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This ‘Star Wars’ character altered the toy industry forever – CNBC

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017

“There’s more in the last 18 months than there have been in the last 20 years,” Silver said of the number of female action heroes in films and toys. Of course, there have been a few standout female hero toys like the Wonder Woman dolls that tied in with the 1970s television show and Princess Leia action figures that were part of the original “Star Wars” trilogy. However, very few…

New Avengers Anime Show Coming From Marvel – GameSpot

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017

Marvel is turning the Avengers into an anime series. The company has announced that the new show will be titled Marvel Future Avengers, and is set to to premiere in Japan this summer. As reported by Anime News Network, Marvel Future Avengers will target a younger male demographic. The site states that the show will focus on Makoto, a boy who gains powers via a gene manipulation experiment. Makoto and…

Star Wars: Rogue One’s Director Used VR To Get The Best CG Shots – UploadVR

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017

Star Wars films, new and old, are recognized regularly for incredible and grand filmography. The science fiction epic is larger than life and that demands a collection of practical effects and computer generated scenery to bring the many aliens, their worlds, and the massive battles to the big screen. Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards, no stranger to massive feats in film considering he also directed the most recent Godzilla, had the…

Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon Make Up at Vanity Fair Oscars Party – Variety

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017

After hosting an awards show, the only thing Jimmy Kimmel ever wants to do is collapse. “The relief of it being over makes me fall asleep,” he told Variety, a few weeks prior to the Oscars. But not even Kimmel, fresh off an exhausting four hours as the master of ceremonies of the Academy Awards, could resist the allure of the Hollywood’s glitziest shindig. At 1 a.m. on Monday morning, Kimmel…

Vanity Fair Oscar Party Report: Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Jimmy Kimmel, and More Let Loose – Vanity Fair

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017

Viola Davis Janelle Monae Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon Emma Stone Kate Bosworth Mahershala Ali and Justin Timberlake Andrew Garfield Justin Theroux, Orlando Bloom, and Jennifer Aniston Sarah Paulson Amy Adams and Vin Diesel Alessandra Ambrosio Derek Blasberg, Rosie Huntigton-Whiteley, and Dakota Johnson James Corden Isla Fischer and Reese Witherspoon Darren Le Gallo and Amy Adams Casey Affleck Nick and Joe Jonas Ruth Negga and Caitriona Balfe Emma Roberts Adriana…

Hasbro to Make Play-Doh American Again – WSJ – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Play-Doh will soon be squeezed out of a factory in the U.S. again, as Hasbro Inc. brings manufacturing of the popular moldable clay back to America for the first time in years. Hasbro said it is working with a manufacturing partner to make Play-Doh at a facility in East Longmeadow, Mass., starting in the second half of 2018. Although the preschool clay was invented in Cincinnati in the 1950s, it…

London’s LEGO Store Lets You Buy a LEGO Mosaic of Your Face – Nerdist

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Well, it seems we’re going to be on the lookout for cheap airfare to the United Kingdom, since we now have yet another reason to visit London and their new LEGO store–where you can get a custom mosaic kit of your face. The LEGO Mosaic Maker, as it’s appropriately called, functions as the coolest photo booth in existence by taking your picture, rendering it in a grayscale grid, sorting out which…

Lego, make this monster-ful Dungeon Master set real – CNET – CNET

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Welcome to the dungeon. Ymarilego You’re a Lego minifig warrior. With your shield and sword at the ready, you step into a dark stone room and come face to face with a glowing spider and goblin. What will you do, brave adventurer? The Dungeon Master Lego kit concept from fan and builder Ymarilego aims to unite the realm of role-playing games with the world of Lego. The Dungeon Master set…

3 Keys to Mattel Inc’s Turnaround Effort – Motley Fool

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Industry-leading toy company Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) had a rough 2016. Its problems, however, started much earlier. Mattel’s iconic Barbie has fallen out of fashion, and in September of 2014, the company also lost the licensing for the lucrative Walt Disney Princess line to rival Hasbro after being the sole beneficiary for nearly 20 years. After that stumble, Mattel’s performance has suffered — the shoes left by the Disney darlings have simply been…

