iBuku Pets Transforms Old iPhones into Huggable, Educational, Environmentally Friendly Toys

Arbor Cube’s iBuku Pets turns any iPhone or iPod touch into an interactive toy for kids. In addition to the easy to hold cuddly case, the educational iBuku Pets’ App and their cast of playful characters infuse an amazing balance of fun, learning, and entertainment into what is normally mindless touchscreen button pressing. Available on Kickstarter, iBuku Pets will ship to customers in December. [Read more...]

Gary Games and Dr. Garfield Launch Kickstarter Campaign for New Game

Gary Games is partnering with Magic: The Gathering creator, Dr. Richard Garfield, to develop a new digital collectible game, SolForge. Gary Games and Dr. Garfield launched a Kickstarter campaign on August 1 to help fund the game’s development.

Combining a traditional trading card game with the use of an online and mobile gaming platform, the core mechanic of SolForge will be card transformation, where players’ cards will change and level up as they are played. In addition to transforming cards, SolForge will offer players a single-player campaign where their in-game actions can directly impact the story of the world. In SolForge’s Player vs. Player mode, players can challenge friends to matches in a variety of game play formats. SolForge will launch initially on iOS, with plans to launch on other platforms in the future.

Those who pledge $15 on Kickstarter will gain access to the game’s beta test, a unique Kickstarter-only Avatar to show off support in-game and five free booster packs to start off the card collection when the game goes live. Supporters who contribute $2,500 or more will have the opportunity to have dinner with Dr. Garfield and the Gary Games team, as well as join them for Gen Con Indy 2013. For more information about participating in the Kickstarter campaign, visit the campaign page.

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.

TrashCanKidz Developers Seek Backers

The developers of TrashCanKidz, a new brand of toys and gaming that intends to expand the social awareness of children, are seeking supporters to help launch its online game. Inspired by the real life hardships faced by children globally, the game transports players to the Forgotten World where kids must take action in order to transform it into one where the TrashCanKidz can thrive and find happiness.

Through the crowd funding site KickStarter, game developers are seeking backers to expand TrashCanKidz from its existing foundation to enhance multiplayer functionality, allow for more characters and character customization, and include richer locations and mini-games.

The developers are also seeking to complete the TrashCanKidz website, where parents and children can learn about the mission, register for the game, and purchase  TrashCanKidz products, such as a doll and trading cards. TrashCanKidz gameplay and  purchases will directly impact real charities and enable children to track their efforts in the real world. To learn more about TrashCanKidz, visit its Kickstarter page.

This post was originally written by Loren Moreno 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.