Author: Madeleine Buckley

Mattel Named Global Toy Partner for Top Gun Franchise

Mattel has been named the global toy partner for Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun franchise, including both the original Top Gun and next summer’s Top Gun: Maverick.  The company has rights to multiple categories, including die-cast vehicles and aircrafts, play sets, games, and other toys. The full line will be available globally, ahead of the sequel’s U.S. release next June. “We are thrilled to bring Top Gun to life for both kids and their parents who undoubtedly fell in love with the franchise over thirty years ago,” says Janet Hsu, chief franchise management officer of Mattel. “Our design-led approach has allowed us to recreate the...

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Arcade1Up’s Atari Star Wars Cabinet Is Available for Presale

Tastemakers’ Arcade1Up has a variety of fan-favorite arcade machines on the way for this fall, including an Atari Star Wars Home Arcade Game cabinet that the company unveiled at E3 expo. Starting today, that machine is available for preorder exclusively from GameStop.com for shipping in mid-October. The cabinet — which stands just over 5 feet tall with the included riser — features artwork from the original games; a light-up marquee; a full-color, 17-inch display; and dual speakers. But perhaps the most exciting feature is the real-feel flight yoke controller, a first for Arcade1Up. The cabinet includes the classic games based on Star...

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Ravensburger Launches Disney Villainous Expansion Game, Puzzles

Disney fans can continue to embrace their inner dark side with the newest expansion for Villainous, the award-winning board game series from Ravensburger. The expansion is called Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared and will be available exclusively at Target starting on Aug. 1. Designed for kids ages 10 and up, the game features three new villain figures: Scar (The Lion King), Yzma (The Emperor’s New Groove), and Ratigan (The Great Mouse Detective). Players can also use it as either a standalone game or as an expansion to Disney Villainous: The Worst Takes it All or Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core. Like...

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Hasbro Launches Retro My Little Pony Show, Collectibles

Hasbro is embracing nostalgia with two new releases for its My Little Pony brand. The first is a new YouTube series called “My Little Pony: The Retro Show.” The episodes feature ’80s and ’90s-inspired My Little Pony videos. The first video, which launched today, goes behind the scenes of a music video from the original series. A new episode of the show will debut every Thursday. The second release is an Amazon-exclusive set of  My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic characters, pictured above. The collection includes the Mane 6 — Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity — redesigned...

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Jazwares’ New Wave of Fortnite Toys Are Available Now

The newest round of Fortnite-inspired toys from Jazwares is available now. The company first previewed the new additions to its line, including the Legendary Series 6-inch Premium Action Figures, at Toy Fair New York back in February. The new products include a second series of 4-inch Solo Mode Action Figures, an updated Early Game Survival Kit, and a 1X1 Builder Set featuring building materials. The most anticipated release, however, is the Legendary Series. These detailed action figures feature interchangeable faces, more than 36 points of articulation, and accessories — including a harvesting tool, a weapon, and back bling. The first series...

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Classic Games Frogger, Bomberman, and Contra Get Licensing Partners

Under the expanded Konami Cross Media NY company, three arcade staples — Frogger, Bomberman, and Contra — are getting their own apparel, accessories, and more. Konami fans in the U.S. and Canada will be able to buy a variety of products inspired by all three properties from Bioworld Merchandising, including clothing, sleepwear, and accessories. Collector Cup will release a line of shaker cups for all three games, while Stubbins will offer plush toys and Pixel Frames decor based on Contra characters. Internationally, Netherlands-based Difuzed, will offer lifestyle products inspired by the games in Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. “Gaming is a...

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Toy Inventors: From Idea to Reality

Alex Mackey wasn’t planning on starting a game company. Back in September 2017, he was volunteering for Hurricane Irma cleanup in Fort Myers, Florida, where he shared a tent with a man named Mike Szalajko. The two couldn’t sleep one night and began chatting about their shared interests: games and movies. By the early morning hours, they had invented their first game, What The Film?! Now, more than two years later, the duo founded a company called Lethal Chicken Games (LCG), earned a Toy of the Year award nomination, and developed a second card game, Camping with Sasquach. What...

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The Pokémon Co. International Confirms New Pokémon Mobile Game

Today, The Pokémon Co. International confirmed a new addition to the Pokémon Rumble video game series: Pokemon Rumble Rush. It joins the company’s existing lineup of mobile apps, including Pokémon Go!, Pokémon Quest, and Pokémon TV. In this new mobile game, players can discover new islands and the Pokémon inhabiting each area. As they explore, players must overcome hordes of enemy Pokémon with the help of their partner Pokémon. In each encounter, players can befriend enemy Pokémon and use them in future battles. The game is available now in Australia via Google Play, but an iOS and worldwide release are on the way. The company...

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‘Power Rangers Beast Morphers’ Reveals Gold Ranger

This week on Power Rangers: Beast Morphers, character Nate Silva (Abraham Rodriguez) will officially step up and join Devon, Ravi, and Zoey as the Gold Ranger. Power Rangers released a first-look clip of the Gold Ranger’s debut, which shows Silva successfully morph for the first time. Check out the full clip below. In the episode, titled “The Cybergate Opens,” the Rangers try to stop the evil robot Scrozzle from executing his plan to free Evox, a sentient computer virus, from the Cyber Dimension. It premieres on Nickelodeon at 8 a.m. ET on this Sunday, April 27. Photo:...

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