Surprise Ride Launches e-Shop, Makes Past Gift Boxes Available

ImageSurpriseRideIn time for the holidays, Surprise Ride is launching its first e-shop featuring past gift boxes, which include such themes as Ancient Egypt, Superheroes, and Volcanoes. Every month, Surprise Ride fosters creativity by providing a curated box of activities for kids ages 6 to 11 that promotes hands-on learning.

Each box teaches kids something new about the world, and past activities have included painting in the style of van Gogh, exploring the science behind how things glow in the dark, and making organic chocolate from scratch. Surprise Ride is also debuting its first limited edition holiday box, allowing kids to make their own DIY gifts.

USAopoly Releases Doctor Who Edition Yahtzee Game

Nov14.USAopolyA collector’s edition Yahtzee game based on the Dalek from the TV series, Doctor Who, hits shelves this fall. Produced by USAopoly under license from Hasbro, Inc. and BBC Worldwide North America, the special edition game allows fans to exterminate their enemies by rolling classic Yahtzee dice combinations such as a full house and large straight. It also includes a collectible Dalek dice shaker, custom dice that feature Doctor Who iconic items, a score pad, pencil, and instructions.

The Doctor Who Dalek Collector’s Edition game is available now at specialty retailers.

DuneCraft Offers a Clear Choice with Ultimate Habitat Kit

t440_efcdcf52146bc28b57fdd538881c7420DuneCraft has introduced Ultimate Habitat, an eco-friendly habitat kit for children to raise tree frogs, hermit crabs, turtles, newts, and more.

The habitat includes a pool with variable depths, planting holes, and several sitting ledges to fit the needs of any small critter. The habitat’s clear underwater viewing side allows children to watch their amphibious pets move from dry land to water. Decorative accessories and plants, which create the proper ecosystem for any small creature, are also included. The lid is equipped with a positive lock system to make sure it stays put.

Osmo Combines the iPad with Camera, Game Pieces, and Apps

osmoOsmo, a new game that incorporates a tablet with real play, is now available. It consists of a reflective camera, game pieces, and mobile apps that incorporate an iPad into the games.

With Osmo, the physical space in front of the tablet is transformed into an interactive environment that turns any object into a digitally connected game piece, or captures physical drawings and makes them digital in real time.

The company has three games designed for kids ages 6 to 12: Newton, Tangram, and Words. More information is available at www.playosmo.com.

American Girl to Open Shop-in-Shop Boutiques in Mexico

AmericanGirlAmerican Girl has partnered with El Palacio de Hierro, Mexico’s largest high-end retailer, to bring its line of products to Mexico, the company’s second international location.

Visitors to the new American Girl specialty boutiques will find a curated assortment of the company’s most popular products, including the My American Girl personalized, contemporary doll line and the annually-launched Girl of the Year dolls. They will also carry a selection of the company’s Dress Like Your Doll clothing for girls, as well as American Girl books, which will be translated into Spanish. In addition, there will be the signature Doll Hair Salon.

 The first two American Girl shop-in-shop boutiques will open next summer at El Palacio de Hierro’s Perisur and Interlomas locations in Mexico City, followed by a third boutique at the Polanco location in next fall.

Adora’s Designed by Kids for Kids Program Brings Ideas to Life

adoradollsisabellacato Pretty Little Cowgirl OutfitAdora Dolls has announced the latest winner of its Designed by Kids for Kids program. Isabella C., an 8-year-old from Florida, designed the ”Pretty Little Cowgirl” outfit that will be added to production next year.

The program, which is in its second year, encourages young designers to submit drawings in hopes of seeing their ideas come to life. The winner also gets to select their favorite charity to receive a donation from Adora Dolls.

 

 

 

Moose Toys Is Ready to Throw Down with Mutant Mania

MutantManiaMoose Toys has kicked off the retail launch of Mutant Mania, a new collectible toy line featuring wacky, mix-and-match wrestlers. Each customizable figure is created using an interchangeable head, torso, and legs, so kids can swap out a piece to create a new mutant wrestler.

The line includes a Mutant Masher vehicle, a Rampage Arena play set, and more than 120 characters to collect. The Mutant Mania Rampage Arena lets kids put their built-up wrestlers to battle, and even launch them into the ring.

Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us, Mutant Mania is intended for kids ages 5 and up.

GBI Encourages Children with Secret Millionaires Club: Grow Your Own Business Challenge

SMC2_LE_LOGO_2012_NEW2Genius Brands International (GBI) has launched its 4th Annual Secret Millionaires Club Grow Your Own Business Challenge. The national online competition was created to encourage kids to be entrepreneurial and to practice good financial habits from an early age.

Kids ages 7 to 14 are invited to submit original business ideas for consideration in the competition. Five individuals and three groups will be selected as finalists to present their ideas to Warren Buffett and a panel of VIP judges next May.

Grand prize winners will each be awarded $5,000 and invited to nominate a teacher who was most inspirational in the process to win up to $1,000. Full rules and entry instructions are available at www.smckids.com.

Lego Bionicle Fights New Evil in Latest Line of Figures

The Lego Group unveiled its newest line in the Lego Bionicle franchise at New York Comic Con. The new product information, principle graphic design, and video short released at the event are based on a new storyline launching next year.

The new plot takes place on the mythical island of Okoto, where the evil Makuta is overcome by the desire for the island’s three mythic masks that will cast the world into darkness. Six heroes called the Toa must embark on a quest to unlock their elemental powers and battle the forces of evil, defeat Makuta, and save Okoto.

Beginning next January, six new protector sets and six Toa sets will be available at major retailers.

Modarri, a Different Kind of Toy Car, Arrives at Retail

ModarriModarri, from Thoughtfull Toys, launched at American International Toy Fair in February, and now the car line is hitting retail stores.

Modarri is a kind of miniature car that’s driven with the fingers using realistic steering and suspension. Recommended for ages 8 and up (though not for ages 0 to 3 due to small parts), users can design their own unique cars by swapping parts from one vehicle to another using the included Hex Tool.

Each modular car includes a chassis, hood/windshield, seat pan, seat, fenders and frame, hex tool, four wheels, front suspension, and rear suspension. The line is launching with a Street Car S1, Dirt Car X1, and Track Car T1. In addition, the DIY model allows users to make custom vehicles with their own paint jobs.

Thoughtfull Toys had created a Kickstarter project for Modarri, which finished at more than $69,000, or more than 300 percent of its funding goal. The group successfully raised a second round of financing from accredited investors, with a focus on website development to make the car line interactive and digital as well as physical.