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Rubik’s Joins Forces with Fantasma Magic for New Magic Range Set

Rubik’s Joins Forces with Fantasma Magic for New Magic Range Set

Licensing, Merchandise
Rubik’s has teamed up with Fantasma Magic to create a range of exciting Rubik’s themed magic sets, following on from the massive viral success of Steve Brundage’s Rubik’s magic tricks that took him all the way to the semi-finals of 2016 Americas Got Talent, the firm revealed at New York Toy Fair. This brand-new line of magic, which is based on the Rubik’s Cube and has been developed by new Rubik’s master licensee The Smiley Company, will hit retail shelves in the US and Europe later this year and will capitalise on the growing popularity of this Cube today. “Rubik's is in the charts of several countries, including the USA as part of the top 10 best selling toys last Christmas," said Smiley CEO Nicolas Loufrani. "It is now time to grow that fabulous brand equity with some very creative
Pokemon Go joins in for Pokemon Day celebrations

Pokemon Go joins in for Pokemon Day celebrations

Animation
Marking the anniversary of the launch of the first two Pokémon video games in Japan back in 1996, Pokémon Day will see fun start at Pokemon.com, where an updated gallery of fans' Pokémon will be displayed using the hashtag #PokemonDay. "Pikachu is ready to lead the Pokémon Day celebration in Pokémon GO. From February 26 at 1pm PST to March 6 at 1pm PST (9pm UK time), any Pikachu you encounter in the wild will be wearing a festive party hat!" reads a Pokemon Company statement. "The Pikachu you catch during that time will keep its party hat forever, so be sure to look for this special Pikachu during its short time in the wild." Taking place on February 27, Pokémon Day marks the debut of the new Gallery Figures collection in the Pokémon Center. The first set includes figures of Eevee, Me
Throwback Thursday – 5 Doordarshan TV Shows That Will Make 90s Kids Nostalgic

Throwback Thursday – 5 Doordarshan TV Shows That Will Make 90s Kids Nostalgic

Animation, Channels, Top Stories
With the news of SRK’s Circus back on Doordarshan (DD), we think DD is on a major nostalgia spree. DD and its iconic shows are always our favorite. With the Indian TV Industry growing, we still love DD for its awesome old shows which are truly treasure trove. According to new agency reports, DD is also planning to bring back some shows on the channel due to the tremendous amount of requests for the programmes which are still fresh in the minds of people. Here we list out 5 awesome DD shows that will definitely make you smile while we take you down the memory lane: Malgudi Days Based on RK Narayan’s popular novel, it followed the lives of the ordinary folk living in the fictitious town of Malgudi. The town of Malgudi felt so real that people actually went in search of this place
Grumpy Cat and Garfield Crossover For New Comic Book Series

Grumpy Cat and Garfield Crossover For New Comic Book Series

Comics, Latest News
Two of the world’s most famous felines are set to join forces for the first time as part of a new comic book series. Grumpy Cat and Garfield will star in an original story following a deal with Dynamite Entertainment and BOOM! Studios' KaBOOM, which will be written by Garfield creator, Jim Davis. "Teaming up with Garfield for a comic series is a real honour," said Grumpy Cat. "I hate it." Nick Barrucci, CEO and publisher of Dynamite added: "Working with the fine folks at Grumpy Cat has been absolutely wonderful; we've had tremendous success bringing Grumpy to our fans, and helped to grow the comics market with record breaking sales through the direct market, book stores, and Scholastic. Grumpy Cat has been a kind of icon for the depressing era we live in. She is amused by nothing and
Hasbro readies My Little Pony Merch for Toy Fair reveal

Hasbro readies My Little Pony Merch for Toy Fair reveal

Licensing, Merchandise
Hasbro is set to unveil two new My Little Pony toys inspired by the upcoming movie. In addition to the reveal of the My Magical Princess Twilight Sparkle interactive figure and Canterlot & Seaquestria Castle Playset, voice stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sia are revealing the figures for their characters, Skystar and Songbird Serenade, on social media. Hasbro is delivering figures for all the new pony-pals appearing in the movie, including Skyster, Songbird, Captain Celaeno (voiced by Zoe Saldana), Queen Novo (Uzo Aduba), Grubber (Michael Peña), Storm King (Liev Schreiber) and Tempest (Emily Blunt). In addition, each My Little Pony: The Movie cast members, including Kristin Chenoweth and Sia are set to debut their very own character figure on social media. The film is set to hit cine
Cracke heads to India with Viacom18

