Sweet Suite 2016

USAopoly Ghostbusters Puzzles Hit Shelves for New Movie Release

GhostbustersUSAopoly has produced the Ghostbusters Artist Series Puzzle Collection to support the new Ghostbusters movie release. The 550-piece artist illustrated puzzles, designed for fans to relive moments from the original blockbuster, are available now at Amazon and specialty retailers across the U.S. and Canada.

Thirty years after the first Ghostbusters movie was released, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on July 15.

Crayola Introduces Imaginables

CrayolaImaginablesCrayola launched Imaginables, a new offering that allows kids to turn their artwork into a stuffed animal. As the latest evolution in the brand’s My Way portfolio, which focuses on customization, Imaginables takes Crayola even deeper into the personalization space with giving the opportunity to create their own designs.

To turn their art into a real stuffed animal, kids take a photo of their artwork; upload, email or text their picture using navigation steps on the Imaginables website; and then wait to receive their custom Imaginable in about four weeks.

Laser Pegs Launches Junior Collection at ASTRA

LaserPegsJuniorLaser Pegs Ventures is launching Laser Pegs Junior, a line designed specifically for 4 to 7 year olds. The line uses larger parts, features simpler assembly, and has pieces compatible with all Laser Peg kits. Each kit features multiple STEM-friendly builds, including Space, Rescue, Construction, Jets, and Trains. These five kits are the initial unveiling of a long-term plan to add additional products to this collection.

Laser Pegs Junior will have its own logo and packaging and its bricks will be made in new colors. Packaging also will include a “try me” button so kids and adults can try the Laser Pegs light up feature in retail stores.

Build-A-Bear Launches Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory Collection

BuildaBearNemoBuild-A-Bear Workshop launched the Finding Dory Ocean Bear, Dory, and Nemo plush at stores in the U.S. and Canada and at buildabear.com. The Finding Dory Ocean Bear is a 17-inch plush inspired by the movie coming out from Disney•Pixar, and features deep blue fur, an ocean pattern, and the Finding Dory logo on its paw. Dory is an 18-inch plush with a shimmery scale-like texture and yellow fins, and Nemo is an 18-inch clown fish. Additional accessories are available, such as sound chips, hoodies, shorts, and wristies.

Harris-Sachs Brokers My Little Pony Deal for Pamson Pacific

HarrisSachsMLPPamson Pacific Enterprises Corp. and Hasbro’s My Little Pony have partnered for a spring/summer line of toys, including bubble and chalk toys, jump ropes, and other popular seasonal items for kids. Jim Sachs, partner at Harris-Sachs LLC, brokered the deal.

Fun2Play to Launch Emojiez

image002New toy company Fun 2 Play Toys is launching its new Emojiez line this June. The Emojiez line is made up of 12 characters with unique personalities that include Romeo, a hopeless romantic; Knuckles, a championship fighter; Donny, who loves to live large; and Smelvin, who stinks but is lovable.

Emojiez will be available as collectible plush and vinyl characters, Plushi Palz and Buddiez, along with craft and accessory sets to come out next year.

Bearington Collection Expands Whiffer Sniffer Brand

JerryPieComboBearington Collection has partnered with Incredible Novelties Inc. to bring The Original Whiffer Sniffers to Canada, and ChizComm Ltd. to help support and grow North American marketing efforts for the brand.

The Original Whiffer Sniffers are scented plush with personalities to match their scents. All of the characters are available in a collectible backpack clip, a larger size, and nostalgic scratch ‘n sniff stickers. The brand is coming to Canada this fall for kids to collect, trade, and display.

WowWee’s Robotic Dog CHiP to Include Voice Recognition Feature

82f17415-d4b5-417f-a587-4dad96e1f23fWowWee’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 Launches Robo Fish Collection Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory

f12f6359-d433-479c-91b7-0adb8e3a364dZuru 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 Rolls Out World of Nintendo Items

c30907ba-b9f5-4172-bbdc-e99a23ae9e8dJakks 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.