Zodiak Kids Announces Partnership with TCG for Tickety Toc
Zodiak Kids has signed TCG to manufacture, distribute, and market a new line of wooden toys and activities featuring Tickety Toc characters for North American distribution. The new product line, targeted at preschoolers, will include characters such as Pufferty, the Tickety Toc Clock, Tommy, Tallulah, McCoggins, and Hopparoo. TCG’s Tickety Toc wooden range is expected to hit North American retail shelves in the fall of next year.
Established Brands and Studio Licensing brokered the deal on behalf of Zodiak Kids. Consumer products for the brand will also launch in North America this fall, led by master toy partner Just Play and home entertainment partner Anchor Bay Entertainment.
USAopoly, Activision Partner for Skylanders Monopoly
Characters from the Skylanders franchise, including Kaos and Chompie, are taking over the property-trading game Monopoly with new Skylands locations, tokens, and game pieces. Produced by USAopoly, under license from Hasbro, and in conjunction with Activision, Skylanders Monopoly lets players vie for control of real estate, allowing them to buy, sell, and trade 22 Skylands locations, such as Stealth Elf’s Ninja Dojo, Trigger Happy’s Bank Vault, and Spyro’s Chompy Diner. Players must also steer clear of Auric’s Traveling Store Taxes and Persephone’s Gem Shop Tax as they battle for Thumpback’s Thundering Tide Pool and Zap’s Lightning Race.
The game is now available on Amazon.com and at specialty retailers in North America. Skylanders Monopoly is designed for players ages 8 and up.
D3 Publisher Debuts Turbo: Super Stunt Squad Video Game
D3 Publisher debuted Turbo: Super Stunt Squad, a new action game that features the characters from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film, Turbo, which hit theaters July 17. Each playable character has its own signature street style and skills, including jumps, drifts, slides, flips, and other super stunt moves. Key features of the game include multiple upgrade and unlock abilities and larger-than-life courses, all of which vary depending on the game console used. Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is available for Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 entertainment systems.
WBCP, Cryptozoic Entertainment Announce New Lord of the Rings Deck-Building Game
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and Cryptozoic Entertainment, a developer of licensed trading cards and board games, will launch The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Deck-Building Game, the first expansion to the The Lord of the Rings Deck-Building Game line-up, this summer. This expansion adds all-new cards and gameplay mechanics to the Cerberus: Middle-earth game engine.
In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Deck-Building Game, players pick a hero and fight to protect the wall of Helm's Deep from Saruman’s forces. Players start with only basic combat maneuvers in their deck, but as the game progresses, they can add new and more powerful cards to their deck. The Wall of Helm's Deep Deck adds a new level of strategy to the game, representing new perils if players cannot defend the wall from Saruman's forces. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Deck-Building Game can be played on its own, or it can be combined with other expansions from The Lord of the Rings trilogy to create an epic experience.
Mike the Knight Trains Knights in New App Pack
Hit Entertainment and Funny Garbage Inc., an app design firm, launched the Mike the Knight: Knight in Training Game Pack for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. With six interactive games in one, the Mike the Knight: Knight in Training Game Pack transports young knights-in-training into an imaginative world of castles, dragons, and trolls.
Mike the Knight: Knight in Training Game Pack includes Jam Tart Fling, Fruit Shoot, Paint the Castle, Jigsaw Jumble, Seek & Find, and Match Mission. This game app pack features fun missions for kids to practice their archery skills, learn shapes and colors, unlock different puzzles, search for hidden objects, and match their favorite characters from memory, while developing cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination. The easy and hard game modes welcome all children to play.
Lego Group Builds Program for The Lego Movie
The Lego Group has announced a collection of movie-inspired building sets celebrating the brand’s premiere as a theatrical film. The company has recruited a roster of worldwide partners to a broad, multi-category licensing program to support the animated adventure film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee, The Lego Movie assembles on the big screen in February.
The line includes building sets, Lego minifigures, a video game from TT Games, and other movie-inspired merchandise, including readers, sticker books, activity books, movie guides, apparel, bags, clocks and buildable watches, stationery items, key lights, and lunchboxes and lunch sets.
Virtual Piggy Partners with Innovation First for E-commerce Platform
Virtual Piggy Inc. has integrated its youth-friendly payment system to Innovation First International, the company behind Hexbug Micro Robotic Creatures and Vex Robotics product lines. Hexbug products are available in more than 4,000 outlets globally including Walmart, Target, Toys “R” Us, RadioShack, and other mass and specialty retailers.
Virtual Piggy is integrated directly into Innovation First International’s Hexbug e-commerce platform to allow direct online and mobile purchases. Virtual Piggy has a standard interface to eBay’s Magento e-commerce platform, which facilitates a simple and rapid integration.
Hasbro Launches New Telepods Line for Angry Birds Star Wars II
Hasbro Inc.’s new Telepods line uses patented new technology to allow kids to play in two ways: in the physical space and through full integration in top-tier apps. The Telepods play experience will first be available in a line released this August based on and fully integrated into the new app, Angry Birds Star Wars II, from Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm.
For the first time ever, Telepods lets players teleport Rebel Bird and Imperial Pig figures into the new Angry Birds Star Wars II app so they can choose which characters to launch. Following the release of Angry Birds Star Wars II, fans will be able to download the app, tap the Telepods icon in the app, place one of the more than 30 Angry Birds Star Wars figures on the included Telepods base, and then place the base on a smart device (not included) to immediately “teleport” that figure into the game.
Telepods are digitally-integrated toys designed with stand-alone playability in mind. An assortment of play sets will invite kids to launch their Rebel Bird figures in real life to destroy iconic Angry Birds Star Wars structures and topple the evil Pig Empire. Angry Birds Star Wars II will follow the story of the three prequel Star Wars movies. With the introduction of never-before-seen Angry Birds Star Wars characters, the player can–for the first time in the history of Angry Birds–choose to take the “Pork Side” and play as one of the green pigs.
Dentsu Entertainment, Nelvana Enterprises, and Fuel Entertainment Relaunch Chub City
Dentsu Entertainment USA Inc. has signed a development agreement with Nelvana Enterprises and Fuel Entertainment to create an animated action comedy TV series, Chub City.
The series follows the adventures of a team of heroic teenagers who drive customized cars at Chub City battle rallies, which pop up spontaneously in different parts of the world. Teams arrive by train, ship, truck, and helicopter in container units called Convos that become the building blocks for these instant cities. The stories find humor in the relationships of the diverse team of drivers and the awkward bond that forms with their more logical sentient cars, all while battling to recover a powerful hidden energy source.
The series is based on an intellectual property and toy brand, which has been sold worldwide at more than 11,000 stores including Walmart and Carrefour, and has been featured in nationally advertised Burger King and Taco Bell kids meal promotions. The new series will be supported by new toy technology that will bring innovation to the vehicle toy space.
Dentsu Entertainment USA, Nelvana Enterprises, and Fuel Entertainment are actively seeking toy and broadcast partners for Chub City. For more information, please contact Marc Harrington, senior vice president, global strategy and development for Dentsu Entertainment USA, at Marc.Harrington@DentsuEntertainment.com.