Arklu Adds Kite Flyer Finn, a Playtime Pal for Boys

KiteFlyerFinnArklu has launched Kite Flyer Finn, a boy doll designed as a playtime buddy that boys can relate to. He has a realistic, childlike body shape, and promotes wholesome, gun-free play values.

Finn’s accessories include cargo shorts, a star-themed long sleeve t-shirt, a puffer gilet, sneakers, and a diamond-shaped kite. Arklu has launched some accessory kits for Finn, including the Gone Fishing Set and a soon-to-be-released Scooter Set.

Finn’s clothes fit both him and Lottie dolls, allowing boys and girls to break gender stereotypes and letting kids be kids. Finn is available at www.lottie.com and www.amazon.com.

Osmo Combines the iPad with Camera, Game Pieces, and Apps

osmoOsmo, a new game that incorporates a tablet with real play, is now available. It consists of a reflective camera, game pieces, and mobile apps that incorporate an iPad into the games.

With Osmo, the physical space in front of the tablet is transformed into an interactive environment that turns any object into a digitally connected game piece, or captures physical drawings and makes them digital in real time.

The company has three games designed for kids ages 6 to 12: Newton, Tangram, and Words. More information is available at www.playosmo.com.

Gund Brings Pusheen Web Comic to Life with New Plush Line

PusheenPlushSIDEPusheen, the chubby tabby cat who originated as an animated web comic, has been brought to huggable, plush life thanks to a partnership with Gund.

The first Pusheen plush will be available in 6- and 12-inch sizes at heychickadee.com. An expanded general release, including additional plush formats and designs as well as hard goods, is planned for next year.

General Mills Brings Back Cereal Box Prizes with Mega Bloks

MEGA BRANDS INC. - New app offers enhanced building experiencesGeneral Mills, in a partnership with Mega Bloks, is bringing back its free cereal box prizes. Customers can find customizable Mega Bloks cars in select General Mills brands of cereals, including Honey Nut Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The cars can be customized with the included Hello Kitty and Power Rangers sticker packs. Additionally, the cereal boxes can create a constructable cardboard jump pattern.

Fifth Harmony Barbie Dolls Now Available Nationwide

FifthHarmonyMattel has partnered with The X Factor-winning music group, Fifth Harmony, for a new Barbie Doll line to celebrate a year of girl empowerment. The five dolls reflect the personalities and signature styles of the five group members.

As part of their collaboration, the group recently released Barbie’s new brand anthem “Anything is Possible,” followed by a full-length music video. The dolls are available now at Justice stores nationwide and on www.shopjustice.com, with a worldwide release planned for next spring.

GoldieBlox Takes Down “Big Sister,” Introduces New Action Figure, in Mold-Breaking Ad

GoldieGoldieBlox, a company set out to get girls building by giving them a role model in the STEM fields, introduced a brand new commercial for its newest product: a Goldie action figure. The commercial shows the company’s alternative to the fashion doll industry. Set to Metric’s “Help, I’m Alive,” the slightly creepy, but very empowering GoldieBlox ad encourages girls to break the mold.

As AdWeek points out, the commercial has the same idea as Apple’s 1984 Super Bowl commercial that introduced the Macintosh computer. Girls all dolled up like—well—dolls line up to grab perfect dolls off an assembly line that are dressed just like them. Meanwhile, Big Sister robotically drones repeatedly, “You are beauty and beauty is perfection,” until one Goldie-inspired little girl in overalls and red Chucks steps out of line and smashes the machine with a hammer.

The result? A brand new Goldie action figure for girls.

GoldieBlox’s past commercials have garnered a lot of attention, including one that earned a spot during last year’s Super Bowl.

Toca Boca Collaborates with International Artists to Create New Play Tools

TocaInkToca Boca has launched the Artist Play Series, a new project that invites international artists to create tools for play, resulting in physical toys that encourage imagination and self-expression. A U.S.-based artist has created the first product, Toca Ink, and a second collaboration with an Argentine artist will be available later this month.

Toca Ink, inspired by the bold graphics of Toca Boca’s characters, was created in collaboration with renowned Brooklyn-based tattoo artist Virginia Elwood, who created six temporary tattoos that feature characters from popular Toca Boca digital toys, including Toca Kitchen Monster and Toca House. The second artist to be featured in the Artist Play Series will be CHU (Julian Pablo Manzelli), who currently lives in Buenos Aires, and is known for his work in art, illustration, graphic design, and animation.

Toca Ink is available now at the Toca Boca Shop, and Toca Boca and CHU will launch their collaboration at a public event in Buenos Aires on November 22.

Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) Arrives at Retail

DisneyInfinity.StarterPackDisney Interactive has released the Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition), a Disney-themed Starter Pack featuring Disney Originals Figures of Merida and Stitch, as well as new Toy Box Games set in the worlds of Lilo and Stitch and Brave. Along with the new versions of Stitch and Merida, the company plans to add Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Maleficent, and Aladdin, as well as Hiro and Baymax from the upcoming Big Hero 6 to the Disney Originals Figures line.

Disney_Originals_LineupThis special edition Starter Pack lets fans use existing Disney figures and Power Discs, new Disney Originals characters, and the latest additions from Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.

MSC Cruises and Lego Partner for Themed Cruises

MSC1419619_Life_on_board_ChildMSC Cruises and the Lego Group have partnered to bring children and families the ultimate Lego experience at sea, with Lego-designed playrooms and entertainment options.

As part of the partnership, MSC Cruises is implementing a special program across its fleet in which children, as well as adults, can compete in Lego-themed competitions and games on a designated day of sailing. Children who participate in the Lego Experience Day will receive an official Lego Junior Master Builder diploma. In addition, all guests will have the chance to meet and greet Sailor Walkabout—the Lego Sailor Mascot—who will be available during cruises for photos and entertainment.

The Lego Group is also designing new play areas on the MSC Armonia, which will re-enter service this November. All the Lego features will be available free of charge to guests, and will be replicated on two new ships of the MSC fleet, scheduled to be delivered in 2017.

Big Hero 6 Products Debut Ahead of Movie Release Date

i-prFGvZF-X3Disney Consumer Products (DCP) has rolled out a range of products based on Big Hero 6, which debuts in theaters November 7. The product range includes figures, plush, role play, and more:

  • Deluxe Flying Baymax, by Bandai: Standing at 11 inches with an 18-inch wingspan, the Deluxe Flying Baymax features 20 points of articulation and a 4.5-inch Hiro Hamada figure, which when attached to Baymax’s back unlocks additional flying sounds.
  • Armor-Up Baymax, by Bandai: Baymax transforms from its 6-inch white nursebot form to an 8-inch crime-fighting hero. The 20 body armor pieces construct a powered-up Baymax, which grows two inches in height in its red armored suit.
  • GoGo Tomago and Honey Lemon 11-inch Dolls, by Disney Store: These poseable character dolls feature their accessories from the film, including GoGo Tomago’s spinning ”mag-lev discs” and high-speed armor and Honey Lemon’s messenger bag.
  • Baymax Plush-Medium, by Disney Store: A soft, stuffed plush Baymax.
  • Baymax Rocket Fist, by Bandai: Launches up to 10 feet in distance, and features soft material on the fist that makes it safe and fun to play.
  • Big Hero 6 Masks, by Bandai: These masks have comfortable padding, an adjustable strap, and are available as Big Hero 6 heroes Hiro Hamada or Baymax.

Big Hero 6 products are available now at mass and specialty retailers nationwide, Disney Store locations, and disneystore.com.