Disguise Renews Multi-Year Agreement for Top Disney Property Costumes

Disguiselogo copyDisguise Inc., the Halloween costume division of Jakks Pacific Inc., has renewed its agreement with Disney Consumer Products to create, manufacture, and distribute Halloween costumes and accessories based on top Disney properties. Disguise will continue to build on its Disney costume portfolio with new additions including Big Hero 6, Frozen Fever, Descendants, and Disney Junior’s Miles from Tomorrowland. Costumes for Frozen, Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Monsters, Inc., and more will expand this year.

Disguise’s costumes are available in sizes ranging from infant to adult.

Spielwarenmesse Names Four ToyAward Winners Including Spin Master

SpielwarenmesseegFour winners were honored with the ToyAward on January 28 at this year’s opening ceremony of Spielwarenmesse, the specialty trade show in Nuremberg. The winners of the ToyAward beat 601 products from 318 exhibitors, and were chosen based on quality, creativity, safety, and educational benefits. The award is a special acknowledgement within the global toy industry. The categories and winners are as follows: [Read more...]

Kids Can Be Spy Mission Heroes with Chrono Bomb from Patch Products

Jan19.ChronoBombPatch Products is bringing France’s popular Chrono Bomb game to the U.S. The game is a secret spy mission, where kids use included clamps and a string to create a pretend laser field to crawl through. Kids must make it to the end of the maze to defuse the bomb, which will tick down faster if the string is bumped.

The game encourages kids to get up and move around. Different courses can be played, or kids can race each other against the clock to see who can diffuse the bomb the quickest. Kids can also use a smartphone to download a free companion app, where they can scan special cards to receive extra secret missions.

ASTRA Announces Keynote Speakers for 2015 Marketplace & Academy

PrintNetworking guru Sarah Michel and innovative retailer Bob Negen will headline the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s 2015 Marketplace & Academy. This year’s event will take place from June 7 to 10 in Charlotte.

Michel will open Marketplace & Academy with an interactive keynote on Where Community and Connections Intersect, which will show the ASTRA community how to connect effectively in their neighborhoods. Participants will learn how to communicate and increase their access and influence within their communities.

Negen’s closing keynote, Retail Success: How to Create a Store that People Love, Runs Like a Dream and Makes Lots of Money, will show retailers how their stories can boost business and other skills critical for toy retailers to know. Participants will learn how to stress less and have more fun in their business.

Toys “R” Us Reports Year-to-Date and Holiday 2014 Sales

toysrusToys “R” Us Inc. has reported its comparable store net sales and gross margin results for the year-to-date and nine-week holiday periods, which ended on January 3. [Read more...]

Uncle Milton Introduces Star Wars’ The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience

Jan9.StarWarsAs the next generation of Star Wars movies is preparing to launch, Uncle Milton’s Star Wars Science brand is introducing The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience. The Force Trainer II features new technology being unveiled at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, and gives Star Wars fans the opportunity to harness the power of their mind to move and control hologram images. [Read more...]

Forbes Names Alice Brooks to Fourth Annual 30 Under 30 List

Jan9.RoominateAlice Brooks, co-founder of Roominate, was named to the list of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in the manufacturing category. Brooks represents the only toy company in this category and was selected by a panel of judges, including Ted Duclos, Jenny Lawton, and John Nottingham.

While the 26-year-old got her masters in engineering at Stanford University, she started Roominate, which makes building toys for girls. Parts of the toy can be wired together to make windmills, merry-go-rounds, and elevators. The company hopes to inspire women to go into engineering and science. Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner invested $500,000 to share a 5 percent stake in the business when it appeared on the ABC show, Shark Tank. 

YuhuHugs Launches DreamHut Indoor Playhouse

Jan5.DreamHutYuhuHugs has introduced DreamHut, a new indoor, interactive play space that grows as a child grows. DreamHut features a compact design that opens up to reveal a play area, which can also convert into an armoire when playtime is done. It contains a playroom with a chalkboard, magnetic walls, a folding table, windows, curtains, and an interchangeable backdrop with four options: underwater adventure, fantasy, countryside, and outer space. When closed, the Dream Hut is about four and a half feet high and two feet wide; when opened, it expands to nearly six feet in depth. When kids are done playing, the Dream Hut can be transformed into a cabinet or desktop that can serve as a storage place for toys. [Read more...]

Techno Source Introduces Kurio Motion 2.0 at 2015 International CES

Techno Source Kurio MotionTechno Source is exhibiting Kurio Motion 2.0 games at the 2015 International CES show in Las Vegas. Kurio Motion 2.0 games allow kids to compete against their friends and family, race against a virtual player, or even play cooperatively with one another. Each game has three levels that gets kids jumping, running, and moving their bodies as they dance, raft down rivers, race, and more. Eight Kurio Motion 2.0 games will be available for all Kurio devices this fall, and additional applications are in development.

Built for kids, the Kurio line of Android devices introduced the first single player body-controlled games on a tablet. Kurio Motion technology detects players’ movements through the tablet’s front-facing camera. Kurio Motion 2.0 games feature advanced movement recognition technology with more sensitive motion detection functionality.

Manhattan Toy Launches New Doll, Travel, and Comfort Collections

Jan5.ManhattanToyThe Manhattan Toy Company is introducing three new S.C.O.U.T. characters, Finch, Leaf, and Sophia, in its new line of dolls to make their debut at NY Now and the 2015 North American International Toy Fair. The 16-inch soft dolls in the S.C.O.U.T. collection represents girls ages 5 and up who are smart, curious, open, unafraid, and true. [Read more...]