WowWee Retains Striker Entertainment as Worldwide Licensing Agency for Fingerlings

wowwee.fingerlingsWowWee retained Striker Entertainment to serve as the worldwide licensing agency for the Fingerlings toy line. The toys cling to kids’ fingers and react to sound, motion, and touch with more than 40 animations.

Striker will work with WowWee to develop a worldwide licensing strategy to expand the growing consumer interest and retail demand for additional consumer products categories.

WowWee Launches Fingerlings

WowWee_FingerlingsWowWee is launching Fingerlings on Aug. 11 across the U.S. For the first week of sales, the company will donate $1 per unit to the animal conservatory nonprofit, WildAid.

Fingerlings Baby Monkeys is a line of six robotic pets that come to life with more than 40 sweet and silly interactive animations including realistic monkey sounds, blinking eyes, and gripping hands. Kids can pet and swing them to see how they react, and even blow kisses or rock them to sleep. Fingerlings come in six different personalities: Purple (Mia), Blue (Boris), Turquoise (Zoe), Pink (Bella), and Black (Finn).

WowWee Introduces Minion MiP Turbo Dave

WowWee_MinionMiPTurboDaveWowWee is releasing Minion MiP Turbo Dave in May, combining its MiP robot with popular entertainment brand Minions. The robot will hit shelves coinciding with Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 3, which debuts in theaters on June 30.

Turbo Dave will be kids’ own personal Minion to help them carry out mischievous schemes. It will respond to hand gestures and can navigate around rooms. Kids can download the Turbo Dave app to control their Minion remotely, plan paths for him to self-navigate, or have it interact with other characters or props from the Despicable Me franchise. Kids can also use a coding platform to program Turbo Dave.

Eight Reasons Why Pokémon Go Is Succeeding Where Toys Have Failed

20160706012433!Pokemon_GoIf you haven’t noticed the runaway success of Pokémon Go this past week, you’re living under a rock. Look outside—all those people looking at their phones, glancing around, and walking slowly into traffic (hopefully not) are playing the hottest new augmented reality (AR) game. The word on the street is that this is the future of gaming. Perhaps it is. But it’s certainly not the first augmented reality game. The toy industry has been taking shots at this category for years with little to no success. At Toy Fair 2012, WowWee introduced its App Gear line. [Read more...]

WowWee’s Robotic Dog CHiP to Include Voice Recognition Feature

82f17415-d4b5-417f-a587-4dad96e1f23fWowWee’s robotic dog, CHiP, will include a new voice recognition feature that will enhance the interacting and play experience. CHiP owners can now program their own name for their dog, and CHiP will learn its new name and respond to it. It will follow commands such as “come,” “sit,” “stay,” “lay down,” and “yoga,” for which CHiP will do a handstand. [Read more...]

WowWee Launches Lumi Gaming Drone on Indiegogo

Lumi Drone LightsWowWee has launched the Lumi Gaming Drone on Indiegogo. The advanced, easy-to-fly quadcopter combines drone action with accessible controls. It features BeaconSense technology, where Lumi can fly itself while the user plays, directs, and commands the drone for app-based Gamified Flight. The technology within the drone makes Lumi best suited for indoor play, without fear of crashing into obstacles. Lumi’s features includes Lumi to the Beat, multi-drone play, Choreography Mode, obstacle avoidance, BeaconSense Technology, and a Follow-Me feature. [Read more...]

CES 2016 Ignites Tech with Innovation

By Reyne Rice, trend hunter and thought leader, CEO ToyTrends

The latest and greatest innovations rocked the tech world at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas from Jan. 6-9. Trade guests viewed the latest virtual reality headsets; flew unmanned systems and drones; test-drove the newest automotive vehicles with built-in enhanced entertainment and digital connectivity for kids and families; and marveled at the enhanced 4-D TV and home entertainment systems. Hands-on experiences and product testing dominated the crowded show floor as global exhibitors showcased their newest launch products, services, apps, and devices. [Read more...]

Artificially Intelligent Dog, Drones Part of WowWee’s 2016 Product Line

WowWee is debuting its 2016 product line at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, from Jan. 6 to 9. The new line includes three artificially intelligent robotic play products: [Read more...]

COMMENTARY: Toy Pets Are Becoming Man’s New Best Friend

Zoomer Kitty, from Spin Master

Pet ownership is a rite of passage for many children (and families), but it can also be a real hassle. After all, the vast majority of pets must be fed, cleaned up after, groomed, etc. They require constant care and semi-regular attentiveness, in other words, and that can be a real challenge for young ones (and some adults, too), who may not be used to that level of responsibility.

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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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