Jakks Signs Agreement for Kinectimals Plush

Jakks Pacific, Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft to design and manufacture interactive plush toys for Microsoft’s Kinectimals video game for the Kinect for Xbox 360 entertainment system. The new plush line launched with the King Cheetah and the Maltese Tiger.

The limited collector’s edition Kinectimals plush toys by Jakks will work with Microsoft Tag (mtag) technology, allowing players to scan the tag on their plush toy with the Kinect for Xbox 360 sensor and watch the animal appear in the game.

In the video game Kinectimals, players can interact with different creatures, some exotic. Using the controller-free Kinect for Xbox 360, animals will come running when they hear the player’s voice, responding to commands like “jump,” “roll over,” and “play dead.”

Additionally, Jakks will produce a mainline plush assortment, which is expected to be sold at mass retailers in the U.S. starting in the spring. The line will feature five unique plush animals in the first wave.

Limited collector’s editions of the Kinectimals game, packaged with a seven-inch plush toy, are now available at select retailers around the globe. In the U.S., Toys “R” Us will exclusively sell the King Cheetah limited collector’s edition and GameStop will exclusively carry the Maltese Tiger limited collector’s edition.