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LEGO VIDIYO

The LEGO Group and Universal Music Group have announced LEGO VIDIYO, a playful and innovative music video maker experience designed to celebrate and expand children’s creativity and passion for music. 

LEGO VIDIYO is a brand-new way to play that helps children dream big by directing, producing, starring in, and sharing their own music videos, using tracks from across the globe, led by chart hits from UMG’s unrivaled artists.

LEGO VIDIYO is aimed at children aged 7 – 10, providing a safe universe where they can traverse the worlds of physical and digital play. The platform lets children experiment with play and music, a powerful combination that’s fundamental to their development, extending their ability to connect with other people emotionally and creatively.

Combining new technology with the LEGO System in Play, and music from many of the world’s leading artists covering multiple genres, LEGO VIDIYO provides a refreshing opportunity for children to express themselves creatively. By putting them in charge of their own music video productions, children can both discover music and harness their passion for it through an immersive, positive and safe social experience. As LEGO VIDIYO requires verified parental consent – along with anonymity – and external moderation of all content uploaded to the App feed, parents can be reassured their child is unleashing their creativity while staying safe online.

Accessed through a unique mashup of LEGO elements, minifigures, music, augmented reality and a vibrant new App, LEGO VIDIYO will be filled with endless combinations of editing options unlocked through new special effect ‘BeatBits’. Young creators can enjoy and experiment with their own individual styles and ways of bringing music videos to life.

Here’s how it works:

Choose one of the many songs in the App from a broad variety of established artists – both contemporary chart toppers and instantly recognizable classics.

Create your band from a vibrant collection of new, physical minifigures, which can be customized and brought to life in different scales through AR technology in the VIDIYO App.

Line up special effects in the form of ‘BeatBits’ and place them on the scanning stage. BeatBits are decorated 2×2 square LEGO elements, which once scanned unlock digital effects that let you control everything from video and music styles to scene effects. Creators can see their vision realized by choosing anything from black and white bling effects, to confetti showers and even X-ray vision. They can also add audio effects such as DJ scratching, mouse voice or sax solo, as well as fun signature character moves and gimmicks, from breakdancing to surfing on a shark…

Set the stage. From parks to bedrooms and backyards to brick-built models, LEGO VIDIYO music videos can live anywhere. In just three-seconds, your location is scanned and production countdown starts.

Hitting the selected BeatBits in the App, children then take creative control of their own music video production, triggering dance moves and audio/video effects in an amazing 60 second performance, which can be trimmed down to 5, 10, 15 or 20 second shareable clips.

Clips can then be uploaded to the App feed, but only once the content has passed moderation. Any content featuring personally identifiable information, such as children starring in the video, will not be approved for App feed upload, but can be stored locally in-App, to be enjoyed in-person with friends or family members.

In blending these elements, children can experience LEGO play in a way never seen before. Using new AR technology, this will be the first-time children can play with minifigures in real-life scale and at a super-sized scale, in addition to the iconic minifigure scale. The App lets children style all of their band members, select names for their band, design album covers and much more!

New music, challenges, and inspirational content will be added regularly to the App to keep gameplay fresh and encourage children to continue developing their creative skills. The challenges are designed to help young creators transform their videos from simple performances to exciting and dynamic productions, while ensuring they take full advantage of the wide range of features LEGO VIDIYO has to offer through new unique BeatBits.

The first LEGO VIDIYO products will be available on March 1st.

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Funko Star Wars Concept Series Pops!

This special series of Star Wars Pops! is based on the character concept art by the famed Ralph McQuarrie. 

McQuarrie was the conceptual designer and illustrator on the original Star Wars trilogy. His concept paintings were instrumental in helping George Lucas win approval from 20th Century Fox to fund his Star Wars project. 

Funko will release McQuarrie’s concepts of Yoda, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Darth Vader to choose from.

Bring home a piece of the stellar art that inspired an entire galaxy, far, far away.

Order HERE for $11 each.

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Mr. Potato Head Goes Gender Neutral

Mr. Potato Head is no longer a mister.

Hasbro, the company that makes the potato-shaped plastic toy, is giving the spud a gender neutral new name: Potato Head. The change will appear on boxes this year.

Toy makers have been updating their classic brands to appeal to kids today. Barbie has shed its blonde image and now comes in multiple skin tones and body shapes. Thomas the Tank Engine added more girl characters. And American Girl is now selling a boy doll.

Hasbro said Mr. Potato Head, which has been around for about 70 years, needed a modern makeover.

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American Girl Unveils Its 2021 Girl of The Year, Kira Bailey

American Girl has unveiled its 2021 Girl of the Year, Kira Bailey. Kira—a nurturing and inquisitive 10-year-old who cares deeply for animals and the environment—joins American Girl’s line of contemporary characters that inspires children to make a positive difference in the world. Whether she’s caring for an orphaned koala joey or facing a bushfire that’s threatening her great-aunts’ wildlife sanctuary in Australia, Kira confronts critical ecological issues, such as wildlife protection and the threat of climate change, that are more relevant to our planet than ever.

