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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!

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!

All 50 Free Comic Book Day Comics Announced!

AllFCBDComicsYesterday, the Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Selection Committee revealed the 50 free comic books that will be available during the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day, taking place Saturday, May 2nd  at participating comic book shops worldwide.

 

The 2015 event marks the fourteenth year Free Comic Book Day will be celebrated by new and devoted comic book, gaming, and pop-culture fans of all ages. FCBD was created to be an industry-wide outreach event to introduce the world of printed comics to a generation who have grown up with the characters in movies, cartoons, video games and TV shows, allowing fans discover characters’ origins from the stories they discover at their local comic shop. In addition to receiving free comics, fans can also participate in each comic shop’s additional activities, such as raffles and door prizes, meet-and-greets with professional comic creators, local artists and cosplayers and more, to make their FCBD experience unforgettable.

 

Comic book store retailers on the FCBD Selection Committee chose these 50 titles to provide fans with a wide range of stories to choose from. They ae being produced exclusively for FCBD by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics and 36 other publishers. Titles for the FCBD 2015 comics include Marvel’s Secret Wars, Fight Club written by Chuck Palahniuk, Transformers, Doctor Who, SpongeBob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Tick, Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog, Rabbids, and more.

 

“We are extremely excited about the quality and diversity of all 50 free comics that will provide comic book fans a great opportunity to discover original and revamped stories for free, which can open up a diverse world of comics to them as they enjoy these stories for the first time,” said FCBD Spokesperson Deborah Moreland.  “The titles offered this year are great for adults and children, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We are sure that fans and retailers will be pleased with the line-up and will look forward to this year’s Free Comic Book Day as much as we do!”

 

Below is a list of all 50 comics that will be available on Free Comic Book Day 2015.

 

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

 

For more information about Free Comic Book Day, please visit www.freecomicbookday.com. Fans will be able to find a participating comic shop near them in April 2015 using the FCBD store locator.   Also check for updates and enter giveaways on the FCBD Facebook page at www.facebook.com/freecomicbook and follow on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/freecomicbook.

Holiday Kids Gift Guide 2014: Boys

The holiday season’s upon us, and with all the toys and games out there, it can certainly be tricky to sort through all the products and pick out a good present. Let us help you figure it all out– check out our top picks for boys’ gifts in 2014:

91BopNhrYDL._SL1500_Moustache Smash, $9.88

Spin Master Games’s Moustache Smash is the matching game that is speedy, silly-looking fun! Each player keeps a moustache held up to their face. As each card is turned over, watch for a card matching your ‘stache in either color or shape. See a match, then smash it fast! Be the first to smash the ‘stache card and your moustache’s suction cup will pick it up and you score a point. But don’t smash the wrong card, or you’ll pay a penalty and lose two of your cards into the pot. Collect the most moustache cards and you win!

 

Disney-Big-Hero-6-Deluxe--pTRU1-19357276dtBig Hero 6 Deluxe Flying Baymax, $29.99

Based on the beloved robot Baymax from Disney’s Big Hero 6, this massive figure is ready to fly into battle using all his great weapons and features to save the day, just like in the movie. Comes with accessory figure of boy genius Hiro, which unlocks additional special features when connected with Baymax. Boys will have tons of fun re-creating their favorite scenes from Big Hero 6 with this great toy!

 

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As anyone with boys in their life knows, superheroes are ALWAYS a big hit. With the Avengers Assemble Hulk Gamma Green Smash Fists, your child can become the Hulk like never before! The fists will fit over anyone’s hands, from kids to adults. They’re awesome fun for anyone who’s a fan of the Avengers, and especially anyone who’s ever wanted to wield the unlimited strength of the Incredible Hulk and adventure alongside the other Avengers as their most powerful member!

 

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Spy Gear Mission Alpha Kit, $72.99

Has your child ever wanted to be a spy? Help him start up a career in espionage with the Spy Gear Mission Alpha Kit! Featuring four high-tech pieces of Spy Gear, the Mission Alpha Kit covers all the fundamental needs of secret agents. Inside you’ll discover Field Agent Walkie Talkies, a Micro Agent Listener, a Micro Agent Motion Alarm and a multi-functional Field Agent Spy Watch. Each tool helps your child complete secret mission as he listens, watches, and communicates with superior stealth. Start your spy game right with the four-in-one Mission Alpha Kit!

