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Skylanders SuperChargers Coming This Fall

Skylanders SuperChargers Key ArtThere’s always something new around the corner with Skylanders, and this year is no exception! Buckle your seatbelts, because the new Skylanders SuperChargers (available 9/20) puts vehicles front and center– a mechanic never before offered by the Skylanders franchise.

Skylanders SuperChargers is set to feature twenty vehicles total across three categories (land, sea, and air), as well as twenty new SuperChargers, Skylanders who can interact with the vehicles in a special way. While any Skylanders character can drive the new vehicles, each SuperCharger pairs with a specific vehicle, and when both are on the portal together it triggers special bonuses, giving the character and the vehicle extra power.

The Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack will come in two forms: the Standard Starter Pack and the Portal Owner’s Pack. The game’s standard edition will feature the game, portal, and three characters– vehicle Hot Streak, SuperCharger Spitfire, and SuperCharger Stealth Elf– while the Portal Owner’s Pack will bring a new digital option to the table. Allowing you to use your portal from Skylanders Trap Team, this edition will come with digital versions of all three characters included in the standard edition, as well as a digital copy of the game itself, allowing console gamers to download Skylanders  digitally for the first time ever!

Skylanders SuperChargers will be available on September 20, 2015 for the following platforms: Xbox One, Playstation 4, Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and iOS (with a different version of Skylanders SuperChargers also coming to the Wii and 3DS.) For a special advance look at some of the new characters, vehicles, and more that will be featured in Skylanders SuperChargers, check out the gallery below!

 

Chevrolet to Feature Record-Breaking Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Integration

IMG_2268 Any driver knows that in today’s tech-oriented world, it can be tricky to balance the flow of everyday cell phone usage with distraction-free driving. On one hand, it’s not safe to attempt phone calls, texts, and the like while behind the wheel, but on the other hand it’s hard to cut connection from the people and apps (like music, maps, etc.) that can be helpful while on the road. Thankfully, building on their long history of driver safety and technological innovation, Chevrolet has a solution for the tech-addled driver: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.

For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in 14 different models, more than any other auto brand on the market. The technology will allow drivers to display select pre-approved iPhone/Android apps (Maps, Music, Messages, Phone, and more) on their cars’ dashboard display screen via an included MyLink wire that plugs directly into the device. Once connected (which literally only involves plugging your phone in– no extra app needed!) the apps will appear in large form on the display screen, where the driver can select the one he or she wants, and utilize either a large print (for easy visibility) or entirely hands-free version of the app.

Below, you can check out a list of the cars that will include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support:

2016 Model Year Chevrolet Infotainment Systems

7-Inch MyLink Infotainment

Spark

Cruze

Malibu

Camaro

Camaro Convertible

Silverado

Silverado HD

8-Inch MyLink Infotainment

Cruze

Malibu

Impala

Volt

Camaro

Camaro Convertible

Corvette

Corvette Convertible

Colorado

Silverado

Silverado HD

Tahoe

Suburban

 

 

Free Comic Book Day 2015!

116109_706142_24Last Saturday, comic book shops across the country celebrated Free Comic Book Day with signings, special appearances, sales, and of course, free comics! We got to be a part of the awesome festivities, and even picked up a few of the 50 different titles that were offered. In case you missed the announcement (or just want to check off which ones you got), here’s a look at the list of comics that were available:

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| SONIC/MEGA MAN: “WORLDS UNITE”  FLIP-BOOK

ASPEN MLT INC. | WORLDS OF ASPEN 2015

AUTOMATIC PUBLISHING| HATTER M: LOVE OF WONDER #1

AVATAR| MERCURY HEAT DEBUT

BEGUILING BOOKS| COMIC FESTIVAL! 2015 #1
CAPSTONE| MARCH GRAND PRIX

CBLDF| DEFEND COMICS

CHAPTER HOUSE/CAPTAIN CANUCK| CAPTAIN CANUCK

COMIXTRIBE| AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0

DARK HORSE COMICS| AVATAR, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, BANDETTE
DC COMICS| TBA

DRAWN & QUARTERLY| SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY/ STEP ASIDE, POPS!

