Mattel and Disney Consumer Products have renewed their relationship for the Cars franchise and the upcoming Disney•Pixar film, Cars 3. The agreement gives Mattel continued worldwide rights to manufacture, market, and distribute toys and products based on the award-winning Cars franchise across multiple categories, including vehicles and play sets. [Read more...]
Madmouse is introducing new products to be released into the market next year. They include Frozen Impact, a new line of cars made out of real ice. Kids can create their own ice cars, challenge their friends, break through ice walls and other obstacles, destroy their cars, and more.
Another product, Mystic Breeze, submerges kids in a world where they are able to create, decorate, and hide their own flowers in a magic blossom. There is also Treeatures for preschoolers, featuring a community of animals with the power to exchange traits, allowing them to overcome any challenge. Kids can create their own Treeature out of thousands of different combinations.
These three toy lines and much more will be presented in January and February at Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair and Spielwarenmesse, respectively, and will be available for distribution all over the world.
Modarri is a kind of miniature car that’s driven with the fingers using realistic steering and suspension. Recommended for ages 8 and up (though not for ages 0 to 3 due to small parts), users can design their own unique cars by swapping parts from one vehicle to another using the included Hex Tool.
Each modular car includes a chassis, hood/windshield, seat pan, seat, fenders and frame, hex tool, four wheels, front suspension, and rear suspension. The line is launching with a Street Car S1, Dirt Car X1, and Track Car T1. In addition, the DIY model allows users to make custom vehicles with their own paint jobs.
Thoughtfull Toys had created a Kickstarter project for Modarri, which finished at more than $69,000, or more than 300 percent of its funding goal. The group successfully raised a second round of financing from accredited investors, with a focus on website development to make the car line interactive and digital as well as physical.
Delta Children’s new Character Club Chairs are launching this summer in different characters, including Cars, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie Mouse. Recommended for children ages 3 to 9, each chair can hold up to 100 pounds and provides a soft space for kids to sit and read, draw, or watch a movie. The chair deflates for easy storage and its velour cover is machine washable.
Motorworks, from The Manhattan Toy Co., will expand its line next year with new models, a car trailer, and accessories. The vehicles are designed with a common, convertible chassis, which allows kids to choose between durable, snap-on parts and to customize in different ways.
The collection is comprised of three different trim levels: Street Series, Speed Series, and Extreme Series. Motorworks will attend next year’s American International Toy Fair with its latest offerings, all of which are suitable for kids ages 3 and up. [Read more...]
Delta Children has released its convertible Lightning McQueen bed from Disney’s Cars, which isn’t only just for bedtime. Under the hood there’s built-in storage space that converts to an oversized toy box once the twin bed is in place, and there are even working headlights and a steering wheel for added play and fun.
The best part is, not having to worry about your toddler outgrowing the bed. The crib mattress can easily be switched out for a twin mattress while still preserving the same cool, sleek look.
A new toy line from Wicked Cool Toys based on the children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, will be debuting exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores and online at Toysrus.com. The release coincides with the group’s North American “Taking Off!” concert tour.
The toy line includes plush, cars, and musical instruments. The Wiggles—Anthony, Emma, Lachy, and Simon—appear in the Ready, Steady Wiggle! TV series on Sprout as well as CDs and DVDs, and have performed live in concerts across the globe. The toys are aimed at Wiggles fans ages 2 to 6.
The musical instruments, all of which play Wiggles songs, include the Wiggles Wiggly Microphone, the six-piece Wiggles Drum Set, the Wiggles Musical Guitar, and the Wiggles Musical Keyboard. Meanwhile, Wiggles fans can go for a ride with the Wiggly Steering Wheel, Big Red Car Keys, and the Bump ‘N Go Big Red Car, which also play music.
The line also includes 10-inch Wiggly Friends Plush and the Wiggles 4-Pack Figure Set, which includes Simon, Anthony, Emma, and Lachy.
Disney Interactive has unveiled Cars as the fourth playset in Disney Infinity with a new set of images, screenshots, and a gameplay trailer from the playset. The Cars-inspired playset adds to the previously-announced playsets based on The Incredibles, Monsters University, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Cars playset allows gamers to take on the role of Lightning McQueen, Mater, Holley Shiftwell. and Francesco Bernoulli and enter the virtual world of Radiator Springs, where they will prepare the town for a big international racing event.
I attended Target’s Holiday Toy Preview on November 9, and had the great pleasure of meeting Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster, Sabrina the Teenage Witch). She is Target’s Mommy Ambassador, and frankly, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Soleil has two daughters herself, and seemed to have a ball talking about her favorite toys for the holidays. Rocking a pair of comfy slipper socks, Soleil walked me through Target’s top holiday toy picks, and introduced me to the toys she chose as her personal top picks:
- Disney My First Princess Doll and Toddler Dress Gift Set
- Disney Cars Charge n Race Speedway
- LeapFrog LeapPad
- Barbie Hairtastic Printables
- Paper Jamz Pro Series Microphone
- Scrabble Flash
Imperial Toy—a maker of licensed and non-licensed kids’ bubbles, seasonal products and novelty toys—has announced new licenses for its popular bubble toys, with products launching in 2012 and beyond.
Imperial has teamed with Disney Consumer Products for a new comprehensive line of magical bubbles and bubble accessories based on Disney characters, including Disney Princess, Toy Story, Cars, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, to launch starting next spring. Each product line will include basic bubbles, bubble toys, bubble wands, and dip and blow sets.
Go Bubbles, a new licensed bubble line, will also be released next spring. Go Bubbles stand over 18 inches high and deliver a continuous stream of bubbles when pushed down by a child (geared towards ages 3-5). Licenses include Little Tikes Cozy Coup, Disney Princess Carriage, and Hit Entertainment’s Thomas the Train.