Grimm’s Red Riding Hood 3-D Interactive Pop-Up Book

Ideal Binary Limited has recently announced the addition of Grimm’s Red Riding Hood to its collection of storybook apps, which use its proprietary PopIris 3-D ebook engine and development kit. The PopIris technology can create a 3-D simulation of a real book, complete with highly interactive 3-D scenes integrated into the storyline.

The Red Riding Hood 3-D Interactive Pop-Up Book App retails for $3.99 on the App Store and is ready for download onto the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Sesame Street Classics Debut on iTunes

Full-length Sesame Street classic television episodes are now available for download, exclusively on www.iTunes.com/SesameStreetClassics. Fans can watch the Sesame Street Muppets throughout the decades starting with the very first episode, which aired in 1969. Sesame Street Classics: Volume 1 contains 12 episodes, four each from seasons 1, 10, and 20. Those who purchase all 12 episodes will also receive Behind The Street: Volume 1, a 25-minute bonus video with fun facts about the series. Each episode will also be available for individual download for $1.99.

Other Sesame Street products available at iTunes.com include iYip, an app containing 78 “Yip Yip” phrases; Best of Sesame Street Spoofs, Volumes 1 and 2; and Sesame Street classic albums.

Lineup of Licensees for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has announced that the last installment of the best-selling Harry Potter film franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, will be ushered in with a wide array of merchandising products for fans of all ages. The movie hits theaters nationwide Friday.

Lego has released a variety of play sets that feature locations and scenes from the films, including Hogwarts, The Forbidden Forest, and the Knight Bus. The Noble Collection will offer intricately crafted wands and other artifacts replicated from the series. Additional global licensees include NECA, Tomy, Panini, DeAgostini, Hasbro, Rubie’s Costume Co., Artbox Entertainment, Gentle Giant, Bioworld Merchandising Inc., Hallmark, Mead, Tonner Doll, and Jelly Belly Candy Company, which will re-release its 20-flavor collection of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans. The new products can be found at retailers nationwide and online at www.WBshop.com.

Bella Sara’s Global Rights Change

Conceptcard, a Denmark-based game publisher, has recently announced an international licensing agreement with The Bella Sara Company, LLC. The rights to the Bella Sara brand have shifted from Hidden City Entertainment to the newly created The Bella Sara Company, headed by George Stetar, former senior vice president of international business and licensing of Hidden City Entertainment. Stetar will now serve as global rights manager at the new company.

The Bella Sara Company is owned by Henrik Heindorf and his wife, Gitte Braendgaard, creator and director of Conceptcard. Peter Adkison, the former leader in development of the Bella Sara brand at Hidden City Entertainment, will continue to consult with Conceptcard during the transition.

The Bella Sara Company plans to release the new Bella Sara Chibis, new miniature collectibles, later this summer. The new Winter Festival trading card will still release in multiple countries this fall, as previously planned by Hidden City.

New VeggieTales DVD From Big Idea Entertainment

Big Idea Entertainment will be releasing a new VeggieTales DVD title in time for the holidays. VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy follows Junior Asparagus as The Little Drummer Boy, a lonely child who happens to stumble upon the birth of Jesus and discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

The DVD will feature multi-Grammy and Dove Award-winning artists Bebe and Cece Winans, singing their rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy,” as well as original songs such as “Can’t Live Without Ewe” and the all-new silly song “The 8 Polish Foods of Christmas.”

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Scholastic Releases The Young Artists Collection

Aspiring artists, musicians, and performers can unleash their creative curiosity with The Young Artists Collection from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. The three-disc DVD set includes adaptations from 17 award-winning children’s books, including Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin. The collection is narrated by celebrities such as Zach Braff, James Earl Jones, Mary Beth Hurt and features a singing performance by Aretha Franklin. The set also includes Scholastic’s read-along feature, which helps the child to follow the narrator;  words in the story are highlighted as they are read.

The DVD collection will also be sold separately as The Dot…And More Stories For Young Artists, Shrinking Violet…And More Stories For Young Performers, and Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin…And More Stories For Young Musicians. The individual discs are set to retail at $14.95, while the entire collection will be priced at $24.95.

Big Idea Entertainment Partners With Wacky Wallscapes

Consumers will now be able to decorate their walls with VeggieTales characters and themes. Wacky Wallscapes has signed an exclusive licensing deal with Big Idea Entertainment to create wall coverings, wallpaper, and murals with full-sized Veggie Tales characters, including Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato, Junior Asparagus, and Pa Grape. The deal also includes a complete collection of themed background scenes. Wacky Wallscapes floor-to-ceiling murals can also be customized to fit into any space. The products will be available early this fall.

Release of Prince William, The Royal Wedding Doll

The royal wedding wouldn’t be complete without the dashing Prince William. Due to overwhelming consumer demand, the groom will now join the Princess Catherine Bride Doll as Paradise Galleries releases Prince William, The Royal Wedding Doll in North America. Standing approximately 18 inches tall, the doll comes dressed in fully detailed uniform of the Irish Guards, including brass buttons and tiny replica medallions. The doll also comes with a certificate of authenticity and a collector’s box.

Credit Collective Meets With Members During ASTRA

Last week, nearly 50 toy and game companies gathered at ASTRA‘s Marketplace & Academy in Anaheim, Calif. for the second annual Credit Collective member’s meeting. Inside the meeting, important issues affecting toy and game companies were discussed, including the increasing effects of internet discounters on brick-and-mortar stores, as well as how to find alternative distribution outlets, how to avoid customers who pay bills late, and the need for universal credit sheets.

The Credit Collective members also voiced a need for a system to help police their Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) policies. Ron Solomon, president and founder of The Credit Collective, revealed that the organization is working on such a system, and agreed to speed up the process in hopes it will be ready for member use by this October.

Another issue discussed was the increasing amount of fraud cases that companies are dealing with due to unscrupulous retailers trying to purchase toys and games. Certain companies—that are no longer able to receive credit due to poor payment history—create fake stores and get terms through pseudonyms. After they receive goods, the companies close their fake businesses before the bill arrives and move.

By cross-referencing information in its database and sharing information with its trade association partners, The Credit Collective aims to help keep both members and non-members safe. The organization is currently developing a fraud-linking service to create a much tighter web.

GeoSafari Talking Electron Microscope Combines Education and Fun

The GeoSafari Talking Electron Microscope, Educational Insights‘ educational electron microscope for young scientists of all ages, is now available. Bruce Lund, of Lund and Company Invention, created the microscope that can captivate kids through an extensive collection of more than 180 extreme close-up images, ranging from the inner workings of the human body to plant and animal samples. Children can choose between Learning Mode, where images and fun facts can be viewed, and Quiz Mode, where they can test their new knowledge.

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