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS INC.| HIP HOP FAMILY TREE THREE-IN-ONE FEATURING COSPLAYERS

GEMSTONE PUBLISHING| OVERSTREET’S COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE
HERMES PRESS| THE PHANTOM FCBD SPECIAL

IDW PUBLISHING| TMNT: PRELUDE TO VENGANCE
IMAGE COMICS| TALES OF HONOR #0
KODANSHA| KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER

LEGENDARY COMICS| LEGENDARY COMICS PREVIEW

LIQUID COMICS| GRANT MORRISON’S “STAN LEE’S SHAKRA THE INCREDIBLE”

MARVEL| AVENGERS #1

NEW ENGLAND COMICS| THE TICK

ONI PRESS| TERRIBLE LIZARD #1

PAPERCUTZ| RABBIDS

PAPERCUTZ/SUPER GENIUS| LADY JUSTICE #1

REBELLION| 2000AD SPECIAL\

RED 5 COMICS| BODIE TROLL AND FRIENDS
SCHOLASTIC INC. | GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT: CLEOPATRA IN SPACE TARGET PRACTICE

TH3RD WORLD| THE STUFF OF LEGEND: A CALL TO ARMS PREVIEW

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS| THE MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI

UDON ENTERTAINMENT| STREET FIGHTER: SUPER COMBO SPECIAL

VALIANT| VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

VIZ MEDIA| SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: JO JO’S BIZARE ADVENTURE/YU-GI-OH

ZENESCOPE| GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS: WONDERLAND-ONE SHOT

ZENESCOPE| JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE #5

And if you feel like taking a look at more FCBD 2015 action, head over to Free Comic Book Day’s official site to see some of the day’s best cosplay, comics, and more!

 

TTPM Spring Showcase Overview

IMG_2061On Thursday April 30, TTPM held its annual Spring Showcase, putting the best and the brightest of this summer’s toy scene on display with an event that included one-on-one time with representatives from top toy companies, as well as a special press conference. In the conference, we got a look at some of TTPM’s best picks for their various imprints, including Outdoor Toys, Movie Toys, the newly-added Pet Products, and more!

Below, you can take a look at some of the best toys that were on display at this year’s TTPM Spring Showcase, along with our take on them.

Movie Toys

This summer, major movie hits like Avengers: Age of UltronMinions, and Jurassic World are sure to dominate the box office, so it’s no surprise that the toys based off of them will be a hit with kids as well! TTPM’s top three movie toys for summer 2015 cover all the bases, from roleplay to interactive robotics, and of course good old action figures. Check out the gallery above to see Minions Tumblin’ Stuart, Avengers Age of Ultron Iron Man Arc FX armor, and Jurassic World Indominus Rex!

Outdoor Toys

Nothing’s more emblematic of summer as a kid than playing outside with your friends and family, having fun in the sun both on the block and on the beach. It’s with this in mind that TTPM celebrates the best outdoor toys every year, and this year’s top three look incredible! Check out the gallery above for a look at the Razor Jr. Mini Mod, Super Soaker Flood Fire (which attaches to a garden hose for constant water-gun refilling!), and RoseArt’s Shake n’ Roll Chalk Paint!

Breakout Hits

Finally, TTPM’s “Breakout Hits” category highlights the toys that are expected to really shine over the summer (And beyond!) This year’s top three Breakout Hits feature tons of fun across the board– with tech, outdoor play, and plush making the cut. Check out the gallery above to see VTech’s Kidizoom Action Cam, Sick Bricks by Spin Master, and Just Play’s line of Sheriff Callie plush!

The TTPM Spring Showcase always offers excellent insight into the best and brightest of what’s coming up in kids’ toys and games– if you’re looking for what will be hot this summer (other than the weather!) these toys are surely the best bet!

