American Girl Unveils Truly Me Doll Line

AmericanGirlTrulyMeAmerican Girl has re-branded its line of contemporary 18-inch dolls and accessories, clothing, and exclusive play-based content as Truly Me. Formerly known as My American Girl, Truly Me lets kids create a one-of-a-kind doll through a variety of personalized options, including 40 different combinations of eye color, hair color and style, and skin color, as well as an array of outfits and accessories.

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Build-A-Bear Launches Promise Pets Line, Fosters Pet Responsibility with New App

Build-A-Bear has launched its newest product line, Promise Pets, a realistic pet plush collection that features a complementary mobile app, which families can download to bring the experience of pet care to life.

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Kadho Joins TechStuff PR Roster

TechLogo_HRTechStuff Public Relations, a division of KidStuff PR, has added Kadho to its tech client roster. TechStuff PR will promote the preschool game app and e-book-maker’s linguistics program to consumers.

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My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie’s Sister Storybook App Is Available Now

PlayDate Digital MY LITTLE PONYMy Little Pony: Pinkie Pie’s Sister, a new app from PlayDate Digital under license from Hasbro Inc., is available now in the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, or at www.appstore.com

. This ninth installment in PlayDate Digital’s My Little Pony app collection is based on the episode, “Maud Pie,” from the fourth season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, created by Hasbro Studios and currently airing on Discovery Family Channel in the U.S.

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Playability Toys Launches Pigsy, a New Educational App

PlayabilityLogoPlayability Toys has officially launched Pigsy, an educational gaming app that teaches basic financial literacy. Later versions will include unique personalization features intended to make learning engaging and fun.

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Lego Demonstrates New App, Makes it Easier to Get Started Using Robotics

LEGO_LogoAt the SXSWedu Conference in Austin, Lego Education demoed the new Lego Education EV3 Programming App for use with the Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 solution. The app is intended as an effective way for classrooms to get started with Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 within a 45-minute classroom period. [Read more...]

Kurio Teams Up with YouTube Kids App

Techno Source Kurio MotionKD Interactive and YouTube have entered a partnership whereby all new Kurio tablets sold in the U.S. will come preloaded with the new YouTube Kids app. Existing Kurio users will be able to find the YouTube Kids app in the Content Management section of their parent owner account and add it to any child profile.

The YouTube Kids app is packed full of age-appropriate videos, channels, and playlists. It features popular children’s programming, plus kid-friendly content from filmmakers, teachers, and creators all around the world. For parents’ peace of mind, videos in the app are narrowed down to ensure that only relevant and appropriate content for kids is shown.

Kids Preferred, Creative Capers, and Rethink Form Digiplush

DigiPlush,BirthdaykinsDigiplush is a new toy, app, and entertainment company, featuring brands designed to enhance children’s play experience through physical toys and mobile apps for smartphones and tablets. A partnership between Kids Preferred, Creative Capers Entertainment, and Rethink Entertainment and Media, the first brand under the new Digiplush venture is BirthdayLand, which launches exclusively at Toys “R” Us this month. [Read more...]

Q&A with Eric Nyman, Senior Vice President of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing at Hasbro

EricNymanThe Toy Book (TTB): How do you utilize consumer feedback in product development?

Eric Nyman (EN): Hasbro puts our consumers at the center of everything we do, and we’ve seen a tremendous amount of change in the way kids and families play today. Therefore, we conduct extensive research and are in constant conversation with our consumers to better understand their wants and needs and make sure we are delivering the world’s best play experiences. Over the last several years, Hasbro’s marketing team in conjunction with our consumer insights team has talked to tens of thousands of kids of all ages through research and in our three Fun Labs around the world. [Read more...]

Mattel and Google Re-Imagining Iconic View-Master Toy

ViewMaster,GoogleAt the North American International Toy Fair in New York today, Mattel Inc. unveiled a collaboration with Google that gives the iconic View-Master toy a 21st century twist. With the new View-Master that works with Google Cardboard, Mattel is developing an immersive digital experience for kids.

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