Cracke heads to India with Viacom18

Animation, Headlines
Canadian Animation studio Squeeze has shopped its shortform animated series Cracké to Viacom18 in India, which will put it out on the local Nickelodeon channel and the Voot streaming service. The deal brings the show’s reach to 185 countries, and follows a recent launch in EMEA. Nina Elavia Jaipuria, head of kids entertainment at Viacom18, said: “Kids in India love comedy and Cracké, with its short duration format, unique animation style and adorable characterisation, is sure to provide them with an immersive experience.” Denis Doré, Squeeze’s president and co-founder added: “It’s very rewarding to realise that Cracké will make kids laugh around the world on a renowned and leading TV network such as Nickelodeon.” The 52 x one-minute show follows an anxious ostrich dad and his eight r
Mattel’s new Monster High to launch on YouTube

Mattel’s new Monster High to launch on YouTube

Animation
Mattel Creations’ new series Monster High: The Adventures of The Ghoul Squad is slated to become available exclusively on YouTube and YouTube Kids. The Adventures of The Ghoul Squad looks on as Draculaura, Frankie, Clawdeen and their friends travel to exotic locations, solve mysteries and rescue lost monsters. The 10×11-minute production marks the first full episodic series from Mattel Creations that will debut exclusively on YouTube and YouTube Kids. The show, which premieres later this year, will be offered in English, French, German, LatAm Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian. A 44-minute Monster High special is also being developed to complement the series and will be available to broadcasters and SVOD platforms. Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Mattel’s chief content officer, said
Brandgenuity Named Licensing Agent for Animated Series Oddbods

Brandgenuity Named Licensing Agent for Animated Series Oddbods

Licensing, Merchandise
Odd-of-the box thinking to drive licensing efforts  Leading global brand licensing agency, Brandgenuity, has been selected by One Animation as licensing agent in the US and Canada for the global smash hit animated series, Oddbods. The New York-based agency will build a licensing program for the Oddbods brand in categories including publishing, toys and games, apparel and accessories, back-to-school, home, gifts, social expression, experiences and more. Created and produced by CG animation studio One Animation, Oddbods has seen a dramatic expansion of its fan base over the last 12 months, particularly in North America where it broadcasts on Disney Junior and has also pulled in over 70 million views online. The property appeals to kids and tweens. “We are very excited to be working wit
‘POCOYO Playset’ wins Best Preschool Learning App at Kidscreen Awards

‘POCOYO Playset’ wins Best Preschool Learning App at Kidscreen Awards

Licensing, Merchandise
‘POCOYO Playset: Let’s Move’, an interactive app developed by the Spanish production company Zinkia Entertainment, in collaboration with the USA organization HITN (The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network), has been awarded as the Best Learning App for tablets at the Kidscreen Awards 2017. These prizes acknowledge annually the best audiovisual productions for kids in television and digital media worldwide. This year’s winners have been announced during Kidscreen Summit 2017, Miami and considered as the most important annual event in the kids entertainment industry. ‘POCOYO Playset: Let’s Move’ was released to the market in mid-2016. The app, which has been certified by expert pedagogues y educators from the US Education Department, is aimed to help children discover and
Throwback Thursday -5 Female Cartoon Characters of 90s Who Are Our Heroes Always

Throwback Thursday -5 Female Cartoon Characters of 90s Who Are Our Heroes Always

Animation
The '90s were a Golden Age for cartoons. Both Cartoon Network and Disney Channel were filled with countless hours of quality television. However, what made the '90s such a great time for TV was the iconic female characters who became our heroes eventually. Whether you were into cartoons or hospital dramas, television series in the 90s, they carried a slew of diverse feminist characters to look up. This Thursday we list few of our favorite female characters who will always remain our heroes. Powerpuff Girls Powerpuff Girls became synonymous with girl power. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercups -proved that girls were equals in the crime-fighting world, and that it takes all types to make up a female power trio. They showed how individuality should be respected and working together for a...