As he celebrates 30 years with Toys ‘R’ Us, this merchandising executive is still looking for the next hot product and newest trends that will keep the specialty retailer at the top of its game.
Mattel has partnered with ToyTalk to bring "Thomas & Friends" to life in a new app that uses speech recognition to enable conversations with characters.
Rovio has launched "Angry Birds 2," the first sequel to the most downloaded mobile game series of all time.
Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media has released the new app “Cars Daredevil Garage,” which lets fans scan Mattel diecast cars.
Children's app creator Cupcake Digital has introduced the subscription content service "NetKids Digital Entertainment Network."
Outfit7, the company behind the "Talking Tom and Friends" franchise, has launched the new game app "Mars Pop," the first product for its new brand NeoMars.
D3 Go! and Cartoon Network have launched the new free-to-play app "Adventure Time Puzzle Quest" worldwide.
Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe has released "Pac-Man Bounce," a new puzzle adventure game for smartphone and tablet devices.
The mobile game “Crossy Road” has launched a merchandise online store, carrying the official licensed merchandise for the brand.
Showtime, CBS Consumer Products and actor Michael C. Hall, who played Dexter in the eponymous cable series, is on the hunt again, this time with game players along for the ride.
Disney is launching a new family app, “Disney Shout!,” a game that has players hold up their phones and guess the Disney character, famous scene or match pictures.
Pretty Ugly, creators of the Uglydoll series, in partnership with Universal Partnerships & Licensing and mobile service Viber have created a Sticker Pack mobile program.
Scholastic Parent & Child magazine has launched "KidQ," a free mobile app that facilitates conversation about the things that kids are curious about.
Imangi Studios and National Geographic Kids are bringing the mobile game series "Temple Run" to life in an educational action-adventure book.
JumpStart has launched the new mobile game “School of Dragons: Alchemy Adventure,” based on DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon franchise.
DHX Brands has launched a major U.K. brand awareness initiative to help promote its new In the Night Garden website and app.
Activision Publishing has released “Duck Commander: Duck Defense,” a new tower defense game starring the Robertsons of A&E's hit reality TV series “Duck Dynasty.”
Auto event brand Monster Jam has released a host of new toy offerings, continued its program at Lowe's and added new trucks to its mobile game.
Angry Birds celebrated its fifth “BirdDay” Thursday with a number of events in its home market of Finland and the launch of a new "Angry Birds" app episode.
Nickelodeon U.K. has launched the first episode of a new online adventure game series, called "SpongeBob QuestPants."
Here’s a breakdown of 15 trends to watch this year–five licensors, five categories and five properties.
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