Merriam-Webster and Publications International to Launch Large-Print Puzzle Books

Merriam-Webster and Publications International have signed a licensing partnership to develop and market a line of large-print puzzle books under the Merriam-Webster brand. JRL Group, Merriam-Webster’s licensing agency, brokered the deal.

The Merriam-Webster 10-book Puzzle Set is a large-print, soft cover, easy-to-read set containing the titles Circle Worlds, Crosswords, Fill-Ins, Scramblers, Word Games, and Word Search.

Barbie Makes First Heroic Debut in New Movie, Barbie in Princess Power

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment BarbieBarbie will make her first heroic debut in an all-new adventure, Barbie in Princess Power. The movie will be released on Digital HD on February 17, 2015, and on Blue-Ray Combo Pack and DVD March 3, 2015. For a limited time, consumers can get a Super Sparkle Mask with the purchase of the Blue-Ray Combo Pack and DVD.

In the movie, Barbie stars as Kara, a modern-day princess who was kissed by a magical butterfly. Soon after, she discovers she has super powers, allowing her to transform into Super Sparkle, her secret, crime fighting alter ego. Soon after, her jealous cousin captures the butterfly and also transforms, but into the nemesis Dark Sparkle. They realize the power of friendship when they discover the kingdom’s true enemy.

Bonus features include a “Soaring” music video, “Superhero Beat” music video, outtakes, “Anything is Possible” Barbie anthem with the band Fifth Harmony, and Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse episode “Mission Impawsible.”

MakerBot Launches MakerBot-Ready Apps Portal with Developers Across Web, Tablet, and Mobile Platforms

MakerAppPortalMakerBot is launching its MakerBot-Ready Apps Portal, showcasing a new platform for 3-D designs, characters, educational content, games, and more designed to work with MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

Eight apps are debuting in the MakerBot-Ready Apps Portal. The apps are accessible via makerbot.com/readyapps, and are part of the MakerBot Developer Program launched earlier this summer, which aims to provide developers with the resources needed to integrate with the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, plus access to the growing 3-D printing market. MakerBot-Ready Apps are available for desktop, mobile, tablet, and web-based app platforms; and developers gain unprecedented access to the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform for iOS, Android, web, and more.

MakerBot-Ready Apps in the MakerBot-Ready Apps Portal include: [Read more...]

Next Lego Ninjago Video Game Slated for Next Spring

LEGO Ninjago_Shadow of Ronin_Announce ArtTo celebrate International Ninja Day, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and The Lego Group announced that the next installment of Lego Ninjago franchise, Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin, will be available for Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita next spring. Developed by TT Fusion, a subsidiary of TT Games, the latest Lego handheld game delivers an untold story of the Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu TV show.

In Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin, players will battle through iconic locales from the TV series, including the Ice Temple, the Toxic Bogs, and a mysterious new island, as well as visit the mountain village of Spinjago, where the Ninjas are training with Grand Sensei Dareth and Sensei Wu. Using their Spinjitzu abilities, players can unleash their Ninja’s elemental power and smash their way through enemies and solve puzzles. They can even team up and create multi-elemental builds using the Tornado of Creation.

Disney Expands Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Merchandise Ahead of the Holiday Season

GG-408-1.EM Product Shot[2]Following the box office success of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney Consumer Products will launch new toys for the holiday season. The product release will coincide with the DVD and Blu-Ray launch of the film on December 9.

The new toy and collectible lineup will include KIDdesigns‘ Dancing Groot toy. Other key products include Funko‘s POP! Marvel: Dancing Groot Bobble-head, Funko’s Fabrikations Guardians of the Galaxy–Rocket Raccoon collectible, Hot Wheels‘ Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon Character Cars, Just Play’s Rocket Raccoon Plush, and Dragon Models’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord Model Kit.

