Jakks Pacific Renews Agreement with Black+Decker for New Line of Toy Power Tools

jakks_logoJakks Pacific Inc. has renewed a licensing agreement with Black+Decker for multiple role-play toy categories in the Black+Decker Junior line. The new agreement grants Jakks Pacific the rights to manufacture and distribute Black+Decker Junior toys in North America and Latin America. [Read more...]

Creative Licensing Corporation Partners with USAopoly for Terminator Yahtzee

TerminatorYahtzeeAs reported by Creative Licensing Corporation, USAopoly will incorporate the classic film, The Terminator, into the board game, Yahtzee. As part of the resulting Yahtzee Collector’s Edition, the Terminator’s infamous endoskeleton will serve as the cup that holds the dice. The game will be available from retailers across the U.S. and Canada this summer.

Lego Group Partners with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on Scooby-Doo Building Sets

Lego ScoobyDooThe Lego Group is partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to develop Lego building sets inspired by animated franchise, Scooby-Doo. Five new building sets will bring characters such as Shaggy, Scooby, and the rest of the gang to life in Lego form for the first time ever.

The sets will include the Mummy Museum Mystery, the Haunted Lighthouse, and the Mystery Mansion. These are scheduled to arrive on store shelves in August.

In related news, there will be a 22-minute, animated Lego special featuring Scooby-Doo, and produced in partnership with Warner Bros. Animation. Warner Bros. Animation will also be producing made-for-video movie titles, which will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment during the coming years.

Monopoly Turns 80 with New Products, Entertainment, and Events

Monopoly80AnniversaryEditionThis year, Hasbro Inc. will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Monopoly by offering multiple ways to experience the gaming brand, including new products, entertainment, and events. The Monopoly 80th Anniversary Edition game features a vintage-styled board, cards, and money, as well as wooden houses and hotels. It also has the classic tokens such as the lantern and the bag of money.

In addition, the game is coming to TV screens through a nationally syndicated weekly game show, Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, hosted by Bill Gardell. It will air on the Game Show Network later this year.

Monopoly fans from all over the world can gather to celebrate the brand’s anniversary at the Monopoly World Championship event, scheduled for September 7 to 9 at The Venetian in Macau. Fans can also join in on the conversation at facebook.com/monopoly or by using the hashtag #MONOPOLY80.

Funko Has New Toys Ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron

This March, Funko will have a range of new items based on Avengers: Age of Ultron. Along with Pop! Marvel: Avengers: Age of Ultron figures, there will be Mystery Minis, Pop! Keychains, Fabrikations, and Mini Wacky Wobblers.

Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theaters on May 1.

FremantleMedia Signs Master Toy Deal with Jazwares for Tree Fu Tom

Jazwares,TreeFuJazwares has signed the master toy rights for FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment’s pre-school series, Tree Fu Tom. Under the terms of the deal, Jazwares will take on the role of global manufacturer and distribute a new range of toys in the UK, Asia, North America, and Latin America. A variety of distributors will manage the range in other key territories. [Read more...]

Kids Can Be Spy Mission Heroes with Chrono Bomb from Patch Products

Jan19.ChronoBombPatch Products is bringing France’s popular Chrono Bomb game to the U.S. The game is a secret spy mission, where kids use included clamps and a string to create a pretend laser field to crawl through. Kids must make it to the end of the maze to defuse the bomb, which will tick down faster if the string is bumped.

The game encourages kids to get up and move around. Different courses can be played, or kids can race each other against the clock to see who can diffuse the bomb the quickest. Kids can also use a smartphone to download a free companion app, where they can scan special cards to receive extra secret missions.

Madame Alexander and NASCAR Join Forces for New Dolls

madamealexanderThe Madame Alexander Doll Company has entered a partnership with NASCAR Team Properties to design and develop new NASCAR play doll collections, including dolls featuring superstar Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. [Read more...]

New Nintendo 3DS XL Gets a U.S. Release Date

NewNintendo3DSThe New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch in the U.S. on February 13, according to a Nintendo Direct presentation today. The upcoming system features a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons, super-stable 3-D via face-tracking technology, and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures.

The system also enhances certain games like Super Smash Bros. with amiibo functionality, faster processing speeds, and more control options when compared to the Nintendo 3DS system. In addition to the standard New Red and New Black, two other New Nintendo 3DS XL designs will be available at launch: one featuring artwork inspired by the soon-to-be-released The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and one based on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, available exclusively at GameStop with the game pre-installed.

Release Date Announced for Fully Illustrated, Hardcover Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Cropped,HermioneJimKayThis October, Scholastic will publish a new, fully illustrated hardcover edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, marking the first time a fully illustrated Harry Potter book has been published.

Published globally on October 6, the deluxe hardcover edition will be full color throughout, and will include an elegant ribbon marker and illustrated endpapers. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone features artwork by Jim Kay, a Kate Greenaway Medal winner. [Read more...]