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Josh Gad’s ‘Star Wars’ interrogation of Daisy Ridley culminates in an epic celebrity-filled inquisition – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

“Frozen” actor Josh Gad’s longtime trolling for “Star Wars” spoilers from Daisy Ridley has reached peak nerdiness with some surprising celebrity “Star Wars” fanatics.  Ridley, who plays main character Rey in the new episodic “Star Wars” franchise, has been hounded for weeks for “Star Wars” information by her “Murder on the Orient Express” castmate Gad on the set of their film. Thankfully, for us, each surprise interrogation has been diligently recorded by Gad for the public’s…

Going Hollywood: How Lego stays relevant in a digital age – CNBC

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

In addition to classic building sets and sets based on movies and licensing deals, Lego will continue to develop toy lines that incorporate technology, Kodak said. “We’re nearly 20 years into technology toys in the Lego context,” he said. “It started with Mindstorms back in 1998, and we’ve been progressively updating the technology in that product to keep up with the times and remain relevant with that.” The Mindstorms line…

Hasbro’s ‘Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary Toys Recreate Famed Kenner Early Bird Kit – Space.com

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017

NEW YORK – The Force is seriously strong with Hasbro’s birthday present to “Star Wars” fans. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this year, Hasbro is going back to the beginning by recreating the famed Kenner Early Bird Certificate for action figures from 1977. Hasbro unveiled the new Star Wars 40th Anniversary Legacy Pack (and a ton of other toys from a galaxy far, far away) during Toy…

Retail Under Fire: Toys "R" Us Has Laid Off Up To 15% Of HQ Employees – Forbes

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017

(Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Toys ‘R’ Us) For decades, Toys “R” Us has stood as one of the most reliable and iconic sources of childhood glee. Now, that tradition is on shaky ground. This Friday, the company announced they had laid off between 10-15% of their home office employees out of Wayne, New Jersey — approximately 250 jobs were eliminated.  Amy Von Walter, Toys “R” Us EVP of Global Communication and PR,…

Hello Barbie Hologram is like Alexa but also an eternal prison – The Verge

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017

Mattel’s Hello Barbie line is the company’s techiest endeavor. So far, the product suite consists of Hello Barbie herself, the smart Hello Barbie Dreamhouse, and now, Hello Barbie Hologram. Hello Barbie Hologram is designed to sit on a kid’s nightstand or around the house to extend playtime. Mattel introduced it at the New York City Toy Fair this past weekend. The idea is that kids want to know what Barbie…

Hasbro’s ‘Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary Toys Recreate Famed Kenner Early Bird Kit – Space.com

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017

NEW YORK – The Force is seriously strong with Hasbro’s birthday present to “Star Wars” fans. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this year, Hasbro is going back to the beginning by recreating the famed Kenner Early Bird Certificate for action figures from 1977. Hasbro unveiled the new Star Wars 40th Anniversary Legacy Pack (and a ton of other toys from a galaxy far, far away) during Toy…

Crowds flock to Saudi Arabia’s first Comic Con – CNN

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017

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18 Really Cool Toys From This Year’s Giant Annual Toy Fair That You Must Have – TheStreet.com

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017

Kids should be poised to score a host of really cool toys at some point this year. The annual toy fair kicked off in New York City this weekend amid continued strength in the toy industry. The U.S. toy market grew 5% to $20.36 billion last year, according to The NPD Group. In 2015, sales rose 7%. “We are doing more storytelling than ever before,” Hasbro (HAS) Chairman and CEO…

Lego debuts Star Wars, Marvel and other playsets spotlighting 2017 movies – CNET

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017

Want to see the future of car technology? Brian Cooley found it for you at CES 2017 in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Hasbro’s 40th Anniversary Star Wars Figures Are an Amazing Throwback – Gizmodo

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017

All photos courtesy Hasbro The very first Star Wars movie turns 40 in 2017—as are, practically, the toys that have long been intertwined with the franchise. To celebrate 40 years in the galaxy far, far away, Hasbro are breaking out the weaponized nostalgia with an homage to the classic Kenner era of Star Wars toys. Advertisement Unveiled at New York Toy Fair this weekend, a new range of 6″ Black…

Hologram Barbie is your new personal assistant: First Look – CNET

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017

First Look: Hologram Barbie is your new personal assistant 1:26 / February 17, 2017 This animated Barbie lives in a box on your nightstand, dancing to music and awaiting your commands. Mattel gives a preview at the New York Toy Fair.

