HoliDAY of Play 2015

Disney Interactive Takes Fans Deeper into Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Toy Box

DisneyInfinityWith the second annual Toy Box Summit kicking off this past Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif., Disney Interactive announced details of the new Toy Box features, tools, and toys in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition.

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Funrise Toys Releases Animated Stackins Stackable Friends Webisode

Funrise, Stackins Stackable FriendsFunrise Toys has released an animated webisode for its new collectible plush toy line, Stackins Stackable Friends, which launched at Wal-Mart on August 10. The webisode will debut the personalities of a number of furry characters either sold now in the retail chain or coming soon to stores, including Checkers the Cheetah, Stripes the Zebra, and Marco the Monkey.

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Kidz Bop Extends National Tour, with Sponsorship by Build-A-Bear Workshop

KidzBopNationalTourThe Kidz Bop Kids will embark on a national tour this holiday season, and tickets officially go on sale today. The holiday shows were scheduled following the success of the Kidz Bop Kids’ Make Some Noise spring and summer tour.

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Sesame Street to Begin Airing First on HBO

SesameStreetAs reported by various news outlets including The New York Times, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind the children’s television program, Sesame Street, has struck a deal with HBO that will bring the show’s next five seasons to the premium cable network and its streaming outlets beginning this fall.

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Moose Toys Invites Shopkins Fans to Gather at Toys “R” Us Stores Nationwide

56031 Shopkins S3 12PkMoose Toys is hosting its first-ever nationwide Shopkins Swap-kins experience, scheduled for August 15 from 12 to 2 p.m. Fans and collectors across the country can gather at their local Toys “R” Us store to swap characters and build their collections.

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TIA Calls on Toy Companies to Take the Play Pledge and Help Spread the Word

TIA LogoThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) is calling on toy companies, retailers, and other play-related professionals to participate in the industry-wide Genius of Play campaign. TIA members are invited to send a pre-written Genius of Play email to their consumer database in order to let fans know about the fantastic, fun, and free resources available at www.thegeniusofplay.org and encourage them to take the Play Pledge.

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Spin Master Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

spin masterSpin Master Corp. has announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30. Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, the company completed its initial public offering of approximately 12.2 million subordinate voting shares for total gross proceeds of approximately C$220 million. The comparative financial results reflect Spin Master as a private company, prepared to conform to the company’s go-forward financial reporting standards as a public company.

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Auldey Toys’ Parent Company Acquires U17.com

Alpha logoGuangdong Alpha Animation and Culture Company Ltd. (Alpha), the parent company of Auldey Toys North America, has acquired U17.com, a Chinese platform for original comics and animation. Through this partnership, U17.com will convert Alpha’s animation, films, games, and other entertainment products to its platform.

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Disney Interactive Reveals Full Schedule for Disney Infinity Toy Box Summit

DisneyInteractiveLogoDisney Interactive has released the schedule and details on its Disney Infinity Toy Box Summit, to be held at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., ahead of this year’s D23 Expo 2015. Through August 13, Toy Box Artists from around the world will gather for an in-depth exploration of the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Toy Box mode. Other events include an opportunity to meet the developers from Avalanche Software, a Toy Box building competition, and more.

The full schedule for both days is as follows:

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Ottawa Player Crowned 2015 North American Scrabble Champion

After five days of competitive Scrabble play, Matthew Tunnicliffe of Ottawa was crowned the 2015 North American Scrabble Champion. Tunnicliffe, a 28-year-old technical writer, defeated several top competitive Scrabble players, including last year’s champion Conrad Bassett-Bouchard. Along with the champion’s title and trophy, he earned a cash prize of $10,000.

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