Thunderbirds Are Go Toys Take Off in Australia

Thunderbirds Are GoMerchantwise, ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s appointed licensing agency in Australia, has announced strong toy and DVD sales, as well as a host of new licensing and retail partners, for the TV series Thunderbirds Are Go in Australia.

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WowWee Is Ready to REV on August 1

WowWee,REVThe new REV, or Robotic Enhanced Vehicles, brand from WowWee will launch on August 1. Consumers can pre-order it now on target.com with a special smart ramp accessory included during the promotional period.

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KidKraft Acquired by MidOcean Partners

kidkraft logoMidOcean Partners has acquired KidKraft Inc., whose innovative portfolio includes dollhouses, play kitchens, wooden toy trains, children’s furniture, and other products. Its items are carried by Amazon, Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, Target, as well as independent toy stores.

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Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Now Available for Pre-Order

Playmation,MarvelAvengersPlaymation Marvel’s Avengers, from Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) and Hasbro Inc., is now available for pre-sale from select retailers. The Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Starter Pack, Smart Figures, and Prowler Bot are available to pre-order online at amazon.com, bestbuy.com, gamestop.com, target.com, toysrus.com, and walmart.com, as well as disneystore.com and at select Disney Store locations in the U.S. and Canada.

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Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Now Available for Preview at Select Disney Stores

Playmation Shoot (TBD)Kids and parents can now experience Playmation Marvel’s Avengers for the first time at participating Disney Store locations, where two- and five-minute training sessions are available daily. For those who want to take part in an expanded experience, 30-minute Avengers Gear Orientations are available on Saturdays and Sundays by reservation only. During the longer Avenger Gear Orientation, kids and parents can learn more about the Avenger Gear, follow instructions from JARVIS, and interact with other participants to complete missions and adventures.


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Lincoln Logs Production Returns to the U.S. with 11 New Sets

Lincoln Logs Horseshoe Hill Station

Lincoln Logs Horseshoe Hill Station

Pride Manufacturing, located in Burnham, Maine, is producing the latest products in the Lincoln Logs line. Part of the K’NEX family of brands, they have been included in K’NEX’s toy line for this year.

The Horseshoe Hill Station set is available now; all other items will be available at retailers this fall. All products are recommended for kids ages 3 and up. The full line is as follows:

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Target’s Kathee Tesija Moving into Advisory Role

Target LogoKathee Tesija, executive vice president, chief merchandising and supply chain officer at Target Corp., will move into an advisory role effective July 6. Tesija has spent nearly 30 years at Target, contributing to the retailer’s growth and recent efforts to regain momentum.

In her new role, she will spend the next several months contributing to key enterprise initiatives and ensuring a smooth transition of her responsibilities.

LEGO Jurassic World Has New Trailer, Launch Date, and So Many Dinosaurs

The latest trailer for LEGO Jurassic World is overflowing with dinosaurs: big dinos, tiny dinos, friendly dinos, angry dinos, flying dinos, battling dinos, and even goofy dinos. Between the more than 20 different kinds of playable dinosaurs and more making an appearance, players will have plenty to do when the game arrives in North America on June 12 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Windows PC.

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COMMENTARY: The Avengers’ Black Widow Is the Odd “Man” Out

Funko.BlackWidowPopfigureAvengers: Age of Ultron debuted in theaters on May 1, earning $187.7 million during its first weekend. Yet the only superhero anyone seems to be talking about is the Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, played by the beautiful Scarlett Johansson.

Between Mark Ruffalo, the actor who played The Hulk, taking to Twitter to ask why there aren’t more Black Widow toys available for his nieces, and Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner making tasteless comments about Black Widow being a “slut” and a “whore,” this female super hero, an Avenger herself (#recognize), cannot seem to catch a break.

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SwimWays Partners with Retailers for National Learn to Swim Day

NationalLearntoSwimDay,LogoSwimways Corp.’s campaign for its fourth annual National Learn to Swim Day will take place during National Water Safety Month on May 16. Held on the third Saturday of May each year, National Learn to Swim Day provides the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of water safety and teaching children how to swim as pools open across the U.S. for summer.

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