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Video: John Lasseter Talks Mr. Potato Head

Timed with the release of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, Disney Consumer Products has released John Lasseter Talks Toys Vol. 7: Mr. Potato Head on its YouTube channel, Disney Living. The video is the latest in a series of profiles on the Toy Story characters. The series was launched last fall, prior to the release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in...

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Video: Wayne Newton Sings Phineas and Ferb Song at Licensing Expo

Video Caption: “Wayne Newton performs a Vegas-style musical number to celebrate the success of Disney’s animated television series Phineas and Ferb. Newton sang an updated version of the ‘Perry the Platypus Theme Song.’ The surprise production occurred as a special grand finale to the end of a private Disney event in Las Vegas for the 2010 Licensing International...

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Mattel Introduces Monster High Property, Signs Licensees for Franchise

Mattel has added a new property to its portfolio of brands, Monster High.  The property follows hip teenagers, who are also the descendants of the world’s most famous monsters, as they brave the ups and downs of high school. The characters include Frankie Stein, the daughter of Frankenstein; Draculaura, the daughter of Count Dracula; Clawdeen Wolf, the daughter of The Werewolf; Lagoona Blue, the daughter of The Sea Monster; Cleo de Nile, the daughter of The Mummy; and Deuce Gorgon, the son of Medusa. Websiodes have already premiered at www.monsterhigh.com, the property’s website. Mattel has signed an array of licensees to support the brand, including those in the categories of party/costumes, apparel, accessories, footwear, publishing, and toys. Mattel will release toys and accessories based on the brand beginning in July. The collection will include dolls, plush, a fortune skull, a handheld device, a tattoo maker, keychain assortment, and more. Amscan will introduce an exclusive line of Monster High costumes at Party City, for tweens. The costumes, complete with a wig, will be available Halloween 2010. High IntenCity will team up with Mattel for the first time for jewelry and hair accessories inspired by Monster High. Items will mix the property’s signature Skullette will softer lace, bow, and charm accents, and will be available this fall. Accessory Innovations will offer a collection of tween fashion handbags, also available this fall....

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California Creations’ Z Wind Ups

California Creations is introducing new wind up toys under its line, Z Wind Ups. Above is a video of Lizzie (split dancer, Sliders brand), Tucker (chimp, Not So Grand Band brand), Spacy (special function of “No Fall”), Molly (cabbage patch dancer, Noggin Bops brand), and Sasha (spinning marine mammal, Spinners brand). Look at them...

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Icon Heroes to Produce “Thundercats” Collectible Statues and More

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has partnered with Icon Heroes to create collectible products inspired by the 1980’s animated series, Thundercats.  Under the new deal, Icon Heroes will manufacture a line of six-inch and under-scale statues, vehicle replicas, environments, and dioramas inspired by the television series. The statues will be branded as “Staction Figures” (Static Action Figures), and will be non-articulated, standing on top of a detailed environment base. Each Staction Figure will be scaled so that they can be displayed individually or alongside other six-inch action figures and statues. The first Staction Figures scheduled for release are Lion-O, Jackal Man, and Jaga. Other products––such as Thunderclaw, Cat’s Lair, and more––will be released at a later date. Icon Heroes’ products will be available for purchase directly through its store at...

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Mickey Mouse Is the Gentleman Caller

Pook-A-Looz is a new line of plush, apparel, and accessories from Disney Consumer Products (DCP). Inspired by the urban vinyl toy culture, Pook-A-Looz were designed to capture the personalities of iconic Disney characters in an edgy, offbeat way.  The new line of plush features more than 30 wide-ranging characters from Buzz Lightyear and Cheshire Cat to Muppets and Jack Skellington. Pook-A-Looz are available now at Toys “R” Us, Disney Store, DisneyStore.com, Disneyland Resort, and Walt Disney World stores. The unique interpretations of these classic characters was inspired by the urban vinyl toy culture, which began in Asia a decade ago and features uniquely original and highly collectible designs. Mickey Mouse is the gentleman caller in the video...

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Check out the Fuzion LandShark!

Shredding the sidewalks or catching a concrete wave has never been easier than with the Fuzion LandShark. Jenzy Wunder of TriplePoint PR was in our office this afternoon showing us the latest ride for kids. I think it’s really best for playing at the park or in the driveway, rather than getting around town, but it’s a lot of fun! Of course I tried it out too, but this video is of Jenzy giving it a test drive. It comes with a bright flag and stand so parents can make sure drivers know to watch out for...

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Nintendo to Release 3-D Portable Console

Nintendo has announced that it will release a 3-D portable console, the Nintendo 3DS. The system will use two screens, will be backwards compatible with current DS and DSi games, and—most likely the biggest feature—players won’t have to wear any special glasses to see the game in 3-D. Last month, Ars Technica posted a video (above) of a downloadable game that is currently out in Japan, which allows the user to see a 3-D effect by peering into the game and moving the console back and forth. The 3DS may use similar technology. The Nintendo 3DS is scheduled to be release before the end of the fiscal year, sometime between April 2010 and March 2011. The company has yet to release any images or videos of the upcoming system, or explain how the games will look or be...

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