Sweet Suite 2016

Jakks Pacific Announces TMNT Toys for Fall

jakks_logo_new copyJAKKS Pacific Inc., in conjunction with Nickelodeon, has received the global licensing rights to manufacture, market, and distribute several new toys launching this fall that feature popular characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series.

The full line of JAKKS Pacific 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys includes XPV RC Skateboarding Mikey, where kids can control the turtle and have him perform skateboard tricks and incredible moves such as wheelies, 360s, one-footed spins and more; Big-Figs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 48.5-Inch Figures, which have five points of articulation and come with a weapon belt and two removable ninja swords; and Ba-BOOM-ies Blind Packs, where each balloon features favorite licenses and characters for collecting and trading.

Seasonal toys available now include the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fold N’ Go Chair, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Half Shell Heroes Turtles Extreme Basketball, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Activity Table Set, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 16-Inch Big Wheel, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color n’ Play Activity Playland.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

AdaptoysThe Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has created Adaptoys, adapted versions of popular toys that allow people with physical disabilities to experience actively playing with their families. The toys are equipped with voice activation, motion sensors, and sip-and-puff assistive technology.  [Read more...]

WowWee Launches Lumi Gaming Drone on Indiegogo

Lumi Drone LightsWowWee has launched the Lumi Gaming Drone on Indiegogo. The advanced, easy-to-fly quadcopter combines drone action with accessible controls. It features BeaconSense technology, where Lumi can fly itself while the user plays, directs, and commands the drone for app-based Gamified Flight. The technology within the drone makes Lumi best suited for indoor play, without fear of crashing into obstacles. Lumi’s features includes Lumi to the Beat, multi-drone play, Choreography Mode, obstacle avoidance, BeaconSense Technology, and a Follow-Me feature. [Read more...]

Barbie Launches Misty Copeland Doll

Mattel - Misty Copeland Barbie dollMattel has created a Barbie doll in Misty Copeland’s likeness as part of the Barbie Sheroes program, honoring female heroes who inspire girls. Copeland is the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and joins an esteemed group of diverse Barbie Sheroes, including Ava DuVernay, Eva Chen, Kristin Chenoweth, Sydney “Mayhem” Keiser, Trisha Yearwood, and Zendaya. [Read more...]

Toy State Introduces New Line of TMNT Vehicles

unnamedToy State secured a licensing partnership with Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) to design, develop, and manufacture lines of toy vehicles featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand.

The two-year deal will allow Toy State to create Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed vehicles that will be available this summer at major retailers across the EMEA region.

Toy State also recently added Barbie to its licensing portfolio, joining the company’s flagship Road Rippers and Nikko brands, as well as lines featuring licensed properties including Hot Wheels, Caterpillar, WWE, Thomas & Friends, and DC Super Friends.

Kohl’s Cares Offers Salina Yoon Books, Plush

Kohl's Cares Yoon Provided Image croppedThis summer, Kohl’s will sell children’s books from author and illustrator Salina Yoon as part of the Kohl’s Cares collection. The books and complementing accessories are priced at $5 each, with all of the profits benefiting kids’ health initiatives nationwide. The collection, which has raised almost $300 million to date, is available at all Kohl’s stores nationwide and Kohls.com now through the end of June. [Read more...]

Kobe Bryant, Panini America Team Up for Trading Card Set

Panini America Kobe HeroVillain BoxKobe Bryant has selected 21 favorite memories from his career, including one from each of his 20 seasons in the NBA and one honoring the day he was drafted, for a trading card set from Panini America. Bryant and Panini America teamed up to provide the ultimate retrospective recap from the HeroVillain perspective.

The exclusive Panini America set features two distinct 21-card HeroVillain packs. One pack features Kobe’s most inspiring moments, and the other recaps those moments in Bryant’s own words. There is also a five-card pack that gives collectors a chance at eye catching Red MVP, Blue O’Brien Trophy, Purple Eight, Gold Twenty Four, and the Rare Black Mamba parallels. There is also the opportunity for fans to find Bryant’s signature via a HeroVillain 21-card autograph set.

The box sets are currently available iCollectPanini.com, PaniniAuthentic.com, and KobeBryant.com.

Magformers Creates TMNT Building Sets

Magformers.TMNTMagformers has entered a licensing partnership with Nickelodeon to create a line of magnetic building kits for preschoolers inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

The Half-Shell Heroes sets allow preschoolers to build with Magformers squares and triangles to create Turtle Towers. Kids can match the characters to their colors and interchange them to tell their own story. [Read more...]

Jakks Pacific Launches R/C Vehicle Inspired by Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War

Jakks.RolloverRumblerJakks Pacific launched the XPV Marvel Avengers RC Rollover Rumbler vehicle, inspired by Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War film. Kids can ride as Captain America or Iron Man and maneuver flips and 360 degree moves. It is available now at major retailers.

Whiffer Sniffers Launches Second Wave of Series 2

WhifferSniffersSeries2Four new Whiffer Sniffers characters will hit store shelves this week as Part II of its second series. The line of scented plush characters expands to include Bearington Collection’s Original Whiffer Sniffers Milton Melon, the happy-go-lucky watermelon who loves to go fishing; Chip, a chocolate chip who spends his days perfecting dessert sauces; King Congo Coconut, the coconut king of soul, music, and cheer; and Sunny Pop, a sweet popsicle ice cream shop owner. [Read more...]