Author: Jackie Cucco

USAopoly Releases Captain Marvel Card Game

USAopoly released Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls, a social deduction card game inspired by Marvel Studios’ upcoming Captain Marvel film. In this 30-minute game, players can assume the identities of characters from the movie as they attempt to defend Earth in the intergalactic conflict between the Kree and the Skrulls. The game uses the same mechanics from USAopoly’s BANG! Game and is designed for four to seven people. Players can take on the roles of Captain Marvel, her allies, Skrulls, or a Skrull Defector, and then use logical reasoning, observations, and player feedback to strategically determine who to trust and...

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Buffalo Games to Release GOT and Pokémon Puzzles

Buffalo Games will launch new Game of Thrones and Pokémon jigsaw puzzles, available at most major retailers this spring. Fans can mentally prepare themselves for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones with Buffalo Games’ new line of GOT-themed 500-piece jigsaw puzzles featuring the most popular characters and scenes from the show. The collection is made in collaboration with HBO Licensing & Retail. The final season of the show premiers on April 14. Pokémon Detective Pikachu hits theaters this May, and Buffalo Games teamed with The Pokémon Company International to release a new line of Pokémon-themed jigsaw puzzles...

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The Return of FAO SCHWARZ

The Comeback of a Classic Toy Store with In-Store Experiences Jumbo plush giraffes stand guard as a ruby red, mini Mercedes Benz toy convertible twinkles with 44,000 shimmering Swarovski crystals. Little feet tap over the keys of a giant piano, lighting them up one by one in front of the giant window overlooking a buzzing courtyard below. This is FAO Schwarz, back with a new flagship store in the heart of New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza. The grand opening was in November, three years after the famous toy store shut down its massive Fifth Avenue location. The new store...

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Storm Collectibles Launches Gears of War Action Figures

Bluefin, a Bandai Namco group company and a North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, announces a new action figure product line from Storm Collectibles as it opens preorders for Gears of War. A pair of officially licensed new 1/12-scale figures for Marcus Fenix and Augustus Cole will launch the new Storm Collectibles’ line based on the Gears of War video games. The figures will be available this summer from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide, and also from a variety of leading online outlets. Preorders are available now. Bluefin also announces a special Gears of War figure...

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The Toy Association Gears Up For Creative Factor 2019

Toy Fair New York is right around the corner, and attendees have a lot to look forward to at The Toy Association’s Creative Factor, a series of events in which inventors, designers, and entrepreneurs come together to share ideas, experiences, and skills. Co-founders Brett Klisch, creative director at Peru Meridian Studios, and Marian Bossard, executive vice president of global market events at The Toy Association started Creative Factor 16 years ago. The program has evolved greatly over the years. In the past, the events were spread all over the Javits Center, with “classes in the back of the show...

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Hasbro, Cartoon Network Partner for Transformers: Cyberverse

Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based entertainment distribution division of Hasbro Inc., entered international deal with Cartoon Network to distribute the first season of the animated series Transformers: Cyberverse to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The deal includes both linear and digital distribution to bring the show, which already airs on Cartoon Network in the U.S., to the rest of the...

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Chicago Toy & Game Group Names 2018 TAGIE Award Winners

The winners for the ninth annual Toy & Game Innovation (TAGIE) Awards were announced at a gala on Navy Pier in Chicago on Friday night. The TAGIE Awards paid tribute to toy and game inventors from around the world, and excellence was recognized in the Toy Innovator, Game Innovator, Rising Star Innovator, and Digital Toy or Game Innovator categories. Industry colleagues and the public selected the winners. The evening’s events included a keynote address by Nancy Zwiers, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Spin Master, and culminated with Lifetime Achievement Awards being given to David Small and...

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Consumers Will Spend 4.1 Percent More Than Last Year During Winter Holidays

Consumers say they will spend an average of $1,007.24 during the holiday season this year, up 4.1 percent from the $967.13 they said they would spend last year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The consumer survey comes on top of NRF’s annual holiday spending forecast, which takes into account a variety of economic factors to project overall spending rather than per-consumer spending. The forecast estimated that holiday retail sales in November and December will increase between 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent over last year for a total between...

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LeapFrog Launches LeapStart 3D Interactive Learning System

LeapFrog Enterprises Inc.’s LeapStart 3D is now available at major retailers nationwide. LeapStart 3D is an update to the LeapStart Interactive Learning System, which combines real books with 3D-like animations. Touch-and-talk activities enhance learning with interactive animations to help kids build math, reading, problem-solving skills, and more. The stylus reads invisible dots on every page, triggering questions, challenges, songs, and more. The LeapStart leveled library has also grown with new licensed titles featuring popular children’s characters, including Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Disney Princesses, and Pixar characters such as The Incredibles, Lightning McQueen, and Nemo. The entire LeapStart library...

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Calico Critters Celebrates Retail Launch of New Town Series with Pop-Up Experience

Epoch Everlasting Play kicked off the holiday shopping season with an interactive pop-up experience to celebrate the retail launch of the Calico Critters’ new Town series. The series, first introduced in 1985, features detailed animal figures that live like humans with a focus on nature, family, and love. The collection is now available at specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon. The pop-up experience took place at Stella’s Exclusive Town Tea at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon in New York City. It featured life-size replicas of the play set, including a chance to step inside Stella’s Designer Studio, taste testing...

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