Strawberry Shortcake “Berry Best In Show”

On May 12th, you can joinunnamed Strawberry Shortcake and some new furry friends in “Berry Best in Show,” a new DVD featuring delightful “tails” about being yourself and encouraging others to do the same. During his road trip to find homes for his orphan puppies, Huckleberry Pie and his four-legged crew get stranded in Berry Bitty City. Luckily, Strawberry and her berry best pals decide to help out with the strays in “A Boy and His Dogs.” Blueberry Muffin and Huck become “Partners in Crime” when they try to write a mystery story together…with surprising results. And the fur is sure to fly when the girls try to help Huck start a dog shelter in “The Mystery of the Disappearing Dog Show.” It’s a howling good time with sweet doggy delights for everyone!

And now you can win our very own copy of “Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Best in Show”!

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Celebrate the Release of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” With New Coloring Sheets!

Marvels Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters today, and what better way to celebrate the return of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” to the silver screen than with some coloring pages of the film’s stars! Your kids will love coloring in their favorite superheroes like Iron Man, Black Widow, and Captain America, and the best part is, you can print out these pages for free using the image links below!

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Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

 

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

 

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”– in theaters now!

Casting Call For New Game Show “Who Knows Who?”

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From the network that brought you “THE VOICE” AND “DEAL OR NO DEAL”, comes their next big hit, “WHO KNOWS WHO.” The show that is bringing back “Family TV Night” across the nation! That one night of the week where the entire family gathers together to enjoy a show that will appeal to everyone. Your little ones will love it as much as your teens!

“WHO KNOWS WHO” will combine elements of pop culture trivia and knowledge of facts, quirks, and stories about your very own teammates. Grab your closest friends, roommates, siblings, parents, co-workers, fiancé, even your spunky grandma, and come on down Saturday April 18th to the NBC Experience Store at Rockefeller Plaza. Doors open at 10!

If you’ve seen the classic episode of FRIENDS, where the guys team up against girls and are quizzed to see who knows more about each other’s lives, that will give you a hint as to the tone of our new series.

With WHO KNOWS WHO, expect the unexpected!

“Batman vs. Robin”: Own it on Blu-ray™ Combo, DVD & Digital HD April 14

Box Art 3DThe world is turned upside down when one of the world’s greatest super heroes – Batman – finds himself under attack by his own son in the newest DC Universe Original Movie – Batman vs. Robin. This all-new original film arrives April 14, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The brand-new product offering, Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition, will include the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with a Batman figurine in a gift set.

Batman vs. Robin will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP.  The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own Batman vs. Robin in Digital HD on April 14 via purchase from digital retailers.

The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child but Damian Wayne is no ordinary child. Now bearing the mantle of Robin, he blazes a headstrong and sometimes reckless trail alongside his father, Batman. While investigating a crime scene, Robin encounters a mysterious figure, Talon, who leads him on a life-altering course through the depths of Gotham’s secret society, known as The Court of Owls. It’s a dangerous journey that will force Batman and Robin to face their most dangerous adversary, each other! Based on the #1 best-selling graphic novel, Batman: The Court of Owls, this action-packed caper is one that fans won’t want to miss!

Television stars Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova) and Stuart Allan (Son of Batman) reprise their roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Robin/Damian, respectively. Adding to the celebrity-laden voice cast is Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) as Talon, Sean Maher (Serenity) as Nightwing, and Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Thomas Wayne.

BLU-RAY AND DVD BONUS CONTENT

 

Batman vs. Robin Blu-rayTM and Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition contain the following special features:

  • Gotham’s City Secret: The Mythic Court of Owls – The Court of Owls is the secret society that directly connects the past of Gotham to the current city. Are they silent guardians that are the noble benefactors or are they the malevolent force that manipulates a city toward their grand design?
  • Talons of the Owl – If the Owls are the masterminds, their instruments of destruction are their assassins. Appropriately called The Talons, these warriors are designed to carry out the will of the Owls.
  • Batman Vs. Robin Audio Commentary
  • A Sneak Peak at Justice League: Gods & Monsters – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators and cast.
  • Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault

 

Batman vs. Robin DVD contains the following special features:

  • A Sneak Peak at Justice League: Gods & Monsters – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

Batman vs. Robin will be available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Target Ticket, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting April 14, Batman vs. Robin will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.