Sweet Suite 2016

Hasbro Announces Finalists in Crowdfunding Gaming Challenge

hasbroHasbro has announced the top five finalists in its search for a face-to-face party game. A team of Hasbro game experts and designers has narrowed the submissions down to five finalists, which are: [Read more...]

Diamond Select Toys Reveals X-Files Toy Plans for 2016

XFilesDiamond Select Toys will release a line of toys in honor of The X-Files returning to Fox this January based on the original TV series as well as items from the new 2016 event series.

A two-pack of Minimates captures Mulder and Scully in their new looks as fully posable 2-inch mini-figures, and is currently available for pre-order through comic shops. Diamond Select is also offering a pair of 4-inch Vinimates – static vinyl figures sculpted in the Minimates style. [Read more...]

Moose Toys Expands Shopkins Craze with App and Shoppies Dolls

ShoppiesDollMoose Toys has launched the Shopkins: Welcome to Shopville app and the Shoppies Dolls. With the first official Shopkins app, fans can explore Shopville and play mini games with their favorite Shopkins characters from all three seasons. Featuring five shops to play among, fans can go shopping in the Small Mart, stock up on candy at the Candy Shop, help sort the Shopkins in the Homewares store, bake a cupcake in the Cupcake Shop, and discover a new secret store. The app is free to download on the iTunes and Google Play stores.  [Read more...]

Three Sesame Street Comic Books to Release this Fall

SesameStreetComicsApe Entertainment, in partnership with Sesame Workshop, has released three comic books featuring the case of the children’s show Sesame Street. The original titles will launch throughout the fall in print and e-book formats. The individual issues are produced in full color, and each 28-page short story will emphasize educational and entertaining content for young readers.

The comic books star Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, and all of the familiar friends from Sesame Street. Another Sunny Day was released on October 28; Blast from the Past will be available on November 23; and Many Friendly Neighbors will be available on January 1. Every issue includes a “How to Read a Comic” feature, which highlights a different aspect of how parents can best share comic books with kids, such as learning what a panel is and how sounds are visually represented. [Read more...]

Care Bears Belly Match Available for iOS and Android

care bearCare Bears Belly Match, a free-to-play match-three game from Ubisoft in partnership with American Greetings Entertainment, is now available for Apple and Android devices.

Players are able to test themselves against boss battles featuring the mischievous Beastly and time challenges. They journey through the land of Care-a-Lot and match as many belly-badges as possible before their time runs out, making Care-a-Lot a happy place again. Care Bears Belly Match can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Spin Master Appoints Nancy Zwiers as Chief Marketing Officer

NancyNancy Zwiers is joining Spin Master Corp. as chief marketing officer, effective November 19. She has worked with Spin Master as a consultant since 2002.

Zwiers became a part of the toy industry in 1990 with Mattel, where she held senior positions. As founder and CEO of consulting firm Funosophy Inc., Zwiers has spent 16 years helping more than 200 clients to build and expand their brands. She has also helped in strategy development for franchises and conducted research on kids and play.

Hasbro Announces 2016 Yo-kai Watch Lineup

YoKaiWatchHasbro is launching a new line of toys and accessories based on the Japanese franchise Yo-kai Watch. The toys will include a watch like the one that character uses in the show, collectible items, and plush toys. The Hasbro line will launch in January, and the animated series will air in the U.S. on Disney XD this fall.

In addition, kids can discover the world of Yo-kai Watch in the Yo-Kai Land app. They can bring the Yo-kai characters to life, register their toy medallions to unlock bonus features in the app, explore Yo-kai character bios, and play games. The app will be available on iOS and Android systems.

The story of Yo-Kai centers around a young boy who gets a special watch empowering him to discover and summon mysterious Yo-kai that help him solve problems in his daily life, usually caused by other trouble-making Yo-kai.

VTech Announces InnoTV

67a46fb2-d066-46ee-b67d-87a5f1f734a3.HRVTech has introduced InnoTV, an educational TV-connected gaming system designed for preschoolers. InnoTV includes a wireless controller and learning games that introduce kids to language arts, math, science, STEM, and more.

InnoTV features a console with built-in Wi-Fi, a wireless controller with smart wheel and wrist strap, four learning games, two multi-player games, and 8GB of memory. New software titles feature popular characters  including Frozen, Paw Patrol, Miles from Tomorrowland, Sofia the First, and Doc McStuffins.

Laser Pegs Launches Product Concepts, Expands Lines

Lava PegsLaser Pegs Ventures introduced the Lava Peg Power Base and the Light Up Pull Back Motor at the Fall Toy Preview show in Dallas. The company is also expanding its product lines to include seventeen new kits.

The Lava Peg is a power base and building set that has a light up tube with colorful and bubbly child-safe liquid at its core. It is compatible with all other Laser Pegs kits and major brick construction brands, and has a rechargeable USB battery. The Lava Peg Power Base will launch as part of Stealth, a four-in-one kit. Following the initial release of the Stealth kit, the Lava Peg will be available as a standalone power base in various colors for toy retailers worldwide. [Read more...]

Rovio, Painting Lulu Enter Licensing Partnership

PaintingLuluPainting Lulu has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Rovio to extend its coloring line to include the Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds fans will soon be able to color the characters from the app and movie with the new coloring sets. [Read more...]