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Exclusive Pics from 2014 Licensing Expo

Licensing Expo, the annual meeting place for the global licensing industry, occurred last week in Las Vegas. The exhibitors included a number of the top toy companies, which were on-hand showing off upcoming play products and making announcements about new licensing deals.

Check out this exclusive gallery, which features lots of the licensed toys that we’re all sure to be excited about in the months ahead. [Read more...]

Fuhu Morpho Pods Bring DreamWorks Dragons to Life

DragonsFuhu, the maker of the nabi tablet, has created a new tablet-based immersive play experience called Morpho Pods, connecting physical and digital play in different ways. Using advances in near field communication (NFC) technology, Morpho Pods merge toys, video games, interactive storybooks, and custom animation.

With the Morpho Pods Dragons Edition, kids can now connect to DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon films through new adventures and stories that provide a variety of digital interactive experiences. [Read more...]

LeapFrog Unveils New LeapPad 3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi Tablets

31500_PR07.jpgLeapFrog Enterprises Inc. is adding to its line of LeapPad tablets with LeapPad 3 and LeapPad Ultra XDi, each of which offers shatter-safe screens, kid-appropriate web through LeapSearch, and more.

The 5-inch LeapPad3 tablet includes 4 GB of memory, 2.0 MP front and back cameras and video recorders, and a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery. The 7-inch LeapPad Ultra XDi is a Wi-Fi tablet featuring a high-resolution touch screen, 8 GB of memory, and access to hundreds of downloadable apps. It also includes front and back mega-pixel cameras and video recorders, a rechargeable lithium ion battery, and on-board MP3 player. [Read more...]

PlayDate Digital, Hasbro Launch Transformers Rescue Bots: Sky Forest Rescue App

The youngest of Transformers fans can enjoy the Transformers Rescue Bots: Sky Forest Rescue app from PlayDate Digital and Hasbro Inc. This mobile app puts beginner and emergent readers at the center of the story, working as rescue cadets in training to save Griffin Rock from nature gone wild.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Sky Forest Rescue is inspired by the animated series Transformers Rescue Bots by Hasbro Studios and airing on The Hub Network in the U.S.  The app is available on iOS devices.

Hasbro Licensing Expo Line-Up Includes New My Little Pony Toys, Littlest Pet Shop App, and More

Hasbro Inc. showcased new products at this past week’s Licensing Expo in Las Vegas from its key brands, including My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, Nerf, Play-Doh, and more. The highlights from some of the company’s major lines included the following:

My Little Pony

June19 Equestria girlsLast year, Hasbro launched My Little Pony Equestria Girls, and this year marks the arrival of colorful fashion dolls, play sets, and vehicles inspired by My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks, the new animated film set to debut this fall.

Littlest Pet Shop

Hasbro has released customizable style sets, figurines, and over 140 new pets inspired by the Littlest Pet Shop animated series. With this summer’s Littlest Pet Shop Your World integrated play app, fans can bring their pets to life digitally–as well as accessorize them and the rooms of their pet shop–by scanning the code included on each regular scale pet in the line. With this app, fans can also play a variety of mini-games and activities. [Read more...]

Saban Brands, Jakks Pacific Team Up for Emojiville

EmojivilleSaban Brands and Jakks Pacific Inc. have collaborated on a multi-platform property, Emojiville. Saban Brands will launch Emojiville as an original web series this fall, and is developing a TV series for the brand. The new series will follow five emoji friends in the town Emojiville.

Jakks Pacific will develop consumer products, a toy line, and technology products for the property. Saban Brands will lead the content, distribution, marketing, promotion, and other licensing for the brand.

Mattel Launches Entrepreneur Barbie to Inspire Girls Everywhere

EntrepreneurBarbieMattel has launched Entrepreneur Barbie, coinciding with real-life female entrepreneurs gracing the cover of Time‘s Most Influential People issue and leading one-in-five start-ups. To celebrate her newest career, Barbie has partnered with a diverse group of female entrepreneurs, including the founders of Girls Who CodeRent the RunwayOne Kings LanePlum AlleyGenuine InsightsSugarfina, and The TomKat Studio.

Girls and parents can explore inspirational tips, career-themed games, and activities at www.barbie.com, and purchase career dolls available at retailers nationwide.

Playmates Toys to Introduce New Toy Line Based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Summer Blockbuster

NickTMNTPlaymates Toys will introduce a new product line inspired by the upcoming summer blockbuster film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. The movie line of toys will include action figures, vehicles, and role-play gear.

The action figure collection will include basic action figures, 11-inch figures, and deluxe feature figures. They are detailed, fully articulated, and sculpted to reflect how the Turtles appear in the movie. Each figure will come with its own unique accessory. The vehicle, called the Turtle Assault Van, allows kids to drive the Turtles into their next battle and recreate scenes from the movie. It features a spring-powered Turtle torpedo, launching luge assault vehicle, pop top hatch, and side attack ramp. The control cabin is able to hold the basic action figures. With the new role-play gear, kids can transform themselves into one of their favorite heroes from the film. Each Ninja Combat Gear set includes the Turtles’ signature weapon and bandana.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will hit theatres August 8. Playmates Toys was also the force behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line over the past three decades.

MakerBot, Pretty Ugly Partner for 3-D Printable Uglydoll Characters

MakerBot and Pretty UglyMakerBot and Pretty Ugly LLC have collaborated to make four Uglydoll characters 3-D printable on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3-D Printer. The content will be available on the MakerBot Digital Store for the Uglydoll characters Babo, Wage, Ice-Bat, and Ox, who are making their 3-D debut at the International Licensing Expo this week.

The characters are being introduced at T-pose characters, which are designed to be 3-D printed and fully poseable. Additional 3-D printables from the Uglydoll universe will follow, such as a bus to take the miniature Uglydoll characters on a summer vacation, four Uglydoll characters in dynamic stances, and 3-D printable environments for the Uglydolls to live in. All items will be released this summer on the MakerBot Digital Store.

BREAKING NEWS: Lego Combines Digital and Physical Play with Lego Fusion

Lego Fusion Town MasterLego Systems Inc. has unveiled Lego Fusion, a play experience that combines traditional Lego brick play with app-based mobile games for kids ages 7 and up. The Fusion collection will include four: Lego Fusion Town Master, Lego Fusion Battle Towers, Lego Fusion Create & Race, and Lego Fusion Resort Designer, featuring Lego Friends characters and themes.

Each Lego Fusion kit consists of a distinct set of Lego bricks, a corresponding free downloadable app, and a unique Fusion capture plate, which is a small brick-building plate featuring a printed design that enables a smartphone or tablet’s camera to identify the size, colors, and layout of the Lego bricks built onto the plate. The apps will prompt kids to build a 2-D façade of a building onto the capture plate any way they like. Then, kids can import the façade into the app and transform the creation into a full 3-D building on screen. Once a Lego brick creation has been imported into the game, a series of challenges and interactions will require kids to turn away from the screen and build another façade with their Lego bricks to progress in the game. Each game encourages this back-and-forth between physical and virtual worlds.

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