 

71Z7ATk4CIL._SL1500_Zoomer Dino, $99.92

If you’re an avid reader of DaDaRocks, you’ve heard of Zoomer Dino before, and there’s no time like the present to grab one of these super cool remote-controlled dinos for your little boy! With real dinosaur movements, sounds, and dino-sense responsiveness, Boomer can detect when you’re interacting with him. And just like a real dinosaur, Boomer can get angry, spin around, chomp his massive reptile jaws, and roar! Boomer the Zoomer Dino is sure to be a hit this holiday season!

 

pTRU1-18227961dtTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Colossal 48 Inch Michelangelo Figure, $79.99

Fans of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this one’s for you! With nine points of articulation, your favorite ninjutsu-practicing, nunchuck-wielding turtle stands 48″ tall and is ready to foil the Foot Clan no matter what they have planned. He has storage space to hold all of your ninja secrets in a hidden compartment in his shell. With the giant-sized Michelangelo at your side, you can take down Shredder once and for all!

 

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Based on last summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, there’s never been a more powerful Transformers team-up than the Autobot leader Optimus Prime riding into battle on the back of the Dinobot leader Grimlock. With this Stomp and Chomp Grimlock figure, you can re-create that epic alliance. Place the included Optimus Prime figure on the dino’s back to activate sounds, light-up eyes, and pop-out weapons. The battle-activation feature works with other Age of Extinction figures as well, and Stomp and Chomp Grimlock recognizes whether the figure on its back is an Autobot or Decepticon character and will activate different lights, sounds, and weapons depending on which side you choose! Collect your favorite characters, choose your side, and join the battle against extinction.

 

71SxOT00EwL._SL1000_Lego Star Wars Milennium Falcon (7965), $149.99

Kids from ages 9 to 14 will be happy the old man got the tractor beam out of commission when they blast off with the Millennium Falcon LEGO Star Wars Set. Straight from the Death Star escape scene of Episode IV: A New Hope, kids can craft this replica of Han Solo’s iconic starship from more than 1,200 LEGO pieces for a detailed, articulating display. With twin flick missiles, rotating laser cannons, and detachable cockpit cover, this Millennium Falcon set’s got more than a few surprises left in it for you and your child to discover this holiday season!

 

91hSjmKQf7L._SL1500_Star Wars Command Sets, $4.99-$29.99

Kids can re-create their favorite battles from the Star Wars franchise (and create more of their own!) with the Star Wars Command sets by Hasbro! A great and affordable choice for this holiday season, Star Wars Command sets (which come in a variety of different sizes) help your son command the force like never before. They’re bound to fly off the shelves for the holidays– they’ve already made a splash in our house!

 

 

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Using safe, soft long range arrows that can soar 100 feet, Zing’s Air Z-Curve Bow is the ultimate foam arrow shooter for high tech archery! The Air Z-Curve Bow fires an array of different arrows, including the long range RedX foam tip arrow that will bounce back off of targets and walls, the Foamtek so’ foam suction cup tip arrow that will stick to almost anything, and the So’ek suction cup arrow (all included!) Set includes bow, two long range arrows, and a stick anywhere Zartz tip dart for accurate target practice, as well as a Zip Clip holder for arrows.

Marvel Announces Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

On Tuesday morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.

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The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015. Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along with films featuring Black Panther – who, Feige announced, will be played by Chadwick Boseman – Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans.

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The announced films are as follows:

 

  • 5/1/15 –  AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
  • 7/17/15ANT-MAN
  • 5/6/16 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
  • 11/4/16 – DOCTOR STRANGE
  • 5/5/17GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (previously dated 7/28/17)
  • 7/28/17THOR: RAGNAROK
  • 11/3/17BLACK PANTHER
  • 5/4/18 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I
  • 7/6/18CAPTAIN MARVEL
  • 11/2/18INHUMANS
  • 5/3/19AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART II

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Ten films have already been released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2008’s IRON MAN. All 10 films opened at #1 domestically and have collectively grossed over $7.1 billion globally.

