Author: Sierra McCleary-Harris

New Yo Gabba Gabba! Products Arrive at Toys “R” Us

Now in its fourth season on Nick Jr., Yo Gabba Gabba! is a live-action TV series and live stage show whose unconventional formula has created a triple stacked fan base. Jazwares will introduce new Yo Gabba Gabba! figures, plush, and electronics to the Toys “R” Us toy aisles this year. Featuring characters from the series, including Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex, and Toodee, the line includes electronics such as an interactive microphone, articulated figure assortments, and plush. Visit or for more info.  Check out some of the new products below!  3-Inch Figure with Accessories Assortment: Kids can act out their favorite show moments with the Yo Gabba Gabba!  3-inch Figure Assortment. Each 3-inch articulated figure includes a scenery accessory for added play value. Available figures include Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex, and Toodee styles. Freewheel Vehicles: Kids can get their “Sillies Out” with the Yo Gabba Gabba!  Freewheel Vehicle assortment. The plastic cars roll on any hard surface and include fan-favorite characters such as Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex, and Toodee. 7-Inch Plush Assortment: Fans will be able to Razzle dazzle with Yo Gabba Gabba!  7-inch Plush! The ultra-soft, ultra-squishy, and ultra-adorable plush characters feature sound and made of durable fabric. Roto Figures Multipack: There’s a party in the playroom with the Yo Gabba Gabba! Roto Figures Multipack! Multipack includes five non-articulated roto figures. Great for collectors and fans alike. Boombox Playset: Kids can turn up...

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President of Disney Consumer Products to Speak at PlayCon

Bob Chapek, president of Disney Consumer Products, has just been added to the lineup of industry professionals slated to speak at this year’s annual PlayCon, which will be held in Scottsdale, Ariz. from May 6 through 8. Chapek will share his vision for driving future growth at Disney Consumer Products. He will also discuss the recent acquisition of Lucasfilm and the integration of Star Wars into the portfolio of franchises, which includes Disney Princess, Toy Story, and The Avengers. For more info on PlayCon and its speakers, click...

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Major Publishing Deals Announced for Cut the Rope

ZeptoLab UK Limited and ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) have announced two publishing agreements aimed at the pre-teen market in the UK and Ireland. The deal was brokered by ITVS GE, licensing agent across all countries in the EU for Cut the Rope. The agreements are all part of a major period of Cut the Rope licensing activity throughout the year and well beyond, reconfirming the incredible popularity of the game and its cuddly, candy-munching star Om Nom. Pedigree Books, the UK leading publisher of children’s annuals, will release a Cut the Rope Annual 2014. Pedigree has released a Cut The Rope Sticker & Poster Activity Annual as well as Cut The Rope Super Doodle Activity Annual. These titles feature Om Nom and his friends in their adventures and will be available in a number of major UK retailers including Argos. Titan Magazines, one of the largest publishers of licensed entertainment properties in the U.S., UK, Australia, and New Zealand, is planning a series of three 36-page magazines for children ages 5 to 9. The magazines will contain a mixture of puzzles, games, features, posters, and comic strips. Each issue will also feature highly collectable gifts. The first gift will be an Om Nom sticker box, notebook, and pencil with a candy keychain. Available at a wide range of supermarkets, bookselling chains, and independent newsagents, the first in...

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Car Enthusiasts Can ‘Supe Up’ their Ride with Design Masters

Young car designers can detail their rides with Wooky Entertainment Inc.’s Design Masters collection of sophisticated technical drawing sketchbooks that put them in the drivers’ seat.  Developed specifically for boys, this year’s new “models” feature a range of Ford-licensed wheels for them to trace, color, and detail precisely to their own specifications. This year, Design Masters adds The Ford Motor Company to its “showroom” with five debut vehicle models. Each one presents base model vehicles and color instructions for kids ages 7 and up to follow or creatively interpret into their concept car. Artists get to choose the wheels, spoilers, bumpers, and emblem, as well as a range of car parts to create their very own vehicle designs. The new Design Masters offerings the existing lineup, which includes Lamborghini Gallardo, Aventador LP700-4, and Sesto Elemento sketchbooks. Wooky Entertainment has also launched a Design Masters website at...

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The Strong Welcomes New Chief Entomologist and Archivist

The Strong has announced two recent additions to its professional staff: Marisha Burgess has been hired as chief entomologist at The Strong where she provides primary oversight for all wildlife that inhabit the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden (including butterflies, birds, and small reptiles), as well as for the aquaria housed in the National Museum of Play. Julia N. Rossi has been hired as an archivist at the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong. Her full-time, two-year position coincides with a rapid acceleration of archival donations, particularly as they relate to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games. Rossi is responsible for appraising, accessioning, and processing both traditional and digital archival collections and institutional...

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