summer – Action Figure Insider The Best Darn Toy News On The Web! Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:57:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 61893577 #NYTF 2016 Preview: Disney Consumer Products and Bandai Will Make a Splash this Summer for Disney∙Pixar’s Finding Dory Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:00:30 +0000 My_Friend_Dory


GLENDALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Disney Consumer Products and Bandai today unveiled the new global product lineup celebrating Disney∙Pixar’s Finding Dory, debuting theatrically in the U.S. on June 17, 2016. Taking inspiration from the loveable storyline in the film, Bandai has innovatively translated the timeless characters to engaging play experiences for families.

“With the beloved characters from Finding Nemo joining a fantastic new supporting cast of friends, our expansive line is sure to spark imaginations worldwide to share in Dory’s aquatic journey,” said Kenji Washida, Vice President of Brand Management, Bandai America Incorporated. “From kids to adult collectors and everyone in between, the Finding Dory line from Bandai offers something magical for the whole family.”


With recognizable sounds and voices from everyone’s favorite fish friends, Dory, Marlin and Nemo (in addition to a few new pals), Bandai’s products capture the essence of the feature film and transform key moments into playsets, interactive toys, feature figures, plush, bath toys and much more. Specific highlights include My Friend Dory interactive soft figure – which features 50 different phrases as Dory responds to swimming and upside-down movements, and Swigglefish Figure Assortment that showcases unique “fun fish motion” allowing kids to bring Dory, Nemo, Marlin moveable figures and other new underwater friends to life! The merchandise will roll out globally beginning in May 2016.

“Disney∙Pixar’s Finding Dory presents a great opportunity for us to extend the adventures of these cherished characters through innovative products,” said Josh Silverman, executive vice president global licensing, Disney Consumer Products. “Working with Bandai, we were able to come up with fun and creative ways to translate ocean life into engaging toys that fans of all ages will love.”


Disney∙Pixar’s Finding Dory reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters in 2016, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film.

About Disney Consumer Products

Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that delivers innovative and engaging product experiences across thousands of categories from toys and apparel to books and fine art. As the world’s largest licensor, DCP inspires the imaginations of people around the world by bringing the magic of Disney into consumers’ homes with products they can enjoy year-round. DCP is comprised of three business units: Licensing, Publishing and Disney Store. The Licensing business is aligned around five strategic brand priorities: Disney Media, Classics & Entertainment, Disney & Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Princess & Tinker Bell, Lucasfilm and Marvel. Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, magazines and apps, igniting imagination through storytelling in ever-inventive ways. DPW creates and publishes books, magazines, eBooks and apps both vertically in-house and through an extensive worldwide licensing structure. DPW is also committed to the educational development of children around the world through Disney Learning, which includes our flagship learning brand, Disney Imagicademy, as well as Disney English and other Disney-themed learning products. The Disney Store retail chain operates across North America, Europe and Japan with more than 350 stores worldwide and is known for providing consumers with high-quality, unique products. Disney Store operates ecommerce channels in nine countries, which can be found here. For more information, please visit Disney Consumer Products

About Bandai

A leader in developing engaging, quality toys that capture children’s imaginative spirit and provide endless “Fun For The Future,” Bandai America Incorporated is the manufacturer and master toy licensee of some of the most popular brands in children’s toys and interactive entertainment today. The Bandai America brand family includes Power Rangers®, PacMan™, GODZILLA®, Big Hero 6, SprüKits™ and Tamagotchi™, among other boys, girls, preschool and hobby product lines. Bandai America Incorporated is a subsidiary of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings USA Inc., an entity that resulted from the integration of Namco Ltd. and Bandai Co. Ltd. of Japan. Global interests encompass three strategic business units: Toys and Hobby, Amusement Facility and Contents. The company is headquartered in El Segundo, California. Find out more about our expertise in connecting with kids in fun and fresh ways at

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FORECASTS CALL FOR AN ICY SUMMER AS THE MAMMOTH 4-D EXPERIENCE “ICE AGE: NO TIME FOR NUTS 4-D” BLANKETS THE GLOBE Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:31:59 +0000 Featuring Exclusive New Footage, In-theater Experience Based on the #1 International Animated Film Franchise Ice Age Opens Summer 2015

 Ice Age: No Time For Nuts

Los Angeles, CA (June 18, 2015) – SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are bringing the mammoth new Ice Age branded 4-D theatrical Experience® Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4-D to landmark venues globally starting this summer. Featuring exclusive brand new footage, the film will premiere first at the Central Park Zoo in New York City and Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4-D will then debut at the San Diego Zoo, Kennywood in Pittsburgh, Alton Towers in the U.K., Gardaland Park in Italy, and Madame Tussauds Shanghai.


Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4-D is a fully immersive, high energy addition to the #1 international animated film franchise. This 9 minute reinvention features all new content and transforms the 2007 Academy Award®-nominated short film into an extended eye-popping adventure in which the manic saber-toothed squirrel Scrat is pulled into an epic odyssey in time-travel. From the Coliseum of Ancient Rome to the dance floor of Studio 54, Scrat survives everything from Excalibur to the Titanic as he chases after his beloved acorn that’s been accidentally lost in time.

