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Medicos Sept 2009 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Super Figure Action Part III 9.The World (PVC Figure) PVc

Super Figure Action [JoJo`s Bizarre Adventure] Part III 9.The World (Hirohiko Araki Specify Color) (PVC Figure)
Super Figure Action [JoJo`s <b>Biz</b>arre Adventure] Part III 9.The World (Hirohiko Araki Specify Color) (PVC Figure)
Manufacturer : Medicos Entertainment
Scale : Non
Material : PVC , ABS
Producer : PROGRESS
Series : Super Figure
Original : JoJo`s Bizarre Adventure
Release Date : Late Sep
Regular Price : 3,500 yen  about 36.68 USD 
Posted 7/26/2009
Burger King adds healthier kids meals - Examiner.com
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Burger King adds healthier kids meals
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Burger King has expanded the number of items on its Kids Meal menu that comply with its new nutrition criteria for children. The addition of these three new ...

Posted 7/26/2009
Tips to encourage kids into math- and science-related careers
(ARA) - Some typical answers to the question 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' are: firefighter, princess or an athlete. But when it comes to dream jobs, an overwhelming 85 percent of kids say they are not interested in a future engineering career -- a profession critical to the infrastructure of the country.
Posted 7/26/2009
Pocatello Kids Take Part In Robotics Camp To Hone Their Skills
Even though it's summer time, kids are keeping their minds active and working on toys, well, robots to be exact.
Posted 7/26/2009
Medicom May 2009 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Steel Ball Run RAH Gyro Zeppeli 1/6
Price: 16,800 yen
Series: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Manufacturer: Medicom
Release Date: May 2009
Type: Action Figure
Description: Gyro Zeppeli, the protagonist hero in 'Steel Ball Run,' is one of many participants in the race across America to win the grand prize of 50 million dollars. This excellent 12' action doll offering of Gyro represents the character in impressive 3D detail with his head made of soft vinyl and PVC, and manages to accurately capture his distinctive face and expression! His unique clothing is made of fabric material fitted over a highly articulated body frame, which features numerous joints throughout that allow for displaying him in his stylish signature poses. The mantle has inner wire frames that can be bent to set them as though they're flowing in the wind. Gyro comes with two steel balls that he can wield with the included pair of optional hands, and the steel balls can also be stored in the holder on each side of his waist. A clear figure stand is provided. Please note that the photos shown are of a prototype; the production version may vary.

Posted 7/26/2009
Medicos June 2009 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure- Part III 6.Kakyoin Noriaki

Super Figure Action [JoJo`s <b>Biz</b>arre Adventure] Part III 6.Kakyoin Noriaki (PVC Figure)
Item name : Super Figure Action [JoJo`s Bizarre Adventure] Part III 6.Kakyoin Noriaki (PVC Figure) 
Manufacturer : Medicos Entertainment
Scale : Non
Material : PVC , ABS
Producer : Progress
Series : Super Figure
Original : JoJo`s Bizarre Adventure
Release Date : Mid Jun., 2009
Regular Price : 3,500 yen  about 36.2 USD  26.03 Euros
Posted 6/20/2009
Original Appalachian Artworks June 2009 Nascar Kids

The Georgia Mountains, often referred to as the unofficial birthplace and training ground for top competitors in the first NASCAR races in the late ‘40s, are also the home of the adoptable, world-famous Cabbage Patch Kids® and their creator, Original Appalachian Artworks. The organizations behind the #1 Spectator Sport in the U.S. and America’s top selling nurturing doll have joined forces with leading toymaker JAKKS Pacific to produce NASCAR ‘Kids™, a crop of distinctly designed Cabbage Patch Kids in likenesses celebrating NASCAR’s top drivers.

The first NASCAR ‘Kid to speed to the checkered flag is Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR’s most popular driver debuted his ‘Kid counterpart on QVC Friday, May 22 during QVC’s For Race Fans Only® broadcast. The next NASCAR ‘Kid to hit the road will be NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, who is scheduled to make his appearance in Fall ‘09.

NASCAR ‘Kids, will have the signature birthmark of Xavier Roberts and an authentic birth certificate showing the driver’s actual birth date. The Adoption Fee (SRP) is $45.12.


All NASCAR ‘Kids will be produced and distributed by Cabbage Patch Kids master toy licensee JAKKS Pacific. 4Kids Entertainment represents the Cabbage Patch Kids brand as licensing agent for OAA.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., born Oct. 10, 1974, in Kannapolis, North Carolina, is a third-generation NASCAR driver, following his legendary father and grandfather. The 2009 season is Dale Jr.’s 10th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. He has 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories, including the 2004 Daytona 500 and eight Coors Light pole position awards. Dale Jr. drives for Hendrick Motorsports in the #88 AMP Energy™/National Guard™ Chevrolet. As a race team owner of a NASCAR Nationwide Series team and businessman, Dale Jr. understands the meaning of dedication, perseverance and hard work.Jeff Gordon, born Aug. 4, 1971, in Vallejo, California, is a four-time NASCAR Cup series Champion, three-time Daytona 500 winner, four-time Brickyard 400 winner, three-time champion of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star challenge, fourth on the all-time Coors Light pole award winner’s list and sixth on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win list. Jeff started racing at the age of five, moving to quarter midgets, sprint cars, and then on to stock cars. Gordon drives the No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet. Jeff Gordon has combined much determination, hard work and decades of experience to achieve an unparalleled roster of victories.


About Original Appalachian Artworks
Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc. (OAA), founded in 1978 by Cabbage Patch Kids® creator Xavier Roberts, is a privately held corporation located in Cleveland, Georgia. Owners of the world famous Cabbage Patch Kids brand and home to BabyLand General® Hospital, one of Georgia’s top tourist attractions, OAA also manages a wide range of other projects while continuing to deliver hand-stitched one-of-a-kind, soft-sculpture Cabbage Patch Kids. A new “home place” is being built for the ‘Kids™ waiting to be adopted. Slated to open in 2009, Babyland will be able to accommodate a reunion for “Adoptive Parents” and their families. For more information visit www.Cabbagepatchkids.com.
 
 
Posted 6/20/2009
Medicos March 2009 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Super Action Statue Silver Chariot
Price: 3,500 yen
Series: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Manufacturer: Medicos
Release Date: Mar 2009
Type: Action Figure
Description: The silver Stand to Jean Pierre Polnareff, Silver Chariot receives the action figure treatment with this superb release in Medicos' Super Action Statue series of ultra-detailed and super-poseable figures! Developed under the close supervision of creator Hirohiko Araki, 16cm Stand is sculpted in sharp detail and features incredibly articulated joints throughout, allowing you to recreate his stylish poses and attack moves! This finished figure comes packed with two pairs of optional hands, three swords, and a custom clear display base with flexible stand to assist with dynamic poses.Please note that the photos shown are of a prototype; the production version may vary. Also, figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 6/20/2009
Medicos April 2009 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Super Action Statue J.P. Polnareff
Price: 3,500 yen
Series: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Manufacturer: Medicos
Release Date: Apr 2009
Type: Action Figure
Description: Following the release of Super Action Statue Silver Chariot is none other than the Stand's master himself, Jean Pierre Polnareff! Developed under the close supervision of creator Hirohiko Araki, 16cm Polnareff is sculpted in sharp detail and features incredibly articulated joints throughout, allowing you to recreate his stylish poses and attack moves! This finished figure comes packed with 12 optional hands, two interchangeable heads, and a custom clear display base with flexible stand to assist with dynamic poses.Please note that the photos shown are of a prototype; the production version may vary. Also, figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 6/20/2009
Medicos May 2009 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Super Action Statue Hierophant Green
Price: 3,500 yen
Series: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Manufacturer: Medicos
Release Date: May 2009
Type: Action Figure
Description: Noriaki Kakyoin's long-range Stand, Hierophant Green is another popular character from 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' to receive Medicos' coveted Super Action Statue treatment, and accurately represented from the shiny emerald green finish to the sharp melon texture throughout his body! Developed under the close supervision of creator Hirohiko Araki, 16cm Stand is sculpted in sharp detail and features incredibly articulated joints throughout, allowing you to recreate his stylish poses and attack moves! This finished figure comes packed with six optional hands, three types of onomatopoetic sound effects represented in Japanese text, and a custom clear display base with flexible stand to assist with dynamic poses.Please note that the photos shown are of a prototype; the production version may vary. Also, figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 6/20/2009
Medicos 2008 July Super Figure Art Collection Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Kuujyou Jyoutarou PVc
Super Figure Art Collection Jojo`s <b>Biz</b>arre Adventure Kuujyou Jyoutarou (PVC Figure)
Item name : Super Figure Art Collection Jojo`s Bizarre Adventure Kuujyou Jyoutarou (PVC Figure)
Manufacturer : Medicos Entertainment
Scale : Non
Material : PVC ABS
Producer : Progress
Series : Super Figure Art Collection
Original : Jojo`s Bizarre Adventure
Release Date : Early Jun., 2008
Regular Price : 5,800 yen  about 63.96 USD  45.5 Euros
Posted 7/26/2008
McDonalds 2008 July Kids Urged to Collect Happy Meal Toys for 'The Dark Knight'
Kids Urged to Collect Happy Meal Toys for Film They're Not Supposed to See

LOS ANGELES, CA- Toddlers and pre-tweens are flocking to McDonalds restaurants all over the country scooping up as many Happy Meal toys as they can in advance of next week's premiere of The Dark Knight They're out to collect them all: the caped crusader, the horribly disfigured Joker, the one with two faces, each more nightmare inducing than the next. It's all part of Warner Brothers' brilliant marketing campaign to get very young consumers buzzing with excitement over a film they are technically not supposed to see. So far, the approach appears to be working beautifully.
'It looks so awesome,' said one seven year old upon seeing the trailer during the previews for Kit Kittredge. 'I can't wait until I can't see this movie.' P> As any negligent parent will point out, today's juvenile audiences are far more sophisticated than most adults realize, and it is just this sort of sophistication and jaded inhumanity that McDonalds' new cross-promotional ad campaign seeks to highlight:
Timmy: Peew! Peew! I'm the joker and I died of a possible drug overdose!
Bobby: I really enjoy this film's use of extremely graphic violence as an ironic device. It really makes you think PEEW! PEEW!

