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Thursday, September 13 2018 11:18

UGLYDOLLS Grabs Some Funny Cast...

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The cast for STXfilm UGLYDOLLS movie is shaping up. Today comes word that comedians Gabriel Iglesias and Wanda Sykes have joined the voice cast, taking roles alongside Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and Pitbull, all of whom were previously announced. 

"Having two comedy powerhouses like Gabriel Iglesias and Wanda Sykes join the cast of UglyDolls adds yet another creative layer to this heartwarming film," said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms. "Wanda's ability to be hilarious and sarcastic while always staying completely charming and Gabriel's undeniable likability and relatable brand of comedy round out this endearing story, and help create a world that pops for both children and adult audiences alike."

The "action dolls" category just got a surprise addition - MARVEL RISING. Hasbro announced a new collaboration with Disney and Marvel for a nationwide rollout at Target stores for the new collection of 11" dolls and companion role play items. The animated Marvel Rising: Initiation shorts are currently available on Disney XD and Marvel HQ on Youtube, and the feature-length film Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will premiere on Disney Channel and Disney XD on September 30th (see the new trailer here). The new toys feature Marvel’s next generation of Super Heroes including Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, American Chavez, Ghost-Spider, and more. These look great, and if you've seen Hasbro's recent line of Descendants dolls, these look very much in line with that... and there's also some fantastic apparel, Halloween costumes and walkie talkies in the mix. Check 'em out...

Wednesday, September 12 2018 13:30

See the New Trailer for MARVEL RISING: Secret Warriors...

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As audiences eagerly await next year's release of Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel, she's coming to animated form in MARVEL RISING: Secret Warriors, which makes it's debut on Sunday, September 30th at 10PM ET/PT simultaneously on Disney Channel and Disney XD.  She's a supporting player here, as Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors follows super-powered teens Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, America Chavez, and Inferno join forces as an unlikely, but formidable crew of aspiring heroes. When a threat no one could have expected bears down on the Marvel Universe, this ragtag, untrained band of teens have no choice but to rise together and prove to the world that sometimes the difference between a “hero” and “misfit” is just in the name. Today comes the full trailer, which made its debut on Marvel HQ and can be seen below!

"A brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon, Stephen Strange suffers irreparable damage to his hands from a car accident. Desperate and out of options, Strange winds up in the Himalayas as a disciple of the ‘Ancient One’. Mastering the mystical arts, Dr. Strange is now ready to fight the evil forces of the Dark Dimension..."

Mezco just opened one of those glowing portals, and through it comes their new One:12 Collective Dr. Strange - First Appearance Edition Figure. Launching at New York Comic-Con, this new figure captures the Master of the Mystic Arts at the very beginning of his path towards becoming Sorcerer Supreme. Inspired by Strange Tales issues 110-128, Dr. Strange comes complete with a magnetically attached cloak that has an integrated posing wire, a newly designed outfit inspired by his early appearances, and an array of mystifying accessories including an enchanted amulet, mystical cloak and a rotatable Orb of Agamotto with hinged lid. See it below...

Wednesday, September 12 2018 12:49

Star Wars Pinball: Solo Arrives on Pinball FX3...

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I've been playing Zen Studios' Pinball FX3 for about a year now, and with each new table pack the fun just expands. Of all the pinball video games that I've played, Pinball FX3 is the one that most captures the arcade experience, and they've also expanded upon that with some very cool licensed tables. Star Wars has been a big brand, with sets based on The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels in the mix and now Solo: A Star Wars Story is in on the action as well! Ahead of the film's in-home release this month, the Star Wars Pinball - Solo Pack comes to Pinball FX3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, Windows 10, as well as Zen Pinball and the Star Wars Pinball apps on mobile. This pinball pack contains 3 new digital tables inspired by the film itself and beyond featuring “Star Wars Pinball: Solo”, “Star Wars Pinball: Calrissian Chronicles” and “Star Wars Pinball: Battle of Mimban.”  Check out some previews below!

Nickelodeon is inspiring kids to embrace the transformative power of play and lead active lifestyles with its annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP) on Saturday, Sept. 29. As part of its ongoing health and wellness initiative, Nickelodeon will use its platforms—Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, TeenNick, and NickMusic— to empower kids and families to get up and play. On the ground, Nick will celebrate with over 4,000 events hosted by local and national partners including: Afterschool Alliance; Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Girl Scouts of the USA; Kiwanis International’s Builders Club and K-Kids; Laureus Sport for Good; National Fitness Foundation; NFL PLAY 60; Playworks; Police Athletic League; Special Olympics International; The Aspen Institute’s Project Play; The Association of Children’s Museums; US Play Coalition and USA BMX. Additionally, the network will launch two new grant programs in partnership with Laureus Sport for Good and National Fitness Foundation in honor of Worldwide Day of Play’s 15th anniversary.

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