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Cartoon Network, Cryptozoic Entertainment Partner for Rick and Morty: The Pickle Rick Game

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Cryptozoic Entertainment and Cartoon Network Enterprises partnered for a limited release of Rick and Morty: The Pickle Rick Game, which will debut at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

The initial release will be followed by a full retail release this September. Cryptozoic also plans to make a limited quantity of the game available for purchase on its eStore during the summer. The one to two player tabletop game is based on the “Pickle Rick” episode of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. It includes Pickle Rick and Jaguar miniatures and a custom, collectible Pickle Rick game case that measures approximately 12.75 inches tall and holds all of the game’s components.

 

Funko Inc. to Launch FunkO’s Cereal Line

Screen Shot 2018-07-03 at 2.32.48 PMFunko Inc. is launching a new line of cereals called FunkO’s. The cereal line will feature more than 40 characters from pop culture licenses and each cereal box will include a corresponding miniature Pocket Pop! figure. The back panel will feature themed activities, puzzles, and games. Each box will sell for a suggested retail price of $7.99.

The following FunkO’s will debut beginning this summer: Mega Man FunkO’s; Cuphead & Mugman FunkO’s;  Retro Freddy FunkO’s; A Nightmare On Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger FunkO’s; Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorheese FunkO’s; The Lord of the Rings FunkO’s; Cuphead ‘Don’t Deal with the Devil’FunkO’s; IT’s Pennywise FunkO’s; Huckleberry Hound FunkO’s; DC’s Batman FunkO’s; DC’s Batgirl FunkO’s; Beetlejuice FunkO’s, and Cthulhu FunkO’s.

 

 

Amazon to Publish Holiday Toy Catalog

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Following Toys “R” Us closures, Amazon will reportedly publish a holiday toy catalog to corner the open market left by the former Toys “R” Us’ Big Toy Book catalog. The catalogs will be mailed to homes and handed out at Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain Amazon purchased last year.

 

DC Comics Launches DC Universe, Digital Subscription Service

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This fall, DC Comics will launch DC Universe, a digital subscription service that gives subscribers access to exclusive content and experiences. Subscribers can watch all-new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, read a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and gain access to exclusive merchandise.

Additional features include opportunities to connect with others in the DC community, earn premium rewards, and participate in sweepstakes and contests. Beta access sign-ups will open in August, giving members a chance to test the new digital experience and provide feedback on the early version of the service before it goes live this fall. Read the rest of this entry »

GreenLight Collectibles, Bardahl Partner for Die-Cast Vehicles

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GreenLight Collectibles partnered with Bardahl to provide collectors with die-cast geared toward collectors. A collection is in the works of retro Bardahl Bad Guys, a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 427 Mr. Bardahl II, a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle Bardahl #87 Team Fittipaldi, and a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Mr. Bardahl.

LEGO, Volvo Partner for Autonomous Concept Wheel Loader

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Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and LEGO Technic construction partnered with a team of kids to design a futuristic, autonomous construction machine. The LEGO Technic Volvo Concept Wheel Loader Zeux set is the digital prototype for a real autonomous machine, and is scheduled for release in toy stores in August.

With the first self-driving cars already tested on roads, designers at Volvo CE in Sweden and the LEGO Group in Denmark worked to find new ways to increase safety and bring a more human aspect to the artificial intelligence (AI) in big construction machines.

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Party City to Launch Toy City Pop-Up Stores

PartyCity_storeParty City Holdco Inc. will expand its temporary store offerings through the expected piloting of approximately 50 new Toy City pop-up stores. The temporary Toy City sites will launch alongside Halloween City pop-up stores in a variety of locations nationwide. The sites were selected based on optimal location and leasing opportunities.

By co-locating the Toy City pop-ups alongside Halloween City locations, the company will create a concurrent seasonal and toy destination, with an integrated shopping and checkout experience. The Toy City pop-up stores will open in September in conjunction with the Party City’s Halloween City openings, and operate through the holiday season.

Party City will also test an expansion of its online assortment of toy offerings, providing a broader range of toy products to choose from.

This news follows the December 2017 appointment of Jamie Uitdenhowen, previously vice president and general manager of Toys “R” Us Business, as chief merchandising officer at Party City.

Pop Insider Shows Off Geeky Licensed Gifts for Dad on Better CT

Pop Insider Associate Editor Maddie Michalik stopped by Better CT with a load of geeky gift ideas for Father’s Day. From Thor’s hammer that opens into a tool box for the handy dad, to an R2-D2 French Press for the coffee guzzling pop and a Game of Thrones beer brewed for Tyrion Lannister for the HBO daddio. Check out the products below and you might even want to snag a few for yourself.

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Sakar Wheels Into Ride-On Category with Fisher-Price, MGA Entertainment

Sakar_Ride-OnsSakar entered the wheeled goods market with a new line of bikes, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates, wagons, helmets, and protective gear, both licensed and proprietary. The company will begin to launch its new lines at Walmart and other retailers this month. Read the rest of this entry »

Jakks Pacific, Paramount Pictures Partner for Creepy Crawlers Film

Jakks_CreepyCrawlersParamount Players acquired the film rights to Jakks Pacific’s Creepy Crawlers toy brand.

Neal H. Moritz and Marc Gurvitz will produce the film, and Toby Ascher and Stephen Berman will serve as executive producers. Ali Bell and Royce Reeves-Darby will oversee the prpject for Paramount Players,

Production of the film is subject to the conclusion of definitive production agreements among the parties.

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