Mia and the Migoo is the fable-like journey of a young girl who works to overcome her fears while on a quest to find her father and save the world from destruction. The second feature from French animator Jacques-Remy Girerd, Mia’s adventure takes her on a cross-continental journey, through mountains and jungles, in search of her father who has been trapped in a landslide at a construction site on a remote tropical lake. Mia works with the Migoo to find her father and save the Tree of Life. Mia and the Migoo, available this spring and produced by Entertainment One, was created from nearly 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation.
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Summer time brings bug bites, trips to the ice cream truck, and major motion pictures. After all, who doesn’t love to escape the heat and watch a little on-screen action and adventure? And with these movies comes an array of toys for fans of all ages to enjoy. Laurie Schacht, the Toy Insider Mom, took the time to pick out of the best of the blockbuster toys for this summer.
Men In Black 3 Action Figures (Jakks)
Collect your favorite heroes and villains from the third installment of Men In Black. Watch as each accessory transforms into something unexpected for added play value. Agent J comes with a ring accessory that transforms into a Sonic Drifter, while Agent K comes with a ring accessory that transforms into an Alien Orbiter.
• Ages: 4+
• MSRP: small $8.99 and large $14.99
Amazing Spider-Man Set(Mega Bloks)
Build Doctor Connors’s secret laboratory, and recreate battle scenes from the upcoming movie with this 100 piece set. An attachable zip-line makes for real spider-swinging action! Spider-Man in Sewer-Camo suit and Lizard Micro Action figures including.
• Ages: 5+
• MSRP: $29.99
KRE-O Battleship U.S.S Missouri Set (Hasbro)
Man your battle stations on deck of the military’s last defense against the alien invasion, the U.S.S. Missouri, the iconic flagship straight from the Battleship movie! The KRE-O BATTLESHIP line features KREON figures of soldiers and aliens for kids to mimic the action of the film, while providing construction fans with tanks, ships, and helicopters to battle the incoming alien race on sea, land, or in the air! Set includes 545 pieces and five KREON figures.
• Ages: 8+
• MSRP: $69.99
Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Basic Figures (Mattel)
Based on The Dark Knight Rises the basic figure assortment allows fans of all ages to relive favorite scenes from the movie. The articulated figures feature character favorites and accessories suited for any Batman adventure. Collect them all to make Gotham City safe! Each figure sold separately.
• Ages: 4+
• MSRP: $7.99
The Dark Knight Rises Lava Lamp
We have the iconic Lava Lamp with one of america’s favorite superheroes – Batman! Great for tweens, teens, and collectors, the lamp will be available in two different styles this July.
• MSRP:$24.99 – $29.99
Marvel: The Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Figures (Hasbro)
Kids and collectors alike will want to assemble the whole team from The Avengers 3.75-inch Action Figures. These figures are fully articulated, movie accurate, and packed with exciting accessories. See all the core team members in their updated costumes, including Black Widow and new hero Hawkeye! Each figure sold separately.
• Ages: 4+
• MSRP: $7.99
Marevel: The Avengers Hulk Gamma Green Smash Fists (Hasbro)
The popular “Hulk hands” are back! Based on the incredible HULK’s appearance in The, the Gamma Green Smash Fists are two soft foam-rubber wearable fists that let kids smash and crash just like the Hulk!
• Ages: 5+
• MSRP: $19.99
Brave Gem Styling Merida (Mattel)
Gem Styling Merida features iconic elements from the film in fashion play for girls. Dressed in her signature blue gown, Merida comes with a reversible cape that girls can flip over to reveal a sparkly print inspired by the movie. Girls can also decorate her outfit or her long red hair with “gems,” and play out Merida’s love of archery with the included bow and arrow.
• Ages: 3+
• ARP: $20.99
Merida’s Scottish Princess Dress and Merida’s Adventure Dress (Jakks Pacific)
Merida. the newest heroine from Disney•Pixar’s Brave, is an accomplished archer, courageous and headstrong, and determined to carve her own path in life. The perfect rile model for your little princess. Girls can transform into Merida to live out their favorite movie scenes and create their own adventures with the Brave inspired dress up line.
These beautiful dresses are made of velour and satin, intermingled with glitter tulle and gold trim make and girl sparkle and shine!
• Dress: Ages: 3+, MSRP: $19.99
• Wig: Ages: 3+, MSRP: $14.99
• Jewelry: Ages: 3+, MSRP: $9.99
Merida’s Bow and Arrow Set (CDI)
Girls can follow in Merida’s footsteps and become accomplished archers. This set includes a quiver and several soft-sticky arrows perfect for indoor or outdoor play. And with a glow-in-the-dark decorative charm, girls won’t lose their arrows when they go on nighttime adventures!
• Ages: 3+
• MSRP: $17.99
Brave Leapfrog Explorer Game (LeapFrog)
Co-designed with a team of girls, this magical game inspires kids to experiment with physics, deduce answers through trial and error, and make predictions. Children can relive Merida’s courageous adventure while exploring a world of science. Skills: life science, earth science, logic and reasoning
• Ages: 5+
• MSRP: $19.99
Brave the Video Game (Disney Interactive)
Challenge destiny and change your fate! Players can run, jump, and battle their way through the rugged landscape of mythical Scotland. By utilizing their wits and bravery, players will face off against fierce enemies to end a magical curse and save the kingdom.
Play single or with a friend and use sword or bow and arrow as weapons throughout the game. Compete with archery mini-games using Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 Move. DS Game is single player and kids complete quests and adventures and solve mini games and puzzles
• Rating: E-10+
• MSRP: DS & PC – $29.99
• MSRP: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii – $49.99
Did your kids love the Lorax this weekend?
