Toy Fair 2017


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Wild Kratts Signs New Licensee and Expands Product Line

35ad8e78-c5df-46f7-931f-b1e08c4c9eabThe Kratt Brothers Co. has signed apparel manufacturer Isaac Morris Limited to be its new licensing partner. Kmart and Fred Meyer stores will debut a selection of t-shirts, hoodies, and pants  in the Spring.

Additionally, Wild Kratts has expanded its retail line. Wicked Cool Toys has added new action figure sets and role-play items; Pressman Toys added three new games; Random House Children’s Books expanded their line of four Step into Reading titles to 12 books; later this year PBS Distribution will release two new DVDs, Wild Animal Babies and Wild Reptiles; PBS Kids released a new app, Wild Kratts Baby Buddies, intended for children 3 to 8 that focuses on animal care;  and InCharacter has added Florida Panther Costumes in both green for Chris and blue for Martin. [Read more...]

Stikbot, from Zing, Uses App to Create, Animate, and Share Stop-Motion Videos

Zing Toy StikbotZing has launched Stikbot, which features a poseable figure with suction cup hands and feet that adhere to almost any flat surface. A free mobile app available on iOS and Android, StikBot Studio, allows users to snap individual photos and stitch them together into a stop-motion film.

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Bratz Relaunches with New Look and Digital Content

MGA Entertainment Bratz ReturnsMGA Entertainment (MGAE) has re-launched Bratz, which returns to stores with a new brand mantra: It’s good to be yourself; it’s good to be Bratz.

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Q&A with Simha Kumar, President, Sports and Fitness, Children’s Entertainment, Sears Holdings

Sears.Kumar,SimhaThe Toy Book (TTB): How are you engaging consumers in-store to drive sales?

Simha Kumar (SK): Kmart is focused on offering the most-desired toys, affordably and conveniently. We feature top licensed toys and hundreds of Kmart exclusives—whether purchasing in-store, buying online and picking up in-store, or having them shipped directly home. [Read more...]

Techno Source to Launch Kurio Xtreme

Kurio Xtreme_Blue_Kurio Motion Racing_Techno SourceThe Kurio Xtreme tablet, from Techno Source, is the newest addition to the Kurio line of Android devices for kids. Due for release on October 1, the 7-inch Wi-Fi-enabled tablet features a sleek and thinner design, a faster processor, double internal memory, Bluetooth technology, and 24/7 customer support. It also introduces exclusive Kurio Motion gaming, the first body-controlled games on a tablet. Ten Kurio Motion games will be preloaded onto the tablet and millions of other apps can be accessed through the Kurio Store and Google Play.

The Kurio Motion games lets kids play on screen as they jump, run, and move in order to swim, ski, tend goal, speed race, and more in the game. The technology uses the tablet’s camera and a Kurio Motion gaming stand is included with the device. [Read more...]

Not a Hoax! Not a Dream! Marvel Launches Month-Long National Celebration: Marvel Super Hero September!

SuperHeroSeptemberDisney Consumer Products and Marvel have teamed up for Marvel Super Hero September, a national multi-platform campaign that encourages the public to, “power up like a Marvel super hero.” This month-long celebration features retail partnerships, licensing partners, advertising, and online activations. The strategy is on behalf of the Marvel brand, as both Marvel and its characters celebrate 75 years of history.

“This stands as one of the largest non-film campaigns in Marvel history and we’re looking forward to seeing how kids, fans, parents, and adults will celebrate their passion for Marvel,” said Josh Silverman, executive vice president, global licensing, Disney Consumer Products.

The central hub for Marvel Super Hero September is a new online portal, superheroseptember.marvel.com, which houses content and activities, including a national photo sweepstakes contest supported by select national retailers. Marvel is also re-launching marvelkids.com with additional content. [Read more...]

Cybertron Monday Kicks Off Transformers: Age of Extinction Toy Line

CybertronMonday.TransformerspanelToday isn’t just any old Monday, but Cybertron Monday, a global event tied to the upcoming blockbuster, Transformers: Age of Extinction from Paramount Pictures. Cybertron Monday marks the launch of an all-new action figure line from Hasbro Inc., as well as licensed products based on the feature film, through participating online retailers including Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart, and Kmart. Fans can visit www.CybertronMonday.com for more information on where products will be available.

Hasbro’s Transformers Official Movie App, available now for download on iTunes and Google Play, features galleries stocked with movie and toy photography and videos, character bios, as well as the ability to engage in weekly app “missions.” Fans can also view exclusive Transformers: Age of Extinction cast interviews. As the film’s release date approaches, the app will be updated to include movie ticket purchasing, augmented reality features, new photography and videos, and the ability for users to build their own Transformers Construct-bot figure.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Toy Line to Expand

DanielTigerThe Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood product line will include more products and enter major retail chains this year. Jakks Pacific will expand the brand’s range of toys, as well as venture into new categories including books and costumes, the latter through its Disguise division. In addition, University Games will offer puzzles and games such as the Colorform Deluxe Playset.

The new toys and games are part of an overall retail expansion, which includes Kmart and Target introducing a selection of licensed merchandise, and Barnes & Noble launching a full line of books from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing under Simon Spotlight. Daniel Tiger Neighborhood products will also be introduced to Canadian retailers for the first time.

Zeptolab Reveals Expanded Licensing Program at Toy Fair

ZeptoLab, the entertainment and gaming company behind the global mobile phenomenon Cut the Rope, is bringing even more ways for fans to interact with the lovable monster, Om Nom. Debuting at this year’s American International Toy Fair is Om Nom: Candy Flick, a new augmented reality game.

Om Nom: Candy Flick, available on Apple’s App Store, is unlocked via a special tag that can be found on a variety of Om Nom plush toys from toy partner, Round 5. Once downloaded, fans can bring Om Nom to life by positioning their smartphone or tablet’s camera on the tags and watch as he virtually pops out of the tag ready to devour his favorite treat: candy. [Read more...]

Mega Brands Creates a Bridge Between Arts, Crafts, and Toys With Scraps and Goo Hu

Mega Brands, Inc., is expanding the focus of its RoseArt brand through the introduction of two all-new children’s product lines: Scraps and Goo Hu. These two RoseArt product lines represent a strategic business decision to create a bridge between arts, crafts, and toys, offering products with extensive post-creation playability.

Expanding the interactivity of traditional plush animals, Scraps is a unique new line of 12 original, interchangeable plush characters that kids create by looping and buttoning together multiple pieces and parts onto pom-pom bodies. All Scraps parts can be mixed, matched, and reattached, so kids can collect their favorite characters and even create their own new characters for extended creative play.

Mega Brands has also developed a proprietary product that is part science experiment, part bouncing toy, with the launch of RoseArt’s Goo Hu. Goo Hu features two silicone-based modeling compounds that, when kept apart, remain gooey forever, but once combined create magical matter that turns into a rubbery, bouncy, and flexible form that won’t shrink, crack, break, or lose its bounce.  Goo Hu combines crafting with chemistry, allowing children to use their imagination to create unique toy shapes and forms.

Both products are available at Target, Kmart, and Toys “R” Us. More information about Scraps is available at www.TheOriginalScraps.com. More information about Goo Hu is available at www.MyGooHu.com.