Ink & Salt, Care Bears Partner for American Sign Language Learning App

CareBearsappInk & Salt partnered with American Greetings to design an app for kids to learn American Sign Language (ASL) with themes that incorporate the Care Bears. ASL with Care Bears helps children learn sign language and chat with deaf friends. The app makes learning a visual language fun through sayings and phrases, and includes more than 400 signs and phrases; 10 bundles categorized by themes; classic Care Bears sayings translated to ASL; slow motion replay options; easy video controls by touch gestures; the ASL alphabet chart in app; and more. [Read more...]

Tilt Launches Online Sales Campaign and E-Commerce Website

TiltSpinTalesTilt’s SpinTales app and website are now live for consumers to purchase in time for the holiday season. [Read more...]

Shibajuku Girls to Make U.S. Debut

ShibajukuGirlsAustralian toy distributor Hunter Products will enter the U.S. market with the launch of Shibajuku Girls, a doll line inspired by Japanese culture. The dolls will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and online at www.toysrus.com beginning in December.

Each doll has its own personality and is styled with eclectic hair colors, on-trend outfits, and four quirky hair accessories. The series one collection features five dolls, including Shizuka, Suki, Namika, Koe, and Yoko.

The dolls stand 13 inches tall and have a fully poseable body. Their glass eyes are surrounded by real full and luscious eye lashes. Additional Shibajuku Girls will be joining the collection next spring.

eOne Unveils First Partners Signed to PJ Masks UK Licensing Program

PJMasksEntertainment One (eOne) announces its first raft of UK licensing partners for its preschool animated TV series, PJ Masks. [Read more...]

Spin Master Debuts Masha and the Bear Toy Line

MashaandBearSpin Master launched new licensed toys based on the animated series Masha and the Bear. The line will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us in the U.S. and Canada, and includes plush toys, soft dolls, figures, and a play set.

Masha and the Bear streams on Netflix in the U.S. and airs on Teletoon in Canada.

K’NEX’s Lincoln Logs Centennial Line Includes Real Wood Logs

LincolnLogs100K’NEX Brands is celebrating the 100th birthday of Lincoln Logs this year with a new line of products made in the U.S. The line includes the 100th Anniversary Tin, Collector’s Edition Village, Country Meadow Cottage, Forge Mill Cabin, and more.

K’NEX also recently brought two generations of fans together for a Lincoln Logs play date at the Wiley Christian Retirement Community in Marlton, NJ. The residents and kids built together, and the video can be viewed here. [Read more...]

Super Mario Run to Launch for iPhone and iPad on Dec. 15

SuperMarioRunSuper Mario Run, Nintendo’s anticipated first-ever mobile game featuring Mario, will go on sale for iPhone and iPad on Dec. 15. The app can be downloaded from the App Store at no cost, and players can try elements of the game’s three modes for free.

Once the game has been downloaded, a one-time payment will grant unlimited access to each of the three modes in this release. Super Mario Run is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch deviced running iOS 8.0 or later. The game will launch in 151 countries and regions and will support multiple languages. [Read more...]

Mattel Honors Ashley Graham with Barbie Doll

BarbieAshleyGrahamMattel unveiled a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll in Ashley Graham’s likeness at the first-ever Glamour Women of the Year Live summit in Los Angeles. Graham was also named a 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year.

Barbie is celebrating Graham for pushing boundaries within fashion and for promoting a message of body positivity, self-acceptance, and female empowerment. Graham has made an impact on the fashion industry by challenging the industry’s standards of beauty and sharing her influential TED Talk. [Read more...]

eOne, Sesame Street Team Up for Vinyl Release

SesameRoadEntertainment One and Sesame Workshop will have a limited release of Sesame Road, exclusively for Record Store Day 2016 on Nov. 25. The run of 2,000 pieces marks the first time the album will be available on vinyl in four colors: red, yellow, blue, and green. Sesame Road was first released on cassette in 1993 and on CD in 1995. [Read more...]

Nintendo Launches NES Classic Edition

NintendoNESNintendo is launching the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition this Friday. The system includes 30 classic NES games such as Super Mario Bros.MetroidDonkey KongThe Legend of ZeldaKirby’s Adventure, and PAC-MAN. To celebrate, Nintendo will host a launch event, bring back its nostalgic Power Line for the weekend, and go retro with its social media channels. [Read more...]