Source: HUGE! Play

Following its much-buzzed-about debut at the Toy Insider‘s Holiday of Play last month, HUGE! Play’s GameBud Talking Tom is available to preorder in North America.

Created by HUGE! Play in collaboration with Outfit7 and Epic Story Media, GameBud Talking Tom is an innovative, animatronic character that live-connects to mobile games, including Talking Tom Hero Dash and Talking Tom Gold Run.

“GameBud Talking Tom offers a next-level experience for fans, says HUGE! Play CEO Kevin Mowrer. “He’s both your gaming buddy and like a real-life streamer. Picture Talking Tom at your side as you play his games — giving hints to better your gameplay, all while joking and teasing you in the most loveable way.”

GameBud Talking Tom is powered by a software engine that delivers more than five hours of unique content across three play modes: Game-Connected (online), Free Play, and Command Mode (offline). He interacts with fans via a companion app for iOS and Android.

GameBud Talking Tom | Source: HUGE! Play

The first 10,000 units shipped will be a special, limited-edition collector version that includes a Hero Dash mask and a numbered certificate of authenticity.

HUGE! Play says that the first run will ship direct to consumers and should arrive before the holidays.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.