Hasbro to Make Play-Doh American Again – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Play-Doh will soon be squeezed out of a factory in the U.S. again, as Hasbro Inc. brings manufacturing of the popular moldable clay back to America for the first time in years. Hasbro said it is working with a manufacturing partner to make Play-Doh at a facility in East Longmeadow, Mass., starting in the second half of 2018. Although the preschool clay was invented in Cincinnati in the 1950s, it…

Lego, make this monster-ful Dungeon Master set real – CNET

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

Welcome to the dungeon. Ymarilego You’re a Lego minifig warrior. With your shield and sword at the ready, you step into a dark stone room and come face to face with a glowing spider and goblin. What will you do, brave adventurer? The Dungeon Master Lego kit concept from fan and builder Ymarilego aims to unite the realm of role-playing games with the world of Lego. The Dungeon Master set…

‘My Friend Cayla’ Doll Records Children’s Speech, Is Vulnerable to Hackers – snopes.com

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

On 17 February 2017, Germany banned both the sale and ownership of an interactive doll made by the U.S. company Genesis Toys called My Friend Cayla, alleging that it contains a “concealed surveillance device” that violates federal privacy regulations. The doll is equipped with a microphone and uses a Bluetooth app to connect to the Internet, enabling it to converse and answer questions by exchanging data with a third-party voice recognition software company. Germany’s Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) announced…

Marvel Games declares war on homogeneity – Polygon

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

Marvel Games’ creative director Bill Rosemann used his DICE keynote earlier today to urge games companies to focus on inclusiveness and diversity. Like Jeff Kaplan’s Overwatch keynote yesterday, Rosemann chose to use the DICE 2017 theme of “world building” as an opportunity to celebrate inclusivity. Taking Marvel’s history of creating great superheroes as his central narrative, he called on developers to step up. “We can create worlds that affect others,”…

More than 400000 plastic toy frogs recalled – CNN

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

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‘World’s first transgender doll’ to go on sale this summer – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

An item billed as the “world’s first transgender doll” has been debuted at the New York Toy Fair, which drew to a close earlier this week. The doll is based on 16-year-old transgender activist and YouTube personality Jazz Jennings who, born a boy, transitioned to living as a girl at age five. The doll, which is 18in high, will be priced at £71 when it goes on sale this July. It was created…

This pretty blond doll could be spying on your family – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

The “My Friend Cayla” doll on sale at the DreamToys toy fair in central London. (AFP/Leeo Neal ) The My Friend Cayla doll seems innocent enough. She’s pretty, with curly blond hair, big blue eyes and kicky Converse sneakers. Her necklace lights up. And Cayla is Bluetooth-enabled, which means she can connect to the Internet and chatter with her owners about horses and hobbies. The American-made doll can even respond to questions, Siri-style….

How Tech and Gender Inclusivity Are Propelling the Toy Industry – Fortune

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

The toy aisle is one of the happiest places in the world of retail. At a time when restaurants are struggling with weak traffic due to high prices, department store sales are sputtering because of changing shopping behaviors, and apparel sales are being upended by cheap fast fashion, toy makers like Hasbro (has), Mattel (mat), and Lego are posting several strong years of sales. Experts say players big and small…

‘World’s first transgender doll’ to go on sale this summer – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017

An item billed as the “world’s first transgender doll” has been debuted at the New York Toy Fair, which drew to a close earlier this week. The doll is based on 16-year-old transgender activist and YouTube personality Jazz Jennings who, born a boy, transitioned to living as a girl at age five. The doll, which is 18in high, will be priced at £71 when it goes on sale this July. It was created…

‘World’s first transgender doll’ to go on sale this summer – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017

An item billed as the “world’s first transgender doll” has been debuted at the New York Toy Fair, which drew to a close earlier this week. The doll is based on 16-year-old transgender activist and YouTube personality Jazz Jennings who, born a boy, transitioned to living as a girl at age five. The doll, which is 18in high, will be priced at £71 when it goes on sale this July. It was created…