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Nintendo World Hosts Launch Event for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y

Nintendo World in New York will host a Pokémon X and Pokémon Y launch event to celebrate the release of the two new games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on October 11 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. These new installments in the famous Pokémon series will introduce a new generation of Pokémon, new Mega Evolutions, and a ton of new features. At the event, fans will have the chance to play games, participate in activities, and be the first in the country to purchase the new games, which are also available on the new Nintendo 2DS system. Game sales will commence at midnight, but Nintendo World will remain open through the night. The event will also feature a Pokémon costume showcase, a live DJ, Pokémon trivia, a Pikachu costumed character appearance, and more. Attendees will also be able to participate in giveaways while supplies...

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Nintendo Debuts Animal Crossing Plaza App, Pokémon Series on Wii U

Fans of Animal Crossing now have a new place to go on Wii U to talk about their towns and share images with players from all over the world. Nintendo unveiled the new, and free, Animal Crossing Plaza app during a recent Nintendo Direct presentation. It is available for download at the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo also discussed a variety of other topics about Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, including the debut of the Pokémon series on Wii U with Pokémon Rumble U and the story behind The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS. In Pokémon Rumble U, which launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on August 29, players will have the opportunity to befriend some of the Toy Pokémon that they defeat in battle. They can also play as or do battle against every one of the 649 Pokémon that have appeared in the video games through Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. To view the Nintendo Direct news broadcast in its entirety, visit the Nintendo Direct...

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Tomy Spring 2013 Pokémon Toy Sweepstakes Now Available

The Tomy Spring 2013 Pokémon Toy Sweepstakes is now available on Facebook. Log on between May 20 and June 3, submit a complete official entry at the tab found at, and you may win one of the 76 prizes available. By submitting an entry and liking the Tomy Facebook fan page, you are automatically entered into this contest. One grand prize winner will receive 14 products from the Spring 2013 Tomy Pokémon product line worth approximately $200. The first place prize is a Pokémon Center Play ‘n Store Case and 20 2-inch Pokémon figures. Second place prize is a Pokédex Trainer Kit. Tomy can also offer a giveaway of some 7-inch...

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Tomy International and The Pokemon Company International Sign Multi-Year Global Licensing Agreement

Tomy International and The Pokemon Company International signed a multi-year global master toy agreement, giving Tomy the exclusive toy license outside of Asia. Beginning next year, Tomy will be the exclusive licensee and distributor for categories including figures, figure accessories, and plush. This agreement makes Tomy Group the unified global toy partner for the Pokemon brand, one of the world’s leading kids entertainment franchises. Tomy International will be the first to market with themed toys based on the highly-anticipated video game sequels, Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White...

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New Pokémon TCG Includes Online Component

The release of Pokémon TCG: Black & White-Emerging Powers, coming this August, will mark a new era in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. This expansion is the first to give players full access to theme decks and booster packs in the new player-versus-player Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. Pokémon players can simply log onto the website and have the ability to battle with players from all over the world. The decks also allow players to build customized decks for online battle with virtual cards unlocked by special in-pack codes. The expansion features only Unova-region Pokémon characters, as well as 90 cards, including brand-new Item cards to revitalize each deck. This world contains 25 never-before-seen Pokémon, including the debut of the Legendary Trio of Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion. The two Black & White-Emerging Powers theme decks hit major retail stores nationwide on August 17, and will feature a foil card. The four booster pack designs, debuting in stores August 31, feature new Pokémon Tornadus, Cobalion, Braviary, and Darmanitan, with each booster pack also including one foil...

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U.S. Toy Industry Grew 19% in First Three Quarters of 2020

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unexpected side effect: big toy sales. Since March, the wave of categories experiencing growth has continued to ripple as consumer demand and retail orders have kicked in as families continue playing together while staying at home. Overall, the U.S. toy industry experienced total dollar sales growth of 19.1% in the first three quarters of the year, according to The NPD Group. Total sales for the first nine months of 2020 hit $13.7 billion driven by evolving interests, distribution of federal stimulus checks, and a lack of events outside the...

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2021 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards Finalists Revealed

They’re often considered to be the Oscars of the toy industry, and on Friday, Feb. 12, the next Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards will be distributed virtually during a special online presentation. Usually, the awards are presented during a gala held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City as Toy Fair New York gets underway. With Toy Fair pushed into May due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the toy industry will come together earlier than ever for the virtual 2021 presentation. After carefully examining 557 nominees submitted by 205 companies, a panel of 18 industry experts determined...

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Disguise Costumes Expands Halo, Minecraft Deals with Global Rights

Disguise Inc renewed its partnership with Microsoft as the official costume partner for the software giant’s Minecraft and Halo brands. The Halloween costume division of Jakks Pacific now holds global rights to create and distribute costumes and accessories for the popular gaming brands. The deal includes a three-year extension for Halo and an additional two years for Minecraft beginning next year. “Fan engagement in video games continues to rise as gamers are exposed to these brands on a daily basis versus tentpole films which have struggled this year with theaters being closed,” says Tara Hefter, executive vice president and...

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The Toy Insider Experts Help Families Sleigh the Holidays with the Hottest Toys of 2020

It’s been a challenging year but the holiday season is fast approaching as a bright spot for families everywhere. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the holiday shopping season will be a bit different as social distancing guidelines vary greatly across the country and stores may be limiting the amount of in-store shoppers. This holiday season will put less emphasis on single-day events such as Black Friday as retailers begin holiday promotions earlier and consumers stay mindful of spending amid economic uncertainty. With all of this in mind, our sister publication, the Toy Insider, is unwrapping its 15th annual holiday gift...

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Nintendo Powers Up Lunchables Partnership

Nintendo and Kraft Heinz are extending their partnership to power up lunchtime. Beginning Sept. 1, families will be able to find characters from popular Nintendo Switch games on specially-marked Lunchables packages. The characters featured on the new boxes include fan-favorites from video games, including Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Odyssey, and Splatoon 2. Additionally, families can catch Lunchables packages featuring Pokémon from the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass DLC packs. “By continuing our partnership with Lunchables, we’re hoping to bring the joy of Nintendo characters to...

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