The good, the bad and the ugly…well not so much the bad, are the best words to describe the new collaboration between Hello Kitty and Uglydoll. The new co-branded line will feature Hello Kitty decked out in a variety of Uglydoll costumes. Under development for two years, the Hello Kitty Uglydoll plushes are made by Gund are set to make their entrance at this years San Diego Comic-Con.
While Mario is best recognized in his usual plumber attire, Nintendo’s lovable character also tends to gain power-ups that grant him new abilities and sometimes even change his appearance. In the WiiU launch title, New Super Mario Bros. U, Mario turns into a Flying Squirrel upon eating a Super Acorn, which provided inspiration for a new plush figure (pictured above). The Flying Squirrel Mario Plush will be available in two sizes; medium and large. The medium plush measures nearly 15 inches tall and is priced at about $30 while the small plush measures 9.5 inches and is priced at roughly $17.50.
Source: Game Watch
With Valentines Day and the Chinese New Year approaching, Sanrio has released a host of new Hello Kitty Plush items. Some of the Plush items mark these occasions, while others, simply show off Hello Kitty in a different skin. Hello Kitty is celebrating the year of the snake, which begins on February 10th, with the Hello Kitty Year of the Snake Red and Gold Plush items ( pictured above).
And while Hello Kitty is a Japanese Bobtail cat, she doesn’t seem to mind taking on the role of other animals as well, as can be seen by the plush items below: Continue reading
According to data compiled by the NDP group, building sets saw their sales increase a whopping 17% year over year as of September, 2012. Unfortunately, other toy categories did not fare as well. Dolls saw sales remain flat while every other category saw a decline, such as that of action figures, where sales fell 11%, or plush, where sales declined 19%.
Building sets appear to have had a stellar year thanks in part to releases such as Mega Blok’s World Of Warcraft, LEGO’s The Lord Of the Rings and Kre-O Transformers. But sales that occur this holiday season may provide a better long term perspective of what toys are hot and what toys are not.
Source: Globe Advisor , Mattel (Picture)
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