Bandai and The Smiling Bear Launch Koala Plush in Australia

SmilingBearThe Smiling Bear product range is now available exclusively from Discover Australia stores at all major Australian airports, and coming soon online at smilingbear.com. The plush toy and accessory product range has been developed under license by Bandai. [Read more...]

New Pulp Fiction Mini-Figures from Diamond Select Toys

DinerShowdown4pack1Diamond Select Toys‘ latest Minimates mini-figures box set, which is based on the scene from Quentin Tarantino’s classic film, Pulp Fiction, entitled “Diner Showdown,” is now available. The set includes main characters Jules and Vince (played in the film by Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta) in casual T-shirts and shorts as they face off against robbers Pumpkin and Honey Bunny (portrayed by Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer).

Each 2-inch figure has 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and The set is available exclusively at Hastings stores and on gohastings.com.

This set joins the Pulp Fiction Minimates 2-pack with Jules and Vince in their suits, and the Vince and Mia’s Night Out box set with Vince, Mia Wallace, Lance, and Jodie figures. Upcoming box sets include the Bonnie Situation and a set featuring Butch, Marsellus Wallace, Zed, and the Gimp.

Funko Premieres More Anna, Elsa, and Olaf in Pop! Disney: Frozen Series 2 and Mystery Minis Line

Funko has a brand new series of Frozen Pop!, including Young Elsa and Anna, as well as Coronation Elsa and Anna. In addition, Summer Olaf joins the Olaf collection.

There will also be a set of collectible Mystery Minis featuring Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, Marshmallow, and the Troll. Both new lines of toys are scheduled for release in February.

Madame Alexander to Debut Limited Edition Disney’s Frozen Elsa Doll at FAO Schwarz

Elsa.closeupwithshoesMadame Alexander will debut a special limited edition Disney’s Frozen Elsa doll at FAO Schwarz in New York City. Designed using the iconic, 21-inch Madame Alexander Cissy doll, the new collectible Elsa features detailed costuming and is decorated with 5,000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals.

She also holds a Swarovski crystal snowflake in her hand, and snowflakes adorn Elsa’s platinum braided hair.

Orders can be placed by calling FAO Schwarz at (212) 644-9400, x3043. Each doll is custom-made for a suggested retail of $5,000.

MasterPieces, Smart Play Signs on for Animal Planet and Shark Week Merchandise

MasterpiecesPuzzlesLogoMasterPieces Puzzle Company has signed a deal with Discovery Consumer Products to produce Animal Planet and Shark Week puzzles and craft sets. It will also create Animal Planet-branded dinosaur and safari products, as well as Shark Week-branded 3-D puzzles with a paint component and buildable craft kits made of wood.

Smart Play will develop children’s educational toys offering different ways to discover the world of animals. The line includes 3-D flashcards and puzzles, puzzle cubes, alphabet floor puzzles, a lighted click-and-see toy projector, and an electronic learning pad. The new items will be available next year.

Lincoln Logs Production Returns to the U.S. with 10 New Sets

LincolnLogsNext year’s entire line of Lincoln Logs, part of the K’NEX family of brands, will be manufactured in the U.S. by Pride Manufacturing in Burnham, Maine. Following industry trends, Lincoln Logs production was moved overseas during the mid-20th century. K’NEX, which licenses the brand from Hasbro, has been manufacturing Lincoln Logs since 1999.

Pride Manufacturing, the world’s leading supplier of wooden golf tees and related golf accessories, met K’NEX’s requirements for a wood manufacturing facility that could match the precision and detail required for Lincoln Logs. All sets come with a storage container for clean-up, are intended for kids ages 3 and up, and will be available next fall.

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Skylanders Unleashes Two New Elements for the First Time in Franchise History

SkylandersNewElementsAs reported by Activision Publishing Inc., for the first time since the Skylanders franchise’s launch, two entirely new elements will be unleashed in the world of Skylands: Light and Dark. Two new Trap Masters, Knight Mare and Knight Light, will arrive at shelves nationwide this holiday season via special Light and Dark Element Expansion Packs.

Each new Element Expansion Pack contains a Trap Master, a special Trap capable of capturing Light or Dark villains, as well as a location piece that unlocks a special level in the game. The Light and Dark Element Expansion Packs will be available first at Toys ”R” Us stores nationwide starting December 21.

Merriam-Webster and Publications International to Launch Large-Print Puzzle Books

Merriam-Webster and Publications International have signed a licensing partnership to develop and market a line of large-print puzzle books under the Merriam-Webster brand. JRL Group, Merriam-Webster’s licensing agency, brokered the deal.

The Merriam-Webster 10-book Puzzle Set is a large-print, soft cover, easy-to-read set containing the titles Circle Worlds, Crosswords, Fill-Ins, Scramblers, Word Games, and Word Search.

Barbie Makes First Heroic Debut in New Movie, Barbie in Princess Power

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment BarbieBarbie will make her first heroic debut in an all-new adventure, Barbie in Princess Power. The movie will be released on Digital HD on February 17, 2015, and on Blue-Ray Combo Pack and DVD March 3, 2015. For a limited time, consumers can get a Super Sparkle Mask with the purchase of the Blue-Ray Combo Pack and DVD.

In the movie, Barbie stars as Kara, a modern-day princess who was kissed by a magical butterfly. Soon after, she discovers she has super powers, allowing her to transform into Super Sparkle, her secret, crime fighting alter ego. Soon after, her jealous cousin captures the butterfly and also transforms, but into the nemesis Dark Sparkle. They realize the power of friendship when they discover the kingdom’s true enemy.

Bonus features include a “Soaring” music video, “Superhero Beat” music video, outtakes, “Anything is Possible” Barbie anthem with the band Fifth Harmony, and Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse episode “Mission Impawsible.”

Day 6 and NBA Take Backyard Sports Franchise to Mobile

Stephen Curry Backyard Sports NBA Image 12_10_14Day 6 Sports Group (Day 6) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) have joined for the re-launch of Backyard Sports, a series of digital games starring kid versions of popular professional sports stars.

Backyard Sports, which originally debuted in 1997, will be released in mobile game form for smartphones and tablets.  A roster of new professional sports stars will join the Backyard Sports team and will be enhanced by in-game power ups and never-before-seen features.

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has joined forces with Day 6 Sports Group as the face of the Backyard Sports Basketball line and is the first NBA player to sign an endorsement deal with the franchise. Backyard Sports NBA Basketball will be released next spring.