Author: Maddie Michalik

Dora and Friends: Into the City! Debuts in Primetime this August

Dora and Friends: Into the City! will premiere in primetime on Monday, August 18, at 8:00 p.m. on Nickelodeon. The half-hour series will regularly air on weekdays during Nickelodeon’s preschool block. The original Dora the Explorer series will continue to air. The new series takes place in the fictional city of Playa Verde, where Dora and her new friends will go on adventures. It features an interactive curriculum focusing on community service, problem solving, emotional skills, the Spanish language, and Latino culture. Throughout her journeys, Dora will use the Map App on her smartphone and a magical charm bracelet to...

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Disney Tsum Tsum Soft Toy Line and Mobile Game Launch Globally

Coinciding with the global launch of the puzzle game app, LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum from Japan, the Disney Store is introducing more than 30 different stackable Tsum Tsum soft toys. They are available on, in select store locations in North America, and at Disney parks. Characters such as Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh are available now, and additional characters will roll out this fall. The stackable Tsum Tsum toys have a screen cleaner material on their stomachs and come in three different sizes: large, medium, and...

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LIMA Launches First Multi-Country Consumer Surveys on Favorite Kids Brands

Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) has introduced the first in a series of consumer survey reports detailing kids’ favorite brands and characters across various categories in 31 countries worldwide. LIMA has commissioned Kidz Global to produce the reports, which will be released quarterly for nine countries and semi-annually for the remaining 22. With each report, Kidz Global’s BrandTrends will measure the relative awareness, popularity, and merchandise appeal of the top 30 brands to children. Each report will also identify the most recognizable kid licenses in the country for both boys and girls, as well as by category and in four different age groups from infants to tweens/young teens. Informative key facts will be presented throughout the reports to provide further insight into the survey results. Of the 31 countries reviewed annually, surveys covering the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the UK will be updated and released quarterly. Two reports per year will be compiled for the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and...

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BubbleBall Inc. to Launch Bubble Soccer in New York City

A New York City-based start-up, BubbleBall Inc., is introducing bubble soccer to the United States. The sport is regular soccer played inside a giant, protective, and bouncing bubble suit, and is popular in Europe and Australia. BubbleBall Inc. is currently selling products nationwide and inviting people to play the sport in New York. In celebration of the World Cup, the company is also giving away free products through its Twitter sweepstakes. Reservations can be made to play BubbleBall in New York at Chelsea Piers starting July...

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Snap Creative Launches Collectible Toys for Five Summer Blockbusters

Snap Creative will release five collectible and promotional toy programs at movie theaters worldwide for the summer’s top blockbusters. The launch is rolling out throughout the summer, coinciding with the releases of DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2, Paramount and Hasbro’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Movie-going fans can collect two or three different highly detailed figures or key chains from each feature, along with reusable cups and popcorn packs. These collectible packages will be available in theater chains worldwide in the U.S., China, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Spain, Vietnam, Thailand, and...

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