Author: Chelsey Hubric

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

The 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...

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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...

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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. TIA representatives, supported by the majority of Aviation Rulemaking Committee members, requested for the committee to review pilot certification and other operator requirements proposed in the small UAS rule that may unnecessarily restrict recreational use of toy drones. The FAA has been requested to establish four risk categories of “micro UAS” that may fly over people. Toy drones weighing less than 0.55 pounds fit in the first category, and the committee has decided that these products are relatively safe to fly over people and don’t need any additional operational or performance requirements. The report recommends manufacturers to label packaging with the aircraft weight and any other labels developed by the industry. Manufacturers can declare compliance by submitting self-declarations to the FAA. The FAA is working on an expedited rulemaking timeline and has started drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the small UAS rule for micro UAS operations. The FAA developed a registration system for recreational owners of small UAS weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds, and noncompliant owners could face civil and criminal...

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Silvergate Media Signs Multi-Territory Deal with Netflix for Octonauts

Silvergate 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...

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Nelvana Named Licensing Agent for Super Wings in France

Corus 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...

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