Author: Jill Feigelman

New Product: Manhattan Toy’s Edtoy Line

Manhattan Toy is unveiling the Edtoy line of new wooden building and construction toys. The toys use revolutionary rotating magnet technology that allows the blocks to securely connect together, regardless of their polarity. As the blocks rotate they produce a clicking sound, adding play value to the toy and boosting a child’s creativity. The wooden pieces are easy for children to detach and put back together. There are three different series of the toys available: MagnaMobiles, Ed Dinosaur Series, and Smart...

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New Product: Letter Learning Educational Greeting Cards

Letter Learning’s Educational Greeting Cards teach spelling and handwriting skills to children as they create cards with their own personal touch. The recycled durable cardstock cards come with pre-printed traceable messages to help young children practice handwriting and spelling skills. They feature kid-friendly graphics (think along the lines of cartoon animals and princesses) and text such as “Have a super day. You are awesome!” The cards also have blank spaces so children can include their own artwork. Also available are “advanced” writer cards, which feature blank lines for children to write their own...

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Innovation First Labs Unveils New Hexbug Back-to-School and Holiday Products

Innovation First Labs, Inc., creator of Hexbug Micro Robotic Creatures, unveiled its new back-to-school and holiday line up. Hexbug Micro Robotic Creatures are expandable and customizable robotic bugs. Hexbug Larva is the new addition to the Hexbug family. The robotic bug slithers forward on smooth surfaces, mimicking real larva. The bug also reacts to its environment and can instinctively change direction when it senses an obstacle in its way. The Nano Hive Habitat Set is the first transportable environment that allows Hexbug Nano architects to customize their design within a Habitat Set system. The set features a ramp, multiple levels, and a floor that has attachment points so children can pop in their choice of accessories. The updated Nano Habitat Set features the Construct System, including modular parts and accessories. The floor of each Hex Cell has attachment pegs so children can personalize it to their liking. The Hex Cell also features removable walls so cells can be connected to one another to create different environments. The company is also releasing limited-edition, holiday-themed Hexbug Nanos. For Halloween, the zombie Nano is decked out with coffin-shaped packaging and a glow-in-the-dark exoskeleton. For Christmas, the Holiday Ornament Nano comes with reindeer antlers and is packaged as an ornament. Photo Credit:...

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“Absorbent: A SpongeBob Exhibit” Set to Open in Moscow

SpongeBob SquarePants is headed to Moscow, announced Nickelodeon Russia, a unit of Viacom International Media Networks. “Absorbent: A SpongeBob Exhibit” is a modern art exhibition presented by Nickelodeon in partnership with Beeline. This exhibit will be free of charge for visitors, and will run September 16 through October 2 at the Flacon Design Plant in Moscow. “Absorbent” is Russia’s first interactive SpongeBob exhibition. Visitors will experience how the Nickelodeon character has influenced fashion, culture, and modern media. In addition to the fashion and art installations, the exhibit will include a multimedia zone. Younger visitors can also participate in a range of SpongeBob-themed workshops. As part of the opening of the exhibit, Nickelodeon will host an exclusive auction and all proceeds will go to Naked Heart Foundation. The children’s charity builds playgrounds across Russia and develops programs for children with special needs. Visitors can also donate to Naked Heart Foundation by purchasing one-of-a-kind charity bracelets. Nickelodeon is also building Russia’s first SpongeBob SquarePants-themed playground in one of the orphanages the Naked Heart Foundation supports. Exhibit visitors will get the chance to take a sneak peek at the playground’s designs. SpongeBob SquarePants was first introduced to the Russian audience in 2000. “Absorbent: A SpongeBob Exhibit” was developed by Nickelodeon and global design consultancy FITCH through its studios in North...

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Ubisoft to Release New Titles in Time for the Holidays

Ubisoft is introducing new titles for the holidays, including Just Dance 3 and Rocksmith. Just Dance 3 is the latest title in the Just Dance video game series, which allows players to dance along to their favorite tunes. The game features more than 40 new tracks, upgraded features, and new modes. The Dance Crew multiplayer mode allows a player and a friend to let loose simultaneously. Also, now players can compare their scores with other dancers to  see who is topping the leaderboard. The game also features background changes that give the game dynamic environments. The Just Sweat mode is upgraded with workout plans and even more playlists. An exclusive Kinect feature gives a dancer the chance to belt out their favorite verse of a song for more points. Rocksmith is the first video game that plugs into any real guitar and features gameplay that automatically adjusts to the player’s skill level. The music library is large and includes everything from classic bands to current artists. Some of the featured tracks are by performers such as The Animals, The Black Keys, David Bowie, Interpol, Nirvana, and The Rolling Stones. A bundle, including the game, an Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitar, and the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable, is also available. Rocksmith, for PS3, Xbox 360, and PCs, is set to be released this...

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