Toys “R” Us Enhances Its Price Match Guarantee

toysrusToys “R” Us Inc. has enhanced its Price Match Guarantee on items available in its Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide to include selected online retailer pricing. The company will match online pricing from Walmart, Target, BestBuy, Sears, Kmart, buybuyBaby, Meijer, FredMeyer, diapers.com, BabyDepot, and Amazon on in-store purchases of identical items.

The price match is given at the time of checkout. Customers also have the opportunity to receive a price adjustment retroactively at an “R” Us store if a purchased item is advertised at a lower price at a local competitor within seven days of their original purchase, as long as they have a valid receipt. The difference will be returned to the customer in the same form of payment in which the original purchase was made.

 

Adora Celebrates The 75th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz

Dorothy 75thIn celebration of The Wizard of Oz‘s 75th anniversary this September, Adora Dolls will introduce 75th Anniversary Special Edition Wizard of Oz Toddlers.

Each toddler doll wears the iconic costumes of each character, including the Wicked Witch, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Wizard, Tinman, Scarecrow, and Glinda the Good Witch. They come with their own silver commemorative medallion with the “75th Anniversary Wizard of Oz” logo inscribed on it.

Baze and His Silly Friends Release Free Song Download Off New Album

Baze and His Silly FriendsKindie music band, Baze and His Silly Friends, will release their third CD, The Best Day Ever!, in October. Baze and His Silly Friends are proud supporters of Autism Speaks, and a portion of the band’s CD sales go to helping raise autism awareness.

Baze and His Silly Friends are offering a free download of their new song, “School Days.” A mash up of The Ramones and The Bay City Rollers, “School Days” will get the whole family excited for school and remind kids that learning is fun. Check out the free “School Days” song download here.

Sony Plans Launch for PlayStation 4

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC LOGOSony Computer Entertainment Inc. reveals that the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system will launch on November 15 in Canada and the U.S., and November 29 in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. The PS4 will also launch in the following Latin America countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, and Peru.

SCE will continue to offer breakthrough gaming and entertainment experiences to users by further enriching the services available on PS4 such as PSN and PlayStation Plus, a membership service offering members exclusive content and features, while enhancing the PS4 system itself through future system software updates.

There are currently more than 180 PS4 titles in development. This line-up reflects the strong support for PS4 among virtually every software developer and publisher and within the independent development community.  Since June of this year, the number of developers joining has increased from nearly 500 to 620.

COMMENTARY: Homemade Accessories Are Now Easier Than Ever to Make!

It has become somewhat of a tradition along the South Shore of Long Island to sell bracelets and other accessories down by the beach boardwalks during the summer. I can vividly remember watching in delight as my older cousins worked ferociously to complete the bracelets, ankle bracelets, hair ties, and even necklaces they would sell for less than a dollar each. It wasn’t about making money, although a busy day was certainly a plus, it was about creating the accessories. They would allow me to sit with them on the spread out beach towels, which doubled as a makeshift bracelet display area, until I was old enough to start making and selling the bracelets myself. A few years later my younger sister followed suit, and now my six-year-old cousin and her friends are keeping the tradition alive, proving that no matter how many store bought bracelets and accessories there may be, nothing can really replace a handmade ones.

MyRibbonBarrette_open_leftThis is not to say that the bracelet and accessory making is easy. At times, in fact, it’s far from it. Depending on the difficulty of the braid or stitch you’re attempting to create, you could end up spending hours trying to perfect a single bracelet. Complications that typically arise during the process include the tangling up of excess material, which can sometimes result in what looks like a messy bracelet with a mind of its own, and usually always ends up in a frustrating de-tangling session. That’s why once I saw the new My Ribbon Barrette Maker, from the Choose Friendship Co., the makers of the My Friendship Bracelet Maker, I knew immediately that I had to test it out, since barrettes were definitely merchandise that could be found on those beach towel years ago. [Read more...]