Although The Dark Knight is rated PG-13 for violence, menace, and being generally creepy as hell, studio sources say it was nearly slapped with an R until Nolan compromised by dialing back a bit the nudity and implied necrophilia. Not too much blood curdling violence and cinema verité death, just the family friendly amount. At its core The Dark Knight is, likrlike all Batman-related films, essentially a kids movie, following in the tradition of other children's classics like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Faces of Death. And this, say Warner Brothers executives, is why kids can't seem to get enough of it- and why the movie is poised to make $100 million its opening weekend primarily in dimes and quarters.
Posted 7/26/2008
Medicos 2008 June JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Chozou Art Collection: Jotaro Kujo
Price: 5,800 yen
Series: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Manufacturer: Medicos
Release Date: Jun 2008
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: From Part 3 of 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure,' Jotaro Kujo commands the spotlight as the second offering in Medicos' Chozou ('Super Statue') Art Collection series! This sharply detailed and well-shaded statue is made of PVC and ABS, and measures 14cm tall atop a base from which Star Platinum's fists are emerging. Sure to stand out in any collection! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 7/26/2008
Medicos Nov 2007 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Chozou Art Collection: Jonathan Joestar
Price: 9,800 yen
Series: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Manufacturer: Medicos
Release Date: Nov 2007
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: Starting off Medicos' new Chozou (Super Statue) Art Collection series is the very colorful Jonathan Joestar from 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure,' now immortalized in stunning detail as this 25cm PVC and ABS statue! Painted with uncommonly good shading and highlighting effects that bring out the bright colors of his outfit, this gorgeous statue will be the perfect centerpiece display in any 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' fan's collection! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 12/8/2007
McDonald's Nov 2007 Tampered With The Sell-By Date On Salads + Japanese Kids meal Toys

Food Safety in Japan
 
The CEO of MacDonalds Japan found himself making an official apology after it was discovered that 4 franchise chains tampered with the sell-by date on salads. (source)

The boss of the MacDonalds franchise chains said that the salads were going to be thrown away (which was a waste) so they changed the labels to make the products look fresh and were able to sell the stale salads to customers.

This is not the only type of tampering that goes on with food products labels in Japan. In an effort to reduce costs, scrap meat has been labeled as beef, vegetables from China have been labeled as domestic etc etc.
Does tampering of food product labels happen in your region?

BTW, the pictures in this article are of the freebies that come with the kids meal - this time round its PuriCure goodies for the girls and Blue Dragon for the lads.
Food Safety in Japan
 


Posted 12/1/2007
Jakks Nov 2007 Cabbage Patch Kids Launch 25th Anniversary Celebration on QVC(R) - CNNMoney.com
To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of one of the most iconic doll brands of all time, Play Along(R), a division of JAKKS Pacific, Inc. , is scheduled to launch its Premiere Edition Cabbage Patch Kids(R) Celebration Baby on QVC(R) starting at midnight on Monday, December 3.
The beautiful new Celebration Baby, which comes with a special Carvel(R)-branded ice cream cone, was created especially for QVC to begin a year-long celebration of the brand's silver anniversary. The Celebration Baby will be available throughout the day -- while supplies last.
'For the past five years, every new Cabbage Patch Kids doll in our line has been introduced on QVC with record-breaking success,' said David Gold, VP of marketing, Play Along. 'We're thrilled to work with QVC once again on our biggest initiative together to date and to offer QVC viewers the first keepsake from the Cabbage Patch Kids 25th Anniversary collection.'
Rich Yoegel, director of home merchandising for QVC, added, 'We are excited to be celebrating this tremendous milestone with Play Along and the QVC viewers. Our shoppers have embraced the Cabbage Patch Kids collection for years and have made it one of our most successful toy brands. We look forward to many more years as the shopping destination for the newest Cabbage Patch Kids.'
The Premiere Edition Cabbage Patch Kids Celebration Babies are adorned in birthday party attire and come with a special Carvel ice cream cone that they can 'really' lick! When the ice cream sprinkles get all over their face, the special washcloth wipes them clean again. Every Celebration Baby is 'One of a Kind' and comes with two extra fashions, a unique name, birth certificate and adoption papers.
'Carvel Ice Cream was founded in 1934, so it seems appropriate that two long-time beloved brands would come together for this milestone celebration,' said Carvel President Gary Bales. 'The young and young-at-heart will enjoy this special edition doll now and for another 25 years to come.'
About Original Appalachian Artworks
Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc., (OAA) owner of the Cabbage Patch Kids brand, was founded in 1978 by Cabbage Patch Kids creator, Xavier Roberts. It is a privately held corporation located in Cleveland, Georgia. Headquarters to the world famous Cabbage Patch Kids brand and home to BabyLand General(R) Hospital, one of Georgia's top tourist attractions. OAA manages a wide range of other projects while continuing to deliver hand-stitched, one-of-a-kind, soft-sculpture Cabbage Patch Kids. For more information, visit http://www.cabbagepatchkids.com.
Posted 12/1/2007
Medicos Entertainment Dec 2007 Jojo`s Bizarre Adventure - Jonathan Joester Hirohiko Araki Supervision Special Color Ver. PVC
Jonathan Joester Hirohiko Araki Supervision Special Color Ver. (Completed Figure)
Item name : Jonathan Joester Hirohiko Araki Supervision Special Color Ver. (Completed Figure)
Manufacturer : Medicos Entertainment
Scale : Non
Material : PVC ABS
Producer : *Urabe Katsumi Zokei Kobo
Original : Jojo`s Bizarre Adventure
Release Date : Late Dec
Regular Price : 9,800 yen
Posted 11/17/2007
Nov 2007 Forces unite to get kids toys
photo Members of the Marine Corps drop off donated toys during the 2005 toy drive. This year, the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps is teaming up with The Salvation Army in Cathedral City to help distribute the toys in the Coachella Valley.
For 60 years the Marine Corps has collected and donated toys for children in need during the holidays.
Through the Toys for Tots program, it accepts new, unwrapped toys for children up to 18 years old and distributes them around Christmastime.
This year, the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base is teaming up with The Salvation Army in Cathedral City to help distribute the toys in the Coachella Valley.
'We are going to be able to reach more needy families than ever before,' said Maj. Brian Manifor, who is running the program for Twentynine Palms this year. 'We are both really excited.'
It's a partnership that Capt. Jessica Doria of The Salvation Army has seen work successfully in other areas.
'Our motivation was to better serve these agencies and bring some relief to the Toys for Tots people,' Doria said. 'We can meet the needs of the community and serve the people better.'
To get toys to distribute, Coachella Valley nonprofits should contact The Salvation Army.
'We can really expand outreach,' Manifor said.
The best toy donations include sporting goods; toy airplanes, boats or cars; dolls; board games, books, bicycles, scooters, puzzles, models and small electronics, according to the program's Web site, toysfortots.org.
Organizers discourage donating stuffed animals, as they are hard to keep clean, and will not accept toy guns, knives, bows and arrows, whips or handcuffs.
Toys for Tots does collect monetary donations, which are used to buy toys for youth in age and gender groups that do not get many donations.
Donations are sometimes scarce for teenage children and infants, Manifor said.
Posted 11/17/2007
Nov 2007 Relax And Make Some Wood Toys For Needy Kids!
MERRILLVILLE | It can be slow, painstaking work but members of the Northwest Indiana Woodworkers Association make toys at Christmas for the joy of it and for the pleasure it brings on the faces of toddlers.

The association met Thursday night at Pierce Middle School, and brought more than 1,000 wooden toys that were made by members and displayed atop tables and chairs in the school's cafeteria. Members were beginning the task of boxing up the toys.

Each year, the association makes and distributes the toys to 15 organizations throughout Northwest Indiana which, in turn, distribute the toys to needy children.

Emery 'Skip' Brazil and his wife, Claudia, of Valparaiso, said the toys are generally made individually, then woodworkers come together and invite friends to help sand, paint or varnish.

Skip Brazil said most of the work is done by hand, but this year the group also bought more than 4,000 wheels. Brazil, who has a woodshop attached to his house, said they spend plenty of time using a scroll saw, sanders or a drill press to put the toys together.

He pointed to a brightly painted circus train, which he said takes hours to put together because each piece has to be cut individually.

Tables were loaded with all kinds of long-lasting, wooden toys, including airplanes, a soft pink cradle holding a baby doll with handmade blankets, a John Deere farm tractor and wagon, and a crayon tote filled with crayons and coloring books.

Claudia Brazil said the work is a 'good fit' for the couple, which has been woodworking for 20 years and serve as co-chairmen of the organization's toy committee.

David and Marcie White, of Cedar Lake, who are president and vice president, respectively, said there are about five women in the association.

Marcie White, a surgical nurse at St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers in Dyer, said the work also is relaxing.
Posted 11/17/2007
Japan Nov 2007 Toys aren't just for kids anymore in Japan - Canada.com

Toys aren't just for kids anymore in Japan
Canada.com, Canada -

TOKYO (Reuters) - Hideaki Asada bought his second radio-controlled helicopter in two months last week. The first one broke after his 8-year-old son, Keito, crashed the toy during landing.
'This one is just for me. Keito has shown he can't be trusted yet,' said Asada, 39. Dad likes to fly the 15-centimetre (6-inch) chopper at night, after a long day in the accounting division in an IT consulting company.
'It has a searchlight,' he said.

