Don’t Miss the Debut of “Sing it, Laurie!” on Sprout

sing it laurieSing It, Laurie!, the new animated musical preschool series co-created by children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner and Little Airplane Productions’ Josh Selig, is coming to 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout on March 25. For more info on the series, check out our previous post here!

 

BREAKING: Walmart’s Scott McCall to Deliver PlayCon Keynote

Some say retail is dead. Others say retail is king. Which is it? Go to PlayCon and find out what the world’s largest retailer has to say. The Toy Industry Association and PlayCon present an exclusive, one-on-one interview session with Walmart’s Senior Vice President for toys, seasonal merchandise, and celebrations, Scott McCall. A longtime Walmart leader, McCall joined the organization in 1993 and has served in numerous decision-making positions including divisional merchandising manager of toys from 2002 to 2007.

Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Announces First Winner in Hometown Heroes Program

Bandai Co., Ltd. and Sync Beatz Entertainment celebrate the spirit of philanthropy by announcing Carole Pearson as the first winner of its Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Hometown Heroes program. Pearson is being recognized for her work in advocating for homeless dogs. A $5,000 contribution has been made in Pearson’s honor to her animal rescue group, The Dawg Squad.

Tamagotchi Life Hometown Hero Dawg SquadThe Hometown Heroes program is a kickoff initiative of the new Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. (Love Is Fun Everywhere) lifestyle brand. Its goal is to encourage and recognize pro-social activity by enabling visitors to the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. website to nominate people in their communities who have selflessly committed time and effort to improve the quality of life for those in need. Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. recognizes the highest scoring nominee with a $5,000 donation to the charity of his/her choice, an inscribed Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Hometown Heroes Crystal Award, and a video on the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. website.

The next winner will be selected at the end of April. Fans are encouraged to submit nominations for their own Hometown Heroes at http://tamagotchilife.com/heroes.

Brady Rymer’s “Love Me for Who I Am” Celebrates Kids with Autism and Special Needs

Brady Rymer’s album, Love Me for Who I Am, is a great listen for Autism Awareness Month, which is coming up in just a few weeks. This project has made a strong connection with children who often find it very hard to connect to their worlds, and it sends kids on the autism spectrum a message of self-confidence and empowerment through rock ‘n’ roll.

Check out this video that tells the story behind Love Me for Who I Am, featuring the students at the Celebrate the Children School in New Jersey, who inspired Rymer to create this album.

Learn more about the story behind the project here. Rymer’s live performance schedule can be viewed here.

Legos Evolve in a Soho Exhibition

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Photo courtesy of InPiecesCollection.com.

Lego is out of the toy box and into the art gallery. New York-based contemporary artist and sculptor Nathan Sawaya is debuting a new collection of artwork titled In Pieces, a multimedia collaboration with award-winning Australian photographer Dean West.

In Pieces features a series of large-scale tableau compositions based on ideas about nature, culture, society, and, more specifically, identity. Sawaya is best known for his preeminent and iconic work out of Lego, while Australian photographer West specializes in hyperrealism imagery. The two artists spent years traveling and working together to blend their crafts resulting in the In Pieces collection of two-dimensional images that are exhibited with corresponding and complimentary three-dimensional Lego sculptures. [Read more...]

Moose Toys Introduces Glitzi Globes

 

Paul Solomon, Co-CEO, Moose Toys

Paul Solomon, Co-CEO, Moose Toys

Moose Toys, Australian toy company and creators of arts & crafts lines Gelarti and Blingles, introduces Glitzi Globes, a new DIY line that comes with all of the materials girls need to create their own miniature, collectible snow globes. Glitzi Globes will be available at select toy retailers nationwide starting this fall.

Glitzi Globes took home top honors at the Australian Toy Association’s (ATA) Toy Hobby & Nursery Fair earlier this week. Moose won Toy of the Year, as well as Craft & Activity Toy of the Year for Glitzi Globes. [Read more...]

Limited Edition Trashie Windfall Illustrates Worldwide Demand for Trash Pack Merchandise

trashpackIf anyone was unsure of just how much demand exists for Trash Pack merchandise, they shouldn’t be now. Lewis Eeles, a 10-year-old boy from the UK, recently made a 155-percent profit by selling his limited edition Trash Pack figure.

Eeles found the limited edition Trash Pack figure and certificate when opening up a new series 3 Trash Pack bin. After doing some research, Eeles placed the character, called Grimy Gold, on eBay. In the last seconds of the auction, the character was sold for about $1964.

“It’s incredible how much this limited edition figure sold for, but it shows just how loved and collectable The Trash Pack is,” says Francesca Lisle, from Lisle International. “The hit of the toy line across many continents is truly remarkable, but our other licensees are also having success.”

Nick Lachey Releases “A Father’s Lullaby” Album with Fisher-Price

Nick Lachey is set to release his first-ever lullaby album, A Father’s Lullaby, this March in partnership with Fisher-Price, Inc., a subsidiary of Mattel, and Mood Entertainment.

The album will feature 12 heartfelt songs, four of which are original tracks Lachey co-wrote including “Father’s Lullaby,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Sleepy Eyes,” and “Another Day Is Done.” Additional hand-picked titles Lachey covers on the album include “All Through the Night,” “Baby Mine,” “You Are My Sunshine,” “All the Pretty Little Horses,” “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams),” “Hush, Little Baby,” and “Brahms’ Lullaby.” [Read more...]

Blue’s Clues Creator Launches New Children’s Media Company

Traci Paige Johnson, creator of the preschool television series Blue’s Clues and co-creator of SuperWhy, and Caroline Baron, producer of feature films, including the Oscar-nominated Capote and Monsoon Wedding, will launch the new interactive children’s media company yummico. yummico produces media for preschoolers across multiple platforms, with a focus on digital games, interactive shows, apps, and e-books, as well as traditional narrative animation, print books, and other consumer products. Featuring lovable characters, irresistible stories, and a homegrown aesthetic, yummico creates content that kids adore and parents trust.

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Delta Children, Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) Donate Cribs to Baby Buggy

Delta Children and K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations) have donated 200 new cribs—valued at $60,000—to Baby Buggy for distribution in Los Angeles. On February 7, a Safe Sleep demonstration was held at Children’s Institute Inc., a Baby Buggy site where cribs were distributed to families in need. K.I.D.S implemented the distribution of the cribs on behalf of Delta and Baby Buggy. [Read more...]