Sweet Suite 2016

Marvel Debuts Black Panther Merchandising Program

black panther comicMarvel is rolling out a new merchandising program inspired by Black Panther in time for his first appearance as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a new comic book written from Ta-Nehisi Coates, and 50th anniversary. The campaign will touch on all major categories including publishing, apparel, toys, collectibles, home goods, and more.

The licensing program features a wide range of products inspired by both the new Marvel comic book debuting April 6th and Black Panther’s first film appearance in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War film in May. The products will feature standalone representations of the hero, as well as team-oriented sets inspired by the new film. [Read more...]

Walkie Chalk to Launch Kickstarter Campaign

WC-4x3-w-LOGOSay goodbye to sore backs, scraped knees, and chalky hands. The solution to everyone’s chalk problems is now here. Walkie Chalk LLC introduces Walkie Chalk a patented chalk-holding foam technology that lets kids and adults easily draw with chalk on any surface.

For ages 3 and up, the final product will include chalk, but kids can also use nearly any sidewalk chalk they already have—including square and round shaped ones. The product is made of three pieces and is 36 inches long when put together. Kids and adults can easily assemble and dissemble the tubes together for storage.

Walkie Chalk is launching for one month on April 12 on Kickstarter. Crowdfunded orders will ship once the campaign ends, and then Walkie Chalk will be available at the Walkie Chalk website, Amazon, and other retailers on May 12.

Who ya gonna call? Cryptozoic Entertainment and Sony!

GhostbustersII_Cryptozoic_Kickstarter_TeaserCryptozoic Entertainment and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have teamed up for a second Ghostbusters board game. Next month, the companies will launch a Kickstarter campaign for Ghostbusters: The Board Game II.

The game features a new original story from Ghostbusters comics writer Erik Burnham, and the new figures for the game are based on designs from Ghostbusters comic book artist Dan Schoening. The story has the Ghostbusters investigating mood slime that has flooded the city, creating earthquakes and riots in another attempt to bring Vigo and his minions back.

The second board game has new game elements including Slime Blower Pack Ghostbusters, Ooze entities that split apart and join back together, allies, new equipment such as Ecto Goggles and Portal Destabilizers, and more. The map tiles in the game depict buildings destroyed by earthquakes and fires, collapsed streets that expose slime infested sewers, tunnels with derailed subway cars, and ghost trains.

Douglas Company Introduces Lil’ Saks

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Lil’ Saks, from Douglas Co., will hit store shelves this month. The new collection comes in seven designs that complement today’s fashion trends. All Lil’ Saks are single carry with zipper closures.

The designs include: Whale Lil’ Sak, a 9.5-inch long bag made of whale print fabric; Snail Lil’ Sak, a 9-inch wide snail shaped bag; Dog Head Lil’ Sak, an 8-inch wide bag shaped like a puppy head with calico print; Cat Head Lil’ Sak, a 6.5-inch wide bag in the shape of kitten head with shades of pink, gray, and white polka dots; Horse Head Lil’ Sak, an 8.5-inch tall bag with a horses head bridled on a floral print background; Girl with Pig Tails Lil’ Sak, a 6-inch wide face with pink blushed cheeks, sleepy embroidered eyes, parted bangs, and heart shaped button mouth; and Girl with Pony Tails Lil’ Sak, a 9-inch wide face with pink blushed cheeks, sleepy embroidered eyes, and ponytails tied off in satin ribbon.

MasterChef and MasterChef Junior Products to Debut at International Home and Housewares Show

logo-masterchefWicked Cool Toys and Unibrands Toys will debut cooking product lines inspired by Endemol Shine North America’s TV shows MasterChef and MasterChef Junior at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago from March 5 through 8.

Unibrands will debut a MasterChef-inspired BBQ Grilling Set and accessories. The collection will include a spatula, tongs, fork, and basting brush with signature stainless steel and a rubberized grip design. Accessories for the grill will include grill lights, covers, oven mitts, and thermometers. [Read more...]

Play-Doh Celebrates 60 Years

Play Doh 60th Anniversary TownHasbro is celebrating Play-Doh‘s 60th birthday this year. The Play-Doh brand recently introduced Play-Doh Town, a new system of play that inspires creative storytelling through town-themed play sets, vehicles, and figures.