With rotor blades that whir with a flick of a switch, it can hover, veer right or left and stay in the air for two hours. Asada's chopper, made by Taiyo Kogyo Co Ltd <7449.Q>, is one of several now on market, at prices that range from about 4,000 yen to under 10,000 yen ($35 to $87).
As the population ages and video games provide stiff competition, this holiday season Japanese toymakers are targeting adults like Asada with a line-up of toys that play to their childhood nostalgia as well as their love of high-tech.
CCP Co Ltd, a unit of toymaker Bandai Co Ltd and supplier of radio-controlled choppers to U.S. toymakers, plans to equip their latest models with infrared rays to fly combat missions, retailers said.
'That's going to be big. Already there are weekends when we run out of stock of the newest models,' said Manabu Kamamura, who works in the toy section of Yodobashi Camera Co in Tokyo's Akihabara district, which has a cluster of electronics stores.
The customers are usually men, ranging in age from late 20s to 50s, Kamamura said.
With the birth rate declining in Japan, toymakers are hoping to gain new revenue from grown-ups, by offering realistic miniatures that make full use of cheaper and smaller motors, chips, sensors and batteries.
Lower prices for components mean that even robots are becoming affordable for the holidays.
Toymaker Takara Tomy last month released its new i-SOBOT, which comes with a camera, gripping hands, 17 servo motors and a gyro sensor for automatic balance. Its 31,290 yen ($272) price is less than one-third of the price of its Omnibot 2000 of the mid-1980s. Tomy targets 50,000 unit sales in Japan and abroad.
Consumers can also buy a kit and build their own robot, for a fraction of the price from five years ago.
'You can build a robot for less than 100,000 yen ($870) now that can stand up, walk, do push-ups, back flips and dance,' said Yamato Goto, spokesman at Tsukumo Robot Kingdom, a Tokyo retailer that specializes in robots. More people in their 30s to 50s are buying kits such as those made by Kondo Kagaku, he said.
'In a genre where sales of even 100 units are a huge hit, we've sold about 3,000 kits in the two years since they've come out,' Goto said.
Posted 11/9/2007
Burger King Oct 2007 There's A Viva Piñata Party In Your BK Kids Meal - Kotaku.com
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Posted 10/18/2007
Jakks Pacific Oct 2007 Signs Master Toy License for Discovery Kids - CNNMoney.com

MALIBU, Calif., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JAKKS Pacific, Inc. announced today that it has signed a worldwide master toy license agreement with Discovery Communications, through Discovery Kids licensing agent Big Tent Entertainment, to create toys and related products based on the Discovery Kids(R) brand.
Under the agreement, JAKKS(TM) plans to launch products that encompass the Discovery Kids' brand values which inspire children to learn and interact with the world around them. JAKKS has the rights to sell its Discovery Kids line for the first time at major mass market retailers, and expects to ship the line to retail for Fall 2008. The agreement includes activity sets, science kits, kids' microscopes, role-play sets, arts and crafts, electronic learning aids, Plug it in & Play TV Games(TM) interactive toys, outdoor/seasonal products, radio controlled vehicles, puzzles and more.
The Discovery Kids Channel is highly acclaimed by critics, highly regarded by families, and has received over 100 awards since 2004, including seventeen Daytime Emmy Nominations and eight Parents' Choice Awards in 2007.
'Families trust Discovery Kids programming and products, with parents viewing them as inspirational and educational, and children viewing them as interesting, exciting and cool,' said Jack Friedman, Chairman and CEO, JAKKS Pacific. 'We are working to make the products unique and engaging to deliver toys and play accessories that are both smart AND fun! We want to help kids and parents learn how to explore the fascinating world around them.'
'We are thrilled to partner with JAKKS Pacific to bring children the top quality Discovery Kids brand definitional products that help kids satisfy their natural curiosity and engage with their world,' said Marjorie Kaplan, President and General Manager, Animal Planet and Discovery Kids Media. 'We believe JAKKS' mass market line will be a whole lot of fun and help reinforce our brand's values to kids everywhere.'
About Discovery Kids
The Discovery Kids Channel lets kids of all ages explore their world from their point of view. This 24-hour digital cable channel, reaching more than 57 million households throughout the U.S., provides entertaining, engaging, and high-quality real-world programming that kids enjoy and parents trust. Every day, kids can learn about science, adventure, exploration and natural history through documentaries, reality shows, scripted dramas and animated stories. With multiple Emmys as well as awards for quality children's television, Discovery Kids is committed to satisfying kids' natural curiosity about ... well ... everything.
Posted 10/18/2007
Jakks Pacific Oct 2007 named master toy licensee for SpongeBob SquarePants - Kids Today

Jakks Pacific has been named master toy licensee for the SpongeBob SquarePants property, owned by Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products. The deal was announced at last week’s American International Fall Toy Show in Dallas.
Under the agreement, Jakks Pacific’s initial launch will include a collectible micro figure program and plush toys based on characters from the popular animated series. Other products include play sets, preschool toys, electronics, water toys and novelty items. The line is scheduled to launch in 2008.
As it approaches its 10th anniversary, the SpongeBob SquarePants property, which made its debut in 1999, has pulled in more than $6.3 billion in retail sales.
“Jakks has been developing creative product lines for Nickelodeon for many years and we’re excited to add SpongeBob, a multi billion dollar brand and a consumer favorite to Jakk’s Nickelodeon portfolio,” said Leigh Anne Brodsky, president of Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products
Posted 10/18/2007
Disney Sept 2007 Family Fun Karito Kids World Collection - #1 Means The Same Thing In Any Language
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Whether you say it in English (number one!), Chinese (shu ma yi!), Swahili (hesabu moja!), Spanish (numero uno!) or Italian (novero una!) it all translates the same way: The best of the best. Of course, these five languages are how the dolls who make up the Karito Kids World Collection® would say it. That's because this brand new and totally unique line of dolls and books is completely international.
Source: KidsGive, LLC
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It is a testament to the high-quality of Karito Kids World Collection that they made the 16th annual FamilyFun Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Awards list in their flagship year. But it's even more impressive that after extensive testing of more than 200 toys - by invitation only - Karito Kids was crowned with the #1 spot. According to parent company KidsGive co-founder, Laura Rangel, 'We are so absolutely thrilled around here you have no idea. This company and product began as a dream from my business partner, Lisa and I, so to see it become a reality is phenomenal. Now add this amazing award and we are overjoyed.'
Published by Disney Publishing Worldwide, FamilyFun is the nation's largest magazine targeting families with children ages 3 to 12 years old, with a rate base of 2 million and an audience of 4.8 million. Here's why FamilyFun awarded Karito Kids with the Toy of the Year Award, as described in the November issue, which hits newsstands October 9th:
Karito Kids Dolls
Number 1 Toy of the Year
Recommended Ages: 6 and up
Price: $99.99
'Our testers were instantly drawn to the beautiful true-to-life faces of the Karito Kids World Collection -- stylish yet sweet girls from China, Italy, Kenya, the United States, and Mexico. But once they read about each 21-inch-tall doll, her country, and her particular passion (soccer, fashion, panda bears) in the included adventure books, they were truly smitten. A bonus: 'tweens can go online to direct 3 percent of their doll's retail price to a children's charity.'
Posted 10/18/2007
Bandai Sept 2007 PC Key to Block Access to Harmful Sites for Kids - Japan Corporate News
Tokyo, Sept 3, 2007 (Jiji Press) - Bandai Co. and Buffalo Inc. said Monday they will launch on Sept. 14 a personal computer accessory designed to block access to harmful Internet sites by children.

The product, 'PASOKON Kids Key,' comes in a shape of a 9-centimeter-long key that can be inserted in a PC through the universal serial bus slot.

When inserted, the UBS key automatically changes the PC screen to child mode, allowing users to connect to the Internet only through a portal site designed especially for children, with access restricted to sites suitable for viewing by children.

The product, which also helps limit children's browsing time, is expected to sell for 3,480 yen.

Bandai, a toy-making arm of Namco Bandai Holdings Inc. <7832>, and Buffalo, a major USB flash memory maker, aim to sell 200,000 units by the end of March, the companies said.
Posted 9/10/2007
Sept 2007 Number of Kids Hurt by Dangerous Products More than Doubles - Consumer Affairs
A new study finds that the number of children injured by products recalled for fire- and burn-related hazards more than doubled in the last five years, in comparison with the preceding decade. The study, conducted by the nonprofit organization Kids in Danger (KID), examined the 40 children’s products recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the last five years for risk of fire and burns, and analyzed the recall process and its participants. “The fact that 40 products were recalled in the last year, compared to 42 products in the ten years before that means that somewhere along the way, children’s product safety is getting sacrificed,” Emma Rosenberg, the report’s author said. “Technological advancements should correlate with a decrease in injuries and a decrease in recalls, not the opposite.” The report found that products were recalled for electrical failure, battery failure, flammability, and exposed heat surface/substance. A total of 5,400,014 units were recalled.

Easy-Bake

While the report found that the majority of the products, nearly 60%, were recalled due to battery and electrical failure, the product which caused the most injuries and had the second largest recall was Hasbro Inc.’s Easy-Bake Oven, whose hazard was an exposed heat surface. In redesigning the decades-old design that relied on a light bulb, the new Easy-Bake Oven had metal inside of the oven that children could access through the front opening. ”While recent recalls of products contaminated with lead have focused attention on the manufacturing process and imports, this recall shows that faulty design contributes as well to injuries,” said Nancy Cowles, executive director of KID. Some of the most hazardous products recalled included:

• 1,000,000 units of Hasbro Inc.’s Easy-Bake Oven, responsible for 82 burns, one so severe as to require the amputation of a five-year-old’s finger,

• 180,000 units of Creative Innovation and Sourcing LLC’s radio- control Pro-Flying Saucer, responsible for burning 7 children,

• 233,000 units of Fisher-Price’s Crib Mobile Toy, responsible for dripping battery acid on six infants, chemically burning them. Other findings of the report include:

• Elkton Sparkler Inc. had the largest recall at 1,700,000 units of Bamboo Stick Sparklers.

• Thirty percent of the products recalled failed to pass the Federal Flammable Fabrics Act; all were articles of clothing.

