Ruckus Media Group Partners with Warner Bros. on Mobile Read-along Titles

Ruckus Media Group has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) to offer digital downloads of narrated e-books in the U.S. and Canada, beginning with a seasonal selection of titles via the Ruckus universal app for iOS devices.

The Ruckus/WBCP launch will offer a variety of brands, with more than 100 Read-Along titles rolling out in subsequent months. Multiple narrated e-books will be included from brands such as Batman, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, The Wizard of Oz, and more.

Ruckus titles download directly to mobile devices, and they are also commercial-free and airplay-enabled, allowing users to view them on all iOS devices. Should they register for free, parents are provided with feedback on their child’s experiences within the Ruckus app, and kids and parents can also follow word highlighting, as well as read, record, and save their own voices reading the stories.

Scooby-Doo Hits the Stage: North American Musical Tour Launches in January

Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, an all-new family musical presented by Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Life Like Touring, is set to tour North America, beginning in January. In this new show, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery.  A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theater and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby-Doo are on their way in the Mystery Machine to help solve it.

Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries features big musical numbers including the classic Scooby-Doo theme song, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” alongside original tunes for the show, including “Round Every Corner” and “We’re Mystery Inc.”

Scheduled to tour more than 70 North American theatres next year, Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries features a cast of musical theater professionals, clever staging, and heaps of spooky special effects.

For more information and tour dates, visit http://www.scoobydoolive.com or check out the gang on Facebook.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris 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.

Techno Source to Distribute Character Options Toys in the U.S.

Techno Source, a division of LF Products, has signed a deal to distribute selected lines of toy company Character Options’ best-selling products, in the U.S. The partnership deepens the companies’ existing relationship, under which Character Options has distributed many of Techno Source’s products in the UK for nearly a decade.

Techno Source will bring to market a number of Character Options’ original and licensed toys under its Techno Source and Toy Island brands. The first products to launch under this partnership will be a Scooby-Doo toy line, as part of a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

Character Options holds the master toy license for Scooby-Doo in the UK and U.S. The Scooby-Doo products, which include figures, play sets, vehicles, plush, and goo, will be available at mass and specialty retailers beginning in the spring.