Nintendo Has a Huge Yarn to Share in Mega Yarn Yoshi

Nintendo Yoshi amiiboRecently, Nintendo released an update on its upcoming amiibo, which will include a giant yarn version of its popular video game character, Yoshi.

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VTech’s Flipsies Is Now Available Everywhere

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Flipsies Sandy’s House & Ocean Cruiser, from VTech

Flipsies, a new line from VTech combining traditional role play with collectible dolls, accessories, and VTech’s proprietary MagicPoint interactive technology, is now available everywhere. Flipsies offers a variety of ways to play and has eight introductory themes that encourage girls to be anything they want to be, whether it’s a doctor, a marine biologist, a teacher, a baker, a rock star, a veterinarian, a fashion designer, or a princess.

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My Friend Cayla Now Available at U.S. Retailers

MyFriendCaylaMy Friend Cayla, from toy manufacturer Genesis, officially arrives at toy retailers in the U.S. this week. Both Wal-Mart and Target are among the confirmed retailers selling the talking doll, which had only been available outside the U.S.

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Rashti & Rashti Acquires Prestige Toy Corporation

RashtiandRashtiRashti & Rashti has acquired Prestige Toy Corporation, a producer of infant plush toy products. Along with the Prestige brand, Rashti & Rashti has obtained several licenses for plush through the deal, including Elf on a Shelf, Fisher Price, Sesame Street, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and both Garanimals and Grin and Grow, which are exclusive to Wal-Mart.

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Alex Brands Celebrates 70 Years of Slinky with Video Contest

SlinkySlinky is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, and Alex Brands is looking for fans to post a video of themselves or their kids singing the Slinky Jingle (See video below). For every video posted on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #SlinkyDay70 hashtag, Alex Brands will donate one Slinky toy to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, with a maximum donation of 1,000 Slinky toys.

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ABC Kids Expo Returns to Las Vegas in October

ABCKidsExpoHeaderThe 2015 ABC Kids Expo, hosted by All Baby and Child Corporation, will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 18 to 21. The expo is the largest trade event in the Western Hemisphere for the baby and juvenile category, and ranks as the 47th largest expo in North America regardless of industry. The event draws nearly 15,000 people each year from around the world and occupies approximately one million feet of exhibit space.

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Trulia Values Malibu-Based Toymaker’s Luxury Mansion at $6 Million

Playmobil,TruliaOver at the Trulia Blog, Playmobil is apparently searching for a buyer for its Bauhaus-style Modern Luxury Mansion, which Trulia has valued at $6,014,503. The house is two floors, 5,676 square feet, and includes a guesthouse and pool.

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LeapFrog Unleashes Epic New Tablet, LeapFrog Epic

LeapFrog Epic in boxFor the first time, LeapFrog is offering its learning content on a tablet made specifically for sale in the consumer electronics section of stores. The LeapFrog Epic, from LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., tablet adapts as a child grows, delivering access to personalized learning experiences that auto-level with a child’s progress.

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Stikbot, from Zing, Uses App to Create, Animate, and Share Stop-Motion Videos

Zing Toy StikbotZing has launched Stikbot, which features a poseable figure with suction cup hands and feet that adhere to almost any flat surface. A free mobile app available on iOS and Android, StikBot Studio, allows users to snap individual photos and stitch them together into a stop-motion film.

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Digital Kids Summit to Explore Trends in Connected Play

Digital Kids Summit logoToy and entertainment industry professionals with an interest in emerging technologies impacting play are invited to attend the Digital Kids Summit, taking place September 9 to 10 in San Francisco. The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Genius of Play initiative will be featured as an event sponsor.

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