Hasbro, DMG Entertainment Launching Transformers Digital Experience Centers

DMG Entertainment AR VR Experience CentersHasbro and Dan Mintz’s DMG Entertainment are launching interactive Transformers digital simulation experience centers.

The centers will feature up-close interactions with Transformers characters, virtual and augmented reality technology, interactive environments, and activities that feature various forms of the latest digital technologies.

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ThinkGeek Launches Mystery Collectible Subscription Box Service

ThinkGeekLogoThinkGeek is set to launch the ThinkGeek Capsule, a limited edition service that delivers different “geeky” items to its customers’ doors every month. The subscription service will include three Capsules with ThinkGeek merchandise valued at more than $50.

Merchandise will include T-Shirts, pins, desktop replicas, household essentials, art prints, and more. Items are from fandoms such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, FallOut 4, and Harry Potter.

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Funko Acquires Loungefly

Funko-300x102Funko LLC acquired the contemporary fashion accessories company Loungefly. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Loungefly, a Southern California-based company sells a selection of handbags and fashion accessories under various licensed brands such as Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Sanrio, and Pokémon. Products are sold through specialty stores, boutiques, and department stores around the country. [Read more...]

Super Wings’ Jett Joins Giant Helium Balloon Lineup in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

superwingstgparadeJett, the transforming robot-plane from the animated preschool series Super Wings, will take to the skies for the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a giant character balloon. The helium balloon measures approximately 39 feet wide, 45 feet long, and 30 feet wide.

Super Wings tells the story of Jett as he travels the world to deliver packages to children. Every delivery brings forward new problems for Jett and his friends and they must work together to solve them. [Read more...]

Hasbro Opens Ticket Sales for HASCON

hasconHasbro opened ticket sales for its first HASCON FANmily event. Single day and three-day tickets and VIP packages are now available for purchase worldwide.

Appearances and meet and greets featured at the event so far include Transformers films produce Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Stan Lee, original Transformers voices Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, “Chewbacca Mom,” and more. [Read more...]

New Shopkins Feature Set for October Release

Tshopkinshe second movie in the Shopkins franchise, Shopkins: World Vacation, has been scheduled to be released in October by the Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group.

The film follows the release of the first Shopkins movie, Shopkins: Chef Club. The new film brings the Shoppies and Shopkins out of Shopville on a vacation won by Kooky Cookie. When she takes her friends to London, they encounter the Biscuit Bandits and are thrust into an adventure across London, Paris, and Tokyo.

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Lego Systems Inc. to Kick Off Interactive Experience Tour

Lego Systems Inc. will kick off the Lego World of Creativity tour in July with five stops scheduled for 2017. The tour will launch in Savannah, Georgia July 7-9 and will make later stops in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Aug. 4-6), Tacoma, Washington (Sept. 8-10), Boise, Indiana (Sept. 29-Oct. 1), and Madison, Wisconsin (Oct. 13-15).

Tickets are currently on sale at the Lego World of Creativity website, and 2018 tour dates will be announced at a later date.

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Damien Crocker Appointed HABA USA Sales Manager

Damien Crocker joined HABA USA as the company’s new sales manager.

Crocker has more than 10 years of sales experience with toys. Before HABA, he worked at ORB Toys as its national sales manager. During Crocker’s tenure at ORB Toys, he helped win several industry vendor awards including: Learning Express Vendor Of The Year (2015 and 2016), Learning Express Exclusive Product Development Award (2016), Learning Express Store Support Award (2016), ASTRA Manufacturer’s Excellence Award (2011 and 2016), Learning Express Best Vendor Partner (2012 and 2014), Learning Express Industry Leader Award (2011), and Toy Collection Vendor Of The Year (2010).

Crocker also currently serves as board director of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), where he works closely with other board directors and staff members to develop strategic plans and programs to aid the continued viability of the specialty toy industry.

Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe See Top Sales in April

NintendoSwitchThe NPD Group reported that the Nintendo Switch gaming system was the best-selling video game hardware during the month of April. More than 280,000 Nintendo Switch gaming units were sold.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe saw more than 460,000 physical units sold, making it the top-selling video game in April. The total reaches more than 550,000 units when digital sales are included. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was launched April 28, and the reported sales came from a two-day period before the cut off on April 29.

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Kidz Toyz Launches Round 1 of Mini Mojis

KidzToyzKidz Toyz launched its Mini Mojis Round 1 line at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores this month. The new release features a variety of collectible characters.

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