Big contributor

Two manufacturers were responsible for four of the forty recalls in one year alone. In February 2006 Creative Innovations and Sources LLC recalled 8,000 of its Thunder Spin R.C. Road Rage Stunt Machine Trucks. Over a month later, it recalled 180,000 radio- controlled Pro Flying Saucers. Spin Master Toys waited even longer between recalls: nearly three months between recalling 7,500 radio- controlled airplanes and 46,200 remote-controlled helicopters.
Posted 9/2/2007
Kmart Aug 2007 More dolls look like the kids holding them

Bolstered by the success of Nickelodeon's popular bilingual children's character Dora the Explorer and the spending power of the nation's growing minority population, toy retailers across the country are filling their shelves with dolls whose skin colors and facial features reflect the kids who play with them.
Although black and Hispanic dolls have been around for decades, the newer versions try harder at authenticity, rather than simply tinting hair and skin from 'white' doll molds.
Now, discount retailer Kmart hopes to cash in on a growing appetite for ethnic toys among minority consumers, and their rising spending power. It's launching its own initiative this month, putting dozens of multicultural dolls on shelves in each of its 1,400 stores.
Although other retailers are stocking more multicultural dolls, Kmart claims it's the first mass-market retailer to have such a wide selection available in every store.
When the rollout is completed next week, Kmart stores will sell nearly four dozen types of ethnic dolls - a nearly fourfold increase from what's currently available. The dolls are flanked by an advertising campaign in the store's circulars and designed to appeal to black, Hispanic and Asian parents.
'We needed to be relevant to them,' said Philipp Elliott, a toy merchandise manager at Kmart, a subsidiary of Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp.
Becoming relevant to minority shoppers can reap big benefits. About one in three Americans is a minority, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Between 2006 and 2011, the spending power of the country's blacks, Asians, Native Americans and multiracial shoppers is expected to grow 38 percent, to $1.9 trillion. Meanwhile Hispanic buying power alone is projected to grow a formidable 48 percent, to almost $1.2 trillion, according to data from the University of Georgia's Selig Center for Economic Growth.
By 2050, minorities will account for half of U.S. residents, the Census Bureau forecasts.
Kmart executives hope the doll campaign will bring renewed foot traffic to their stores, which saw sales revenue fall 2.3 percent last year. Last month, Sears warned second-quarter earnings will likely fall well below expectations because of more disappointing sales at Kmart and its sister Sears stores.
Posted 8/19/2007
DC Direct Aug 2007 Wizard World Convention - 13" Deluxe Green Arrow & Bizarro Figures

Here is a look at two upcoming 13' Deluxe figures from DC Direct. Green Arrow and Bizarro. Both were on display at the DC Direct booth at the Wizard World Chicago convention.

 
Posted 8/11/2007
Hasbro Aug 2007 HPG Sends Kids Back-to-School Sporting Hasbro’s Hottest Toy Brands

HPG Sends Kids Back-to-School Sporting Hasbro’s Hottest Toy Brands

Save a Seat on the Bus for OPTIMUS PRIME and Jam Your Backpack with all Your Favorites from LITTLEST PET SHOP

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HPG, the licensing division of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), is rolling out a powerful back-to-school lineup this year with dozens of products based on some of the hottest toy brands for boys and girls, including TRANSFORMERS and LITTLEST PET SHOP. Young students will be able to wear, write on, and carry products that reflect their favorite toy characters that will be available in the form of t-shirts, accessories, lunch bags, backpacks, notebooks and pens/pencils.
TRANSFORMERS, the globally popular toy franchise, is also one of this summer’s blockbuster movie hits, and LITTLEST PET SHOP, a line of cute and collectible pets, is the fastest growing girls' brand in the toy industry.
“Our back-to-school items deliver on two fronts this year – they are fun and hip for kids and hold practical appeal for mom,” said Bryony Bouyer, senior vice president of marketing at HPG. “We have teamed up with premier licensees such as Mead Westvaco, Steve & Barry’s and FAB Starpoint to bring to market high quality items that cast popular Hasbro brands in a stylish, cool light that resonates with boys and girls from kindergarten through high school.”
Hasbro’s back-to-school lineup has something for every student who is a TRANSFORMERS or LITTLEST PET SHOP fan.
LITTLEST PET SHOP:
Graphic t-shirts from Fortune Fashions
Notebooks, folders and journals from FAB Starpoint
Backpacks and bags from FAB Starpoint
Novelty pens from Stylus
TRANSFORMERS:
Graphic t-shirts from Extreme Concepts
Tops and bottoms from Kids Headquarters
Learning activity center from Kid Designs
Footwear from Elan Polo
Underwear from Fruit of the Loom
Notebooks, portfolios, binders, pencil pouches from Mead Westvaco
Backpacks and lunch bags from Accessory Network
Radio control pens available exclusively at Radio Shack
Key chains and backpack clip-on accessories from Basic Fun
Hasbro-branded back-to-school items can be found in retail stores nationwide, such as Wal-Mart, Target, ToysRUs, Kohl’s, Steve & Barry’s, Claire’s and many other retailers.
ABOUT HPG
HPG, the licensing division of Hasbro, Inc., (NYSE:HAS), translates one of the industry's richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun and excitement for children and adults globally. Through a host of publishing, digital media, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPG is able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expand Hasbro's core brands, such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE, TONKA and PLAYSKOOL.
Posted 8/11/2007
Medicos Entertainment Nov 2007 Jojo`s Bizarre Adventure - Jonathan Joester Bust PVC
Jonathan Joester (Completed Figure)
Item name : Jonathan Joester (Completed Figure)
Manufacturer : Medicos Entertainment
Scale : Non
Material : PVC ABS
Original : Jojo`s Bizarre Adventure
Release Date : Mid Nov
Regular Price : 9,800 yen
Posted 7/21/2007
WowWee July 2007 Roboquad Toy Robot Fun for Kids

The colors are familiar and there's a telltale Robosapien logo on the chest, but WowWee's new Roboquad looks unlike any toy or robot you've seen before.
With four 'legs,' a body like a 1970s airport terminal and a longish neck topped off with a flat head, it's more crustacean than automaton.
More than any robot toy WowWee's produced before, the Roboquad defies description.
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It's 14 inches tall, weighs roughly 3 pounds, and comes, like all other WowWee toys, with a remote control that lets you control movement and, to an extent, mood.
The Roboquad operates in four different 'personalities': default, Activity, Aggression and Awareness; each of these can be set at different levels.
There is also an Autonomy mode, which allows Roboquad to roam freely and interact with its environment. Each setting affects how the robot walks, sounds, looks around, and reacts to stimuli.
Posted 7/15/2007
RC2 Corp July 2007 Suit targets makers of Thomas train toys - Bizjournals.com

A Birmingham law firm is suing the maker of Thomas train toys in a class-action lawsuit claiming RC2 Corp. in Illinois committed negligence and fraud for selling toys that were made with lead paint by a factory in China.
The firm Whatley, Drake & Kallas LLC filed the suit for an Alabama mother of two children who is seeking regular medical monitoring for her six year old and toddler - and other children who played with the toys - to 'detect and prevent serious physical harm associated with lead poisoning.'
RC2 Corp. recalled various Thomas & Friends wooden railway toys June 13 after discovering a lead-based paint was used. The company, in a news release, said they understood their customers' concerns and were 'dedicated to safeguarding your children and that trust.' The company also planned to conduct an investigation to review how it happened and prevent a future problem.
RC2 said it determined the surface paints on the recalled products, which were made from Jan. 1, 2005 until the June 13 recall, did contain lead, which it added 'is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.' The company urged consumers to 'take the recalled toys away from young children immediately.'
RC2, based in Oak Brook, Ill., estimated about 1.5 million railway toys made in a factory in Dongguan City, China, have been contaminated. The company distributes to about 25,000 retail stores, including Toys 'R' Us and Wal-Mart.
Posted 7/5/2007
McDonald's July 2007 Sicko Happy Meal Toys A Big Hit With Kids

‘SICKO’ HAPPY MEAL TOYS A BIG HIT WITH KIDS


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Hollywood — McDonald’s on Monday reported that sales have skyrocketed since action figures from “Sicko,” the new Michael Moore film assailing the U.S. health care system, were included in Happy Meals. Children have been forcing their parents to make repeat trips to try to collect all 10 action figures from the popular documentary.

“My favorite toy from ‘Sicko’ is Tarsha Harris,” said five year-old Evan Sotan. “Tarsha was denied coverage by her HMO because she once had a yeast infection. The action figure looks just like the real lady in the movie.”
“Did you know that the United States has sunk to No. 37 on the World Health Organization’s ranking of health systems?” asked six year-old customer Dana Herlow as she opened her Happy Meal to find the Linda Peeno action figure, a former medical reviewer for Humana featured in the film. The figure’s right arm moves up and down and can stamp the word “denied” on small pieces of paper that say “insurance claims.”
Many observers were surprised to see Moore partner with a huge corporation like McDonalds. But the filmmaker said it was necessary to spread his message beyond his core fans.
“I can reach out to my liberal audience pretty well, but I need to connect with the next generation,” Moore told Dateline Hollywood. “If children can learn about the complexities and deficiencies of our healthcare system, then there’s a good chance they will play a role later in life in changing healthcare in this country. Plus, as part of the agreement, I get free Big Macs for life.”
One of the most popular figures in the Happy Meal collection is John Graham, an EMT and rescue technician who was on the job on Sept. 11, 2001. His private health insurance did not cover illnesses he says resulted from months of 9/11 recovery work.
“My son loves the Graham toy,” said librarian and mother Heather Collette. “He is always playing with the little oxygen tank that lets John Graham breathe.”
“Graham is my favorite,” confirmed Collette’s seven year-old son Trevor. “Graham has esophageal burns from his work at ground zero. If you push the button on his back, the toy coughs up phlegm. It isn’t really phlegm but a yummy Vanilla milkshake.”
The most popular action figure in the Happy Meal is Michael Moore, which is the toughest one to find.
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“We didn’t make too many Michael Moores because they are four times the size of the other action figures which meant a lot more plastic in the toy making process,” explained Derek Crowley, a spokesman for McDonald’s.
The Michael Moore figure comes with its own wicker chair that collapses whenever the character sits on it. Kids can then snap the chair back together again, making for hours of fun.
Posted 7/5/2007
Wilton Historical Society May 2007 ‘Made In Connecticut: Toys For American Kids'
Toys originally made to entertain and educate boys and girls are now the 'toys' of collectors, with values that would astonish the original maker. The Wilton Historical Society's current exhibit, 'Made In Connecticut: Toys For American Kids,' on view at the Wilton Heritage Museum until July 15, 2007, is designed to entertain the collector and to educate those interested in what American kids played with before plastics and electronics.

