Author: Maddie Michalik

American Classic Toy Brings Carousels to the Home

American Classic Toy has created the American Classic Carousel, a children’s carousel designed for a household setting. The carnival ride is outfitted with flashing lights, four ponies that go up and down, and classical music that plays in the background. Consumers can choose to play any or all four tunes, playing approximately 15 minutes of music, including “The Entry March of the Gladiators,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “The Finale of the William Tell Overture,” and “The Waltz of the Flowers.” The ride is built of a steel construction, non-skid aluminium platform, and multicolored horses that rotate and rise around a central column. The horses feature a mounting bar, handle, and footrest. The carousel is approximately 6.8 feet in diameter and 11 feet high. The American Classic Carousel is designed for kids ages 3 and up, and will be available in the...

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LeapFrog Tops Children’s Tablets Sales, Unveils Learning Video Series

The LeapPad line of learning tablets from LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. was the top-selling children’s tablet brand in 2013, according to year-end sales data from The NPD Group. LeapFrog’s LeapPad family of tablets—including the LeapPad2, LeapPad2 Power, and the 7-inch touchscreen tablet LeapPad Ultra—outsold competitors’ learning tablets and Android-based kids’ tablets. LeapFrog has also partnered with Lionsgate Home Entertainment to release the first in a series of full-length learning videos featuring the next generation of popular frog characters made famous in the original Letter Factory DVD collection. LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team includes problem solving and reading exercises, new songs, sing-a-long videos, and curriculum commentary for parents. The video will be available for download from the LeapFrog App Center, on DVD, and digital HD beginning March...

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Activision Publishing’s Call of Duty and Skylanders Continue to Top NPD Charts for 2013

Call of Duty and Skylanders continue to top U.S. NPD charts for last year. Call of Duty: Ghosts was the No. 1 best-selling title overall in December and No. 1 best-selling next generation console title of 2013 on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Call of Duty sustained its spot as the No. 1 franchise for the fifth year in a row in the U.S. in both software units and dollars. Skylanders Swap Force was the No. 2 best-selling title overall in December and No. 1 best-selling kids video game franchise in the U.S. for the second consecutive year. It was also the No. 3 video game franchise overall for the third year in the U.S., including toys and accessories. In addition, the latest two Skylanders games, Skylanders Giants and Skylanders Swap Force, both ranked in the top 5 of kids’ video games in 2013....

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Toys “R” Us Great Trade-In Event Reaches One Million Milestone

The Great Trade-In event by Toys “R” Us has resulted in the removal of more than one million pieces of used and potentially unsafe cribs, car seats, and other products since the program began in 2009. The company’s ninth “Great Trade-In” event began January 24 and run through February 17 in Babies “R” Us and Toys “R” Us stores nationwide. This year, Toys “R” Us has issued a call for action for customers to rid their homes of unsafe and old baby products and exchange them for savings on new items. During the event, stores will accept any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards, high chairs, toddler/twin beds, swings, walkers, bouncers, and entertainers in exchange for a 25 percent savings on the purchase of a new baby item in any of these categories. This program gives customers an opportunity to remove or replace old and hazardous products from their homes, garages, and attics. In addition to the event, Toys “R” Us offers supplementary resources to help parents and caregivers keep their children safe, such as the company’s dedicated safety...

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eKids Launches High Tech Stylus Creativity Crayons

eKids has launched a new line of Creativity Crayons, a new tablet and smartphone stylus designed for kids. The stylus comes with a soft rubber tip to make the mobile devices more user friendly. The Creativity Crayons came after the launch of the eKids Disney Creativity Studio app, where Disney artists provide step-by-step instructions to trace, draw, and color classic Disney characters. The Creativity Crayon takes the real life feel of a crayon and combines it with the advanced technological capabilities of the app. The styli come in a variety of characters, including Doc McStuffins, Minnie, and Mickey...

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