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Mattel Launches Star Wars Bloxels

BloxelsS_StarWarsMattel Inc. and Pixel Press, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, will introduce Star Wars Bloxels, allowing kids to create their own video games with characters and stories from the Star Wars universe.

Bloxels video game creation platform that gives kids an introduction to video game development, where they become the game designer, artist, storyteller, publisher and player.  Read the rest of this entry »

WBIE, Niantic Developing Harry Potter AR Game

HarryPotterWizardsUnite_blogWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Niantic Inc. will develop Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality (AR) mobile game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Published by Niantic and co-developed by Niantic and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, under the Portkey Games label,  Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will use augmented reality mobile technology to put magic in the hands of aspiring wizards and witches worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Nelvana Launches Mysticons Gaming App, Playmates Toys to Launch Toy Line with Game Codes

Mysticons_SecretsofGeminaCorus Entertainment’s Nelvana launched a role-play, gaming app based on its original action series Mysticons. Secrets of Gemina is now available to download for free through the App Store and Google Play on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

The app allows players to guide the Mysticons–Arkayna, Em, Zarya and Piper–through a fantasy world as the foursome take on a quest to defeat evil and protect the realm. The app features a parallel storyline to the events in season one, as well as opportunities to explore familiar locales and win battles to collect in-game powerups, equipment upgrades, and action skills. Read the rest of this entry »

ZAG Launches Connected Play Experience for Zak Storm

ZakStormTrifectaLaunchZAG launched its original boys’ action and adventure comedy TV series Zak Storm—Super Pirate. Man of Action Entertainment created the series.

Zak Storm—Super Pirate debuted this fall in the U.S. on Discovery Family, and Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KidsClick TV.  On November 1, ZAG and global master toy partner Bandai America launched a connected play experience by interconnecting the TV show, toys, and mobile game. Read the rest of this entry »

Jakks Pacific, Bay Tek Games to Develop Home Version of Popular Arcade Game

jakksBay Tek Games partnered with Jakks Pacific to develop and launch a home version of its ticket redemption arcade game Pull My Finger. The new game will be featured exclusively at Toys “R” Us this December, and be available to all retailers beginning next spring.

Pull My Finger was launched by Bay Tek in 2010 as a novelty ticket redemption game where players pull a monkey’s finger to launch a ball into a playfield to hit targets and win tickets. Read the rest of this entry »

Rovio Entertainment, Iron Maiden Partner for Angry Birds Evolution Halloween Edition

ABEvolution_EddieRovio Entertainment will feature Iron Maiden in a special Halloween version of Angry Birds Evolution. Eddie—the mascot of Iron Maiden—will be a playable character as Eddie the Bird in Angry Birds Evolution this Halloween season. In this two-week character event beginning October 18, players who recruit Eddie the Bird to their team will be able to keep him as a player permanently.

There will be four evolutions of the character to represent different albums from Iron Maiden. In addition, the Bird Island will be transformed into a Halloween-themed, heavy metal oasis full of tributes to Eddie, Iron Maiden, and the heavy metal universe. Read the rest of this entry »

Roblox, Egmont to Launch Collection of Books Based on Roblox Gaming Platform

roblox_LogoEgmont Publishing and Roblox Corporation will launch a collection of books based on the Roblox games, characters, worlds, and avatars. The first books will be released mid-next year.

Egmont distributes part of its profits to charitable activities through the Egmont Foundation. This partnership will bring proceeds from the Roblox publishing to initiatives that generate positive change for kids and adolescents at risk.

Disguise Launches Minecraft Costume Line

Disguise_MinecraftDisguise Inc.—the Halloween costume division of JAKKS Pacific Inc.— launched the first Minecraft costumes and accessories collection. The line is available now at retailers nationwide. The costumes and accessories are based on characters from Minecraft, the sandbox video game where players mine and craft 3-D blocks in a world of varied biomes and terrain.

The costumes feature characters such as Steve, Alex, and Creeper. Full sets of diamond Minecraft Armor are also available. The pants and tunic are inspired by the game’s 3-D blocky aesthetic, with range of motion designed for trick-or-treating. The long-sleeve tunic features detailed character artwork on the front and print coverage on the back. The half-masks include a mesh eye-plate and a foam insert designed for comfort and range of vision.

Accessories are also available, including the Minecraft Sword and Minecraft Pickaxe. The line is available in child sizes 4 to 6, 7 to 8, and 10 to 12 at retailers nationwide.

King Features Announces Licensees for Range Based on Cuphead Video Game

CupHead_Mugman_VinylFigure_King Features announced new licensees to support the retail launch based on the StudioMDHR Cuphead video game. The initial lineup will feature a range of categories including, collectibles, digital products, apparel, and limited-edition art prints.

Funko will feature a full range of Cuphead collectibles, including vinyl toys, plush, apparel, and digital products. The initial launch will feature the collectible vinyl toys and will be revealed in an exclusive New York Comic Con Exclusive 2-Pack release this month. Funko’s plush, apparel and digital products are in development. Read the rest of this entry »

BBC Worldwide, Tiny Rebel Games Partner for New Doctor Who Game

Doctor Who Infinity Tiny Rebel Games Ltd. partnered with BBC Worldwide for Doctor Who Infinity, which will be available on PC on mobile platforms next spring. The new game is funded by Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget and Double Eleven Ltd., and developed in collaboration with Seed Studio.

Doctor Who Infinity builds on the puzzle gameplay of Doctor Who: Legacy and immerses players in comic book style puzzle adventures. Each story-based adventure has its own unique art style and author.

With a soft launch in early Spring, Doctor Who Infinity will initially launch exclusively early next spring, and will be live globally on PC, iTunes, and Google Play late spring.

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