Today, merchandise inspired by the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched at retailers as Force Friday officially went underway. More than 3,000 retail locations in the U.S. opened their doors at midnight for fans to be among the first to discover new Star Wars products.
Mattel and World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) have teamed up to let fans create their own action with two new products: WWE Create a Superstar and WWE Create a Ring. Now fans can build their own or recreate a famous match-up (for example, one from WWE’s recent SummerSlam) utilizing their WWE Superstar and whatever ring configuration they desire.
Walmart has released its Chosen by Kids list, which features the top toys of the year as chosen by 1,000 kids. The retailer asked them to choose their favorite toys from among the newest items by Hasbro, Mattel, Spin Master, and Zing. For consumers’ convenience during this upcoming shopping season, the list is organized by gender and age, as well as by the categories Future Foodies, Veterinarians in Training, Dreaming Design Stars, and Adventure-Seekers in the Making.
Toy and entertainment industry professionals with an interest in emerging technologies impacting play are invited to attend the Digital Kids Summit, taking place September 9 to 10 in San Francisco. The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Genius of Play initiative will be featured as an event sponsor.
Mattel has introduced Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland, featuring a line of four dolls and an all-new Netflix original series. The animated series follows the Ever After High royals and rebels as they adventure through Wonderland.
Mattel has released a video for “Do You Wonder,” the featured theme song from the Netflix series.
Beginning on October 1, Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and toysrus.com will begin carrying playsets, vehicles, and more based on DreamWorks Animation‘s upcoming Netflix original series, Dinotrux. The initial line, from Mattel, will feature Ty Rux, Revvit, and other Dinotrux characters, and select items will be available for pre-order online beginning August 14.
Bob the Builder is returning to PBS in November with CGI-animation, a brand new look for both the series and its title character, and Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt voicing one of the lead roles, Wendy. Ahead of the TV show, HIT Entertainment, a division of Mattel, is welcoming back Bob with a brand new Bob the Builder YouTube channel launching today.
by Catherine Mevs, strategy director, Red Peak Branding
With more and more Millennials stepping into parenthood, big name toymakers are trying to guess at the expectations of a new generation of parents. However, from Mattel’s introduction of its Siri-inspired Hello Barbie to Hasbro’s more compact preschool toys, thus far their efforts are either misguided or not going far enough.
Disney Consumer Products Introduces Disney∙Pixar Cars Diecast Line, High-End Collectibles, and Mobile App
Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) will release Cars Daredevil Garage, a new mobile app, as well as collectible Mattel diecast cars, which can be scanned into the app and used to perform extreme stunts in virtual environments.