Conversations with the collectors and the opportunity for 'show & tell' and identification of toys brought in will take place at the museum on June 24 and July 1.
'In early America, most children had to make do with playthings made of material close at hand,' said Marilyn Gould, museum director. 'While the few wealthy families brought to the new world fashionable dolls, stylish dollhouses, silver rattles, hobby horses and toy soldiers, the vast majority of children had the simplest of toys, made at home. Entertainment was not the primary goal, for most 'toys' had the aim of educating and enforcing gender roles and differences.'
In the mid-Nineteenth Century, American toymaking, spurred by the industrialization that occurred in the towns of central Connecticut, served as the breeding ground for the concept of mass production and standardization and forever changed America, making goods affordable for middle class families.
Ives mechanical firehouse and pumper.
Ives mechanical firehouse and pumper.
The Wilton exhibit begins with a selection of Connecticut-made clocks and tinware. Eli Terry has been called the man who transformed clockmaking from hand craftsmanship to a fledgling factory system, mass-producing products with interchangeable parts. Terry was an innovative pioneer in the development of less expensive shelf clocks for the middle class. Brass movements truly democratized clock ownership and then were used to mechanize toys.

Clockwork toys included in the exhibition illustrate the relationship between clockmaking, the tin business and the fledgling domestic toy industry. A clock by George Brown serves as a catalyst for this progression. A clockmaker from 1845 to 1855, Brown turned to his first love, toys, about 1855. He is credited with manufacturing the first clockwork toy train in America in 1856.
Brown's tin toys are among the most admired today. Three of his original watercolor sketches, along with the toys they represent, are included in the exhibition. Other Connecticut toymakers, Merriam and Hull & Stafford, also made similar painted tin toys in the 1870s and 1880s. Precise attribution is difficult today, but the large assemblage displayed is especially charming.
Brown and Elisha Stevens joined forces for more than a decade, creating iconic toys highly valued today such as the clockwork 'perambulators.' Also of interest in the exhibit are the three rare 'walking dolls' patented by Enoch Rice Morrison in 1856.
Posted 5/12/2007
Toy Biz 2007 Spider-Man toys and profits

Master toy licensee Toy Biz alone did $100 million in wholesale business with movie-related playthings for the 2002 first Spider-Man flick, then $175 million with toy tie-ins to 2004's 'Spider-Man 2.'
Even bigger things are expected with the merchandise for 'Spider-Man 3' to match the film's lavish production (rumored cost: almost $300 million) and pumped-up drama.
This time, our superhero is almost overmatched by arch rivals Venom and the shape-shifting Sandman. And Peter/Spidey also suffers internal ego struggles between his traditional red-suited self and a new, cockier, black-garbed persona.
Let's turn our bug-eyed glare on some of the coolest new Spidey-themed gizmos - the webs gadget-makers have spun to entangle us in the action and let us grab a bite of the Spider-Man.
THIS SPUD'S FOR YOU: Hasbro has taken over as master toy licensee for the Spider-Man franchise (a contract that cost them $205 million). So you better believe the toy maker will be working the franchise every way but loose - from a 'Spider-Man 3'-themed Nerf football (at least the webbing adds grip) to a 'Spider-Man 3' edition of Monopoly.
Even Hasbro/Playskool's iconic Mr. Potato Head has been made over in webbed garb as Spider-Man & Friends Spider Spud ($9.99), with the usual mix-'n'-match fun of ears, eyes, nose and glasses that turn him from super spud to mild-mannered Peter Parker Potato.
I'll bet half the people who buy this goofy toy never take it out of the package - it's cuter and lots more collectible that way.
Ditto for Spi-Dog, $34.99 from Hasbro-brand Tiger Electronics, a version of the i-Dog Interactive music companion that was such a big hit last holiday season, now in a red-webbed plastic skin.
The dog still moves and grooves, lighting up and barking music (through a small, built-in speaker) when he's connected to an iPod or any other music player. Spi-Dog will surely dress up your desk, but be sure to keep him on a short leash.
PUMPED UP: I wasn't able to soar from building to building, but this product tester did have fun decorating the neighborhood with arachnid-like constructions using the 'Spider-Man 3' Deluxe Spinning Web Blaster ($24.99).
Intended to be strapped to the wrists of those age 5 and up, the motorized, battery-operated toy spits out spirals of water or quick-hardening web fluid that looks suspiciously like Silly String.
Hasbro will clean up (and so will you) if this plaything catches on big, as refills cost $5.99 a cannister.
SNOOZE PATROL: Even tiny tots can get bitten by the bug. Cuddly Super Pal Spider-Man ($29.99, for ages 18 months to 3 years) has a dual nature, controlled by mom or dad. During the daytime, he'll say fun phrases when you press his chest and make web slinging sounds when his hand is squeezed. When it's bedtime, switch him to nighttime mode, pull out his web blankie (!) and the little guy will quiet down and 'fall asleep' within a minute as he cuddles with your kid.
Posted 5/5/2007
Toy Biz 2006 Marvel Legends - The Wasp Red Variant - Comic Book Bin

The Wasp Red Variant
Comic Book Bin, Canada -
Toy biz decided to follow suit and create three different versions of the Wasp for collectors to own. The standard version is the one that sports her ...
Posted 5/5/2007
Fisher-Price 2007 NASCAR 'cars' for kids

Who would buy a race car that goes 5 mph? Fisher-Price believes a lot of parents will.
The toy company is in the final stages of negotiations to acquire a NASCAR license to produce battery-operated race cars for children.
Beginning in May, Fisher-Price expects to have the cars, produced under its line of 'Power Wheels,' available at retail for a suggested price of about $220 each. The mini-vehicles with engine sound effects will normally feature two gears to achieve speeds of 2.5 or 5 mph, plus reverse.
A 12-volt battery and charger will be included, and the car is recommended for children ages 3 and up.
Initial plans call for Fisher-Price to create cars with the authentic look of those driven by Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Distribution will include most of the major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Kmart, Toys 'R' Us and others.
'From a kid's perspective, this is about the fantasy of becoming the driver and role-playing,' said Chris Pardi, director of marketing for Fisher-Price's line of 'Power Wheels.'
'When you look at our battery-operated ride-ons, NASCAR seemed like a logical move for us. When you look at NASCAR's demographics and the strength and growth of the brand, it's a very desirable license.'
Pardi said he thought this was the first time Fisher-Price had acquired a license from a pro sports league or series, although it does produce football and basketball games under the ESPN brand.
In addition to the 'Power Wheels,' Fisher-Price is working to obtain a license to create 'Shake 'n Go' cars with authentic NASCAR looks. These hand-held cars for preschoolers are designed to be shaken by the child; the more it shakes, the faster it goes.
Terms of Fisher-Price's license were not available.
Posted 4/7/2007
Movie Burger King Kids' Meal Toys Images
An eBay auction has popped up on the world wide web from '23bountyhunter' for Burger King's kids' meal toys for the upcoming 'Transformers' movie. Four of the figures are in vehicle mode, four are in robot mode, totalling up to eight figures. The vehicle mode figures are Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Ratchet, and Blackout (listed by its codename 'Incinerator' in the auction) while the robot mode figures are Megatron, Starscream, Bumblebee, and Scorponok. Check them out in the gallery.
Posted 4/7/2007
Toy Biz 2007 Fantastic Four movie toys - Action Figures Series 5 and 6

TOY BIZ FANTASTIC FOUR MOVIE FIGURES
Get ready to see some more Fantastic Four movie figures on shelves soon…from Toy Biz. You see, wave 5 and 6 of Toy Biz’s movie line were only released internationally and only a handful ever made it back to the states on the secondary market. Of particular interest are the two new characters in those waves (neither of which were actually in the movie): Smash Attack Doombot and Flying Annihilus! We’ve heard from Toy Biz that these two waves are being released in the states as close-out items, so keep an eye out on your store runs—especially since that Doombot sells for $90 online!

The complete list of figures:

Series 5
Power Punch Thing
Fire Blast Human Torch
Rubberized Mr. Fantastic
Electro-Shock Dr. Doom
Smash Attack Doombot

Series 6
Mr. Fantastic (this one sports hammer-like fists)
Combo Punch Thing
Extreme Human Torch
Flying Annihilus
Posted 4/7/2007 by  Wizarduniverse.com 
Bandai 2007 Tamagotchi-Branded Mobile Phone For Kids

ORLANDO, FL – CTIA Wireless – Mar. 27, 2007) – First introduced as a pocket-sized toy in 1996, the classic Tamagotchi virtual pet now comes as just one of the many features loaded onto a fully functional prepaid mobile phone for kids. The phone is being brought to retail through a joint effort between PlayPhone and Bandai America.
Bandai’s original Tamagotchi virtual pet has sold more than 40 million units worldwide, with more than 12 million in the U.S. and Canada. Not only did the original toy spur a pop culture phenomenon, but also created a new toy category and prompted countless imitations. During its peak, 15 Tamagotchi units were sold every minute in the U.S. and Canada.
The Tamagotchi-branded mobile phone is brightly colored and comes with an enhanced version of the original Tamagotchi toy as a mobile game and a custom Tamagotchi wallpaper. The Tamagotchi mobile game allows kids to “hatch” their virtual pet right on the phone and participate in feeding, cleaning up after and playing with the pet in an attempt to be a good parent and raise a well behaved Tamagotchi.
Unique to the Tamagotchi prepaid mobile phone is PlayPhone’s ability to convert users’ prepaid airtime minutes into mobile content credits that can be used on the TamaPhone.com Web site. Kids will be able to further customize their Tamagotchi phone with popular wallpaper, ringtones and games without having to use their parent’s credit card.
In order to appeal to kids and their parents alike, the Tamagotchi phone will also come with strict, easy-to-use parental controls and a no-contract, pay-as-you-go system powered by PlayPhone’s mobile storefront. In addition, parents can easily implement dialing access limitations for incoming and outgoing calls.
“The Tamagotchi phone will be the must-have accessory for every kid this summer,” said Masao Ohata, vice president of Network Entertainment for Bandai America. “Instead of having two separate electronics, the Tamagotchi phone combines the classic virtual pet with what every kid already wants—a phone of their very own.”
“Tamagotchi appeals to an electronic toy-savvy market of young people, and we thought it a natural segue to combine that with the go-anywhere fun that wireless entertainment offers,” said Ron Czerny, chief executive officer at PlayPhone. “Whether it’s keeping in touch with your kids or offering them wholesome entertainment options like Tamagotchi, this new prepaid mobile phone has something for everyone.”
Posted 3/31/2007
Toy Biz Marvel Legends - Age of Apocalypse Sabretooth - Review
Age of Apocalypse Sabretooth
By Hervé St-Louis
Mar 19, 2007 - 12:08:07 AM

 

In the alternate Age of Apocalypse Marvel universe, Sabertooth is a hero working with the X-Men after rebelling from Apocalypse. Gentler than the regular version of Sabertooth, this version possesses similar powers.

