DuneCraft Offers a Clear Choice with Ultimate Habitat Kit

t440_efcdcf52146bc28b57fdd538881c7420DuneCraft has introduced Ultimate Habitat, an eco-friendly habitat kit for children to raise tree frogs, hermit crabs, turtles, newts, and more.

The habitat includes a pool with variable depths, planting holes, and several sitting ledges to fit the needs of any small critter. The habitat’s clear underwater viewing side allows children to watch their amphibious pets move from dry land to water. Decorative accessories and plants, which create the proper ecosystem for any small creature, are also included. The lid is equipped with a positive lock system to make sure it stays put.

Changing Technologies to Add Replacement Toys and Toy Parts to Its 3-D Printing Portal

ChangingTechno_3DprintingChanging Technologies Inc. (CHGT) will add replacement toys and toy parts to the list of products available on its interactive 3-D printing retail portal, which is currently in development.

The portal will allow consumers to create their own products using 3-D printing technology or to search the database for printable 3D models and purchase them from the site. CHGT subsidiary 6th Dimension Technologies and interactive software developer Advarion Incorporated are developing the portal.

In addition to offering original equipment manufacturer replacement-part manufacturing and licensing opportunities with game and animation developers, the site will feature a diverse menu of options, enabling users to determine the specific toy replacement part or toy they require, and allowing parents to easily recreate broken or missing toy parts.

The Hess Toy Truck Still Cruising at Age 50

HessToyTruckThis Friday, the newest addition to Hess’ line of toy trucks, the 2014 Hess Toy Truck and Space Cruiser with Scout, goes on sale at participating Hess, Hess Express, and WilcoHess retail stores. The three-in-one toy vehicle, which is also the 50th anniversary Hess truck, can be pre-ordered now at the official Hess Toy Truck site.

The 2014 Hess Toy Truck is a space cruiser with retractable landing gear, flashing lights, and button-activated and motion-activated special effects, riding on top of a flatbed truck. A cargo door on the space trucker opens to reveal the scout, which features folding wings and working lights. The flatbed truck doubles as a launch pad that includes button-activated launch ramp, hydraulic lift, and sound effects and lights. In addition, the chrome detailing on the cab includes an embossed 50 to mark the Hess Toy Truck’s 50th anniversary.

The 2014 Hess Toy Truck and Space Cruiser with Scout is on display as part of the Hess Toy Truck Mobile Museum, which is currently touring the east coast.

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.