Tomy Kicks Off Donation Program with Autism Speaks

Tomy partners up with Autism Speaks to donate 500 Chuggington Wooden Railway play tables and train sets to preschools that serve children with autism. Tomy hopes to complete the donation program by next spring. The $250,000 program incorporates the playsets in daily lessons and treatment plans in classrooms throughout preschools nationwide.

Check out the Chuggington Wooden Railway below.

New Chuggington Die-Cast Track System Takes Train Play to New Heights

Tomy has launched its Chuggington Die-Cast Railway, featuring a revolutionary track system that lets toy train enthusiasts stack their track “as high as the sky.” Budding engineers can build spiraling track layouts with this innovative track system engineered for stability and durability. Every action-packed playset in the Chuggington Die-Cast Railway can be built multiple ways, encouraging young imaginations to create, construct, and play.

Based on Ludorum’s popular animated series and inspired by Chuggington’s modern characters and fast-paced adventures, Tomy’s Chuggington Die-Cast Railway allows fans to spend countless imaginative hours with a whole new play experience. Easy to connect and simple enough for preschoolers to build on their own, the new track system is a durable and sturdy solution for adding elevation to train sets and creating amazing action. Chuggington Die-Cast Railway is available at all major retailers.

Featured sets available at launch include:

  • Chuggington Die-Cast Railway Wilson’s Wild Ride Playset  The new track design featured in this playset allows little conductors to build a spiral more than 2 feet tall. Pull the lever when Wilson enters the storm machine to activate storm sounds and to launch Wilson. Wilson shoots down the 360-degree spiral, past the spinning sign, past the popping cones, and onto the turntable, where he whips around 720 degrees.  Set can create four different track layouts and is designed for children ages 3 and up.
  • Chuggington Die-Cast Railway Portable Double Decker Roundhouse Playset  This iconic Chuggington locale is a must-have. The Roundhouse does double duty as a portable engine storage case. When little conductors are ready to play, just connect the turntable and snap in the track. This destination also features an innovative elevating turntable that raises and spins. Includes a Die-Cast Brewster engine and was designed for children ages 3 and up.
  • Chuggington Die-Cast Railway Stunt Brewster Playset  Inspired by the episode Stunt Brewster, this action packed starter set features Brewster.  Brewster flies down the hill, crashes through the lights, soars over the jump, and rides through the tunnel. The track can also be transformed into a traditional oval layout.
  • Chuggington Die-Cast Railway Koko’s Old Town Tour Playset  Enter through the arch to tour Old Town. Go up the hill and over the turntable. Also includes the steam whistle gate and Old Town Koko. Set can create three different layouts.
  • Chuggington Die-Cast Railway Koko’s Icy Escapade Playset  Inspired by the episode Wilson’s Icy Escapade, this action playset features icy Koko and the Ice Cave. Koko has to be careful going across the rickety bridge with the ice cargo.  Pick up the ice in the cargo car, crash through the ice gates, and deliver the cargo to the top. Set can create three different layouts.
  • Chuggington Die-Cast Railway Brewster’s Big City Adventure Playset  Help Brewster pick up his delivery.  Oh no!  Brewster is stuck!  Don’t worry, Action Chugger will rescue him. Action Chugger flies down from the sky, jumps onto the track, and speeds down the collapsing bridge to rescue Brewster.  Includes scrap metal Brewster with cargo car and lights and sounds Action Chugger. Set can create seven different layouts.

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.

All Aboard: Amtrak, The Jim Henson Company Join Forces for Big Big Dinosaur Train Sweepstakes

All aboard the Big Big Dinosaur Sweepstakes, the new national summer promotion for the animated preschool series Dinosaur Train, which airs daily on PBS Kids. The Jim Henson Company, producers of the series, have joined forces with Amtrak for a second year to present a fun and engaging summertime promotion that will award one family with an Amtrak vacation.

Amtrak launches the Big Big Dinosaur Sweepstakes in August. Families can enter the sweepstakes by logging onto www.henson.com/Dtsweepstakes and following the entry directions for a chance to win a vacation to Chicago and Washington, District of Columbia, where they’ll have the opportunity to visit the National Museum of Natural History with exhibits featuring dinosaurs.

As part of the national summer promotion, Amtrak will distribute more than 65,000 free Dinosaur Train themed activity booklets to young travelers and 1 million Amtrak Dinosaur Train ticket jackets to passengers, as well as 20,000 placemats for use in Amtrak’s dining cars. Sweepstakes details will be posted on the websites of Amtrak, The Jim Henson Company, and Tomy. Tomy is the master toy licensee for Dinosaur Train in the U.S.

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.

Lineup of Licensees for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has announced that the last installment of the best-selling Harry Potter film franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, will be ushered in with a wide array of merchandising products for fans of all ages. The movie hits theaters nationwide Friday.

Lego has released a variety of play sets that feature locations and scenes from the films, including Hogwarts, The Forbidden Forest, and the Knight Bus. The Noble Collection will offer intricately crafted wands and other artifacts replicated from the series. Additional global licensees include NECA, Tomy, Panini, DeAgostini, Hasbro, Rubie’s Costume Co., Artbox Entertainment, Gentle Giant, Bioworld Merchandising Inc., Hallmark, Mead, Tonner Doll, and Jelly Belly Candy Company, which will re-release its 20-flavor collection of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans. The new products can be found at retailers nationwide and online at www.WBshop.com.

Tomy to Release Japanese Car and Train Line in North America

Tomy Corporation will be introducing Japanese die-cast car and train line Tomica in North America this September. The line, which has been available in Japan for 40 years, will be available first through a select national retailer.

Seven die cast cars, three train sets, six accessory sets, six destination sets, and five deluxe play sets will be released in the initial launch. All elements of the line can be merged to create the Tomica Hypercity. The launch includes cars licensed by Toyota, Nissan, and Suzuki.