Likeness
 
The hair colour, in the comic books, is blonder rather than the brown hue used on the action figure. His collar and wrists’ pads are coloured differently in many comic books. Here, he they are metallic grey. The character’s face also looks meaner and more feral than in the comic books. He looks far more like a villain than a hero. Small details like his belt buckle are missing.

Sculpt

This is not a fun action figure. He doesn’t scream “pick me up” when put on a shelf. He looks stiff and his fingers more akin with someone afflicted by arthritis than clawlike. His big biceps make him look like an overweight wrestler instead of a fierce fighter. Finally, the ugly facial and big eyes make him look cartoony. It’s hard to take this guy seriously as a villain. The only remarkable things about this figure are the metallic texture on his cuffs and collar.

Paint

The paint scheme is decent with some highlights in Sabertooth’s hair. His boots have a leather like feel instead of making the figure stark yellow, the designers chose a darker beige tone to make him more realistic. On my action figure, Sabertooth’s bearded chin is not painted at all. The red highlights on his arms, instead of adding some toning to his flesh, make him look like he had sun burns.

Posted 3/22/2007
Toy Biz Marvel Legends - Thorbuster Iron Man Variant - review


Thorbuster Iron Man Variant
Comic Book Bin, Canada - Mar 19, 2007
The Destoryer is a creation of Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.  He was first introduced in 1965, in Journey Into Mystery #118.  The Destroyer, Odin's protective construct against the forces of the Celestial, was created to be a near unstoppable test for Thor.  This walking suit of magical armor has remained one of the durable opponents in the Marvel Universe.

Likeness

This version fo the Destroyer is a mixture of Jack Kirby's original design with the streamlined body found when Iron Man wore armor based on the Destroyer.  This version of the Destoryer is reminscent of what was seen when Thor became the Lord of Earth.

Plastic

The plastic used on is very solid.  The only soft parts on the figure is the neck guard that rests on the top of his chest.  My standard mode of operations is to drop my figures off of a shelf or a table to see how they stand up to the damage.  After the trouble I have had with certain figures recently, I just had to put him to the test.   I was happy to see him survive the outcome with no damage to the body or harm done to his articulation.  (See my toy blog for more details on my action figure woes).   I could swear that my Destroyer looked at me after I dropped him to the floor as if to say. 'Human, is that all you got?'

Package

The Destroyer is a typical Toy Biz Marvel Legends, so that means the clamshell packaging.  I like the clamshell because it is protective to the figure and the accessories, although you need a scissor or knife to open it.   Since the Detroyer is a variant version of Thor-Buster Iron-Man, you get to see the Destoyer's likeness on the cover isnstead of ANOHER version of Iron-Man.

However, on the back of the card on the clamshell, there is a plus.  I don't know if they did this for the Spider Woman 2 variant, but for the Destroyer variant of Thorbuster Iron-Man they gave him a brand new and completely different bio/ history legend for the character.  Normally all variants are subject to the same bio readout even if they are different characters.   (Ex.: Baron Strucker, Genis-Vell, Dark Phoenix).  Since I did not read the back of the Julia Carpenter variant, I don't know if it is the same as Jessica Drew's.  I will say that I was thrilled to read the way they described the history of the Destroyer.  That was a pleasant surprise from Toy Biz, I just wish they had a chance to continue thrilling me.  Hey Hasbro, you guys better be good!!!

Posted 3/22/2007
Burger King March 2007 Kids Meal toys by Jada Toys & Manhattan Toy Co

Toy firms hope for burger bonanza

Two small toy companies hope the small hands digging through Burger King Corp.'s Kids Meal bag this month will remember the toys they find inside -- and bug their parents to buy more in stores long after the burgers and fries are gone.
In the current promotional television spot for Burger King Kids Meal, toy cars and tiny dolls share the spotlight, representing an unprecedented marketing and branding opportunity for Jada Toys Inc. and Manhattan Toy Co.
Jada Toys of City of Industry, Calif., makes collectible car toys and sells an urban line called Chub City aimed at boys ages four to 12. Minneapolis-based Manhattan Toy sells Groovy Girls, a line of soft dolls for preteen girls.
Both companies got a big boost with licensing deals when fast-food giant Burger King decided to feature miniaturized plastic versions of their products in its global Kids Meal program, which started Feb. 12 and runs through March 18.
The branding bonanza also includes outdoor advertising, downloads of screensavers and wallpaper, and in-restaurant merchandising, including tray liners.
Burger King says close to 18 million of the toys will reach kids' hands in about 7,000 North American restaurants and 3,000 abroad.
The deals, a year in the making, represented a major coup for the two small businesses, because most fast-food chains typically work with movie studios, television networks or large toy companies to promote characters and items from popular movies like 'Spider-Man,' television's 'Pokemon' or Mattel Inc.'s Barbie doll.
Posted 3/17/2007
Cellphone providers target kids - NorthJersey.com - March 2007


Cellphone providers target kids

PHONE OPTIONS FOR YOUR KIDS
Disney Phone
What: Cellphone with built-in digital camera.
Cost: $50 to $200, plus cost of service, starting at $60 a month.
Features: Parents can set limits on minutes, number of text and picture messages and downloads; GPS feature allows parents to map location of handset from phone or PC.
Look: Ordinary design.
Info: disneymobile.go.com
Firefly Mobile
What: Cellphone targeted for children as young as 6.
Cost: $79 to $89, plus cost of service, which starts at $9.99 per month.
Features: Parents can manage incoming, outgoing calls; speed-dial function.
Look: Swoopy, colorful five-button device lacking traditional keypad; lights, sounds, animation activates for incoming calls.
Info: fireflymobile.com
Chat Now communication system
What: Two-way radio (walkie-talkie) with a digital camera.
Cost: $70, no calling plan required.
Features: Users can call and text other Chat Now users within a two-mile range; users can create buddy lists with numbers and photos; unique ring tones allow for easy caller ID.
Look: Clamshell- and slide-style designs.
Info: hasbro.com
Enfora Tic Talk
What: Prepaid cellphone.
Cost: $99, plus cost of talk time, starting at $25 for 100 minutes.
Features: Parents can program numbers child is allowed to dial or receive; parents can limit the times that calls are permitted; educational software.
Look: Compact, stopwatch-like appearance; no numeric keypad.
Info: mytictalk.com/leapfrog
Barbie My Scene Phone
What: Prepaid cellphone.
Cost: $50, 30 minutes of airtime; additional minutes sold in $5 increments.
Features: Parents control minutes used; can grant 'bonus' access minutes for chores completed.
Look: Nokia cellphone with colorful Barbie stick-on faceplates.
Info: myscene.everythinggirl.com
Wherifone GPS Locator Phone
What: Cellphone with GPS tracking device.
Cost: $99.
Features: GPS technology allows parents to track handset's location; parents can manage outbound calls; preprogrammable buttons with one-touch dialing.
Look: Tiny, colorful, square, five-button gadget.
Info: wherifywireless.com

Posted 3/17/2007
Toy Biz 2007 Looking back at Marvel Legends' Build-a-Figures

Marvel Legends' Build-A-Figures:
The first eight waves of super-poseable Marvel Legends toys were awesome. But Series 9? That wave was awesomer. That’s where Toy Biz introduced the build-a-figure (“BAF”) concept—giving each figure in the wave a piece of a larger figure to create. The innovation was a success, spawning imitators across the board. Dan Slott, action figure aficionado (“much to my girlfriend’s dismay”) and writer of She-Hulk, talked to ToyFare about these larger-than-usual Legends.
 
Galactus
Series 9 (Toy Biz), 2005, $50
Since his first appearance in Fantastic Four # 48 in 1966, the giant planet-eater called Galactus has appeared at various heights. While he would probably need to be human-sized to be truly in-scale to the rest of the Marvel Legends line, the toy’s 16 inches (counting his helmet) are pretty impressive and a fine alternative to us dressing up like Galactus.
SENTINEL
Series 10 (Toy Biz), 2005, $45
A few moments of a Sentinel head flung to the Danger Room floor in the last X-Men movie is not enough for Sentinel fans. Luckily, these government-built robo-racists were made available as a six-part, 16-inch Sentinel figure, so fans could re-create the robots’ first appearance in X-Men #14 in 1965.
APOCALYPSE
Series 12 (Toy Biz), 2006, blue $40, black $50
Ol’ Blue Lips has been around for several thousand years, though he only debuted in 1986’s X-Factor #5. The shape-shifter got a 6-inch figure in Series 7, but his 14-inch BAF shows his ability to change size at will. He’s also available in two different color schemes, going from all-blue to blue-and-black halfway through the line’s run.

ONSLAUGHT
Series 13 (Toy Biz), 2006, $35
To make the all-villains wave of Legends special, Toy Biz made the BAF this evil brainchild (literally) of Xavier and Magneto from 1996’s Onslaught event. He was supposed to be larger, but rising plastic costs caused him to clock in at a less-sizable 8 inches. While disappointing, it wasn’t nearly as bad as the “Heroes Reborn” comic universe the crossover spawned.
GIANT-MAN
Wal-Mart Wave (Toy Biz), 2006, $60
Scientist Hank Pym first turned into Giant-Man in Tales to Astonish #49 in 1963 and has gone back and forth with the identity over the years, also playing Ant-Man, Yellowjacket and Goliath. The Giant-Man toy, however, is unique in that it was the first exclusive build-a-figure (to Wal-Mart) and it was divided into 10 pieces, a departure from the usual six. Fully assembled, he stands 14 inches tall.
MOJO
Series 14 (Toy Biz), 2006, $35
This blubbery, cross-dimensional TV programmer has been a thorn in the flesh of the X-Men since Longshot #3 in 1985. Even smaller than Onslaught, Mojo checks in at under 8 inches. That’s not much bigger than regular Legends, but we’re pretty sure the fat bastard still wouldn’t have fit on a blister card.
M.O.D.O.K.
Series 15 (Toy Biz), 2006, $45
The Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing first appeared in Tales of Suspense #94 in 1967 and has had a big head about it ever since. (Zing!) At 8 inches tall, his toy is smaller than other BAFs, but the popular (and bulky) leader of Advanced Idea Mechanics and perennial Captain America villain is still a must-have for collectors.
ANNIHILUS
Series 1 (Hasbro), 2007, $55
The bug god of the Negative Zone has been cutting loose since Fantastic Four Annual #6 in 1968, but 2006 was the year he invaded our universe and killed cosmic superhero Quasar in the Annihilation miniseries. Perhaps the shortest of the build-a-figures so far, his massive wingspan more than makes up for his 7-inch height.
Posted 3/17/2007 by  Wizarduniverse.com 
Jada Toys' Chub City(R) Car Brand to Be Featured in Burger King Kids Meals - Feb 2007

Jada Toys'(TM) Chub City(R) Car Brand to Be Featured in Kids Meals ...
City of Industry, CA, February 27, 2007 --(PR.COM)-- Jada Toys'® Chub City® line of tricked out rides with attitude receives a promotional boost in February when Burger King Corporation launches a worldwide Kids Meal program featuring four toys derived from the hip and edgy character and vehicle-based brand.

