Monster Jam Signs New Toy Licenses

Feld Motor SportsAdvance Auto Parts Monster Jam, the touring monster truck property, which performs in front of 4 million spectators annually, has signed multiple new licensees, including two new toy partners.

Ridemakerz, creator of the vehicle customizing experience, has partnered with Monster Jam to bring kids a new way to build, create, and play with customizable Monster Jam trucks. A line of interlocking Monster Jam Xtreme Customz construction vehicles will be available at retail this fall.

Revell Inc. is launching a 1:25-scale model kit of one of the world’s most famous Monster Jam trucks, Grave Digger. The Grave Digger Snap-Tite Model Kit features authentic graphic decals and replica plastic parts that snap together for easy assembly. Monster Jam fans and hobbyists will have the opportunity to replicate the Grave Digger Monster Jam truck design.

In addition, Rico Industries/Tag Express’ line of Monster Jam novelty and souvenir products are currently available at Walmart. Sky High will launch Monster Jam back-to-school products this summer, and CSS Industries will introduce Monster Jam Valentine and Easter products next year.

Zeptolab Reveals Expanded Licensing Program at Toy Fair

ZeptoLab, the entertainment and gaming company behind the global mobile phenomenon Cut the Rope, is bringing even more ways for fans to interact with the lovable monster, Om Nom. Debuting at this year’s American International Toy Fair is Om Nom: Candy Flick, a new augmented reality game.

Om Nom: Candy Flick, available on Apple’s App Store, is unlocked via a special tag that can be found on a variety of Om Nom plush toys from toy partner, Round 5. Once downloaded, fans can bring Om Nom to life by positioning their smartphone or tablet’s camera on the tags and watch as he virtually pops out of the tag ready to devour his favorite treat: candy. [Read more...]

Delta Releases New Chair Desk

Delta Children’s Products releases the new Minnie Mouse Chair Desk, featuring Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. With bright colors and a handy storage bin located under the seat, this chair desk is a great place for any little one to learn and play. The chair desk also features a bright cup on the table for holding beverages, pens, and crayons.

This item is currently sold at Walmart

Women In Toys Extends Application Deadline for Walmart Pitch Event

The application deadline for Women in Toys (WIT) and Walmart’s Women’s Global Economic Empowerment Initiative, has been extended to January 30. About 40 women-owned businesses have already signed up to participate in the Walmart Pitch event on February 11 during the American International Toy Fair, which allows WIT members to pitch their products to Walmart.

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Women In Toys, Walmart to Collaborate at Toy Fair

A new collaboration between Women in Toys (WIT) and Walmart will help women-owned businesses of all sizes pitch their products to Walmart during the American International Toy Fair in February.

Through the Women in Toys–Walmart Women’s Global Economic Empowerment Initiative, WIT will host its version of speed-dating at Toy Fair, offering women-owned businesses a chance to pitch their children’s products, product lines, and brands to the retailer. The initiative will help Walmart reach its goal of sourcing $20 billion from women-owned businesses by 2016. [Read more...]

Activision to Sell Limited Edition Dog Tags to Benefit the Call of Duty Endowment

It’s time to get tagged! Activision Publishing, Inc. has announced the sale of limited edition dog tags that will benefit the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit that helps veterans find jobs by assisting organizations that provide job placement and training services for veterans.

The dog tags will be available throughout the holiday season in more than 12,000 stores across the country including GameStop, Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Best Buy, and Target.

Customers will find the dog tags in dedicated Call of Duty sections and counter displays. Activision will be donating proceeds from the sales of the dog tags to the Call of Duty Endowment.

NRF to Welcome Walmart President, CEO as Keynote at Retail’s BIG Show 2013

The National Retail Federation has announced that Bill Simon, president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S. will keynote Retail’s BIG Show, held from January 13 to 16 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Simon’s keynote, titled “A Job to Do: Retail’s Role in an American Renewal,” is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15 at 8:30 a.m.

In his keynote address, Simon will make the case that leadership from within the retail industry is needed now more than ever when it comes to issues like the economy and job creation.

Retail’s Big Show and Expo serve as the world’s leading retail event, bringing 25,500 retail executives and vendors from more than 75 countries together for educational and networking opportunities. The convention has been ranked as one of the Top 200 events in North America, as well as one of the 50 fastest-growing events. Other speakers will include executives from Coca Cola, Belk, Sony, and Deloitte.

Ingenuity Releases First Washable Playard

Life just got a little easier thanks to the latest innovation from InGenuity. Disney Baby The Lion King Premier Washable Playard is the first full-size playard made of fabrics that easily zip off in approximately a minute for machine washing. This playard provides a hassle-free way to wash away germs, allergens, bacteria and dirt, answering moms’ need for a playard that can be kept as fresh as the rest of baby’s bedding.

Emphasizing cleanliness, convenience, and adjustability, the washable playard, provides the most comfortable environment for baby with modern benefits for mom. Loaded with great features like the One Less Step folding system that allows for easy portability, mom can fold and take this on the go without removing the playard’s bassinet. The elevated changing table  pivots out of the way when not in use. The organizer tray and fabric toy bar with two plush toys are also removable.

Other key features include a unique bassinet design with adjustable mattress and range of incline for baby’s comfort; sleek fabric styling designed to complement modern home décor; and the Soothing Sounds Station that plays melodies and nature sounds to calm and comfort baby.

The Lion King Premier Washable Playard is available now at Babies”R”Us. Other Ingenuity products, including the Java Jungle Collection, Coco Cafe Collection, Sumner Collection, and the Shiloh Collection, are available at Target, Walmart, and Buy Buy Baby. To learn more, visit www.ingenuitybaby.com.

VTech To Launch Educational Online Games

VTech Electronics North America LLC will launch an online program that combines gaming technology with VTech’s learning products for children ages 3 to 9 years. VTech University is a curriculum that will help children with their reading, math, and science skills. Upon completion of the curriculum, children can be entered for a chance to win a $25,000 college bond by May 31. In order to register for the curriculum, a child must have one of VTech’s learning products, such as Inno Tab, Inno Tab 2, MobiGo2, or the Inno Tab 2S. The Tab can be purchased at Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart, and VTech Kids. Enrollment in the program will allow for a free download of the curriculum. An Honors program is also available for purchase. For download information, visit www.TechKids.com/download.

Walmart Unveils Top Toy List

Walmart announced its Top 20 Toy List, featuring FURBYS, LeapPads, Novi Stars Dolls, and 17 other toys bound to be on kids’ wish lists. Walmart’s Top Toys are available now at Walmart stores in time for the retailer’s layaway program, launching this Sunday. Customers who like their local Walmart store’s Facebook page can begin using layaway today.

If a customer puts a toy on layaway and Walmart rolls back the price later in the season, Walmart will honor the rolled-back price if it is in effect at the time of final payment. Walmart will also match competitor pricing during checkout for layaway products through its ad match policy. Customers will be able to pick up their toys once they complete their layaway payments. Once completed, customers will receive a full refund of the $5 layaway open fee on a Walmart gift card.

Walmart’s Top 20 Toys List is available at Walmart stores and Walmart.com.