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Fall Toy Preview: Sakar to Release Gummy Bear Electronics

Sakar International has signed a new licensing agreement with Street Players Holding Corporation to produce a new line of Gummy Bear-branded electronics. The products—including molded bear-shaped earbuds, bear-adorned Apple iPhone cases and Nintendo DSi cases, and molded game styluses—will be Gummy-textured, and will simulate the pliable feel and vibrant color palette of the gel candies.

Scheduled for release in first quarter 2011 in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the UK, the Sakar license marks the latest chapter in a 15-month campaign by Street Players to extend the Gummy Bear brand beyond candy.

For more Fall Toy Preview coverage, pick up The Toy Book‘s September/October issue!

Fall Toy Preview: Wild Planet’s Aquapets to Return to Stores

Wild Planet’s Aquapets are back. The collectible creatures are returning to store shelves in April, seven years after their original U.S. debut. Aquapets are thumb-sized, 3-D floating figures that live inside a raindrop-shaped case. The creatures come alive when kids or other Aquapets interact with them. A microchip, microphone, and speaker housed in the toy’s base allow Aquapets to respond to sound, replying with movement and melody. The more kids play with their Aquapets the more songs they will perform, and when two or more Aquapets are placed together they form an AquaParty—dancing, chirping, and conversing with one another.

Fans can expect to see updated versions of eight previously released pets in redesigned aqua pods and with new games. The new games include Memory Moov, a memory-building sequence game; Aqua Speed, a fast-paced reflex challenge; and Bubble Boogie, a fun way to make the mini marionettes dance. The assortment will include Bebe, Bertie, Bunni, Fizzie, Fretta, Harf, Puku, and Squirt.

For more Fall Toy Preview coverage, pick up The Toy Book’s September/October issue!

Fall Toy Preview: Pressman Prepares for The Smurfs

In anticipation of next summer’s release of the Columbia Pictures’/Sony Pictures Animation’s 3-D movie The Smurfs, in theaters August 3, Pressman Toy Corporation has signed a deal to create games and puzzles based on the movie. In this big-screen release, the Smurfs are chased out of their village by the evil Gargamel and wind up in New York City’s Central Park. The little blue creatures must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Pressman Toy’s preschool games and puzzles are all priced under $20 with many options under $10. Games based on the movie will include Race to Smurfs Village, Don’t Drop Clumsy Board Game, Smurfs Follow Your Nose Dominoes, as well as Smurfs Pop ‘N Race, Make a Match, Big Roll Bingo, and a special spinning card game starring Clumsy Smurf. The products will be available at mass market and specialty stores nationwide in July 2011. Additionally, Pressman Toy will introduce a line of 24-piece puzzles featuring real movie scenes.

For more Fall Toy Preview coverage, pick up The Toy Book’s September/October issue!

Fall Toy Preview: Head Shotz, R/C Battle Toys

Head Shotz, by Silverlit Toys, is a new line of collectible characters that compete in an R/C battle. Targeted to boys ages 5 to 9, the R/C characters roll, battle, open to attack, and can shut down their opponents’ ability to function. The line is set to launch with four characters and three battle groups in fall 2011.

For more Fall Toy Preview coverage, pick up The Toy Book‘s September/October issue!

Fall Toy Preview: SmartLab Has a Spa Day

All-Natural Spa Day is the sleepover/spa day/mommy-and-me version of SmartLab’s All-Natural Spa Lab. With the kit, kids can explore the natural science behind beauty. Before spa day, party planners can send out invitations to friends or family members, and when the big day comes they can participate in spa-themed activities and take home ribbon-wrapped presents.

The kit includes six project cards, bags of citric acid, four large-lidded pots, four small-lidded pots, four stir spoons, four headbands, four floral-shaped bath bomb molds, four pillow boxes with ribbon and sticks to package the bath bombs, glitter, a glitter scoop, three invitations, and a party-planning guide.

For more Fall Toy Preview coverage, pick up The Toy Book‘s September/October issue!

Fall Toy Preview: New Top Trumps Cards

Top Trumps card games are similar to War, which is played with normal playing cards. But instead of featuring a number and a suit, Top Trumps cards feature statistics such as speed, skill, strength, and more that coincide with the theme of the deck. The object of the game is to beat—or trump—your opponent’s card by choosing your best stat for that card. The player that trumps wins the card, and the game keeps going until a player wins the entire deck.

New Top Trumps card games for 2011 will include Moshi Monsters, Go Go Crazy Bones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Top Trumps Activity Super Hero Squad, and Top Trumps Tournament Marvel.

For more Fall Toy Preview coverage, pick up The Toy Book‘s September/October issue!

Fall Toy Preview: Maisto-Marvel Toy Airplanes

Marvel Super Hero Squad Caricature Aircrafts are new from Maisto International, Inc. Each of the six characters has its own plane and, with wingspans of approximately four inches, they’re just the right size for little hands. Kids can choose from Captain America, Dr. Doom, Iron Man, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, and Thor. The products feature a sturdy die-cast metal and plastic construction.

For more Fall Toy Preview coverage, pick up The Toy Book‘s September/October issue!

Fall Toy Preview: Medal of Honor R/Cs from Interactive Toy Concepts

Interactive Toy Concepts has partnered with Electronic Arts to bring the Medal of Honor brand to life with a series of remote-control vehicles, a tank, a helicopter, a jeep, an assault vehicle, an ATV, and others. Each vehicle will be able to interact with the others, offering game play for up to six people. Each item will have its own unique battle style and damage results. Also included will be mission objectives and game play accessories.

For more Fall Toy Preview coverage, pick up The Toy Book‘s September/October issue!

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Medal of Honor from EA.com

Video: Anti-Gravity Web Runner, Radio-Controlled Black Widow

Fantasma Toys is showcasing its new remote-controlled black widow spider, the Anti-Gravity Web Runner, at the Toy Industry Association’s Fall Toy Preview in Dallas.

The Anti-Gravity Web Runner is the first product developed by Fantasma that is based on the company’s comic book A.G. Arachnids. The spider boasts 360-degree spin action and uses patent-pending air suction technology that allows it to operate on the floor, on walls, and even upside down. The Anti-Gravity Web Runner also features a light engineered chassis, life-like articulated legs, and an infrared signal transmitter.

The Anti-Gravity Web Runner sells for a suggested retail price of $39.99 and is recommended for children 8 and up.  For more information, visit www.agwebrunner.com.

Fantasma will be showing at Fall Toy Preview, October 5-8 at booth No. 12674.

StinkyKids Creator to Attend Fall Toy Preview

Brett Menzies, the creator of the StinkyKids Collection, is inviting attendees to meet with her on Tuesday, October 5th at Fall Toy Preview, held in Dallas, T.X. The collection has been sold at retailers such as Wal-mart.com, Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com, FAO Schwarz, FAO.com, Target.com, MadameAlexander.com, Amazon.com (nearly sold out), and more.

StinkyKids is seeking licensees in product categories, including toys/games, coloring books, jewelry, stickers, keychains, puzzles, gift & novelty, party paper products, and apparel & accessories.

To set up an appointment, email kzupp@stoneamerica.com.