The Play-Doh Town line is available at retailers nationwide for kids 3 and up and includes play sets, vehicles, and figures that work together to build a world for expansive, storytelling play. With scenes and themes kids are familiar with, such as a Town Center, Pet Shop, Ice Cream Truck and Firehouse, and figures such as a police officer and a hairdresser, kids can use their imaginations to create unique stories each time they play. Play-Doh will also celebrate its birthday with the reintroduction of iconic play sets including the Play-Doh Dr. Drill N’ Fill playset, as well as new licensed offerings from some of kids’ favorite properties.

Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine Preschool Series Debuts First-Ever Product Line

shimmer and shineThe product portfolio for Nickelodeon‘s animated series Shimmer and Shine will launch this summer. The company has teamed up with several partners to recreate the Shimmer and Shine world across many different categories, including toy, dress up, games, bedding, party goods, costumes, and more. [Read more...]

GUND Launches Star Trek Plush Animals

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 10.30.49 AMGUND, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will bring the classic characters of Star Trek to life in soft plush. Each character will be dressed in the proper Star Fleet attire and featured as a plush animal. The initial launch will include Captain Kirk as a lion, Dr. Bones as a dog, Lieutenant Commander Spock as a cat, Lt. Uhura as a teddy bear and Scotty the Monkey. The launch of GUND’s new line coincides with the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s first TV episode.

Products will be available in retail stores this spring.

Wild Kratts Signs New Licensee and Expands Product Line

35ad8e78-c5df-46f7-931f-b1e08c4c9eabThe Kratt Brothers Co. has signed apparel manufacturer Isaac Morris Limited to be its new licensing partner. Kmart and Fred Meyer stores will debut a selection of t-shirts, hoodies, and pants  in the Spring.

Additionally, Wild Kratts has expanded its retail line. Wicked Cool Toys has added new action figure sets and role-play items; Pressman Toys added three new games; Random House Children’s Books expanded their line of four Step into Reading titles to 12 books; later this year PBS Distribution will release two new DVDs, Wild Animal Babies and Wild Reptiles; PBS Kids released a new app, Wild Kratts Baby Buddies, intended for children 3 to 8 that focuses on animal care;  and InCharacter has added Florida Panther Costumes in both green for Chris and blue for Martin. [Read more...]

VTech Debuts New Play Experiences at NYTF

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VTech revealed its new lineup of age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children at the 2016 North American International Toy Fair. The collection includes an expandable, three-in-one learning desk with interactive activity cards; new themes for the award-winning Go! Go! Smart lines; the expansion of Baby Amaze, VTech’s baby doll line, and more than 40 new expert-supported baby, infant, and preschool products.

The Go! Go! Smart lines let toddlers discover cause-and-effect learning as they engage in imaginative role-play and develop fine motor skills with help from fun, friendly vehicles and animals. They deliver these important developmental benefits that help children reach social, emotional, language, cognitive, physical, and motor milestones. As a child places a SmartPoint vehicle or animal over SmartPoint locations found throughout the play sets, it will respond with lights, sounds and music. The playsets also connect with other Go! Go! Smart Wheels and Go! Go! Smart Animals tracks. New products to this line include: Go! Go! Smart Wheels Blast-Off Space Station, Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure, Go! Go! Smart Animals Happy Paws Playland, Go! Go! Smart Animals Roll & Spin Pet Train, and the Go! Go! Smart Animals Furry Animal Assortment.

VTech also expanded its baby line, taking the total offering to more than 30 toys that deliver developmentally appropriate benefits for babies. To ensure that the wide-ranging Baby line helps babies meet essential development milestones, they have been designed in collaboration with Dr. Lise Eliot, early brain development expert and member of VTech’s Expert Panel, to ensure that all Baby products deliver against at least one of the following categories that are essential for the development of young children: language and cognitive development, social and emotional development, and physical and motor development. VTech’s rattles and teethers are important for physical and motor development; on-the-go toys help language and cognitive development; baby plush and soothers lend themselves to social and emotional development; and playmats promote all of these developmental skills.