aNb Media News, October 12, 2010

Walmart Announces Early Savings on Toys Leading Up to Holidays

Today, Walmart announced savings on toys to kick off the pre-holiday season, with $5, $10, and $15 on this year’s must-have toys, available now in all Walmart stores. Research shows that this holiday season will be more difficult than most for budget-savvy customers. Families are looking to save money by cutting gifts for extended family and friends to create a memorable holiday for their immediate family. (Walmart Customer Insights, 2010)

Throughout the season, Walmart will introduce new weekly Rollbacks that will be featured in a dedicated aisle in stores to help customers easily find the best savings on toys. The retailer will also match any advertised price for the same product. Online customers can enjoy free shipping on hundreds of toys by using Walmart’s Site to Store service.

Following are a few examples of the breadth of toys in Walmart’s early savings assortment including some of the anticipated hottest toys this year:

Zoobles Starter Pack: $5 (new item)
Barbie Potty Training Pups: $10 (was $17.97)
Tonka Light and Sound Truck: $10 (was $14.97)
Monopoly: $10 (was $12)
Chuck Fold-n-Go Playset: $10 (was $16.96)
Bakugan Brawler Pack: $15 (was $21.76)
Hot Wheels Mega Air Jumper: $15 (was $19.97)
Loopz: $25 (was $29.98)
Nerf N-Strike Stampede: $44 (was $49.97)
FurReal Gogo Walking Puppy: $49 (was $54)

Disney XD Picks Up Kung Fu Magoo

Classic Media announced that the animated feature, Kung Fu Magoo, starring Quincy Magoo and the voice talents Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Kenny Mayne, Chris Parnell, and Alyson Stoner, will make its broadcast debut on the Disney Channel’s Disney XD Channel in key markets across the U.S., Germany, and Italy.

Kung Fu Magoo, produced by Anima Estudios, Santo Domingo Films, and Classic Media, is the first new Mr. Magoo production in more than 30 years. In the feature, viewers follow Mr. Magoo with his nephew, Justin, as they dodge giant robotic spiders and jet ski ninjas in a wild kung fu-style competition. Mr. Magoo competes against the world’s most notorious villains in the “Evil-lympics” tournament, and it’s up to Justin to help his uncle stay in the game and avoid danger at every turn.

Pokémon and Nintendo Offer Limited Distribution of Mew

It has been 10 years since Pokémon fans first visited the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version video games. To commemorate this occasion, Pokémon players can get the Rare Psychic-type Pokémon Mew for the original titles’ remakes, Pokémon HeartGold Version or Pokémon SoulSilver Version, for the Nintendo DS family of systems via a Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection distribution event October 15 through October 30, 2010.

At first, it was believed that there were only 150 Pokémon. As No. 151 in the National Pokédex, Mew was the original secret Pokémon, revealed for the Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version video games. Over the past 12 years, Mew has very rarely been attainable. Making this distribution especially exclusive, Mew comes inside a Cherish Ball and has a Premier Ribbon, both indicating that players got it via a special event.

During the limited distribution period, players will need to receive Mew using the Mystery Gift option via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service and their existing wireless broadband internet access, and will need to acquire the Pokédex in the game. Players must also have fewer than three Wonder Cards in their game.