingdoms allows players to enter the world of Disney and Disney Parks as they endeavor on a quest to restore the kingdom’s magic from evil powers. The app allows players to build attractions from the parks like Space Mountain, California Screamin’, and It’s a Small World. Disney Magic Kingdoms also allows users to share moments with their favorite Disney characters from Disney Pixar’s Wall E, Toy Story, Tangled, and more. [Read more…]

Jakks Pacific Introduces Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Big Figs

JakksBigFigsJakks Pacific has has expanded its Big Fig action figure line with new superheroes inspired by Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeThe assortment includes Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman as fully articulated action figures. The new figures are available in 20-inch and 31-inch scales at retailers nationwide.

American Girl Expands Line with Mega Bloks Building Sets

American Girl Grace's 2-in-1 Buildable HomeAmerican Girl has expanded into the building category for the first time, developed in collaboration with Mega Bloks. The new products feature detailed building sets and fully articulated minifigures, based on American Girl’s “Girl of the Year” dolls, including Grace, Isabelle, Saige, McKenna, and Nicki. [Read more…]