Sweet Suite 2016

Folkmanis Puppets Celebrates 40 Years

Folkmanis Puppets ImageTo celebrate the induction of the puppet into the National Toy Hall of Fame, Folkmanis Puppets launched its 40th year with several new designs. The line will be shown at The North American International Toy Fair 2016 in New York City from Feb. 13 to 16. [Read more...]

Care Bears & Cousins Season 2 Premieres on Netflix

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The American Greetings Entertainment Netflix Original Series Care Bears & Cousins premieres its second season today. The gang of Care Bears Cousins from the Forest of Feelings is back with six new episodes on Netflix’s streaming service.

Care Bears & Cousins premiered around the world last fall. The brand also has a robust social media following, more than 5 million views of new and classic videos on YouTube, and has a portfolio of popular apps for mobile devices. [Read more...]

Nintendo to Release First App for Smart Devices


MiitomoNintendo will launch its first app, Miitomo, in March for iOS and Andriod phones and tablets. Miitomo allows its users to use Mii characters to interact with friends, start conversations, and ask each other questions such as, “Do you believe in aliens?” or “What song has been stuck in your head lately?” Players will also have the ability to use a Miifoto feature take and share photos featuring their Mii. [Read more...]

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Video Game Set to Launch This Summer

LegoDimensionsStarWarsWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm will release LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 28. The new game allows players to relive the action from the blockbuster, and will introduce new gameplay mechanics and new story content exploring the time between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing additional insight about the new movie and its characters. [Read more...]

Bandai America to Unveil Toy Line for Zag Heroez Series Miraculous

MiraculousBandai America will showcase its toy line for the new animated series Miraculous during the North American International Toy Fair from Feb. 13 to 16. The series’ first season premiered on Nickelodeon, having already debuted in France and Korea with consistent number one ratings.

Bandai will introduce an assortment of toys centered on aspirational action play, transformation and friendship. Targeted to girls ages 4-8, the Miraculous toy line is set to launch this fall at mass and specialty retailers across the globe. [Read more...]

Disney Announces Global Release of Star Wars Tsum Tsum Collection

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 4.10.13 PMDisney Store today unveiled the newest characters as a part of their Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection, first introduced at Disney Store in Japan in 2013. [Read more...]

Wicked Cool Toys, Alchemy II Team Up to Relaunch Teddy Ruxpin

WickedCoolTeddyRuxpinWicked Cool Toys and Alchemy II partnered to relaunch the Teddy Ruxpin brand and franchise globally with toys, content, and a comprehensive licensed merchandising program.

Teddy Ruxpin launched in 1985 as the world’s first animated talking toy. Returning in fall 2017, the new Teddy Ruxpin will engage with a new generation of kids with interactive adventures and new technology.

IAmElemental to Debut Season 2: Wisdom at Toy Fair

hr+IAE_S2_back-largeIAmElemental will reveal Series 2: Wisdom at the North American International Toy Fair from February 13 through 16. The design of the action figures will continue to represent a strong, healthy female figure, and the series of seven figures are inspired by ancient warriors and modern superheroes. [Read more...]

Toy State Partners for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vehicles

ToyStateLogoToy State has secured a licensing partnership with Nickelodeon to design, develop, and manufacture lines of toy vehicles featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles entertainment brand. The three-year deal will allow Toy State to create Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed lights and sound, preschool, and radio-controlled vehicles. Product will be available in mid-2016 at major retailers. [Read more...]

Barbie Expands Fashionistas Line with Three New Body Types

Mattel Barbie Body TypesBarbie adds three new body types to its Fashionistas line—tall, curvy, and petite—and a variety of skin tones, hairstyles, and outfits.

The new line for the year now includes four body types (the original and three new bodies), seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles, and on-trend fashions and accessories. The original line, which started last year, included 23 dolls with new skin tones, hair colors, and a flat foot.

The new dolls will be available to order today at Shop.Mattel.com in the U.S., and the collection will be available in the spring at major toy retailers worldwide.