Chub City, one of the nation's hottest toy lines, is the brainchild of leading die-cast and radio control manufacturer Jada Toys. The toy line is currently supported by Wal-Mart, Toys'R'Us, Target, Kmart, and K•B Toys, among others, and is on 11,000 shelves globally.

The featured toys include a Chub City 'Street Ride,' 'Rollin SUV,' 'Shift Launcher,' and 'Pedal Launcher,' each to be accompanied by colorful decals which allow kids to customize their Chub City toy. 

Starting Feb. 12, participating Burger King® restaurants will spotlight the four Chub City premiums, while supplies last, in a worldwide campaign that is expected to reach millions of restaurant guests across the globe. The featured toys include a 'Street Ride,' 'Rollin SUV,' 'Shift Launcher,' and 'Pedal Launcher,' each to be accompanied by colorful decals which allow kids to customize their Chub City toy.

The Chub City promotion at Burger King® restaurants will be driven through an extensive marketing program that includes 15-second television spots, downloads at www.bk.com/myway (live 2/12/07), in-restaurant merchandising and inclusion in the Burger King® Adventures newsletter.

'Since its debut, Chub City has been recognized as one of the freshest properties out in the marketplace,' said Marlene Cuesta, Vice President of Licensing for Jada Toys. 'With licensees already on board we are very excited to take Chub City to the next level by expanding the product line and continuing to grow our licensee partners.'

About Jada Toys

Jada Toys, Inc. (www.jadatoys.com), headquartered in City of Industry, Calif., is a leading manufacturer of authentically licensed and highly stylized die-cast collectible and radio control vehicles, plus toy figures and playsets. A hit with children and adult collectors, the Jada Toys product line is comprised of such popular brands as BigTime Muscle®, V-Dub$™, Donk, Box & Bubble™, D-Rod$®, High Profile®, FOR $ALE™, Option D®, and DUB® City®. Jada pioneered the heavily customized, lowered stance and large rimmed look and the company's distinctive manufacturing techniques, or Jada Style®, are prized among collectors young and old. Jada's innovative Chub City toy line was created to give kids tricked out rides with attitude. The Crew: Chub C.®, Hype™, Trace & Al, Castro and J.Hustle® are best friends in the City. They're always busy practicing their skillz: skateboarding, basketball, art and rapping. The crew aspires to make it big someday, cruising in their dream cars and supporting each other all the way. (www.chubcity.com).
Posted 2/27/2007
Giga Ball Gives Kids Giggles As They Crawl Inside to Roll, Spin, Tumble and Bounce
... to pool products, nationally introduced Giga Balls at 2005 Toy Fair to rave reviews from toy buyers who ...
Posted 2/24/2007
Toy biz now a house of no fun - New York Daily News

Toy biz now a house of no fun
New York Daily News, NY -
BY WILLIAM SHERMAN. For Harvey Greenfield, who makes stuffed animals for a living, last week's Toy Fair was hardly fun and games. ...
Published 2/24/2007
Hasbro, Gibson develop interactive kids - Providence Business News

Hasbro, Gibson develop interactive kids
Providence Business News, RI -
PAWTUCKET – Tiger Electronics, a division of the Pawtucket-based toy manufacturer Hasbro, has partnered with Gibson USA to introduce the Power Tour Electric ...
Published 2/24/2007
Cabbage Patch Kids still have their fans in the Valley - Fresno Bee