Cloud b and MaxLove Project to Launch Super Max the Turtle to Help Fight Childhood Cancers

CLOUD B LOGOCloud b and MaxLove Project are teaming up to introduce the new Super Max the Turtle, which features the same glowing starlight projections as the original Twilight Turtle, but in a new compact version. Similar to the original, Super Max the Turtle has a 45-minute, auto shut-off timer that ensures complete darkness during children’s deep sleep as recommended by pediatricians.

The partnership between MaxLove Project and Cloud b dates back in 2011, when both teamed up to donate and distribute more than $100,000 worth of Twilight Turtles to kids fighting cancer and related rare diseases around the world.

An included booklet features the story of Super Max the Turtle, a regular turtle who becomes SuperMax, a rainbow-caped super hero with a shining light that heals those in need. Super Max the Turtle will be available early next year, initially at Learning Express and www.cloudb.com. Cloud b is donating a portion of its proceeds to the MaxLove Project, a non-profit that empowers families fighting childhood cancers and life-threatening conditions. One of MaxLove Project’s focuses is to empower kids to fight their illnesses by donating Cloud b’s Twilight Turtles.

On December 2, Cloud b Advisory Board member Audra DiPadova Wilford was recognized as one of ten L’Oreal Paris 2014 Women of Worth honorees at the annual event in New York City.

Ultimate NES Remix Coming to Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

N3DS_UltimateNESRemix_boxartWith Ultimate NES Remix for the Nintendo 3DS, players can head back to the days of two-button controllers and game packs with 16 of Nintendo’s classic NES games such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, and Kid Icarus. Combining the best of the NES Remix and NES Remix 2 games for Wii U, Ultimate NES Remix lets players battle and race on the go. A NES Remix Pack for Wii U will also launch in stores, combining NES Remix and NES Remix 2 into one package.

Fans who have played both NES Remix and NES Remix 2 on Wii U will find new features and modes of play in Ultimate NES Remix. Each challenge in the game has its own leaderboard, meaning players with broadband Internet access can compare their best times or top scores with other players in their regions. Players with friends registered on their Nintendo 3DS system can also compare clear times or top scores.

Ultimate NES Remix is now available in stores, at nintendo.com, or in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. The NES Remix Pack for Wii U is also available in retail stores.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Launches Line of Kids Products

britannicakidsEncyclopaedia Britannica Inc. has partnered with Phoenix International Publications Inc. to develop and market a line of educational products under the Britannica Kids brand. JRL Group, Encyclopaedia Britannica’s licensing agency, brokered the deal.

The first product, Britannica Interactive Animal Library, is an 8-book boxed set including the titles Tooth & Claw, Reptiles, Birds, Bugs, Extinct Animals, Amazing Mammals, Sea Animals, and Hoof & Horns. Each book contains interesting facts and questions as well as vivid photos and illustrations about a number of captivating animals. The set also includes an interactive pen that lights up and provides audio answers to the quiz at the end of each section. Britannica Interactive Animal Library is now available at retailers including Costco, Costco Canada, and Toys “R” Us.

Moose Toys Lines Up New Shopkins Licensees for Toys and Games

ShopkinsSmallMart_LifestyleMoose Toys has an impressive group of new licensees joining Shopkins’ licensed merchandise program for the U.S. and Canadian market. The new deals were brokered by The Licensing Shop Inc. Licensed products will include board games and puzzles from Pressman Toys, plush from Imports Dragon, novelty toys and trading card games from Bulls-i-Toys, art activity and craft products from Creative Kids, and more. The bulk of the products will be for the back-to-school season next year.

Shopkins hit retail shelves in June, and has since sold out in stores nationwide.

New Skylanders Toys Arrive in Time for the Holidays (with Corrected Release Date)

WinterLobStar This holiday season will see new Skylanders figures from Activision Publishing Inc, as well as play sets and construction sets from PowerA and Mega Brands, respectively.

The FunPlay HideAway play sets, from PowerA, enable fans to both store and play with their favorite Skylanders. The line is going to expand to include Dr. Krankcase’s Lair.

Meanwhile, the Skylanders-themed construction sets from Mega Brands will soon include the Cut Throat Carnival set. [Read more...]