Moose Games, the gaming innovation division of award-winning Moose Toys, announced the launch of Pickleball Blast, a family board game that puts a new spin on America’s fastest growing sport, pickleball. A first-of-its-kind pickleball showdown where players always have the home court advantage, Pickleball Blast will launch exclusively at Target stores nationwide and online on February 18, with expanded retail rollout in the fall. “Pickleball Blast is the newest proof point of Moose Games’ innovation and our keen ability to spot trends. It capitalizes on pickleball’s place in pop culture and offers the lively game play of the sport in whole new way,” said David Norman, president, Moose Games. “Our team has put a great ‘dill’ of creativity into reinterpreting the incredible enthusiasm for the sport and it’s sure to score big with fans of the sport and board games alike. We look forward to ‘relishing’ in its success and continuing to win big in the games category.”
Adventure awaits as Curious Hedgehog and Showpath Entertainment unite with Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro to bring the first-ever officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) theatrical production to the stage this spring, The Twenty-Sided Tavern! Gather your party and experience the interactive theatrical adventure that has captivated critics and audiences worldwide, with previews starting at Stage 42 (422 W 42nd St) in New York City on Friday, April 19, 2024, and an official opening of Sunday, May 5, 2024. Exclusive pre-sale tickets will be available starting February 29th. Interested fans can sign up at thetwentysidedtavern.com for pre-sale access. General public on-sale begins Monday, March 4th.
The new PUMA x Trolls designs transform classic kids’ gear with a sprinkling of signature Trolls flair. Created in collaboration with the beloved DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls films, the new collection is a celebration of joy, community and music. Featuring vibrant colors, playful graphics, and enchanting details like pops of color inspired by the iconic Trolls hair, the collection is all about the happy Trolls characters who love to sing, dance and hug all day. Featuring styles for boys and girls, the playful and colorful apparel incorporates soundwaves and musical motifs from the Trolls films. Active silhouettes like the matching track jacket and track pants are complemented by classic silhouettes like graphic t-shirts and crewneck sweaters.
Kartoon Studios, Inc (NYSE American: TOON) evergreen brand “Llama Llama” partners with Penguin Young Readers and KOHL’s to launch new back-to-back nationwide retail promotions featuring book and plush products from the bestselling “Llama Llama” franchise, as part of the popular Kohl’s Cares program. Additionally, Kartoon Studios has added two new plush toy licensing partners to a growing roster, Spirit and YOTTOY, further building the brand’s U.S. merchandise program.
Beginning this year, PBS KIDS is rolling out a full slate of civics-themed content. The effort will span across a range of both new and existing series aimed at encouraging viewers to get involved in their communities and learn more about what’s happening around them. The programming, which will expand on PBS KIDS’ Social Studies learning goals, will feature a second season of hit shorts series, City Island, and two new music video series, City Island Sings and Together We Can (w.t), created with Sesame Workshop. PBS KIDS is also in development with TIME Studios on a live-action shorts series supporting civic engagement through media literacy.
Late in 2023, MGA Entertainment (MGA) and Crayola proudly announced a multi-year licensing agreement for MGA Entertainment to produce and distribute Crayola-inspired dolls and licensed merchandise globally under its L.O.L. Surprise! Loves brand. The all-new L.O.L. Surprise! Loves Crayola line-up popped up in toy aisles this month with the cutest, color-filled, limited-edition tots and a giant crayon-shaped L.O.L. Surprise! Loves Crayola Color Me Studio, poised to become the season’s must-have collection.
Hasbro, Inc, a leading toy and game company, has reported financial results for Q4 and full year 2023. “Guided by our strategy of ‘Fewer, Bigger, Better,’ we had important wins across both toys and games while making progress in our transformation during a challenging 2023. Despite the macroeconomic backdrop, we are entering 2024 with a healthier balance sheet, a leaner cost structure, and a diverse portfolio of industry-leading toy and game brands that support our capacity to invest in the business and maintain our commitment to returning cash to shareholders via our category-leading dividend,” said Chris Cocks, Hasbro chief executive officer. “Our refreshed leadership team is bringing innovative new products to our fans. At the same time, we are taking the necessary actions to transform Hasbro and deliver long-term profitable growth starting with driving significant profit growth across our segments in 2024 and building momentum in our innovation pipeline between now and 2025.”
Dallas Market Center announces the launch of Nearshoring America, a new international expo and support services designed to explore and facilitate nearshoring production services for gift, home furnishings, and fashion accessories companies. Nearshoring America EXPO, to take place at Dallas Market Center from December 10-12, 2024, will connect brands and their representatives with vetted factories and supply chain service providers from Mexico and Latin America.
It’s Alma’s Way!, the first album from the hit animated PBS KIDS series, Alma’s Way, is now available on all digital music platforms. The release of the soundtrack comes from the collaboration between Fred Rogers Productions, the esteemed children’s media organization and producer behind Alma’s Way, and Warner Music Group’s Arts Music division. Fans of the acclaimed series, which helps children ages 4-6 develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, will recognize the music celebrating Alma’s Puerto Rican heritage, her adventures in her hometown of The Bronx, and more.