Author: Maddie Michalik

North Star Games Launches dude

North Star Games introduces dude, a new game now available exclusively at Target and Target.com. The game dude celebrates the versatility of a word that can be a question (dude?), an exclamation (dude!), an objection (DUDE), an expression of wonder (dooode), and many other things. To play dude, each player has a set of cards that shows the word “dude” in six different ways. Everyone sits around the table saying “dude” in these different ways, all at once. Players try to match with someone who they think is saying “dude” in the same way he or she are. North Star Games is also simultaneously releasing a second...

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34 Magformers Construction Sets Receive STEM.org Accreditation

Thirty-four construction sets from Magformers LLC are now officially STEM approved from STEM.org, the longest continually operating and privately held STEM organization in the U.S. STEM.org recognizes Magformers’ direct and indirect rolls in the educational ecosystem, as well as the company’s efforts to improve products in an ever-changing and highly competitive industry and economy. The STEM.org organization serves more than 4,500 schools, districts, and organizations across the U.S., as well as in 24 other countries. The STEM.org accreditation recognized 34 Magformers products, including the Sky Track Play sets, Rainbow Sets, Neon Set, and Math Set. Each Magformers construction set...

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pocket.watch Debuts Ryan’s World Line Based on Ryan ToysReview

pocket.watch launched Ryan’s World, a toy and apparel line based on the Ryan ToysReview YouTube channel. The line will include blind bag collectible toys, slime, vehicles, stuffed animals, squishies, putty, and more, and will be available exclusively at Walmart beginning Aug. 6. Earlier this year, pocket.watch announced licensing deals with toy and apparel manufacturers. Serving as creative director, Ryan, who is six years old, worked alongside pocket.watch to hand select products for his linet. Targeted to kids ages 3 and up, the line at launch includes fifteen collectible toys and four different t-shirt designs featuring some of Ryan’s favorite things,...

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Tudor Games Celebrates Electric Football 70th Anniversary with National Toy Hall of Fame Campaign

  Tudor Games is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Electric Football game. Electric Football began in post-war Brooklyn, N.Y. as a plug-in vibrating board game. Since then, more than 40 million Electric Football games have been sold and today coaches compete in leagues across the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Electric Football is one of the NFL’s longest-running items, with the first officially licensed NFL Electric Football games sold by Sears in 1961. The platinum anniversary celebration will feature a letter-writing and petition campaign aimed at inducting Electric Football into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The...

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ZURU Launches Rainbocorns

ZURU launches Rainbocorns, a new line of collectible plush that kids can hatch from a mystery egg. The plush features reversible sequins, hair play, and additional enchanted creatures. An animated web series will launch in September on YouTube, which follows the Rainbocorns on their adventures in Rainboville. The episodes will follow the gang as they hatch new Rainbocorns and go on various escapades around Rainboville with friends. Every Rainbocorn comes in a big pink mystery reusable egg. There are 12 different Rainbocorns based on six animals, and each animal comes in two designs. Kids can collect Puppycorns, Kittycorns, Hamstercorns, Bunnycorns,...

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Kano Introduces The Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit

Kano launches the first-ever Harry Potter STEM product with the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit. The build-it-yourself wireless wand teaches kids how to code with more than 70 challenges inspired by the Wizarding World. The wand works with software and a connected app to capture movements and turn them into effects, such as making serpents slither, toads transfigure, fires flow, feathers float, goblets duplicate, Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans enlarge, and more. Kids will build the wand using a step-by-step coding manual and pieces such as a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. Once assembled, kids can download the Kano app to unlock challenges...

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DHX Media Closes Sale to Sony of Minority Stake in Peanuts

DHX Media closed its previously announced sale of a minority stake in Peanuts to Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (SMEJ). SMEJ has indirectly purchased 49 percent of DHX Media’s 80 percent interest in Peanuts for $235.6 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments contemplated in the original agreement. DHX Media now owns 41 percent of Peanuts, SMEJ owns 39 percent, and the members of the family of Charles M. Schulz retain their 20 percent interest. DHX Media and SMEJ have also completed the agreement to extend the duration of the current Licensing and Syndication Agency agreement with SMEJ’s consumer products division,...

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Comcast Makes $65 Billion Proposal to Acquire Twenty-First Century Fox

Comcast Corp. delivered a letter to the Board of Directors of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (21CF) setting terms of a proposal for Comcast to acquire the businesses that 21CF has already agreed to sell to The Walt Disney Co. The proposal reflects a $65 billion equity value, or $35.00 per share in cash, which represents approximately 19 percent to the value of Disney’s all-stock offer. The Walt Disney Co. and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (21st Century Fox) entered into a definitive agreement in December for Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, including the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios,...

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Moose Toys Launches Scruff-a-Luvs

Moose Toys introduces Scruff-a-Luvs, a plush that kids unbox in a new way. Scruff-a-Luv plush arrive as a sad ball of matted fur, which kids need to bathe, dry, and brush to discover what pet they received. Kids can rescue a puppy, a kitten, or a bunny. Each Scruff-a-Luv comes with a collar and tag to give them a name; a brush to style them; a cute hair clip and an adoption certificate. Scruff-A-Luvs are available now at Amazon and...

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Hasbro to Co-Develop New Gaming Experiences with Comedians Rhett & Link

Hasbro Inc. and comedy duo Rhett & Link announced a multi-year relationship to showcase Hasbro’s new games this year and beyond. Hasbro and Rhett & Link will also join forces to co-develop and promote unique games, partner on event experiences, and more. To kick off the collaboration, Rhett & Link’s Mythical Crew will make a special appearance at the Hasbro Gaming booth at VidCon, the online video conference held annually in Anaheim, Calif. from June 20 to 23. The award-winning comedy duo, known for their scripted sketches, challenges, music videos, and most notably their long-running, highly popular YouTube comedy series Good Mythical Morning, have more than 21 million subscribers...

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