Cabbage Patch Kids still have their fans in the Valley
Fresno Bee (subscription), CA -
The 16-inch dolls, first sold at craft fairs, were extremely sought-after toys in the 1980s. Each yarn-haired doll, retailing for about $30, came with birth ...
Published 2/24/2007
Chinese toys invade kids’ dens - Newindpress Published 2/24/2007
Burger King Feb 2007 Jada Toys' Chub City(R) Car Brand to Be Featured in Kids Meals ... - Market Wire (press release) Posted 2/10/2007
Arthur and the Invisibles - Aims For Kids' Hearts Posted 1/9/2007
3rd Annual ‘Invent-A-Toy’ World Games Challenges America’s Kids to ... - Emediawire Published 1/6/2007
Jan 2007 Marketing to Kids Posted 1/6/2007
McDonald's Jan 2007 Yu-Gi-Oh! Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals - Anime News Network Posted 1/4/2007
Jan 2007 - 3rd Annual ‘Invent-A-Toy’ World Games Challenges America’s Kids to ... - PR Web Posted 1/4/2007
Northern Kentucky 2007 - Johnny's Toys still a fun spot for kids of all ages Posted 1/4/2007
Mattel Dec 2006 Mattel licenses Barbie for Emerson Radio electronics line - Bizjournals.com Posted 12/17/2006
Kopin Corp. micro-display used in kids' Spy Video Car Published 12/15/2006
Toy Biz Dec 2006 Marvel Legends Young Avengers Pack Posted 12/9/2006
Toy Biz Dec 2006 Marvel Legends Monsters Pack Posted 12/9/2006
Toy Biz Dec 2006 Marvel Marsterworks 1 The Fantastic Four Meet The Mole Man Posted 12/9/2006
Toy Biz Dec 2006 Marvel Marsterworks 1 The Battle For Gwen Stacey Posted 12/9/2006
Konami and Burger King Invite Kids to Get Up and Get Active - GameZone - Dec 2006 Posted 12/9/2006
Tiny magnets in toys big danger for kids, feds warn Posted 12/9/2006
Konami and Burger King Team up for kids Fitness - XboxSolution - Dec 2006 Posted 12/4/2006
This is what kids don't want for Christmas - Dec 2006 Posted 12/4/2006
Toy Biz SPIDERMAN ATTACK FLIP 'N TRAP PLAY SET Posted 12/1/2006
6 strategies used to get kids to want stuff bad Published 11/25/2006 by  Ithaca Journal 
Toys 'R' Us Treats Kids Of Fallen Firefighters - NY1 - Nov 2006 Posted 11/20/2006
Welcome to the twisted, funny and bizarre world of urban vinyl toys. Posted 11/15/2006
Toy Biz 2006 Spider-Man Classics Line -Assort 18 - The Shocker - Comic Book Bin Posted 11/13/2006
Inuyasha DS RPG Announced - GameDAILY BIZ Published 11/10/2006
Barbie and MAC pair up on cosmetics deal, but not for kids! - CosmeticsDesign.com Posted 11/2/2006
South Africa 2006 : Kids’ stuff costs a fortune this year Posted 10/30/2006
Toy Biz Oct 2006 - Marvel Legends - House of M Gift Pack Posted 10/26/2006 by  Superhero Times 
England: KIDS TO DEMAND MOVIE AND TV SHOW TOYS FOR XMAS - Mirror.co.uk Posted 10/11/2006
Japan's 'otaku' boom caters to kids of all ages, sizes and sexes Posted 10/7/2006
Independent Toy Company Shows It Can Make Kids' Toy Wishes Come True With Pirates of the Caribbean and Other Toy Award Posted 10/4/2006
Independent Toy Company Shows It Can Make Kids' Toy Wishes Come ... - Business Wire Posted 10/4/2006
Saban returns to roots with kids' shows venture - Reuters Posted 10/4/2006
Toys “R” Us to open in China - Kids Today Published 9/27/2006
What Kids Want! eToys 2006 Hot Holiday Toys List for Holiday Gift Giving Posted 9/27/2006
Toys ''R'' Us Releases Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids in ... - Business Wire Published 9/25/2006
Special: Gitaroo Man Creator On The State Of The Japanese Game Biz - Gamasutra Published 9/21/2006
Kidrobot toys bring out the kids in adults Posted 9/14/2006
Jojo's Bizarre Adventures Movie Announced Published 9/13/2006
Fury as hooligan toys sold to kids - icBerkshire Published 9/5/2006
McDonald's and Nintendo(R) Invite Kids to Get Active and 'Take ... - PR Newswire (press release) Published 9/4/2006
Naruto a Top Seller? Believe it! - GameDAILY BIZ Published 8/31/2006
CYToys attracting new customer: kids Posted 8/31/2006
CYToys attracting new customer: kids - AZ Central.com Published 8/31/2006
McDonald's and Nintendo(R) Invite Kids to Get Active and 'Take ... - Yahoo! News (press release) Published 8/30/2006
McDonald’s offers gifts for kids with happy meal - Peninsula On-line Published 8/16/2006
GANG OF KIDS DID IT - Electric New Paper Posted 8/7/2006
Kids can find out what people did for fun in 1800s - Noblesville Ledger Published 7/25/2006
LOOKING AT TOY BIZ' TNA TOY LINE - Pro Wrestling Insider - Xtra Published 7/24/2006
Mattel Announces HyperScan Kids' Game System - Gamasutra Published 7/24/2006
Mattel to make hybrid video gaming system - Bizjournals.com Published 7/22/2006
Fuse Box, A Blackberry For Kids Published 7/20/2006 by  The Uber-Review 
Toy auction for big kids Posted 7/11/2006
Burger King launches X-Men toys for kids - Peninsula On-line Published 7/10/2006
McDonald's introduces exercise bikes, but just for kids - SooToday.com Published 7/8/2006
Amazon.com launches own toy store after Toys 'R' Us tiff - Bizjournals.com Published 7/6/2006
Spongebob treat for kids at Burger King - Trade Arabia Published 6/30/2006
BURGER KING Restaurants Help Kids Get 3-A-Day(TM) of Dairy With ... - Drug Newswire (press release) Published 6/28/2006
GROW UP? NEVER! Kids stuff is cool for a new breed of adults Posted 6/28/2006
Toy biz hopes ride on ‘Cars’ - Kansas City Star Published 6/14/2006
HIT Entertainment expands Thomas & Friends license - Kids Today Published 6/14/2006
McDonald's Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals Race Toward the ... - Auto Racing Daily Published 6/10/2006
Sony Picture’ new hire - Kids Today Published 6/7/2006
McDonald's Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals Race Toward the ... - Yahoo! News (press release) Published 6/7/2006
Wolf Wins Over Kids Published 6/6/2006
Kids, cameras show 'Insights' - Charleston Post Courier Published 5/27/2006
The Biz: BK Puts Bratz' Genie In A Bag; Sprite Finds Lost Partner? - Brandweek Magazine Published 5/15/2006
Build-A-Bear toys offered with McDonald's kids' meals - San Antonio Business Journal Published 5/15/2006
McDonald's Summer Happy Meal(R) Line-Up Is Serious Fun for Kids ... - Yahoo! News (press release) Published 5/10/2006
Cherish kids with cuddly toys - The New Nation Published 5/8/2006
Fisher-Price MP3 Player for Kids - About - News & Issues Published 5/5/2006
Lego Code Release Could Spur Kids to Become Developers Posted 5/5/2006
Stuff the kids - Eric Sclosser on what's wrong with McDonalds - No Sweat Published 5/2/2006
New versions of old toys proving a hit with adults, kids - TMCnet Published 5/2/2006
Kids' toys shouldn't be 'Hot, Raw, Freaky and Fun' - Dallas Morning News Posted 5/1/2006
Kids' DVDS: April 2006 - PopMatters Published 4/27/2006
Monopoly seeks Denver landmark for game board - Bizjournals.com Published 4/25/2006
Stuff the kids - Guardian Unlimited Published 4/24/2006
McDonald's serves up new salad, get-fit Happy Meal - Bizjournals.com Published 4/22/2006
Katrina's effect on kids Posted 4/21/2006
McDonald's launches new salad, get-fit Happy Meal - Bizjournals.com Published 4/19/2006
Lost Fans Party For Kids Published 4/19/2006
Bandai America Calls on Kids to Create & Direct Their Own Movies Using Their Power Rangers Toys Posted 4/18/2006
Bandai America Calls on Kids to Create & Direct Their Own Movies ... - Business Wire Published 4/18/2006
Raven Moon's Gina D to Appear LIVE with Barney at ''Kids Faire' ... - New Age Media Concepts (press release) Published 4/16/2006
Kids’ bedrooms get blast from the past Posted 4/16/2006
Kids’ bedrooms get blast from the past - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Published 4/16/2006
McDonald's Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals Go Wild - CattleNetwork.com Published 4/15/2006
Mattel and Universal ink DVD pact - Bizjournals.com Published 4/15/2006
Kids on a hunt for Tamagotchis - Akron Beacon Journal Published 4/15/2006
Sellers needed for kids garage sale - Pioneer Press Published 4/13/2006
McDonald's Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals Go Wild - Yahoo! News (press release) Published 4/12/2006
Gift Ideas For Kids Of All Ages Posted 4/12/2006
Gift Ideas For Kids Of All Ages - CBS News Published 4/12/2006
Yes, those kids don't get enough sleep - DetNews.com Published 4/11/2006
Indianapolis Soldier Seeks Dolls for Afghan Kids Posted 4/11/2006
Shakespeare is for kids, too - Sun-Sentinel.com Published 4/11/2006
Indianapolis Soldier Seeks Dolls for Afghan Kids - WISH Published 4/11/2006
The Biz: BK Is Foster's QSR Home; Red Bull Really Wants To Direct - Brandweek Magazine Published 4/10/2006
Reality of fast food dished out to kids - Toronto Star Published 4/10/2006
Parents make vintage nurseries to take their kids back in time Posted 4/10/2006
Parents make vintage nurseries to take their kids back in time - The Olympian Published 4/10/2006
Kids egg-static over Orland Easter prizes - Chicago Daily Southtown Published 4/9/2006
Microsoft pledges to triple Xbox 360 software support in Japan - GamesIndustry.biz Published 4/7/2006
San Mateo's YouTube raises $8M, inks 'Star Trek' deal - Bizjournals.com Posted 4/6/2006
IGF Awards winner Darwinia heads to US retail - GamesIndustry.biz Posted 4/5/2006
Namco Bandai Concurrently Fast and Furious - GameDAILY BIZ Published 4/5/2006
Vt. B&B a getaway for parents, kids - Boston Herald Published 4/2/2006
/ Top Biz News Posted 4/1/2006
Doctor dolls out relief for kids - Melbourne Herald Sun Published 4/1/2006
Bizarro issues challenge to archrival, Man of Steel - Washington Times Published 4/1/2006
Lead in kids' jewelry draws calls for action Published 3/31/2006 by  Kansas City Star 
Elf Club raises $11,000 for needy kids Posted 3/29/2006
The Biz: Spotted: Owl Marketing For NLC; Moms Aid Mattel's ... - Brandweek Magazine Published 3/28/2006
Nickelodeon among top kids resorts - Orlando Sentinel Published 3/28/2006
Fisher-Price and Loews Hotels love little kids - Playthings Published 3/26/2006
On the Horizon: Upcoming MMOs - GameDAILY BIZ Published 3/25/2006
Elf Club raises $11,000 for needy kids Posted 3/25/2006
Interview: Ace Combat Zero - GameDAILY BIZ Published 3/24/2006
The Kids Have Their Hands in the Cookie Jar Posted 3/24/2006
Turning kids on to gardening - Catholic Online Posted 3/23/2006
Kids taken by parent go missing - DetNews.com Posted 3/23/2006
Maxfield MAX-JOY kids MP3 player - Shiny Media Published 3/22/2006
Japan's mobile operators see kids as new market - Reuters.uk Published 3/22/2006
Romano's Kids Got Iced Published 3/22/2006
Glu Mobile Gets Transformers License - GameDAILY BIZ Published 3/21/2006
Elf Club raises $11,000 for needy kids Posted 3/21/2006
Elf Club raises $11,000 for needy kids Posted 3/21/2006
New techie toys aim to please kids - Fort Wayne News Sentinel Published 3/21/2006
Hasbro, Inc. Announces Special Partnership With Give Kids The ... - PR Newswire Published 3/21/2006
New Candy Land gets kids moving - Charlotte Observer Published 3/21/2006
Namco Bandai: PS3 Spring Launch 'Impossible' - GameDAILY BIZ Published 3/20/2006
Area Kids Help Sell Lots of Toys - East Aurora Published 3/19/2006
Kids tunes turned into big business (NorthJersey.com) Posted 3/19/2006
Kids tunes turned into big business - NorthJersey.com Published 3/19/2006
Toy Fair 2006: Toy Biz - Now Playing Magazine Published 3/19/2006
Bratz inspire fashion line - Bizjournals.com Published 3/19/2006
Hasbro, Inc. Announces Special Partnership With Give Kids The ... - PR Newswire (press release) Published 3/19/2006
Take musical chair away from kids, parents urged - Mid-Ocean News Published 3/19/2006
Spring launch for PS3 is "impossible" - Namco Bandai boss - GamesIndustry.biz Posted 3/19/2006
Area kids help sell lots of toys - Buffalo News Published 3/19/2006
From Fashionable and Nostalgic to High-Tech and New Age, McDonald's(R) Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals Offer (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance) Posted 3/16/2006
Toy radar gun lets kids lay down law (Sunday Mail) Posted 3/14/2006
KidSational Teen Pop Group TGK to Perform at 2006 Mark Twain Awards Ceremony Hosted by APTRA Published 3/14/2006 by  Market Wire 
Winter Park retailer belies standard comics fare (BizJournals) Posted 3/13/2006
happy Workers: Toys For Big Kids - Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) Posted 3/11/2006
Kids speed radar gun 'toy of the year' (The Age) Posted 3/10/2006
Tots for kids need adult help Published 2/27/2006 by  The Columbus Dispatch 
Comic, toy show not just for kids - The State Published 2/26/2006
Take the Kids - Washington Post Published 2/25/2006
Toy Fair 2006: Toy Biz (Comics2Film) Posted 2/24/2006
Elf Club raises $11,000 for needy kids (Benton Courier) Posted 2/24/2006
Toy Fair 2006: Toy Biz (Comics2Film) Posted 2/24/2006
New techie toys aim to please kids (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel) Posted 2/22/2006
Toy Fair unveils hottest stuff for kids (Florida Today) Posted 2/22/2006
Toy Fair unveils hottest stuff for kids - Florida Today Published 2/22/2006
Toy Fair 2006: Toy Biz - Now Playing Magazine Published 2/22/2006
Toy Fair unveils hottest stuff for kids (Florida Today) Posted 2/22/2006
This toy talk isnt meant for kids ears (Tri-Valley Herald) Posted 2/22/2006
Small World Kids and The Bead Shop Announce Merger Deal Suspended - PR Newswire (press release) Published 2/22/2006
Toys have a note for Iraqi kids: `Let's be friends' - Charlotte Observer Posted 2/22/2006
JAKKS Pacific Lets Kids Learn With Maisy Through TeleStory ... - PR Newswire (press release) Published 2/16/2006
Bandai America Offers the Hottest Toy Trends for Kids of All Ages (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance) Posted 2/14/2006
Bandai America Offers the Hottest Toy Trends for Kids of All Ages (FinanzNachrichten) Posted 2/14/2006
Toy biz sees the big picture at N.Y. fair (Reuters via Yahoo! News) Posted 2/13/2006
Toy biz sees the big picture at N.Y. fair Published 2/13/2006 by  Reuters 
Toy fair: Kids & Robots (San Antonio Express News) Posted 2/11/2006
Anatomy of a Hit (KidScreen Magazine) Posted 2/11/2006
Kids put old toys on sale (The Des Moines Register) Posted 2/10/2006
Kids put old toys on sale - DesMoinesRegister.com Published 2/10/2006
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