Sweet Suite 2016

Super Mario Run Coming to App Store this December

SuperMarioRun2Nintendo has developed Super Mario Run, a full-sized Super Mario Bros. action platformer designed specifically for mobile, which will be available first on Apple’s App Store this December. The app was announced at an Apple event in San Francisco, Calif. earlier today.

In the game, Mario runs on his own, but relies on the touch of a single finger to jump over obstacles, avoid enemies, and capture the flag pole to complete levels. Super Mario Run has a mode in which the player collects coins and heads for the goal, and a mode in which the player competes against the acrobatic moves of other people who have completed the same course. In addition, there is a mode where players can create their own Mushroom Kingdom based upon these play results. [Read more...]

Intex Entertainment Introduces Family Games Inspired by Nestlē Candy Brands

IntexNestleIntex Enterainment Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with Nestlē for a new line of candy-themed family games.

This partnership allows Intex Entertainment to produce games using popular Nestlē brands, such as Nerds, Laffy Taffy, Pixy Stix, SweeTARTS, Runts, Butterfinger, Crunch, and others. From the Laffy Taffy Guess-the-Joke game to the Nerds Dancin’ Dice game, each product in the range takes elements of the candy brands and creates a unique play experience for the whole family. The initial product assortment will be available this fall at major retailers across North America.

Fans Reveal Star Wars Rogue One Toy Line

RogueOneA team of Star Wars superfans today revealed the new toy line for the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie with a series of fan-made animated shorts launching on the Star Wars YouTube channel.

As part of a competition in collaboration with creative network Tongal, the team was assembled to write, direct, and produce original, fan-made stop-motion shorts starring key toys from the new line. The series also kicked off a global user generated contest that asked fans to share their own “Rogue Stories.” [Read more...]

Moose Toys Launches Shopkins Golden Ticket Hunt

ShopkinsGoldenTicketMoose Toys launched the first-ever Shopkins Golden Ticket Hunt, a nationwide treasure hunt to celebrate Shopkins fans and the fifth season of the collectible.

Five golden tickets have been randomly hidden inside a Shopkins Season 5 2-pack, 5-pack, or 12-pack across the U.S. Fans who find one of the five golden tickets will win a trip to Melbourne, Australia, the home of Shopkins. There will also be a drawing for a mail-in entrant to win a sixth trip. Upon arrival, winners will be greeted by Shopkins characters, attend their own private Shopkins Party, where they will get to meet the designers from the world of Shopville. [Read more...]

Sago Mini Characters Make Publishing Debut

SagoMiniBooksBonnier Publishing USA’s licensed property and pop culture-focused Sizzle Press will release a series of original storybooks starring the characters featured in the Sago Mini apps for toddlers and preschoolers.

Two titles will be released on Sept. 20, including Jinja’s Surprise!, where kids will use their fingers to help keep the festivities a surprise, and Cozy Christmas: A Touch-and-Feel Book, which will take readers caroling with the Sago Mini friends. [Read more...]

Toy State to Debut NASCAR Products at Michigan International Speedway

TSleftToy State will unveil the latest products from its flagship Nikko and Road Rippers brands this Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. The company will debut its NASCAR-themed cars in advance of this weekend’s Spring Cup race, part of global licensing agreements signed with NASCAR and various NASCAR teams late last year. [Read more...]

Future of Play Introduces MagicMeeMees

MagicMeeMeesFuture of Play debuted MagicMeeMees, a new line of collectible figures. MagicMeeMees respond to motion and light thanks to the figures’ built-in technology, and allows kids to interact with other MagicMeeMees characters. The first season has 24 characters to collect—eight available now as single packs, and four more, which will come exclusively with the first four play set lands of MeeMeeopolis. In addition, 26 blind bag food items, Yummee Surprises, are available to purchase.

The Wish Factory, Saban Brands Partner for Power Rangers Kawaii Cubes

WishFactorySabanThe Wish Factory LLC partnered with Saban Brands to manufacture and develop a line of Kawaii Cubes based on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series. The licensed collectibles are stackable plush that come in multiple sizes.

“We strive to continuously create engaging experiences for the Power Rangers brand with innovative partners such as The Wish Factory,” says Janet Hsu, chief executive officer of Saban Brands. “The success of Kawaii Cubes is undeniable and the new collection inspired by the Power Rangers is sure to resonate with fans globally.”

Green Toys Launches Storybooks

GreenToysBooksGreen Toys is entering into the book category for the first time with Green Toys Storybooks. The first season of the line will feature three titles and features toys and characters from the Green Toys world.

The titles in the line include Train Off the Rails with Kody and DotBoats Built for Speed with Davey and Pearl, and Mixed-Up Trucks with Baxter, Rosie, and Gus. The pages of the book support “Guided Play,” which will help develop language skills, emotional intelligence, and abstract thinking. The characters in the stories face challenges they must identify and overcome with problem solving and teamwork. The Storybooks are printed on 100-percent post-consumer recycled paper using soy ink. [Read more...]

Alex Brands Launches Lil Lockitz

Lil-Lockitz-Memory-Studio--pTRU1-23820130dtAlex Brands launched Lil Lockitz, a line of custom lockets for kids to personalize. Kids can make necklaces, bracelets, and key chains with the lockets they design themselves.

The initial collection features eight products, including Memory Studio, Best Friend Party Pack, which makes 18 lockets for necklaces, bracelets, and key chains; Selfie Set, with lockets featuring a selfie or photo with friends; Pets Set, which makes six lockets featuring kids’ favorite animals; Sweets Set, featuring sweet treat charms; and Vacay, Rock Star, or Juice Bar Set, with which kids can create three keepsake lockets, themed as their favorite vacation, rock ‘n roll, or fruit charms. [Read more...]