 

Two of these films, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and IRON MAN 3, set records as the #1 and #2 domestic openings of all time with $207.4 million and $174.1 million respectively. MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS went on to become the third biggest film of all time worldwide, while Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 ranks as the sixth biggest film ever. They are the two highest grossing Super Hero films of all time.

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Earlier this year, Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, which broke the April opening domestic record with $95 million, earned $714 million worldwide and is the #5 film of 2014. Most recently, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXYcrossed $757 million globally after opening with a domestic August record of $94.3 million and setting an October debut record in China, where it has now grossed nearly $90 million. It’s the #1 film of the year domestically and the #3 film worldwide.

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For full coverage of the event, visit marvel.com.

18 Netflix Titles to Kickstart Your Family Movie/TV Night! #StreamTeam

School is back in session, and with it comes the daily grind of homework, club and sports team meetings, and e like. Why not make some room in all of that to sit down as a family and watch some TV or a movie together? Whether it’s a weekly event or just once in a while, Netflix has you covered for family movie/tv night with tons of great titles to watch– check out our top recommendations below!

 

For younger kids:

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1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Inventor Flint Lockwood battles mutant food beasts created by his notorious machine, including shrimpanzees, tacodiles and jellyfish sandwiches.
2. The Pirate Fairy In this spritely tale, Tinker Bell and her friends set out to find free-spirited fairy Zarina after she makes off with some precious Blue Pixie Dust.
3. Hoodwinked Investigators searching for a candy recipe thief uncover a tangled web of messy delights in this animated spoof of the Little Red Riding Hood story.
4. Angelina Ballerina Angelina Ballerina joins her friends for fun adventures in the palace, where they solve a mystery and put on a grand ballet for the king and queen.
5. Bob the Builder In this collection of tales, Bob and friends have to repair a barn right before a big storm hits, and Lofty the Crane is fitted with a strong magnet.
6. The Muppet Movie After deciding to pursue a career in acting, Kermit the Frog heads to Hollywood. Along the way, he meets Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets cast.

For older kids:

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1. Strange Hill High Three students investigate numerous unusual occurrences at Strange Hill High, an all-but-forgotten inner-city school with many secrets and mysteries.
2. The Avengers An all-star lineup of superheroes — including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America — team up to save the world from certain doom.
3. The Smurfs 2 Evil magician Gargamel continues his quest to tap the power of the Smurfs, creating a pair of his own “Smurf-alikes” called the Naughties.
4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Follow the animated adventures of the Jedi knights, including Anakin Skywalker and his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Season 6 available only on Netflix.
5. Free Birds When two adversarial turkeys find a time machine, they take a wild trip to the past to try to take turkey off the traditional Thanksgiving menu.
6. Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure This “H2O” sequel follows Zac, a boy who accidentally turns into a merman and threatens the existence of three young mermaids who guard Mako Island.

For teens and up:

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1. Clueless Meddlesome Beverly Hills high school student Cher gets more than she bargained for when she gives a fashion-challenged student a makeover.
2. The Breakfast Club The athlete, the brain, the criminal, the princess and the basket case break through the social barriers of high school during Saturday detention.
3. Friday Night Lights Eric Taylor faces enormous pressure when he signs on as the new coach of a small-town Texas football team that’s poised to win the state championship.
4. The Vampire Diaries Trapped in adolescent bodies, feuding vampire brothers Stefan and Damon vie for the affection of captivating teenager Elena.
5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Ferris convinces his entire school he’s at death’s door, then hits the streets of Chicago with his girlfriend and best friend for a day of fun.
6. 13 Going on 30 When a geeky teen’s birthday party goes awry and she makes a wish that she could be 30, she wakes up to discover she’s flash-forwarded 17 years.

Before you sit down to watch one of these titles – or your own family favorite – check out these tipsfrom Common Sense Media on how to make family movie or TV night a success.