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Popples, Winx Club Animated Series to Debut on Netflix

by Alexis Willey

Popples.NetflixNetflix will bring Popples, bright and fluffy toy creatures popular in the 1980s, to life in a kids cartoon late next year, according to an article in Entertainment Weekly this past Wednesday. Saban Brands will produce the Netflix-exclusive series with ZAG Entertainment. The 26 half-hour episodes will follow the adventures of the five Best Popple Pals in the colorful world of Popplopolis, according to the article.

Additionally, Netflix and Rainbow Studios have announced an expansion to the Winx Club franchise with a spin-off series, Winx Club WOW: World of Winx, that will be exclusively available in all Netflix territories. The first of the two all-new seasons will be available by early 2016 with the second following in the fall.

Laser Pegs Announces New Peg Head Line of Building Kits, Animated Short Stories

LaserPegs.PegHeadsby Alexis Willey

Laser Pegs will be featured in a new line of Peg Head-themed building kits accompanied by animated short stories.

Peg Heads building kits include customizable Mini Figures with interchangeable horn, eye, mouth, body with moveable arm, and leg blocks. The three Peg Head characters—Zippy, Peg, and Spinner—have 144 different face combinations between them.

Laser Pegs will also release three light-up Big Figures that work with other Peg Heads building pieces. Both the mini-figures and Big Figures can be integrated into any existing Laser Pegs set.

Jeffery Scott, who has written more than 700 scripts for various animated series, wrote the animated short stories.

The Peg Head kits are non-gendered, and the pieces are compatible with other major construction kits on the market today. Intended for kids ages 3 and up, Peg Heads will be available next year.

HIT Entertainment Will Produce First Little People Series

imageHIT Entertainment, in collaboration with Fisher-Price, has announced that a new CG-animated series, Little Peopleis now in pre-production and is set to launch late next year. The new series is based on Fisher-Price’s Little People brand, and is being produced out of HIT’s UK content hub.

This is the first collaboration between HIT and Fisher-Price since Mattel acquired HIT in 2012.

The Little People line encourages open-ended, imaginative play among preschoolers, with environments built around familiar people and favorite places such as the zoo and farm. The Little People brand has been the No. 1 property in preschool playsets in the U.S. for the past two years, according to NPD Group data.

Mattel’s Ever After High to Be Netflix Original Series

Netflix and Mattel announce seriesNetflix Inc. and Mattel Inc. will launch an original animated series for kids of all ages based on the popular Mattel franchise, Ever After High. The new series will premiere in all Netflix territories early next year.

“Today’s kids want to watch their favorite characters anywhere and everywhere they are. Netflix is the perfect home for developing and expanding the already enchanting world of Ever After High,” said Michael Riley, vice president franchise development and content distribution at Mattel. “We’re excited to be working with Netflix and for the show to be a part of its growing portfolio of original kids programming.”

The Netflix original series will be preceded by a movie, Ever After High Spring Unsprung, in early 2015. The 12 episodes of the Ever After High series will follow.

Cowabunga! A Look at TMNT Toys Past and Present

TMNTby Brandon Engel

Fans eagerly await the big screen return of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello. Not the Italian master painters, but the pizza-scarfing, reptilian wise-crackers who have been delighting young audiences since the early ’80s. Although the characters were originally created by artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird as a parody of comic book franchises that were popular at the time, the turtle gang soon took on a life of its own, spawning multiple television programs, video games, films, and of course, toys.

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, and although we’ll have to wait until August for the film’s premiere, there’s a slew of new products to hold our interest until then. [Read more...]

COMMENTARY: Teen Titans Go! Has Licensed Toys Ready to Go

Phil.TeenTitans1.RobinFunkoIt’s been a good year for superhero comics on TV, what with the success of DC Comics’ Arrow and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., not to mention the planned fall arrivals of The Flash and Gotham. But let’s not forget the animated side of small screen super-heroics, as the second season of Teen Titans Go! premieres next month. The series resurrects Teen Titans, which aired during the mid-to-late 2000s, as something wackier and anarchic. Both shows are based on the long-running comic book of the same name, which is centered on some of the best-known teenage characters in DC’s pantheon.

Along with everyone’s favorite young sidekick, Robin, the cast includes Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy. While adept at defeating evil-doers, Teen Titans Go! more often depicts them hanging out unsupervised at their team headquarters, at which point trouble worse than any super-villain tends to break out. The series is a fun romp, not to mention a good antidote to the spate of more serious, live-action superhero adaptations of late. Teen Titans Go! is currently licensed by a number of toy companies, with items for collectors, young kids, and everyone in between. But in all cases, the property’s lighthearted attitude shines through. [Read more...]

Star Wars Rebels Preview Launches on Star Wars Day

StarWarsRebelsStar Wars Day, an unofficial holiday created by Star Wars fans to celebrate the sci-fi franchise, took place this past Sunday, May 4. To mark the occasion, Lucasfilm released a new minute-long trailer for Star Wars Rebels. The animated TV series is scheduled to premiere this fall on Disney Channel, and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels worldwide.

Spin Master Entertainment Brings Tenkai Knights to Teletoon Canada

TenkaiKnightsTenkai Knights, a new animated TV show, premiered on the Canadian channel Teletoon on September 29. New episodes will air on Sundays.

Tenkai Knights will feature 52 episodes, webisodes, an interactive website, as well an extensive toy line. The plot revolves around characters Guren, Ceylan, Chooki, and Toxsa, who accidentally stumble into an inter-dimensional portal and are ripped through space and time.

Spin Master Entertainment is responsible for distributing the Tenkai Knights broadcast in North and South America, while Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co. Ltd. will distribute the broadcast in Asian territories and Viz Media Europe will distribute Tenkai Knights in EMEA territories.

A2E2 Reveals “Rainbow Valley Heroes”

A Squared Elxsi Entertainment LLC (A2E2), introduces Rainbow Valley Heroes, an animated series that serves as the company’s first preschool property. In addition to creating new episodes, A2E2 also intends to spawn new toys, digital entertainment products, games, apparel, books, and additional branded merchandise.

The series follows the adventures of a fun-loving fleet of rescue trucks. Featuring colorful stories told through vibrant CGI animation, the show introduces engaging characters with big personalities. Fire Chief Rusty and Pam the Paramedic  join forces with Lieutenant Lonnie and Major Mia to lead their teams on a series of adventures. These adventures teach kids about the value of friendship, sharing, and working hard at school, while educating toddlers on subjects such as recycling, telling the time, and problem solving.

This post was originally written by Lindsay Gordon 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.