Turn Your iPad Into a Retro Arcade

The DiscoveryStore.com unveiled the iCade, which can turn an iPad into a retro, arcade-style cabinet complete with a full-sized joystick and eight buttons. The cradle is specially designed so that the iPad securely fits and apps can be easily manipulated by the cabinet’s controls.

With the compatible iCade app, users can access Atari’s extensive gaming library as well as other apps. The iCade app comes with a free game, Missile Defense, and the Atari gaming library includes an additional 100 games available for purchase. The games are sold in a set of four for $1 or in a 99-games set for $14.99. The iCade retails for $99.95.

Animal Planet Unveils Swimmers, Shaped Balloons that “Swim” Through the Air

Animal Planet announced Swimmers, the first animal-shaped metallic balloons that are controlled by a remote control. The balloons are intended for indoor use and come in both a shark and clown fish design. Spanning more than four feet long, the balloon “swims” as it floats through the air. It can be easily collapsed for storage when not in use. Swimmers, intended for ages 8 and up, retails for $49.99 at Toys “R” Us.

The Toy Book Takes A Look at PlayStation Vita

Today, The Toy Book had a chance to preview PlayStation’s holiday products, including the PlayStation Vita.

The new handheld gaming hardware has a five-inch OLED touch screen, dual analog sticks (for console-like control), front and rear cameras, and Wi-FI connectivity. Some of the most innovative features include the rear touch pad that allows for an updated gaming experience and the six motion sensors that enable the players to really emerge themselves in the game.

ModNation Racers was the game The Toy Book got to check out on the Vita. With the front and rear touch pads players can build their own tracks easily, just using their fingers. Players can also download, at any time, any PS3 user-generated creation, including more than two million Mods, Karts, and Tracks using the Wi-Fi available on the device.

New Angelina Ballerina PSA Featuring Larry King

Apparently, Larry King has some moves. Check out this PSA of King, Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol), and kids’ character Angelina Ballerina promoting the health benefits of dance.

Produced by Hit Entertainment and the Dizzy Feet Foundation, the PSA is part of the Dance 4 Your Life national health campaign launched by the Larry King Cardiac Foundation and the Dizzy Feet Foundation, aiming to get people dancing their way to a healthier lifestyle.

Griffin Technology and Crayola Announce Crayola ColorStudio HD For iPad

Griffin Technology and Crayola have released the Crayola ColorStudio HD for iPad, an accessory and app combo that combines classic coloring fun and modern mobile technology. Crayola ColorStudio HD features the iMarker, a marker-shaped digital stylus that is used to create masterpieces. The iMarker is a marker, crayon, pen, and paintbrush all in one and allows children to interact with animated coloring book pages, which move and react while being colored. Kids can produce custom-made pictures, animations, sound effects, music, and other special effects with each touch on the Multi-Touch display.

This new app can also tell the difference between a child’s own finger inputs and inputs from the iMarker. There are more than 30 animated coloring pages, pictures, sound effects, and music included with the app. Children can also create their own coloring pages by using the built-in library of backgrounds, music, sound effects, and other elements. Children can show off their completed masterpieces by emailing their artwork, uploading it to Facebook, or directly printing it to any Air Print-enabled printer.

GUEST BLOG: Top 10 Steel Toys of All Time by Becky Cunningham

The following is a guest blog written by Becky Cunningham, a contributor for Capital Steel & Wire, Inc. and a writer with expertise in communication and public relations. Capital Steel & Wire, Inc. is a supplier of domestic and international steel bar and wire products.

Throughout history, millions of dolls, trucks, board games, balls, stuffed animals, crafts, and other toys have been introduced for children of all ages and generations. The best toys of all time are debatable, but there are those few standard toys that have made an important mark in the life of the American child. What’s more significant is that these toys have one fundamental feature in common—they are all made of steel. Check out our list of the top 10 steel toys of all time.

1. Slinky

“It’s Slinky! It’s Slinky! For fun it’s a wonderful toy. It’s Slinky! It’s Slinky! It’s fun for a girl or a boy.”  Slinky—and its famous jingle—is certainly a childhood classic; the slogan speaks for itself. But what the slogan doesn’t say is “It’s steel! It’s steel!” The ever-popular Slinky, developed in 1943 by mechanical engineer Richard James, was a hit the moment it was available in stores. In November 1945, Gimbels Department Store sold its entire inventory of Slinkys in just 90 minutes.

This “walking” toy was actually an accidental creation. In an attempt to develop springs to support sensitive instruments aboard ships in war time, James inadvertently created a spring that bounced around different levels of his workshop and recoiled into an upright position. Fascinated by this discovery, he experimented with different types of steel and tensions, and, a year later, made a spring that would walk—the Slinky.

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Voltron’s First-Ever Panel Presentation at Comic-Con

Voltron, the 1980s robot-themed television show franchise, is making a comeback this year and is also making its first-ever panel presentation at Comic-Con International, held in San Diego. The presentation will be made in the Indigo Ballroom at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel on July 21 at 6 p.m.

The hour-long event will be moderated by Carrie Keagan, host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live. Joining Keagan will be Senior Vice President of Nicktoons Keith Dawkins as well as Voltron’s Jeremy Corray (supervising producer), Brandon Thomas (comic book writer), and many other artists, producers, and designers who are behind the Voltron world.

After the event, fans will have the opportunity to take a picture with a giant Voltron figure. Also, there will be an autograph signing with participating major talent and executives.

Two New Uglydoll Characters Added This Month

Uglydoll fans are sure to welcome the release of  Ikoy Yoki and Heu Googeuy, two new characters who will be added to the franchise later this month:

“Ikoy Yoki are everywhere. They are all around us. Some of us out there don’t believe in them, but they most certainly believe in you. When you get into trouble, you can always close your eyes and ask for guidance from Ikoy Yoki. Not when you’re driving or riding a bike though… and maybe not when you’re walking along in a crowd. Maybe just give Ikoy Yoki a hug when the coast is clear. Oh! And they love snack offerings. Not in a spiritual way or anything; they just like to eat.”

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Round 2 Releasing KISS Model Kits

Just in time for the 35th anniversary of the Destroyer album by KISS, Round 2 is releasing model kits that bring the album cover to life. The individual model kits for Starchild, Demon, Spaceman, and Catman can be joined together to mirror the rockers’ exact poses featured on the iconic album art. The kits come unassembled and include detailed pre-painted parts, allowing builders to assemble the figures quickly. The figures stand nearly a foot tall when placed on the included base stand.

For an additional bonus, each kit also includes a unique mini poster. When all four kits are collected, the posters can be combined to form a large 2.5-foot by  2.5-foot poster of the Destroyer album cover.

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American Greetings Properties Announces New CGI-Animated Care Bears Series

American Greetings Properties has announced an all-new, CGI-animated television series starring the Care Bears of Care-a-Lot. This new series will debut next year, which also marks the property’s 30th anniversary. Additionally, Hasbro is planning to premiere a new Care Bears toy line in 2013.

Care Bears debuted in 1982. The property has generated more than $2.6 billion in global sales since 2002.