To further support Kira’s message, American Girl is partnering with NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service, Inc. (WIRES), Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization dedicated to rescuing and caring for sick, injured, and orphaned animals, including those impacted by bushfires and drought. Today through December 30, 2021, American Girl is supporting the organization’s mission to rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife by matching customer donations dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $25,000. To learn more about how American Girl is helping WIRES, visit http://www.americangirl.com/kira.

To create Kira, American Girl worked hand in hand with author Erin Teagan, who holds a master’s degree in science and traveled to Australia to gain a deeper understanding of Kira’s experiences. Other consultants specializing in Australian wildlife and culture reviewed all aspects of Kira’s world—from manuscripts to products—to help ensure every detail was rooted in real practices and science, with the following two experts playing an integral role:

Dr. Alison Bee — Veterinarian, owner and manager of Magnetic Island Animal Hospital, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility for sick, injured, and orphaned koalas in North Queensland, Australia.

Tassin Barnard — Owner and manager of the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, a wildlife preserve on the central coast of New South Wales.​

In the two-book series, Kira is excited to leave her home state of Michigan and spend her summer abroad at her great-aunts’ Mamie and Lynette’s wildlife sanctuary and vet clinic in Queensland, Australia. There she learns to care for injured or orphaned animals with her new friend Alexis. But when a roving predator and a raging bushfire threaten the sanctuary, Kira must rise to the challenge to protect her family and the animals she loves. In the end, Kira learns you can’t let the fear of the worst keep you from living your best. 

Bringing the stories to life is a beautiful 18-inch Kira doll, featuring green eyes and long, wavy blonde hair, that comes dressed in a tie-dye tank, sporty skirt, and lace-up boots perfect for bushwalking.

Kira’s signature accessories include an outdoor backpack with koala keychain and a wide-brimmed hat to protect her from the Australian sun.

Girls can choose from several other Australian-inspired outfits, including Kira’s girl-and-doll koala PJs, as well as adorable plush animals like a kangaroo and joey, koala, and a wombat (part of Kira’s Wildlife Rescue Set). To extend the play further, there’s Kira’s Animal Exam Table and Comfy Platform Tent—both with over 20 authentic accessories—to fuel girls’ imaginations.

The Kira collection is available at americangirl.com and at all American Girl retail locations nationwide. The Kira doll and book retails for $110 and the Kira books ($7.99 each) can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers. 

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Star Wars The Black Series Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Elite Lightsaber

Check out the sleek Star Wars The Black Series Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Elite Lightsaber! 

In Star Wars lore, the Mandalorian Darksaber is an ancient Lightsaber that serves as a powerful symbol of leadership to the Mandalorians — a unique weapon with a black-energy blade lined with a crackling white edge. 

Features:

– Includes: Lightsaber, barrel plug, hex key tool, stand, rechargeable Li-ion battery, USB charging cord, and instructions.

– Combining advanced LEDs and entertainment-inspired Lightsaber sound effects, the Force FX Elite Lightsaber is the most realistic Force FX Lightsaber yet

– Features authentic Lightsaber sound effects inspired by The Mandalorian series, including power-up, power down, and motion sensor-controlled idle hum and battle clash effects

– Features progressive ignition, battle clash effect, molten tip effect, light-up hilt, and the first-ever Star Wars Force FX Elite Lightsaber white LED blade edge

– The durable light-up metal hilt features design and deco based on the Darksaber seen in the live-action series The Mandalorian on Disney Plus

– Proudly display this Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Elite Lightsaber in any Star Wars collection with the included stand, with or without the removable blade

Pre-order starts at 4:00pm ET on Hasbro Pulse. The cost is $249.99.

Check it out HERE.

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The 2020 CONAN Funko Pop! Figures Have Been Announced

San Diego Comic Con may have been cancelled, but that didn’t stop Funko from creating five new limited edition Conan Funko Pop! Figures. 

This year your lovable red headed talk show host has been cast in pop-culture plastic as Chucky, Dr. Ian Malcolm, Marty McFly, Wonder Woman and an ultra limited Aquaman.

Fans Can Enter to Win Through On-Air and Social Media Sweepstakes December 7-18. Each night on “Conan,” a special code will be revealed which fans can use to enter the sweepstakes. Team Coco’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter will also provide additional opportunities for fans to win by randomly alerting followers to a special spin-to-win digital activation.

Learn more about all the ways to win them at http://tbs.com/conanpop and https://teamcoco.com/pop.

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Nerf LMTD Star Wars The Mandalorian Amban Phase-Pulse Blaster

The Mandalorian is battle-worn and tight-lipped, a formidable bounty hunter in an increasingly dangerous galaxy. Imagine tracking down bounties and battling opponents with this NERF LMTD Star Wars Amban Phase-pulse Blaster.