The Most Amazing Marvel Figures Seen at Toy Fair This Year – Gizmodo

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hasbro revealed a ton of new Marvel toys at Toy Fair this year—covering everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to comic book favorites. The thing I might be most excited by however is this A-Force six pack, but with both Monica Rambeau and Elsa Bloodstone, it might as well be the Nextwave figure set of my dreams. Advertisement Nextwave is, unequivocally, one of the funniest Marvel comics ever released—so the…

Hasbro’s 40th Anniversary Star Wars Figures Are an Amazing … – Gizmodo

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

All photos courtesy Hasbro The very first Star Wars movie turns 40 in 2017—as are, practically, the toys that have long been intertwined with the franchise. To celebrate 40 years in the galaxy far, far away, Hasbro are breaking out the weaponized nostalgia with an homage to the classic Kenner era of Star Wars toys. Advertisement Unveiled at New York Toy Fair this weekend, a new range of 6″ Black…

Dancing baby Groot toy is back and it’s grown legs – CNET

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 isn’t far away, and Hasbro’s got a fair amount of toys ready for the movie’s debut. But of all the movie-themed things I saw at Toy Fair 2017, the newest dancing Groot looks like it’s aiming to be the winner. Groot came in a dancing toy the last time Guardians of the Galaxy was in theaters, but that was a little baby Groot in a…

Meet Hologram Barbie, the interactive doll who can change her own clothes – WTAE Pittsburgh

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

This new Barbie will be able to change her own clothes. Toy maker Mattel’s latest invention is a digitally rendered interactive Barbie — called the Hello Barbie Hologram — and it’s hitting stores in late fall this year. The toy will be priced at under $300, the company says. It was unveiled at the Toy Industry Association’s annual fair in New York this weekend, and Mattel said the hologram on…

‘Lightseekers’ Pre-Orders Open April 17 Exclusively At ‘Toys R Us’ – Forbes

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tomy and PlayFusion announce Toys“R”Us as exclusive retail partner for Lightseekers. The game, which takes toys to life play onto tablets with a line of smart figures, trading cards and weapons will be available first at Toys“R”Us stores on Saturday, July 1 with pre-orders online opening on Monday, April 17. According to the press release “Lightseekers creates the most ambitious transmedia entertainment platform ever envisioned”. That may sounds like marketing…

​You can go Star-Lord or Star Wars with Hasbro’s new helmet gear – CNET

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

If you like wearing things on your head, 2017 is looking like a good one. Toy Fair is here in New York this weekend, and with it comes a taste of the geek toys of the year. At Hasbro’s preview event, the most notable headgear was a Guardians of the Galaxy high-end Star-Lord helmet. It won’t be out in time for the next movie, but it might time well for…

All the coolest, craziest stuff we found at New York Toy Fair – CNET

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Want to see the future of car technology? Brian Cooley found it for you at CES 2017 in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Hologram Barbie: she’s Mattel’s newest toy – fox8.com

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

NEW YORK — This new Barbie will be able to change her own clothes. Toy maker Mattel’s latest invention is a digitally rendered interactive Barbie — called the Hello Barbie Hologram — and it’s hitting stores in late fall this year. The toy will be priced at under $300, the company says. It was unveiled at the Toy Industry Association’s annual fair in New York this weekend, and Mattel said…

​You can go Star-Lord or Star Wars with Hasbro’s new helmet gear – CNET

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017

If you like wearing things on your head, 2017 is looking like a good one. Toy Fair is here in New York this weekend, and with it comes a taste of the geek toys of the year. At Hasbro’s preview event, the most notable headgear was a Guardians of the Galaxy high-end Star-Lord helmet. It won’t be out in time for the next movie, but it might time well for…