Scribblenauts Unmasked-A DC Comics Adventure Video Game Set for Release

Assorted HeroesScribblenauts Unmasked—A DC Comics Adventure is a new video game that melds the creativity of the DC Comics characters and objects with the classic Scribblenauts art style. The game features a story where players embark as protagonist Maxwell on an imaginative quest, taking them through Gotham City, Metropolis, Atlantis, and other iconic locales from the DC Comics universe. The game features puzzles called Heroic Feats that increase the game’s replayability by continuously generating original scenarios requiring different solutions with each visit.

Scribblenauts Unmasked—A DC Comics Adventure is compatible with Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and PC. On Wii U and PC, players can create their own Super Hero or Super Villain using any item from the DC Comics Universe and then setting properties for how it behaves, changing its appearance and powers. Players can then share their creations with the community and download others. Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by 5th Cell, Scribblenauts Unmasked–A DC Comics Adventure will be available for purchase September 24.

 

Anchor Bay Celebrates New Chuggington DVD and 30th Anniversary of My Gym

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To celebrate the August 20 release of Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue, the newest Chuggington DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment, and the 30th Anniversary of My Gym, participating My Gym locations will feature colorful Chuggington window clings displayed in each facility as well as counter cards with coupons for a discount on purchase of Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue or any other Chuggington DVD.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, My Gym hosted a nationwide contest in search of America’s “fittest family,” with Chuggington DVDs included among the prizes. In addition, My Gym prominently features the partnership with Chuggington on all social media websites and promotional items. Anchor Bay will highlight My Gym with full-panel inserts in the packaging of all Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue DVDs.  The company also will provide exposure for My Gym on the Chuggington social media pages.my gym logo

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Celebrates Labor Day with Special Episode

Neighbor Day

The Fred Rogers Company will keep hearts warm with a special half-hour episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, titled Neighbor Day,” which is set to premiere nationwide this Labor Day on PBS Kids.

The “Neighbor Day” special aims to show preschoolers that doing something nice for their neighbors can be a rewarding experience that promotes additional acts of kindness and makes them feel good about themselves—a message very important to the beloved children’s entertainment pioneer Fred Rogers.

This Labor Day also marks the first birthday of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, as characters Daniel Tiger, O the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, and Miss Elaina, first met children and families from coast-to-coast one year ago. The special episode will air September 2.

KidTribe’s Hoopersize Kit Hits Retail

HoopersizeThe battle over childhood obesity, now declared a disease by the American Medical Association, has a new ally in fitness guru and TED Talks alum Kellee McQuinn. In 2002 she founded KidTribe, and has since evoked a new paradigm of physical education, especially with her Hoopersize hula hoops.

Hoopersize is a retail fitness kit designed to keep children active. The kit includes a full sized Pro-Hoop that’s designed to be a bit thicker, heavier, and a lot sturdier than typical hoops. It also includes two DVDs featuring instructional music videos that teach tricks, lead dynamic routines, and entertain while providing nutritional tips. The kit is packed with 12 instructional games and the Hoopersize CD with music to hula hoop along to.

KidTribe’s routines take the form of fitness concerts known as Hoopapalooza, which has grown to be a popular and award-winning school assembly program seen by more than 3.5 million kids and teachers. Hoopapalooza has garnered so much popularity that it has been a staple at the White House Easter Egg Roll since 2010. The energy of Hoopapalooza can now be captured at home with Hoopersize.

Turbo Racing League App Hits 20 Million Downloads

DreamWorks Animation’sDREAMWORKS ANIMATION TURBO RACING LEAGUE APP Turbo Racing League app, has reached the 20 million downloads mark. The Turbo Racing League app, from DreamWorks Animation and PikPok, features the thrill of racing in the palm of your hand, and is available on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch from the iTunes Store; Android handsets and tablets from Google Play; and Windows Phone 8 from the Windows Phone Store.

In conjunction with the app’s release, Turbo Racing League unveiled the $1,000,000 Shell-Out Contest Presented By Verizon. This in-game contest awarded $1,000,000 in cash prizes over an eight-week period and culminated in a live grand finale event where champion Brian Dragotto of Mays Landing, N.J. walked away with nearly $300,000 in winnings.