Author: Madeleine Buckley

Megalopolis Toys Launches Collectible Figures for Madballs, Barnyard Commandos

Get ready to return to the ’90s toy aisle with a new line of 6-inch action figures from Megalopolis Toys. First up for these retro-inspired collectibles? Madballs and Barnyard Commandos. Launched in 1985, Madballs was one of the popular gross-out toys of the decade. It sold millions of toys and inspired animated specials, comic books, video games, and more. (And are still available from Just Play Toys.) It will be interesting to see what the Megalopolis figures look like, because the outlines pictured above show arms and legs — which Madballs traditionally don’t have. Barnyard Commandos was another toy-slash-brand,...

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Stern Pinball Debuts Three TMNT Machines

Did someone say turtle power? Stern Pinball just released a line of pinball machines inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and they are packed with homages to everyone’s favorite pizza-loving, crime-fighting turtle crew. Stern’s TMNT line includes three machines: Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition. Each version has slightly different features, but all three have bright colors, hand-drawn art, and familiar characters that TMNT fans know and love. Some shared features across all three models include a spinning pizza disk that can hold and throw three balls during pizza multiball mayhem, the original 1987 theme music, and custom flippers. To get into...

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LEGO Super Mario Sets Get Even More Interactive with Power-Up Packs

Cue up the Super Mario theme, because LEGO is expanding its video game-inspired collaboration with Nintendo again — and this time, there’s a Fire Mario. The LEGO Super Mario collection originally debuted back in March, offering construction sets that kids can use to build levels inspired by the Super Mario series. Then kids can play through the levels, collecting coins with an electronic, interactive Mario figure. Now, kids can enhance their LEGO Super Mario play with Power-Up Pack accessories. Each of these four suits — Fire Mario, Propeller Mario, Cat Mario, and Builder Mario — gives the interactive figure...

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Following Years of Sales Declines, the R/C Category Is Relying on Innovation

The R/C aisle is ready for a change. This time last year, the category was in a bit of a strange place, trying to find its footing after the drone craze that dominated R/C sales for multiple years completely subsided. According to The NPD Group, the category underperformed by 4% when compared to the total toy industry for the 12-month period that ended this January. Sales of air-specific R/C products continued their steep descent with a 47% decrease in that same time period, while sales for ground, sea, and other R/C products decreased by 7% (compared to the 12.3%...

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Go, Cory, Go: Preschool Hits the Road in VTech’s New Netflix Series

Cars don’t typically worry about starting school, being a good big brother, or having their first “oil spill,” but they certainly do in the world of Go! Go! Cory Carson. This new preschool show is a collaboration between VTech, Kuku Studios, and Netflix that follows the adventures of an adorable young car named Cory as he navigates the struggles of childhood while living in Bumperton Hills. Go! Go! Cory Carson disrupts the traditional, clear-cut path of kid’s TV licensing and toy development because the show is based on an existing toy line: VTech’s Go! Go! Smart Wheels vehicles. According to Jennifer...

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Scholastic, Sony to Produce New ‘Goosebumps’ TV Series

Over the past three decades, R.L. Stine has written more than 230 books in the kids’ horror book series Goosebumps. The books inspired a TV series in the ’90s and two movies in 2015 and 2018, and now it is set to make its small-screen return with a new live-action series. This upcoming series is a collaboration between Scholastic Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, and Neal H. Moritz, who produced the movies Goosebumps and Goosebumps 2. “I loved making the Goosebumps movies and can’t wait to bring even more of R. L. Stine’s incredible stories to life through a high-end television series that speaks to both adults...

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E3 Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is the latest industry event to be canceled due to concerns related to COVID-19. According to a statement posted on the E3 site, the video game trade show — originally scheduled for June 9-11 — will not be rescheduled, and the Entertainment Software Association team will reach out to exhibitors and attendees directly with information about full refunds. The organization is also exploring options for hosting an online showcase, which would share industry news and announcements that exhibitors had planned for the convention, this June. Updates for this online event will come from...

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