China Toy Fair


VTech Introduces InnoTab 3S

VTech InnoTab 3S_BlueVTech, introduces the InnoTab 3S for kids ages 3 to 9. The InnoTab 3S, the next generation of one of the first children’s learning tablets with Wi-Fi, features VTech Kid Connect—an exclusive communication app that allows kids to be connected with their parents and friends through both tablet-to-mobile and tablet-to-tablet communication, a rechargeable battery pack with AC adapter, and a kid-safe web browser. In addition, access to VTech’s Learning Lodge app store—home to a plethora of downloadable content and curriculum for purchase—and 20 free apps provides kids with a bright start on their learning journey. The InnoTab 3S is now available for pre-order on www.vtechkids.com, Amazon.com, Target.com, Toysrus.com, and Walmart.com.

With VTech Kid Connect, kids can use their InnoTab 3S to send text messages and animated stickers to parents’ smartphones. In return, parents can send text messages and stickers to their child’s InnoTab 3S. VTech Kid Connect gives kids the ability to emulate their parents, allowing them to feel like they are part of the text messaging trend, but from a kid-safe, kid-friendly tablet. In addition, kids can stay connected to their friends and siblings with tablet-to-tablet communication, sending messages safely between two InnoTab 3S tablets from the next room or from across the country. A value-packed Deluxe Apps Package with Premium Kid Connect will be available in the fall (sold separately), including more enhanced features, allowing kids and parents to send each other personalized voice messages, photos, and drawings, in addition to texts and animated stickers. [Read more...]

Mike the Knight Trains Knights in New App Pack

MiketheknightHit 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 Game Pack invites and transports young knights-in-training into an imaginative world of castles, dragons, and trolls.

Mike the Knight: Knight in Training Game Pack features everyone’s favorite young hero and includes Jam Tart Fling, Fruit Shoot, Paint the Castle, Jigsaw Jumble, Seek & Find, and Match Mission. This game app features fun missions for children 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 children’s cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination. The game’s easy and hard modes welcome all children to play.

The app can be downloaded at the following links for the U.S. and for the UK.

 

Gameloft and Mattel Launch Uno & Friends

uno-and-friendsGlobal digital and social game publisher Gameloft and Mattel launched Uno & Friends. Available for free on Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Uno & Friends brings an entirely new social dimension to the classic, fast-paced, and competitive gameplay of Uno. With multiplatform play, Uno & Friends can be played anywhere at any time.

Fans can now drop Wild Draw Fours and Reverse Cards on friends, family, and Uno players the world over via smartphones and tablets. Invite and challenge up to three other players in real-time using social networks, and explore unprecedented customization for the most complete Uno experience on digital devices. [Read more...]

Toon Goggles Partners with Southern Telecom for Child-Friendly Programming

PolaroidKidsTabletOnline kids destination Toon Goggles, the entertainment channel offering a diversity of kid-safe and parent-friendly programming, has partnered with Southern Telecom to launch a new free app for the Polaroid 7-inch Kids Tablet, providing viewers with instant access to Toon Goggles’ selection of animated and live-action content for children. The free Toon Goggles app is available now on the Polaroid Kids Tablet, a rugged, kid-friendly tablet with parental controls embedded right into its Android operating system.

In addition, the deal sees Southern Telecom adding Toon Boom Animation Inc.’s creative app Boom Goggles to tablets. The Boom Goggles app, developed jointly by Toon Goggles and Toon Boom, allows users to demonstrate their design skills instantly by creating their own stop-motion cartoons. Polaroid Kids Tablet users will be able to export their unique creations to the Toon Goggles platform, sharing their innovations with friends and family. Boom Goggles is available in the Google Play Store for free.

Children’s Recording Artist Laurie Berkner Debuts Sing and Send Karaoke App

Laurie Berkner has released her first-ever Sing and Send karaoke app with the help of Two Tomatoes Records and Siena Entertainment. The app debuted at No. 1 on iTunes’ Kids Music apps chart. Kids can sing and share their favorite Laurie Berkner Band songs on iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The app comes pre-loaded with three songs, and more song packs are available for purchase. [Read more...]

HIT Entertainment, Discovery Bay Games Announce Thomas & Friends Steam Team Station App, Accessory for iPad

HIT Entertainment and Discovery Bay Games have announced a new game and accessory for iPad: Thomas & Friends Steam Team Station. This Thomas & Friends-branded Duo accessory is compatible with the new Thomas & Friends Steam Team Station Duo App, available now on the App Store.

Thomas & Friends Steam Team Station gets kids jumping, skipping, and racing with all of their engine friends. The app comes with three games: Steam Engine Relay, Sodor Spot-It, and Seek & Find Adventure. Six engine cards, including Thomas, Percy, and James, along with other engine favorites, interact with Steam Team Station.

Designed for children ages 3 and up, the Thomas & Friends Steam Team Station accessory is now available at Apple Stores and Apple.com, Amazon, Target, and Toys”R”Us. The Thomas & Friends Steam Team Station Duo App is available for free from the App Store.

