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COMMENTARY: Disney’s Monsters U Sure to Scare Up Sales

Sulley Scare Mask

Disney is really good at a lot of things. One of those things is taking a beloved property and refreshing it, breathing new life into it, and turning it into a must-see movie or must-have property for a new audience of kids. They do it every year with Disney Princess (Last year was Cinderella, this year is The Little Mermaid). The film comes out of the vault, and the already incredible powerhouse that is Disney Princess (the No. 1 toy property ranked by annual 2012 dollar volume according to The NPD Group), launches an expanded program of licensed products focused on the Princess of the year.

However, Disney works some its best magic on the big screen, and Monsters University—due in theaters June 21—has success written all over it. Billed as a prequel to 2001′s Monsters Inc., the film follows fan favorites Sulley and Mike on their journey to becoming scaring professionals at Monsters University. (If you’re interested in attending, visit http://monstersuniversity.com/edu/.) [Read more...]

Nick Lachey Releases “A Father’s Lullaby” Album with Fisher-Price

Nick Lachey is set to release his first-ever lullaby album, A Father’s Lullaby, this March in partnership with Fisher-Price, Inc., a subsidiary of Mattel, and Mood Entertainment.

The album will feature 12 heartfelt songs, four of which are original tracks Lachey co-wrote including “Father’s Lullaby,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Sleepy Eyes,” and “Another Day Is Done.” Additional hand-picked titles Lachey covers on the album include “All Through the Night,” “Baby Mine,” “You Are My Sunshine,” “All the Pretty Little Horses,” “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams),” “Hush, Little Baby,” and “Brahms’ Lullaby.” [Read more...]

Toys “R” Us Dives Into the Underwater World of Octonauts

Toys “R” Us will introduce an assortment of toys from Fisher-Price based on the underwater world of Octonauts, which will splash into its stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com beginning in March. The store will be the first retailer in the U.S. to offer aquatic explorers the opportunity to take an undersea voyage with the preschool line of action figures, playsets, and vehicles based on the show, which airs daily on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. [Read more...]

Fisher-Price Gives Personality to Little People

Sophie, Mia, Koby, Tessa, and Eddie made their debuts as the latest cast of Fisher Price’s Little People characters last week at Citi Pond at Bryant Park.

Kids and parents gathered around as Parents’ Choice award-winning singer/songwriter, Genevieve Goings of Disney Jr.’s Choo Choo Soul took the stage. Under a light snowfall, kids danced along in puffy coats and animal hats as Goings sang original songs about each new Little People character’s personality. [Read more...]

Fisher-Price Debuts First Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Line

Kids can explore the Gold Mine with Thomas and Salty, two of their favorite Thomas and Friends characters, with the Wooden Railway Gold Mine Mountain playset. This 34-piece playset features a Gold Mine Mountain, Cranky the Crane, Troublesome Truck, Salty, and a gold dust-decorated Thomas engine. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up.

HIT Entertainment and Fisher-Price have announced that Thomas & Friends embarks on a new adventure as Fisher-Price launches its new Thomas Wooden Railway line at toy retailers. The new product line marks a return to Fisher-Price’s heritage in wooden toys.

The Thomas Wooden Railway debuts with 108 SKUs launching in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, and Italy. Additional products will be released in the fall. [Read more...]

Fisher-Price Combines Toys, Tech to Ignite Children’s Imaginations, Infants’ App-etite for Learning

Fisher-Price has developed a new line of Apptivity products that bring a whole new level of interactivity, learning, and imagination to children to create larger-than-life play experiences.

Infants can connect with their favorite Laugh & Learn characters with the Laugh & Learn Apptivity Storybook Reader. The Storybook Reader is a case with benefits, allowing moms and dads to protect their iPhone or iPod touch from dribble and drool while their baby enjoys engaging content, turning the page of the book or swiping the screen to advance the content. [Read more...]

RECALL: Fisher-Price Recalls to Inspect Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleepers Due to Risk of Exposure to Mold

Fisher-Price has recalled the Newborn Rock ’n Play Sleeper. Mold can develop between the removable seat cushion and the hard plastic frame of the sleeper when it remains wet/moist or is infrequently cleaned, posing a risk of exposure to mold to infants sleeping in the product. [Read more...]

BREAKING: CEO Bryan Stockton Named New Chairman of Mattel

Mattel, Inc., has announced that the Board of Directors has named CEO Bryan Stockton as chairman of the board effective January 1. Mr. Stockton succeeds Robert Eckert, who has informed the Board of his decision to retire from his service as director and chairman of the board, effective December 31. Stockton will continue to hold the position of chief executive officer, a position held since January 2012. [Read more...]

Meijer Drops Prices on More Than 400 of Season’s Hottest Toys In-store and Online

Meijer will continue to be a toy destination this holiday season, offering customers the lowest prices on the hottest toys and brands by slashing prices on more than 400 popular products in-store and online.   [Read more...]

Flash Mob Launches Master Moves Mickey in Times Square

The new Master Moves Mickey from Fisher-Price launched with a 150-plus person flash mob in Times Square. Children of all ages danced with the new interactive toy, which infuses the original Disney character with funky beats and 15 break dancing moves, including the Windmill, the “Mouska” Mix, the Spin Cycle, the Insane Handstand, and the Ham Sandwich. Master Moves Mickey is for children ages 3 and up. Check out pictures from the flash mob below.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski 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.