Sweet Suite 2016

Plumzi, American Greetings to Bring Care Bears Interactive Appisode to Apple TV

carebearsPlumzi and American Greetings Entertainment have partnered to bring a free Care Bears Appisode, Care Bear-A-Thon, to the App Store for Apple TV. Fans of Care Bears can now interact with their favorite characters on Apple TV as they progress through the story using the touch surface and motion-sensing capabilities of the Siri Remote.  [Read more...]

Care Bears Belly Match Available for iOS and Android

care bearCare Bears Belly Match, a free-to-play match-three game from Ubisoft in partnership with American Greetings Entertainment, is now available for Apple and Android devices.

Players are able to test themselves against boss battles featuring the mischievous Beastly and time challenges. They journey through the land of Care-a-Lot and match as many belly-badges as possible before their time runs out, making Care-a-Lot a happy place again. Care Bears Belly Match can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

American Greeting Properties Becomes American Greetings Entertainment

AGEAmerican Greetings Properties has changed its name to American Greetings Entertainment to better reflect the company’s focus on strategic expansion for its Care Bears brand and development of new multi-platform character and creatively driven entertainment intellectual properties. [Read more...]

The Care Bears Celebrate National #Share YourCare Day with Giveaway

CareBearsNationalShareYourCareDayMediaAdvisory-September92015-FISeptember 9 is the inaugural National Care Bears #ShareYourCare Day, and to commemorate it, the Care Bears will be on location in the Bronx, N.Y., and teaming up with a local philanthropist to donate plush toys to children in need. Care Bears has also aligned with roughly 300 bloggers, known as the Care Bears #ShareYourCare Ambassadors, who will keep the conversation going to their audiences.

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Care Bears’ Launch at Build-A-Bear Set for February

Care BearsBeginning next February, the Care Bears will launch a line in all Build-A-Bear global locations. Guests will be invited to create their own stuffable plush toys and choose from a range of accessories to personalize their bears.

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Care Bears to Debut at Build-A-Bear Workshop Next Year

LogoCareBears450American Greetings Properties (AGP), the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, has entered into a global collaboration with Build-A-Bear Workshop that will feature the Care Bears brand at Build-A-Bear Workshops. This limited-time worldwide promotion will begin next year.

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COMMENTARY: Toys Meet Theme Parks and Resorts, or, How You’ll Be Spending Your Summer Vacations

Legoland Florida Resort

Last week, one of the big news stories around the toy industry was Nintendo entering a deal with Universal Studios to create rides and other attractions for the latter’s theme parks. As reported on The Toy Book Blog, Nintendo’s most famous video game characters and worlds would serve as the inspiration for these soon-to-be immersive experiences. Imagine the possibilities: Kids, and adults, may soon interact with environments straight out of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda, or any of the video game maker’s other hit franchises.

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Care Bears Want Fans to #ShareYourCare

SYCgeneralIn a new online campaign, the Care Bears are asking fans to share their care (via the hashtag, #ShareYourCare) and post videos telling the Care Bears how they make the world a better place by showing how they love, care, share, and help others every day. The #ShareYourCare contest will award winners with pre-paid Care Bears-branded Mastercards and themed merchandise.

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COMMENTARY: Toy Companies Are Going to the Crowdsource for Ideas

Quirky,MattellogoWhen it comes to creating great toys, games, or just about anything, it all boils down to the idea. Great things are often borne of flashes of inspiration, and more than ever, we’re seeing toy companies try to tap into the mental spark of their customers.

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Oldies but Goodies: Some of the Biggest Toy Brands of Yesteryear Are Making a Comeback

DebbieDunnHeadshotby Debbie Dunn, Licensing, Marketing, Promotions, & Mom Expert, GennComm LLC

What’s old is new again, and vintage brands are expected to be the biggest hits in the toy aisle for this year. Many of these brands have reinvented themselves in modern ways with digital entertainment content to reach today’s savvy kid consumer, yet they still offer the same trusted attributes that parents–and even grandparents–knew and loved. [Read more...]