Author: Kelly Corbett

Looney Labs, Gale Force Nine to Debut Star Trek Fluxx Games

Looney Labs partnered with Gale Force Nine to debut two new Fluxx games featuring Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation at The North American International Toy Fair in New York City. Each Fluxx will feature the most popular characters from each series, including Captain Kirk and Captain Picard. Under license from CBS Consumer Products, the games are designed for kids ages 8 and up and can accommodate two to six players. The games go on sale nationwide August...

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Disney’s Streaming Service Will Not Include Any R-Rated Content

Disney’s streaming service, set to launch in fall 2019, will start with a domestic service only, and then expand overseas, according to Deadline. The service will not include R-rated films, which will go on Hulu. The programming on this streaming service will be consistent with the Disney brand. As of now, the plan is to leave the various Marvel series where they are, which means Netflix will not lose its superhero movies. The streaming service also plans to generate four to five original movies, and five TV series in the first...

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Alpha Group, DHX Brands Team Up For Massive Monster Mayhem Toys

DHX Brands appointed Alpha Group as its global toy licensee, excluding Asia, for its action-packed sci-fi competition series Massive Monster Mayhem. Produced by DHX Media, Massive Monster Mayhem is co-created by Artur Spigel and Michael Chaves. Alpha Group’s line of product will include inflatable role-play toys, dress up items, action figures, R/C, plush, and board games inspired by the series. The news comes on the heels of Nickelodeon International’s pickup of Massive Monster Mayhem for more than 140 territories, following the launch of the series on Nicktoons last fall in the U.S., announced in...

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Strictly Briks Introduces New Rubik’s Products at NYTF

Strictly Briks will make its first appearance as an exhibitor at the 2018 North American International Toy Fair to introduce its new Rubik’s Briks range. Visitors will be able to test their skills with three licensed toy lines to debut in the summer and fall: Rubik’s Briks 3D Play, Pixels, and Puzzles. All lines contain the classic Rubik’s colors and encourage kids to play smart. Each category—3D Play, Pixels and Puzzles—features levels from beginner to...

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Playmobil to Launch 2018 FIFA World Cup Soccer Field Set Next Month

Playmobil will launch a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Take Along Soccer Field set next month. The play set will include four soccer player figures, a FIFA World Cup Trophy, soccer balls, goals, and stickers to personalize the field. Designed for kids ages 5 and up, two players can compete and target their opponent’s goal. The figures feature a kick function that allows kids to aim using one hand. The goalies are attached to a moveable guide rod, allowing kids to move them forward, backward, left, and right. All contents can be stored inside the case to take on-the-go. The...

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LEGO To Feature How2Recycle Label On Packaging

The LEGO Group joined the How2Recycle initiative, promising that more than 60 percent of new LEGO boxes in the U.S. will feature the How2Recycle label by the end of the year, according to its website. The How2Recycle label conveys to consumers how to recycle a package. Over 60 leading brands such as Campbells, Unilever, PepsiCo, and McDonalds have added this clear and transparent labeling to their packaging. In addition to joining the How2Recycle initiative, presently 100 percent of paper and cardboard used in LEGO products and packaging is sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Stewardship...

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Entertainment One Names New Licensing Partners for Peppa Pig and PJ Masks in the U.S. and Canada

Entertainment One (eOne) is heading into The North American International Toy Fair with new licensees in the U.S. and Canada for its preschool properties Peppa Pig and PJ Masks. A range of new products for Peppa Pig from new partners include Crayola, Jakks Pacific, Kid Casters, and Vtech/LeapFrog, in addition to offerings from Cra-Z-Art under its newly-renewed agreement. In addition, there will be new products for PJ Masks from Gemmy International, Kurt S. Adler, Montco Crafts, PTI Group, and Vtech/LeapFrog. The newest Peppa Pig offerings for 2018 are: Crayola for crafts and activities, including the Peppa Pig Color Wonder Pad Set, in the U.S. and...

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Peter Sheahan To Headline ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy

Peter Sheahan will headline The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s (ASTRA) 2018 Marketplace & Academy. This year’s event, themed Mighty Together: Inspired by the Power of Play, will take place from June 10 to 13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sheahan will open the third day of the Marketplace exhibit hall with a timely keynote titled FL!P: Proven Strategies for Turning Challenge into Opportunity, and Change into Competitive Advantage! He will draw on his experience as CEO of global consulting firm with employees in 23 cities across 7 countries to explore best practices from multiple industries that have experienced transformative change, and...

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The Toy Foundation Awards Grant To Nemour’s

The Toy Foundation (TTF) awarded a second grant of $425,000 to the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science (CHDS), a part of Nemours Children’s Health System. This grant will be used to support Nemours’ work on a multi-phase research project to explore the impact of trauma-informed patient care and the role of play in helping children and families heal and cope with medical conditions and treatments. An initial grant of $400,000 from TTF helped fund Phase 1 of the research, which was conducted last year. This phase gathered the perspectives of patients, families, and health care providers at Nemours/Alfred I. du...

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Colorific Introduces Build-a-Bot Bugs

Colorific introduces Build-a-Bot Bugs to its Build-a-Bot line. Now available at Walmart, the addition introduces three new robots—Buzzy Bee, Ladybug, and Scatter Ant. Kids can mix and match various parts to create unique characters, but what differentiates Build-a-Bot Bug from regular Build-a-Bots is that kids can connect multiple bugs to create an extended robot. Build-a-Bot is available for kids ages 5 and...

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