Activision Publishing has created a comprehensive global kids licensing program for Skylanders this year. The recently announced Skylanders SuperChargers will bring vehicles to life, and, for the first time, players can rude their bikes over land, sea, and sky using toy vehicles brought to life within the game. [Read more...]
Disney Consumer Products has unveiled the merchandising program for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which will hit theaters next May. Licensees across categories, including apparel, accessories, footwear, toys, sporting goods, consumer electronics, seasonal products, costumes, party goods, stationery, food, home furnishings, and collectibles, will create products to coincide with the film’s release. [Read more...]
Mattel has been named the master toy partner for Dinotrux, an upcoming Netflix original series. The toy line will be inspired by the series to connect the unique dinosaur personalities of the characters and bring them to life with construction and vehicle play patterns.
Dinotrux takes place in a prehistoric world filled with creatures that are half-dinosaur and half-construction vehicle. It follows the adventures of Ty and his friend Revvit as they unite to defend their new community from destruction.
The special edition 16-inch Stars and Stripes Raggedy Ann and Andy will feature apparel that has white stars against a dark blue background combined with red. The 100th anniversary is noted on Raggedy Ann’s apron and Raggedy Andy’s cap. Aurora will launch additional dolls throughout the year to celebrate the milestone. [Read more...]
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) will honor Jonny Girson of The Learning Tree toy stores with ASTRA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual awards ceremony will take place on June 8, during the annual Marketplace and Academy at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC. [Read more...]
The Apples to Apples mobile game, from Mattel, has launched in the App Store and is available for download on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Players can experience the same fun as the original card game on the go. Features include classic gameplay optimized for mobile devices, multiplayer games in real time, social media integration, trading card combinations, and various card-pack themes
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) has introduced Playmation, a system of toys and wearables that uses smart technology to inspire kids to harness the power of their imaginations. Playmation Marvel’s Avengers is the first in a series of systems in development around the Walt Disney Co. franchise. The set is slated to hit shelves this October at mass and specialty retailers, select Disney Store locations, and disneystore.com.
Yvolution is introducing a new line of balance ride-ons to the American market, including the Twista, the Loopa, and the Flippa. These balance bikes help toddlers as young as 18 months to start to developing motor skills, including steering, balance, and control to facilitate the transition to a two-wheeled pedal bike. [Read more...]