Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Toy Line to Expand

DanielTigerThe Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood product line will include more products and enter major retail chains this year. Jakks Pacific will expand the brand’s range of toys, as well as venture into new categories including books and costumes, the latter through its Disguise division. In addition, University Games will offer puzzles and games such as the Colorform Deluxe Playset.

The new toys and games are part of an overall retail expansion, which includes Kmart and Target introducing a selection of licensed merchandise, and Barnes & Noble launching a full line of books from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing under Simon Spotlight. Daniel Tiger Neighborhood products will also be introduced to Canadian retailers for the first time.

Mattel’s BOOMco Set to Blast Off!

BC_LogoMattel has released BOOMco, a new line of blasters available in select markets, including the UK, France, and Benelux. International market rollouts will continue over the next few months, with a North America debut in July timed for summer.

For BOOMco, Mattel is introducing the Smart Stick system, a dart and target system to go with amped-up blasters. With Smart Stick, darts can only bond to Smart Stick surfaces, and integrated blaster shields—which can retract or be removed—deflect or collect opponents’ darts. Targets in the Smart Stick system feature loud graphics so kids can easily see how true their aim is.

BOOMco Rapid Madness

BOOMco Rapid Madness

BOOMco blasters feature air blast performance that is 100-percent kid-powered, and have an adrenaline-inspired design. Blasters include the Twisted Spinner, which includes a 310-degree rotating barrel that can blast darts up to 70 feet away; fast-acting, push-button transformable shields; and 8 Smart Stick darts and a Smart Stick target. Meanwhile, the Rapid Madness is an air-powered blaster that can fling 20 Smart Stick darts in seconds, and has the capability of blasting up to 50 feet away. The Rapid Madness includes a quick push-button, removable transforming Smart Stick shield for the catch and defense of darts, and 30 darts. Both the Twisted Spinner and Rapid Madness are recommended for kids ages 6 and older.

BOOMco will be supported by a strong digital presence in which fans can continuously engage and interact on popular platforms. A YouTube channel will offer blaster-in-action videos and behind-the-scenes footage. Meanwhile, an Instagram account will feature photos and visual play inspirations. BOOMco will also be issuing monthly challenges to fans that will show fun ways to play with the new blasters. In addition, a mobile app released later this year will feature gaming options and the ability to record and edit action favorite moments.

Updates on the availability of BOOMco products can be found at www.boom-co.com.

New Simpsons Lego Minifigures to Be Available in Time for Themed Episode

SimpsonsLegoA line of 16 Simpsons licensed Lego minifigures will be available in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the television series, The Simpsons. Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products will launch the collection in May at major toy retailers. A special Lego episode of The Simpsons will premiere May 4th on Fox.

This will mark the first time a licensed Lego minifigures line will be sold in a series.

Sega’s Alien: Isolation Brings the Fear This October

AlienIsolationSega of America Inc., Sega Europe Ltd., and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products will release Alien: Isolation on October 7. Developed by Creative Assembly, it will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC.

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game that evokes Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film, Alien. Players find themselves stalked by an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph creature, and must scavenge resources, improvise solutions, and use their wits to not just complete the mission, but to stay alive.

Nerf Introduces the Nuke Option

NerfNukeThe new Nerf Nuke from Nerf is loaded with Nerf darts, and has a crank-operated arming system. The Nuke, which is coated in foam on all sides for safety, fires 80 darts in every direction—and up to 30 feet—when it hits its target.

The Nerf Nuke comes with the Nerf Nuke Launcher, a tripod-mounted, direct-plunger system that can rocket the Nuke itself up to 40 feet away—just far enough for kids ages 14 and up to be outside the blast radius.

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Activision Goes Big with Skylanders Behemoths

AprilFools1Activision Publishing Inc. will release Skylanders Behemoths, a new line of figures spinning out of its popular Skylanders video game series. Unveiled during Toy-kyo Toy Fair on Monday, Skylanders Behemoths features dynamic, life-size R/C versions of popular Skylanders characters. The first wave will consist of 10 five-to-seven-foot tall figures, which are scheduled to arrive in stores this October.

AprilFools2Kids ages 10 and up control each Skylanders Behemoths figure using an included remote. The figures also have an “auto” setting, which turns each figure into an interactive toy that responds to kids’ needs. Right out of the box, each Skylanders Behemoth responds to up to 40 verbal requests, including, “Help me with my homework,” “Bake chocolate chip cookies,” and, “Get me more Skylanders toys from the store.” According to an Activision rep, the figures will constantly learn more responses through a built-in wi-fi connection. [Read more...]

Phineas and Ferb Arrives on Disney Infinity

Phineas&FerbToyBoxThe Disney Infinity Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack will be available nationwide on April 1. The new pack features the Phineas and Agent P characters from Disney Channel’s animated series Phineas and Ferb. Players embark on secret spy missions and defeat enemies with Agent P’s flying fedora or Phineas’ baseball blaster and tuck and roll moves, and both character figures are accompanied by their own unique adventures. In the Phineas Adventure, players are sent into a giant pinball machine and challenged to create a play field where they can destroy waves of oncoming robots. In the Agent P adventure, players can participate in a top-down adventure with side-scrolling elements that pay homage to old school arcade games.

The Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack will also include two new power discs to give players’ Toy Boxes a makeover: The Tri-State Area Terrain Texture Set and the Danville Sky Sky Theme, each of which provides players with well-known location backgrounds from the show, including the Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated building.

Little Orbit Adapting TV Properties Adventure Time, Falling Skies

LittleOrbitLogoLittle Orbit will bring multiple properties to gaming consoles and handheld devices later this year. The video game publisher will create a game based on the animated series Adventure Time for gaming consoles. It will be released globally and launched in North America this fourth quarter.

Earlier this year, Little Orbit released Falling Skies Planetary Warfare, a mobile game based on the TNT dramatic series, Falling Skies. Little Orbit will launch a console version later this year.

Fox Partners with Jakks Pacific, Rovio, and More for Rio 2

Rio2Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products will celebrate the April 11 theatrical release of Rio 2 with a multi-category global licensing program, including partnerships for toys and kids’ products.

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Latest Monster High Film Available Now

MonsterHighThe fourth direct-to-DVD Monster High release, Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! is now available at retailers. Centered on Draculaura, the film introduces new ghouls Elissabat, Honey Swamp, Viperine Gorgon, and Clawdia Wolf.

Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! is being accompanied by a line of new character themed dolls.