Disney Infinity Introduces First Arcade Brawler Gameplay with Marvel Battlegrounds and More

MBA_BrooklynTrainyard copyDisney Interactive unveiled a new trailer, characters, and Power Discs for the Marvel Battlegrounds Play Set launching for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition on March 15.

Marvel Battlegrounds is the first play set to introduce four-player arcade brawler gameplay to Disney Infinity. Players will get to engage in the ultimate rumble as Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains struggle to gain control of Wakanda’s most valuable resource, Vibranium. The ever-growing clash creates factions as the war stretches to the cosmic battlegrounds of space. Players will battle through 12 levels across eight dynamic arenas. [Read more...]

Colorforms Brands Launches New Website and App

64cee8c2-fe9a-48ff-87e6-8336e50afe2dColorforms Brands LLC, launched a new website and free app available on iTunes to expand the way children interact digitally with the storytelling brand.

The website offers fun facts, historical information, and past commercials and sets from decades ago. It also provides information on new sets being offered. [Read more...]

Marvel Animated Minimates Series 1.5 Is Headed to Walgreens

SpideyCoulson1The first series of Marvel Animated Minimates is scheduled to arrive at Walgreens stores this month, while Series 1.5 is scheduled for a holiday release. Consisting of an all-new assortment of eight Minimates mini-figures, it draws on the worlds of Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spider-Man.

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ThinkGeek and GameStop to Launch Unique Store Concept

ThinkGeekLogoThis fall, online retailer ThinkGeek will partner with GameStop to open a new concept retail store focused entirely on collectibles. The first store will open in the Florida Mall in Orlando on September 25.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Launches in North America

DisneyInfinity3.0EditionLaunchGroupShotOn Sunday, Disney Interactive launched Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, bringing Disney together with Star Wars, Disney•Pixar, and Marvel for a new gaming experience. Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition features an updated and improved Toy Box mode where families can mix and match some of their favorite Star Wars, Disney, Disney•Pixar, and Marvel characters and play with them together.

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Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Available for Pre-Order at Canadian Retailers

PlaymationThis past week, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), along with Hasbro Inc., announced the pre-sale of Playmation Marvel’s Avengers at select Canadian retailers. A new system of toys and wearables, Playmation Marvel’s Avengers utilizes smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the heroes or heroines of stories from Marvel’s Avengers.

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COMMENTARY: Shoppers Offer Their Takes on Target’s Decision to Drop Gender-Specific Marketing

Resized large Target-LogoIn recent days, the toy industry has been abuzz with the news that Target will remove gender labels from its in-store marketing. That means for the retailer’s toy department, there will no longer be signage referring to certain toys as being girls’ and others as boys’, nor shelves swathed in pink or blue paper, which traditionally have had gender-specific connotations (pink for girls, blue for boys).

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Hasbro Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

Hasbro-logo-jpgOn Monday, Hasbro Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter. Net revenues for the second quarter decreased 4 percent to $797.7 million versus $829.3 million last year. Excluding a negative $71.5 million impact from foreign exchange, net revenues increased 5 percent.

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Disney Interactive Brings Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition to D23 Expo

At D23 Expo 2015 next month, Disney Interactive will showcase more Star Wars characters and play sets for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition. Guests will have the chance to play Star Wars Twilight of the Republic, Star Wars Rise Against the Empire, and Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, as well as the fully enhanced Toy Box mode.

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MakieLab to Participate in Walt Disney Company’s Startup Accelerator Program

MakieLab LogoMakieLab, which lets kids use games and apps to build customizable 3-D-printed toys, was among this year’s class of the Disney Accelerator program powered by Techstars. The program features 10 startup companies that will participate in a three-month mentorship and investment program beginning today and concluding with a Demo Day on October 6.

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