Known for its steam-centric electronic building blocks, New York-based tech startup littleBits is working out some big plans when it comes to coding. The company has launched a new kit designed to teach the foundations of coding and engineering through blocks and gaming activities. It will also coincide with the release of a littleBits Code Kit app that features drag-and-drop block programming based on Google’s Blockly. Also included in the kits are more than 100 activities and lessons for kids in grades three to eight as well as start guides for both students and teachers. littleBits, which joined Disney’s 2016 Accelerator Program after raising US$60 million in funding, is currently accepting advanced purchase orders for the kit, which will be released in June. The new kit is perfect
With a host of new features, Italian theme park Leolandia has decided to expand its current Masha and the Bear zone for the 2017 season. The new Masha and the Bear-themed features will include a larger area for meet-and-greets, photo opportunities and the ability to the watch the preschool series. Commenting on the same, Maurizio Distefano, president, Maurizio Distefano Licensing, said “Leolandia is the top amusement park for Italian families and this renewed partnership sets the stage for a memorable 2017–for both Leolandia and ‘Masha and the Bear.” The new additions to the Masha and the Bear area at Leolandia will roll out this year.
To help viewers come out of the indefinite waiting for Rick & Morty, season 3, CFhas announced the launch of two new games based on the Cartoon Network property scheduled for release later in the year. The first is Anatomy Park a board game that is based on an episode of the same name. In this players will find themselves exploring the human body (of a homeless man named Ruben). The second, Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind is a deck building card game that will see players shooting for top score and attempt to get Schwifty, with cards based on the bizarre and hilarious world of the show.
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
Thanks to a partnership between Wrebbit Puzzles Inc. and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, one of the most iconic landmarks from the Harry Potter film series has been brought to life in 3D puzzle form. Fans of Harry Potter can now build their very own Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 3D puzzle format. For Nuremberg Spielwarenmesse 2017, Wrebbit offers a wider range of puzzles from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in the wake of last year’s global blockbuster Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which takes us to a new era of the Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. The collection, that focuses on famous sections of Hogwarts Castle, was initially launched with the 850-piece Great Hall. In early 2016, Wrebbit added a second model, with t
India's premier mobile game publishing company Nazara Games announces the launch of an eSports league in India today. Being a key investor in the gaming ecosystem in India and internationally, Nazara Games plans to invest approx. Rs 136 crore (20 million USD) to develop the Indian eSports ecosystem over the next 5 years. The eSports venture will be a new company which is going to be a 100% owned subsidiary company of Nazara Technologies Pvt Ltd. Nazara Games is now committed to build the most vibrant and all-encompassing ecosystem for eSports in India, which can produce Indian teams capable of winning in global eSports competitions across different games. According to Nitish Mittersain, Founder & MD, Nazara Games, “eSports has become a cultural phenomenon in the last few years. Cou
The Lego Group has launched Lego Life, a free app-focused social network that gives the youngest of builders a safe online platform to bridge their physical and digital play experiences. The network aims to be the next step in the sociability and personalization of Lego, after the company witnessed millions of kids sharing their work in the “Cool Creations” section of Lego Club magazine and using Lego.com message boards to share stories and photos. Among the new platform’s features are a Lego Emoji keyboard, exclusive content, a 3D Lego minifigure avatar creator, daily building challenges, rewards and tools to help kids build their physical Lego collections. Kids can also choose to follow groups dedicated to certain animals, vehicles, heroes, specific Lego themes, seasonal programs an
Popular online gaming title Candy Crush is to grow its UK licensing programme through licensing specialists The Point. 188. Named as King’s extension partner, the firm will build long term sustainable partnerships between ambitious brands and innovative partners to create a range of new branded product collections. A leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, King offers a global portfolio of games with franchises including Farm Heroes, Pet Rescue, Bubble Witch and the popular Candy Crush title. Under the new partnership, The Point 1888 will aim to increase brand engagement and consumer touch points for the Candy crush property. “We are delighted to be partnering with King to drive the brand into new categories,” said George Birtchnell, brand manager at The Point
Titan Comics has announced a new Assassin's Creed mini-series titled Assassin's Creed Reflections, which arrives on March 9th, 2017. The series will feature four stand-alone adventures starring fan-favourite assassins from the popular video game series including Ezio, Altair and Edward Kenway. Penned by Eisner-nominated writer Ian Edginton (Last Descendants – Locus) and illustrated by Valeria Favoccia (Assassin’s Creed® Uprising), Assassin’s Creed® Reflections goes beyond the storylines of the video game, revealing hidden adventures and brand-new revelations for fans of the series. In the debut issue of this celebratory series, Templar agent Otso Berg’s Animus research leads him to 15th Century Florence, and the memories of the legendary figure Ezio Auditore da Firenze. In a final mee
Wandering through a book store and you find the section of graphic novels and while flipping the pages of the novel you find someone who says “It seems you like comic books, that’s nice!” People always mix up these two terms and it might seem frustrating for those who know the meaning of it and difference. Although both are works of fiction and have panel style storytelling, they are not same. “Maus,” a graphic novel created by Art Spiegelman, was the first comic/graphic novel to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Additionally, comics have been inspiring, read, cherished and used for marketing and propaganda in America since the 1930s. Graphic Novels in India Graphic novels are not new for India too, what is new is the themes they depict. With events like comic con people now k