Stan Weston created the original Captain Action figure in 1966 for Ideal Toys. It came equipped with a wardrobe of costumes, allowing Captain Action to become many different heroes such as Batman, The Lone Ranger, and the Green Hornet. The line proved popular that it was expanded to include a sidekick, Action Boy, and villain, Dr. Evil. The first wave of new toys will include Captain Action, Action Boy, Dr. Evil, and the Silver Streak vehicle.
Jazwares has created a new Gravity Falls toy line based on the popular Disney TV series. The line-up will include figures, plush, role-play, and play-set toys, and the first wave will see release this fall at retailers across the U.S.
The initial retail focus of the toy line will be in specialty stores nationwide. Currently, Gravity Falls is a top-rated show on Disney Channel among kids ages 2 to 11 and 6 to 11, and tweens ages 9 to 14. It follows the adventures of Dipper and Mabel Pines, twins spending the summer with their eccentric great-uncle Stan in the town of Gravity Falls, Oregon, where things are never as they seem.
Thanks to a deal with Entertainment One Licensing, the company will serve as the new master toy partner for Peppa Pig. Jazwares will produce products for preschoolers across multiple categories, including plush, plastic figures, dolls, play sets, role-play toys, musical and talking toys, toy vehicles, and bath toys. The first Peppa Pig toy collection is scheduled to launch in mass and specialty retailers nationwide in spring of next year.
Airing seven days a week on Nick Jr., Peppa Pig follows the adventures of Peppa, a loveable, exuberant little piggy who lives with her brother George, Mummy Pig, and Daddy Pig. Globally, the show airs in 180 countries around the world and is translated into 40 languages.
Jazwares is also launching Flick-To-Stick Bungees, a competitive strategy game featuring 96 collectible action figures. Players aim their Bungees at scoring targets and flick their fingers to compete, collect, and potentially win. The action figure line will be enhanced by a Bungee Battleground arena, disk launcher, playing cards, and scoring disks. Flick-To-Stick Bungees, originally created by Barcelona, Spain-based Magic Box Int., will debut this fall.
Motorworks, from The Manhattan Toy Co., will expand its line next year with new models, a car trailer, and accessories. The vehicles are designed with a common, convertible chassis, which allows kids to choose between durable, snap-on parts and to customize in different ways.
The collection is comprised of three different trim levels: Street Series, Speed Series, and Extreme Series. Motorworks will attend next year’s American International Toy Fair with its latest offerings, all of which are suitable for kids ages 3 and up. [Read more...]
Jakks Pacific Inc. has collaborated with established consumer products and retail companies, including Claire’s, Dairy Queen, and Sprinkles Cupcakes, to launch a new line of mini play environments called miWorld. The first assortment will consist of five sets, which kids can collect and fill with realistic miniatures of food, make-up, candy, accessories, and clothing, creating a mall of their very own.
The miWorld line will feature compatibility with the miWorld DreamPlay app, which utilizes iD recognition technology to recognize 2-D images and 3-D objects, bringing miWorld playsets to life on iOS smartphone and tablet devices. The app was developed and published by DreamPlay Toys LLC, a joint venture between Jakks Pacific and NantWorks LLC.
With the free miWorld app, kids have two ways to play with miWorld toys: Within the app, they can customize the look of their miWorld avatar, shop at virtual stores, change the outfits and accessories of their avatar, and more. Kids can also interact with their avatar and the physical play set on their device screen through “hotspots” showcased in the app, which can lead to surprises.
Disney Interactive has released additional details and assets for the Toy Story in Space Play Set for Disney Infinity. This is the first Play Set to be released since the game launch in August, and invites gamers to take on the role of space rangers Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, or Woody as they try to help relocate the Pizza Planet Aliens to a new world.
The Play Set will be widely available on October 22 at all participating retailers. The new asset release includes character images, action screenshots, and a gameplay trailer featuring both Play Set and Toy Box modes of Toy Story in Space.
Check out the gameplay trailer below:
PomTree has designed a line of constructive play kits that require no glue or scissors. Ideal for children ages 3 and up, PomTree launches the PomTree Stuck On Fun product line that features high-quality materials like foam, felt, and mixed media stickers. When play is done, all of the pieces can be put back into the PomTree resealable totes, tubs, and canisters. These sets include:
Lily and her best friends, Charlotte, and Ella, spend a day on the town. Pages of stickers can be added to each scene as the girls go shopping, paint pictures, fly a kite and end the day with a pajama party. Play a matching and sorting activity by placing stickers on the correct story pages.
3-D toy tree house allows kids to imagine a treehouse. A tire swing, ladder in the back, secret door, and lift off roof are included.
Kids can decorate the house with enclosed pets, shrubs, and accessories.
Look for other PomTree make-and-play activities such as the Swing-A-Long Pet Playhoouse, Sunnyside Up Market, Over the Moon Creamery Playset Kit, Feathered Friends Post Office Playset Kit, and the Sweet Sundaes Treat Truck Playset Kit in stores. They will be sold in stores such as Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Meijer, and Barnes & Noble.
Follow and share creations on social media sites Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Click on the website, www.PomTreeKids.com and look for the “Fun” button. Here kids can click then download-for-free coloring pages featuring Lily, Charlotte, and Ella.