Leapfrog Announces LeapPad2 and Leapster GS

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., the leader in educational entertainment, announces two new platforms: LeapPad2, the next generation of the No. 1 kid’s learning tablet LeapPad, and LeapsterGS, the learning video game system.

LeapPad2 arrives after the success of its predecessor. Within a year of launch, LeapPad has received more than 20 accolades, including three awards from the Toy Industry Association (Educational Toy of the Year, Preschool Toy of the Year, and Toy of the Year).

LeapPad2 features higher resolution front-and-back cameras and video recorders, twice the memory (4 GB), and improved battery life. The tablet also includes free content: a music player with five LeapFrog Learning Songs, a Cartoon Director creativity app, an Art Studio creativity app, the Pet Pad writing app, and choice of an additional app. LeapPad2’s Cartoon Director app lets kids develop their inner director by creating and starring in their own cartoons, as well as sharing their masterpieces with family and friends.

Continuing with its education and entertainment products, LeapFrog will release the LeapsterGS, an updated version of Leapster Explorer. With a faster processor and more memory, the LeapsterGS delivers fast-action gameplay while building core skills for success in school and life.

LeapsterGS comes with free content, including the new “Escape of the Sillies” game app, the Pet Pad writing app, and choice of an additional app. Exclusive to LeapsterGS, the “Escape of the Sillies” app immerses kids into the game with the built-in camera and face-morphing technology, where they will customize faces of silly monsters while building their math skills.

LeapPad2 and LeapsterGS will be available for pre-sale at leapfrog.com in the U.S. and Canada, and at major online retailers in the UK and Ireland beginning July 18. They will be available at major retail locations in early August and in select other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, and other Asian countries later this fall. The LeapFrog App Center can be accessed through the LeapFrog Connect Application for LeapPad2 and LeapsterGS platforms. For more information on LeapPad2 and LeapsterGS, visit leapfrog.com/nextgen.

JAKKS and CDI to Release Where’s My Water? Plush Line

Where’s My Water?, the international best selling app from Disney, will soon become a best selling toy. Disney Consumer Products (DCP) announced  that JAKKS Pacific, Inc., (JAKKS) and Creative Designs International, Ltd. (CDI), have teamed up to create a robust line of plush figures and novelty items that bring the game’s main characters to life.

Fans of the app can now collect the Where’s My Water? characters in an array of sizes. JAKKS and CDI will release plush versions of Swampy, Allie, and Cranky as 3-inch clip-ons and 7-inch, 10-inch, and 20-inch dolls. The companies will also launch a line of 2-inch figurines. Where’s My Water? toys from JAKKS and CDI are scheduled to be available this month at Toys “R” Us and Target.

This post was originally written by Leah Rocketto 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.

StoryToys Teaches Kids Through 3D Experience

StoryToys, a leading publisher of interactive books and games for children, announced that Farm 123 is available on the App Store for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Farm 123 is the first in a series of StoryToys jr. apps professionally designed with toddlers and pre-schoolers in mind.

Kids learn to count as they help Farmer Jo around the farm in this pop-up book and game. They will learn the numbers 1 through 10 in a series of interactive scenes, such as a cow jumping over the moon, pigs making a muddy splash, and eggs hatching in spectacular fashion. Kids can also learn another language, with narrations in English, French, German, and Spanish.

Farm 123 is priced at $1.99 for the fully featured app, which includes a full book experience and seven counting games. A free version is also available and features the full book experience plus two fun counting games. Five additional games can be unlocked with a single, low-cost purchase.

This post was originally written by Leah Rocketto 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.

Kurio7 Available For Preorder

Techno Source announced that Kurio7, the advanced Android-based tablet designed for families with children and teens, is now available for preorder online at Toysrus.com, and will be available in stores this July.  The Kurio7 solves problems typically associated with tablets that are passed from parent to child; allowing for safe Web surfing through fully customizable internet controls, while prohibiting the “accidental” purchase of apps.  Additionally, users can safely surf the Web, read e-books, draw, play games, take photographs, record video, watch movies and more.  Kurio7, a 7” tablet, comes preloaded with top-tier kids’ content, including some of the most popular games, e-books, videos, and educational content available, ensuring its value right out of the box.

The Kurio7 wi-fi enabled tablet allows parents to create up to eight unique login profiles, offering different levels of internet access for each member of a household, offer a highly sought-after security detail other tablets can’t offer. Each profile is governed by advanced parental controls, found in a password protected area.  The easy-to-use system includes a fully customizable internet content filtering system designed to allow access only to Web content that fits parameters set by adults.  It also allows parents to choose which apps are available for use in each profile, as well as controlling access to the app store.  Additionally, Kurio7 provides parents with the ability to limit session times and can allow access only during certain hours each day.

Kurio7 comes pre-loaded with some of the Web’s most popular apps, including full versions of games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Doodle Jump, Cut-the-Rope, Where’s My Water, and World of  Goo.

This post was originally written by Leah Rocketto 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.