– This dart-firing blaster is meticulously detailed, capturing the look of the Amban Phase-pulse blaster seen in The Mandalorian live-action TV series on Disney Plus

– The blaster measures 50.25 inches long (1.27 meters) and comes fully assembled in premium packaging, perfect for display

– Features series-accurate blaster sounds and an electronic scope with an illuminated lens (Requires 2x 1.5v AAA alkaline batteries, not included)

– This series-accurate, breech-load blaster has a handle you pull back to prime the blaster and includes 10 Official Nerf Elite foam darts

  

Pre-order HERE for $120 by 12/31/2020. Item estimated to ship 10/1/2021.

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Must-Have Children’s Toys That Are Worth Your Money This Christmas

Christmas looks set to be a little different this year. As the pandemic continues to weave its course, it’s increasingly likely that our festivities will be limited by some form of social distancing. Yet despite the challenges of 2020, there are still plenty of ways to keep the magic alive for little ones.  

Writing wish lists for Santa Claus is one tradition that will be safe to continue. Toy sales have fallen in recent Christmas periods, but each year still brings a raft of new models and gadgets that sell out weeks before the big day. 

Many parents will be keener than ever to find great-value gifts while managing funds carefully. Thankfully, MadeForMums has tested and reviewed hundreds of this year’s hottest toys to offer gift recommendations you can rely on.  

Gotta Go Flamingo

As you may guess from the name, this interactive flamingo toy comes with a special toilet that it uses when nature calls. Kids can feed him reusable flamingo food until he sings ‘Uh oh, gotta go!’.  This might grate on you when you hear it for the tenth time in an hour – but it’ll make little ones laugh every time!

Little Tikes First Washer-Dryer

Is it time your child started helping out around the house? This mini washing machine and tumble dryer contraption offers fun ways to prepare them for adult life.  It comes with spinning dials, a rotating drum, a detergent drawer and bottle, laundry baskets and convincing sound effects.  

Lamaze 3 in 1 Airtivity Center

The emphasis is on ‘Airtivity’ with this great toy. It features an entrancing air-powered sea scene with floating seaweed, fish, and a whale complete with a spinning spout.  Handily, you can set the center at floor level or table height, making it ideal for those still finding their stability.  

Smoby Chef Corner Restaurant

Is your child becoming interested in what you do around the kitchen? This mini kitchen and café offers lots to see and do, with a fridge, oven, coffee machine, hotplate, sink, ingredients and more. The tap squirts real water too! It’s a bulky choice for any playroom, but if you have the space this toy will keep any budding chef entertained.  

Lego Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course 

Super Mario and Lego are two classic creations for kids – so why not combine the two? This set comes with a speaker that plays authentic video game sounds as you send a mini Mario around a freshly built course to earn coins.  The instructions come on a free app, and the variety of course combinations creates lots of different play opportunities. 

Could any of these toys put a smile on your little one’s face come December 25th?

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Mickey And Minnie’s Runaway Railway Inspires New Line of Happy Meal Toys At McDonald’s

The magic of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway has rolled into McDonald’s! Just in time for their birthday celebration, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have inspired a brand-new line of Happy Meal toys at McDonald’s, bringing Mouse Rules to the iconic Golden Arches. 

This new collection features Mickey and Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald and Daisy experiencing some of the iconic attractions from across Walt Disney World Resort. Anchored by Engineer Goofy and Mickey and Minnie celebrating Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, these toys connect together to form a 10-car train. Each one also has a unique function to make the character move as it rolls, so as the attraction’s soundtrack says, nothing can stop us now from having fun!  

Now through Dec. 14, while supplies last, when you purchase a Happy Meal at participating McDonald’s locations, you can enter for a chance to win a vacation for four to Walt Disney World Resort and experience the attraction that inspired it all: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Families can also enjoy fun and engaging games at home as part of this Happy Meal program through the McDonald’s Happy Meal App. 

As part of the November limited edition Disney-themed toys, McDonald’s is giving out game tickets with a code that parents can enter to win a vacation for four to Walt Disney World Resort that can be taken through Dec. 15, 2022. There are game tickets with a code in every Happy Meal.

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Play-Doh For Grown Ups

Play-Doh is launching its first-ever product specifically for adults, which will be available at Amazon and Walmart.

The scented product line, aptly named Play-Doh for Grown Ups, was inspired by “comical trends, iconic themes and pop culture favorites,” according to a Hasbro spokesperson.

The line includes: Overpriced Latte (coffee); Mom Jeans (clean denim); Grill King (smoked meats); Dad Sneakers (rubber); Spa Day (floral); and Lord of the Lawn (fresh cut grass).

There are six 4 oz. cans total, in colors including brown, green, red, blue, pink ,and white. One color is described as the nutty brown color of expensive coffee, while another showcases the bright green of a healthy happy lawn.

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