WowWee’s robotic dog, CHiP, will include a new voice recognition feature that will enhance the interacting and play experience. CHiP owners can now program their own name for their dog, and CHiP will learn its new name and respond to it. It will follow commands such as “come,” “sit,” “stay,” “lay down,” and “yoga,” for which CHiP will do a handstand. [Read more...]
Zuru Toys has launched their Robo Fish collection, featuring characters from the June 17 release of Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory. Kids will be able to recreate scenes from the movie with Dory, Nemo, Marlin, and Bailey. When placed under water, the Robo Fish begin to move just like a real fish would, and the characters feature a “power save” mode to automatically switch off after four minutes in the water.
Also featured in the line is a decorative Coffee Pot Playset, which includes a Robo Fish Dory.
Additional play sets, inspired by top-secret plot points, will debut following the movie’s release.
Jakks Pacific Inc. has expanded its licensed World of Nintendo product line with new figures and plush items available this spring. New items include 2.5-inch figures and plush toys with sound effects from the game, and are available now at mass retailers online and in-store.
The World of Nintendo Plush are 7.5 inches and feature characters from the franchises of Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, Donkey Kong, Animal Crossing, Splatoon, and more, and the World of Nintendo Sounds Plush are plush with embroidered details with motion-activated sounds from the game. Kids can collect characters from Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Animal Crossing, and more in 2.5-inch limited articulation figures and 4-inch figures.
Build-A-Bear Workshop is celebrating National Pet Month with the expansion of its Promise Pets line. The pet collection has been around for a year and has added three new breeds to the line, including Calico Cat, Dachshund, and Westie. The Promise Pets line features a complementary mobile app, available on iTunes and Google Play, to give kids an experience of pet care.
Build-A-Bear has introduced Paw Patrol’s pup Skye to the team this month to join existing Paw Patrol characters Chase and Marshall. Skye can say seven different phrases and can be accessorized with a pink jet wing backpack.
Nintendo has partnered with Mojang and Microsoft to bring together the worlds of the Super Mario series and Minecraft. On May 17, the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack will come to Minecraft: Wii U Edition as a free game update. Players who download the update will have immediate access to new skins, a Super Mario-themed pre-made world, and a set of Super Mario-themed music and item textures. [Read more...]
Rubie’s Costume Company Inc., joined forces with Marvel to produce officially licensed costumes, costume tops, masks, and accessories for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, the 13th installment in the Marvel cinematic universe.
Available in child and adult sizes, the collection includes Captain America, Iron Man, Winter Solider, Black Widow, Vision, and Hawkeye, and introduces Black Panther, Crossbones, Falcon, War Machine, and Scarlet Witch. In addition, Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique offers new styles for pets, and Imagine by Rubie’s offers dress-up costumes and accessories for children in separates and boxed sets.
The upcoming film hits theaters on May 6 and the Captain America: Civil War Collection by Rubie’s will be available this Halloween season.
JAKKS 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.
The 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 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...]
Mattel 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...]