Angry Birds Star Wars Licensed Products Provide a Boost to the Toy Industry

Hasbro Angry Birds Star Wars Jenga Death Star PackageBased on data from The NPD Group, Angry Birds Star Wars is the best new toy license in the big five European toy markets so far this year. Sales of Angry Birds Star Wars during this period was £5.3 million, ahead of second place Skylanders at £4 million, and third place Monsters University at £2.9 million. Angry Birds Star Wars is even the No. 1 license in the board games category.

Over the first seven months, Angry Birds and Angry Birds Star Wars combined ranked as the 14th biggest license overall in the big five European markets and 12th biggest overall in the UK. Just one year ago, Angry Birds alone was ranked at a much lower 39th place in the big five markets in Europe.

The original Angry Birds sold £4.2 million worth of toys in the first seven months of last year across the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The figure for the same seven-month period this year had almost doubled to £8.1 million. With the Angry Birds Star Wars sales performance of £5.3 million added in, in total, the Angry Birds license achieved combined sales of £13.4 million in the seven months through this July. [Read more...]

COMMENTARY: Big Rewards for a Little Bit of Cash

Sometimes kids deserve a special little treat—whether they refrain from crying at the dentist, got an extra star on their homework assignment, or behaved well on a long shopping trip, it’s nice to reward them for good behavior. Candy is a cheap, instant, and enjoyable treat, but we all know kids can do with a little less sugar (and, in turn, fewer painful dentist visits!).  There are some great inexpensive toys with lots of play value that will help reward kids for good behavior without breaking the bank or causing cavities.

ABSW Telepods Jedi vs Sith Multi-PacksAngry Birds Star Wars Telepods, from Hasbro, are sold in two-figure packs for less than $10. Kids can teleport the collectible figures right into the Angry Birds Star Wars II app, from Rovio Entertainment, on iOS and Android devices. Each figure has a unique QR code on the bottom, so kids can distinguish their characters from their friends’, even if they have the same ones. With more than 30 figures to collect, Hasbro also has compatible play sets at higher price points. With both virtual and physical play, Telepods is a great choice for a quick treat that will keep kids engaged for a long time. [Read more...]

Hasbro Introduces New Angry Birds Go! Telepods and Jenga Gaming

angrybirdsgoHasbro Inc. has introduced the Angry Birds Go! Telepods and Jenga product lines, launching in support of Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds Go! mobile game. The Telepods platform allows more physical characters into the mobile gaming and allows players to teleport their physical Angry Birds Go! karts into the digital game using their mobile devices.

Hasbro’s Angry Birds Go! Jenga gaming line offers face-to-face play based on the mobile game. Kids can take on the pigs with kart racing, bird launching, and Jenga block toppling. Both product lines are available at major retail locations beginning on October 1 with the mobile game following later.

 

Hasbro Showcases Pop-Culture Brands at Comic-Con

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Hasbro returns to Comic-Con International in San Diego to showcase its pop-culture brands, including TransformersMy Little PonyKre-O, and G.I. Joe, as well as licensed toy lines for Angry Birds Star WarsMarvelStar Wars, and Star Trek. Hasbro will celebrate its popular brands and characters with a lineup of panels, autograph sessions, special edition toys, giveaways, and more.

Fans will also be able to experience the Telepods platform, a fully-integrated play experience for the mobile generation that “teleports” physical characters into digital gaming and app experiences. The Telepods line will be released this fall, and will be fully integrated into the new Angry Birds Star Wars II app, from Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm. The Telepods line uses new technology to allow kids to play in two ways—in the physical space, and through integration into top-tier apps. [Read more...]

Hasbro Launches New Telepods Line

ABSW Telepods Star Destroyer setHasbro Inc. will launch a new line that “teleports” physical characters into digital gaming and app experiences. The Telepods line uses patented new technology to allow kids to play in two ways: in the physical space and through full integration into 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 also the first 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 seen before 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. [Read more...]

Hasbro and Rovio Expand Angry Birds Licensing Agreement

hasbro_2Hasbro Inc. and Rovio Entertainment have expanded a licensing agreement for toys and physical games based on the Angry Birds brand. The new agreement makes Hasbro the premier toy licensee for Angry Birds, including the upcoming game Angry Birds Go!, set to release this year. In addition, Hasbro will continue to develop and expand its line based on Angry Birds Star Wars from Rovio Entertainment and LucasFilm.

The original Angry Birds mobile game launched in 2009 and remains the No. 1 paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into consumer products, publishing, and animation. In March, Rovio released Angry Birds Toons, a weekly animated cartoon series distributed through Angry Birds games, TV broadcasters, and on-demand networks. A full-length, animated Angry Birds movie opening is slated for July 1, 2016.

The terms of the agreement grant Hasbro worldwide licensing rights. More details will be released later in the year.

Pedigree Books Adds Augmented Reality to New Annuals

CTRA14 CUT THE ROPE INTERACTIVE ANNUAL COVER 2014Pedigree Books has announced its 2013 range of Gaming and New Media titles will feature Augmented Reality (AR) technology—an innovation the annuals category has never seen before. This range will be sold as Super Interactive Annuals 2014, available starting August 1 this year.

AR will allow consumers to get added value by downloading a free app onto their tablets and smartphones that enables them to “read” images throughout the book and unlock “Super Interactive” features. Simply holding the device over selected pages creates brand new content, such as extended character profiles, extra stories, and activities including coloring, mazes, puzzles, and a make-your-own poster feature. Around 20 percent of the pages contact an “Exclusive Super Interactive Unlock” icon that will add an exciting new dimension to the experience for Pedigree consumers.

The new technology will feature across their Gaming and New Media range, which includes brands such as Annoying Orange, Cut the Rope, Angry Birds, Angry Birds Star Wars, and Sonic The Hedgehog.

Lexibook Tablets Launch In U.S.

Lexibook, Android educational kids tablet leader, is launching its new tablets for kids nationwide from October. With a preview launch at Toys“R”Us stores across the country, parents can discover tablets with content tailored to the needs of the new generation.

The Lexibook features a high-definition tactile screen and a kid-friendly interface. The educational content is adapted to the curriculum with 500 sheets of general education, tests, and interactive quizzes. School Zone apps and 200 pre-loaded e-books are also included. Children will discover their favorite stories, rhymes, and Susie Tallman’s top songs and karaoke videos. Twenty-five games and 52 discovery activities are included, as well as a camera with photo-editing software.

Wireless internet browsing through a high speed built-in Wi-Fi connection is kept safe through embedded parental control, while kids can still download more than 10,000 must-have apps on the Lexibook Market—including Pig Rush, Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Pandora, and Skype—and learn while having fun with educational apps adapted to every age group. With the Lexibook Videostore by Kabillion and Spotify music portal, cartoons, music, and other favorite videos are available in one click.

K’nex Brings Angry Birds to Construction Aisle

K’nex has introduced its first line of officially licensed building sets inspired by Angry Birds, the No. 1 paid app of all time. The new products combine the K’nex building system with characters from Angry Birds, bringing them from the smartphone to the construction aisle for the first time. Toys include the Angry Birds Intro Assortment Building Sets, the Angry Birds Hammin’ Around Building Set, and the Angry Birds Mission May’Ham Building Set.

This post was originally written by Loren Moreno and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Rovio Takes Angry Birds to Rio

Angry Birds designer Rovio is releasing a special version of the popular smartphone game app that will tie into the soon-to-be-released animated movie, Rio. In the version, called Angry Birds Rio, the Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to Rio de Janeiro.

The app will be released in March, and the Twentieth Century Fox movie will open in theaters on April 15.