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2013 National Toy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

NationalToyHallofFameThe game of chess joins the rubber duck as honored toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The honorees were selected from a field of 12 finalists that included bubbles, Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, Pac-Man, scooter, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

During the National Toy Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at The Strong in Rochester, N.Y., on November 7, cartoonist Leigh Rubin (Rubes) presented two original commemorative cartoons, which he created in honor of the newest toy hall honorees.

Electronic Arts to Develop Hasbro Mobile Games

Hasbro_logo_newHasbro and Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) have signed a new agreement under which EA will develop several of Hasbro’s gaming brands for mobile platforms globally. Under the new four-year agreement, EA will continue to develop mobile games for Hasbro’s Monopoly, Scrabble, The Game Of Life, Battleship, Boggle, Clue, Risk, and Yahtzee.

EA’s Pogo.com gaming community will also continue to be a central hub online for digital versions of Hasbro games.

The Strong Announces National Toy Hall of Fame Finalists

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

After reviewing thousands of nominations submitted this year by toy lovers of all ages, The Strong in Rochester, Ny., has announced the 12 nominees for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Two finalists will be inducted on Thursday, November 15.

The finalists for 2012 are: Clue, dominoes, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Lite-Brite, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, pogo stick, sidewalk chalk, Simon, Star Wars action figures, tea set, and Twister. The selected winners will join the ranks of 49 toy luminaries already in the Hall of Fame, including Candy Land, cardboard box, Crayola Crayons, Duncan Yo-Yo, Mr. Potato Head, Radio Flyer Wagon, and Tinkertoy.

Clue Miniseries to Debut on The Hub

A new five-part, live-action miniseries, Clue, will debut on The Hub Monday, November 14. Clue, based on the family game brand and produced by Hasbro Studios, will introduce the game characters as young modern-day sleuths.

The series follows six unique kids who stumble upon an adventure after witnessing a crime. The youngsters uncover hidden treasures and decipher cryptic messages to reveal a secret society. Clue will be supported by extensive marketing initiatives, including The Hub’s “Get a Clue” sweepstakes and Clue-themed activities on Hubworld.com.

After debuting back-to-back episodes on November 14, new episodes will premiere daily through Thursday, November 17, culminating with a back-to-back marathon on November 19.

Clue, Scrabble, The Game of Life, and More Join The Hub’s Upcoming Lineup

Nine new original programs will join The Hub’s 2011-2012 lineup, announced president and CEO Margaret Loesch at the network’s upfront meeting in New York City last week. The new series include The Aquabats Super Show, from the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba; Blythe Loves The Littlest Pet Shop (working title), inspired by the Littlest Pet Shop brand; Clue, featuring six teens who are brought together when they believe they’ve witnessed a terrible crime; The Game of Life, a live-action family game show; and Scrabble Showdown, another family game show.

Additionally, The Hub is adding Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters (working title), Majors & Minors (working title); Rescue Bots (working title); Secret Millionaire’s Club; and has acquired Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Returning series include The Adventures of Chuck & Friends, Animal Mechanicals, Dan Vs., Family Game Night, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, Pound Puppies, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series, Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures, Transformers Prime, and The WotWots.

Clue Named as Latest The Hub Series

Clue has been announced as the latest series to join a lineup of shows, which will be broadcast on the new network The Hub, to launch on October 10 (10-10-10). Clue, produced by Hasbro Studios, will feature a youthful, ensemble cast (to be announced) that work together to uncover clues and unravel mysteries.

Other shows that will be broadcast on The Hub include Dan Vs., Family Game Night, G.I. Joe Renegades, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Pictureka!, Pound Puppies, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends, and Transformers Prime.

The Hub is a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc. and is expected to be available in 60 million U.S. households at launch.