The Lorax is not just an adorable children’s story, it also has a greater message telling children (and adults too!) that we need to care for the environment.
Checkout these free printable stickets and activity pages reminding kids of their new favorite movie and the environmental message it sends-
You can print any of the above Lorax activities and more on HP’s creative studio site
For 11 years kids have been growing up to the tunes of Kidz Bop and this year, Imperial Toy is introducing the official Kidz Bop toy line!
The Toy line is due out in the summer of 2012 and naturally includes many musical instruments, a mic and much more!
While we were at Toy Fair this past week getting our preview of the line, we were lucky enough see an exclusive performance by the Kidz Bop kids. During the performance they sang a number of songs from their new album, Kidz Bop 21 …. and those kids can SING!
Check it out–
Nickelodeon’s all-new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series will premiere in Fall 2012- leaving both parents and kids filled with excitement. This week at Toy Fair, we got a sneak peak at some of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys that are set to debut this year as well.
Playmates Toys, the driving force behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys in the 80′s– is now introducing a new product line for the new series. The 2012 toy line will consist of all-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle basic and deluxe action figures, playsets and vehicles as well as Ninja role-play gear.
Yesterday, Nickelodeon announced a new development slate for the newest addition to the Nickelodeon Family- NickMom.
NickMom will be a prime time comedy block (airing from 9pm-1am) and web site designed specifically for today’s moms. With a mix of talk shows, stand up, sketch comedy, hidden camera, and game shows, this all new mom programming will be debuting late 2012.
Here is a sneak peek at the line up–
NickMom Night Out: (26 episodes) a stand-up comedy series that takes moms out for a night at the comedy club. Featured comedians include Judy Gold, Corey Kahaney, B Phlat and Deena Blizzard, all offering their humorous takes on the joy and pain of parenting.
A hybrid sketch/talk series starring and executive produced by comedian and actress Caroline Rhea and Emily Cohen (Title TBD).
It’s Nighttime with Annabelle Gurwitch – A new breed of talk show that looks at the world through Gurwitch’s unique mom-colored glasses, executive produced by Gurwitch and Elyse Roth (former The Daily Show producer).
The 5th Hour – A scripted comedy show inspired by morning news shows and hosted by mom comics in the roles of the news team. Executive produced by Mad Cow Productions (Madeleine Smithberg, executive producer The Daily Show with John Stewart), Sarah North and Jordan Tilzer (Roar).
The Judi & Kate Show – A real-life, modern-day Laverne and Shirley, these two mom video bloggers have a lot to say, and the worldwide web is listening. The Judi & Kate Show is a show within a show, going inside their world for their own unique take on motherhood. Executive produced by Coolfire Productions (Welcome to Sweetie Pies).
Mommy Double – Because every mom wishes she had a twin helper, we bring in a mommy double to get the job done…or at least try to. Executive produced by Magda Liolis and Eileen Braun (Figure It Out, Bet the House).
Oblivious – A game show contestants don’t know they are on, where unsuspecting moms get the chance to answer trivia for cold hard cash. Executive produced by Scott Stone (Stone and Company, Brain Surge).
My 63 Moms -Completely uneducated about babies, comic and first-time mom Andrea Rosen turns to moms across the country to tell her everything they think she needs to know, and then some. Executive produced by Linda Schaeffer and Barbara Kanowitz Small, with Andrea Rosen.
Road Mamas – This docu-series follows three stand-up comedian moms and eight kids in one RV, where they buckle up for a funny, messy ride. Executive produced by Chris Debeic/Triternal Studios.
What do you think? Will you be tuning in to NickMom when the kids have gone to bed?
Who doesn’t look forward to the great holiday classics that are on TV this time of year? Both kids and parents cannot get enough of them!
Now one holiday favorite, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is available as a game for Nintendo DS and Wii! The game follows Kris’ path to becoming Santa Claus, including being adopted by the toymakers Kringle, meeting and being rescued by the future Mrs. Claus, and acquiring his famed flying reindeer. With a co-op mode that allows Kris’ penguin sidekick, Topper, to join the adventure, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town for Wii is an easy to play and fun game for the whole family.
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is available on DVD (SRP $14.99) and is part of The Original Christmas Classics® gift set (SRP $44.95 Blu-ray, $29.98 DVD) also featuring, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
Alvin and The Chipmunks will be back in theaters December 16th for their 3rd big screen movie, “Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked!” and to go along with this highly anticipated family movie there are some great licensed toys available for the biggest Alvin and the Chipmunk Fans!
Build-A-Bear Workshop®, in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox, has introduced make-your-own Alvin and Brittany plush characters into Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide. Available in two sizes guests can make their very own large size Alvin and Brittany ($23 each), as well as purchase pre-stuffed mini form, all dressed in island apparel of Alvin and the Chipmunks friends Simon, Theodore, Jeanette and Eleanor ($12 each, or $10 each when Guests purchase two or more).
Majesco Entertainment Company has also teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox to bring Chipmunk fans the official Chipwrecked! video game. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is a full-body motion-based dance experience on Kinect for Xbox 360 and Wii™ that is fun for all ages. Players can choose to dance to multiple routines as their favorite ‘Munk (Alvin, Simon, and Theodore) or Chipette (Brittany, Eleanor, and Jeanette), while earning more points if they can dance on the beat. In addition, players who fill their “Munk Power” meter are then able to perform ultra-cool dance moves that electrify the crowd.
Developed by Behaviour Interactive, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked video game is rated E10+ and now available on Kinect for Xbox 360 for a suggested retail price of $39.99, and on Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ for a suggested retail price of $29.99.