Author: Maddie Michalik

Blue Orange Games Premieres Eight New Games at Toy Fair

Blue Orange Games has added eight new games to its collection of more than40 products that will premiere at the American International Toy Fair from February 16 to 19. The new games will be available for purchase online and in specialty stores across the U.S. and Canada in late spring. Doodle Quest is a drawing game where kids must avoid obstacles using their memory and the power of a pen. Wuzzits is a matching game in which cards combine and morph into different monsters. Aztack allows players to build a temple using unique rules. Players can make rival herds of livestock go head-to-head in Battle Sheep. Spot it! Freeze pits players against an electric timer, while Spot it! Splash is a waterproof version of the family favorite.  Set in Imperial Japan, Niya makes its players use strategy skills to control the important clan garden. BraveRats is a strategy game for two players that is filled with plenty of...

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Disney Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Mickey and Minnie Collection

A new line of Disney Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse products are rolling out just in time for Valentine’s Day. The collection includes fashion, accessories, and sweets in a number of stores. The “So Sweet” collection is available at Target, featuring chocolate-filled mugs and chocolate covered pretzels. Children’s Mickey and Minnie graphic tees and accessories will be available at Macy’s, Children’s Place, Target, and the Disney Store. Women’s Mickey and Minnie tees are available from Delia’s, Wet Seal, and the Disney Store. Hallmark also has Valentine’s Day cards featuring the couple along with the “itty bitty” plush...

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Saban Brands Reveals Next Season of Power Rangers, Partners with Cirque du Soleil

The next season of Saban Brands’ Power Rangers franchise, Power Rangers Dino Charge, will debut on Nickelodeon next year, and roll out globally later in 2015. Bandai America Inc. will continue as the global master toy licensee for the franchise, creating a new dinosaur-themed product line. Saban Brands has also partnered with Cirque du Soleil Media to develop an original kids property inspired by the Cirque du Soleil brand. The deal includes a new TV series, web content, interactive content, and...

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Lion Force Comics Debuts Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster Digital Comics

Lion Forge Comics has launched two new digital comic books based on the 1980s and ’90s TV shows Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster under the company’s newly created ROAR Comics. The digital publisher acquired the licensing rights to the properties from NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products last year. The Saved by the Bell comics will return all of the original Bayside High Characters to freshman year in present-day adventures. Punky Brewster takes the homeless young girl back to the beginning of her story and follows her adventures until she finds a new home. Saved by the Bell is celebrating its 25th anniversary and Punky Brewster is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The comics are currently available at the Amazon Kindle Bookstore. They will also be sold in the coming weeks in additional outlets, including ComicsPlus. ROAR Comics is Lion Forge’s new digital imprint focused on publishing high quality, all-ages comics for a digital audience. The company will concentrate on comics for kids and...

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Pebble Handmade Toys Now Available in the U.S.

Pebbles’ line of plush toys is available for purchase in the U.S. for the first time since the brand launched. The line of handmade products are knitted and crocheted toys made for a safe and tactile experience for babies and young children. The products are now available in specialty and gift toy stores nationwide. The line includes a variety of soft toys and organic rattles. The Organic Bear Rattles, which are new for this year, are crocheted and feature a looped handle for easy grasping, a soft rattle sound, and designed for teething and fine motor development. The Organic Giraffe Rattles, also new for this year, are larger toys that have a gentle rattle sound. The Rainbow Bunny Rattle and Large Donkey are large plush animals recommended for young...

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LeapFrog Sponsors PBS Kids Writers Contest

LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. is the national prizing sponsor for the PBS Kids Writers Contest. The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands–on and active learning. PBS stations throughout the U.S. will collaborate with schools, public libraries, and other community-based organizations to present the PBS Kids Writers Contest in local communities, with each station selecting local winners. The contest is open to children in kindergarten through third grade. Local winners will be entered into the national contest, where a panel of judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced this summer and LeapFrog will award a prize package that includes its LeapReader Reading and Writing...

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Pocket Gems, Gogii Games Partner for Mobile Game

Pocket Gems has partnered with Gogii Games to publish a new mobile game, Archie Riverdale Rescue. Pocket Gems will help with player retention and monetization, and will launch a Valentine’s Day update. Archie Riverdale Rescue lets users play as Archie Comics characters to help rescue the town of Riverdale, where they will rebuild the hometown by completing quests and tasks. The Valentine’s Day update will feature holiday themes quests, clothing packs for characters, and a feature to win additional bonuses. The game is available for free on the App Store for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod...

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Regal Entertainment Hosts Exclusive Giveaway Celebrating The Lego Movie

Regal Entertainment Group will give away a Limited Edition Lego Minifigure to Regal Crown Club Members at all RealD 3-D Regal locations playing The Lego Movie. Regal guests who purchase a ticket to the 3-D movie will receive one “Pyjamas Emmet” minifigure per transaction at the box office while supplies last.  The movie follows Emmet, an ordinary minifigure, as he tries to save the world when he is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person. The Lego Movie is the first full-length theatrical Lego adventure and will be released in theaters on February...

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Paper Punk Signs Deal with Nickelodeon

Paper Punk has inked a deal with Nickelodeon to develop paper-based construction and craft kits inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob Squarepants. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kits will be introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kits will feature all four turtle characters and include a kit containing 16 punch-n-fold shapes, more than 30 stickers, and 40 adhesive dots to construct a 3-D paper figure. It will be available early February. The SpongeBob Squarepants kit will feature the two main characters from the show and include eight to 16 punch-n-fold shapes, more than 120 stickers, and 40 adhesive dots to construct a 3-D paper figure. It will be available...

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Hasbro, Amazon Team Up Offers First Action Figure for Transformers: Age of Extinction

Hasbro and Amazon have partnered to offer the first official merchandise inspired by the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction. Amazon’s Transformers Headquarters Shop is now live on its website and features the first action figure available for purchase from Hasbro’s Transformers: Age of Extinction line. The first product of the line is the Transformers First Edition Optimus Prime action figure. The figure converts from robot to vehicle and includes new metallic embellishes, rubber tires, and is styled in the way the character will look in the movie. The product is also No. 14 in the numbered line of Thrilling 30 action figures celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Transformers brand this year. It is available exclusively on amazon.com before the broader toy line becomes available in...

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