 Ice Age: No Time For Nuts

“This newly enhanced 4-D adventure underscores the global success of the Ice Age franchise, which continues to dominate as a fan favorite,” said Greg Lombardo, Fox Consumer Products’ Senior Vice President, Global Live & Location Based Entertainment. “The quality of this experience will set a new benchmark for the industry and is sure to build anticipation for the release of Ice Age 5 in July 2016.”


“We are excited to work with Fox and Blue Sky to bring Academy Award quality animation to our guests,” said Mike Frueh, SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment’s Senior Vice President, Licensing & Distribution. “The constant surprises in No Time for Nuts makes this one of our most exhilarating 4-D experiences yet.”


Ice Age, the #1 international animated film franchise whose four epic films grossed over $2.8 billion dollars at the worldwide box office, has become a mammoth global brand including the live tour Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure; theme park attractions in Europe and Asia; global publishing deals featuring more than 2.5 million story, sticker and activity books in print; the wildly popular “Ice Age Adventure” and “Ice Age Village” mobile games; fashion apparel partnerships and much more.


Blue Sky Studios and Fox Animation customized new scenes to introduce Ice Age’s beloved main characters Sid, Manny and Diego into the original short and maximize in-theater special effects.



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About SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment

SimEx-Iwerks is the world leader in cinematic attractions specializing in designing and building 4-D Theater Experiences®. For over 20 years we have built partnerships with institutions, parks and destinations that today provide 4-D Experiences® at over 200 attractions worldwide. SimEx-Iwerks’ family friendly attractions generate new revenue, improve general attendance and are experienced by 25 million guests annually.


SimEx-Iwerks has previously collaborated with Fox Consumer Products on Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4-D Experience, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D and RIO The 4-D Experience.



About Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products:

A division of 21st Century Fox and recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content.

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A FIRST LOOK AT AMC’S NEWEST SERIES HUMANS STARRING WILLIAM HURT Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:27:27 +0000 Humans, a bold new eight-part drama series from Channel 4, Kudos and AMC, is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. William Hurt plays George Millican, a widower who has formed a close relationship with his out-of-date synth Odi (played by Will Tudor), who he treats more like a son than a piece of machinery.


Written by British writing partnership Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), Humans is based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans.

Humans, which also stars Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Colin Morgan, Rebecca Front, Neil Maskell, and Gemma Chan, recently finished filming in and around London. The series will premiere on AMC this summer (2015).

The series is produced by Kudos (Utopia, Broadchurch, The Hour) in association with Matador Films (Real Humans).  Executive producers are Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Utopia, The Hour) and Derek Wax (The Hour, Occupation, Lip Service) for Kudos and produced by Chris Fry (The Smoke) for Kudos, and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films. Commissioned for Channel 4 by Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Simon Maxwell and Kristin Jones and Joel Stillerman for AMC. Distribution will be handled by Endemol Shine International.

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New DST Items Revealed for Summer 2015 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:52:07 +0000 Next year is looking bigger and better for Diamond Select Toys! They just unveiled an array of new products due out next summer, from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Walking Dead, Dragon Age, Batman, Godzilla and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back! Look for them in December’s Previews Catalog from Diamond Comic Distributors, and pre-order them today at your local comic shop, your favorite Website or through the official DST store!

Aliens Minimates Series 1 Two-Packs Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! Colonial Marines, move out! The first assortment of Minimates two-packs based on the classic 1986 sci-fi movie “Aliens” is getting ready to drop, and it’s simply bursting with all-new Marines and xenomorphs! The four 2-packs include Wounded Cpl. Hicks with Ripley, Pvt. Drake with Battle-Damaged Attacking Alien, Sgt. Apone with Alien, and Cpl. Dietrich with Infected Colonist. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card. (Item #DEC142213, SRP: $9.99/2-pack.)


Batman Classic TV Series Penguin Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! Batman’s rogues gallery continues to grow as the Penguin joins the Riddler and the Joker in DST’s line of busts based on the Batman Classic TV Series! This 6-inch-tall resin bust captures Burgess Meredith as fowl fiend, wielding a deadly umbrella and an equally deadly sneer. Bust sits atop a colorful base inspired by the show’s animated opening credits, and comes packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #DEC142214, SRP: $59.99)


Dragon Age Minimates Series 1 Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys release! On your next Dragon Age quest, why not keep your companions in your pocket? The legendary video game series kicks off an epic line of Minimates with this debut four-pack featuring the Grey Warden Alistair; the bard, Leliana; dwarf rogue Varric Tethras (with Bianca); and Morrigan, Witch of the Wilds. Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 10-14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card. (Item #DEC142215, SRP: $19.99)


Godzilla 2000 Sculpted Pizza Cutter
A Diamond Select Toys release! Destroy all toppings! A monstrous hunger requires a monstrous slice, and you can cut yourself off a big one with this palm-sized pizza cutter featuring the sculpted face of Godzilla, King of the Monsters. Based on his appearance in “Godzilla 2000,” this menacing utensil will cut a path through a deep-dish pie like Godilla cuts a path through Tokyo! Packaged in a full-color box. (Item #DEC142216, SRP: $14.99


Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Minimates Series 2 Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys release! Jay and SIlent Bob return in a second box set of Minimates minfigures based on their biggest film, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”! This time, a mask-wearing Jay and Silent Bob come packaged with Federal Wildlife Marshall Willenholly and notorious jewel  thief Justice — plus a micro-‘Mate of their orangutan friend Suzanne!  Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card. (Item #DEC142211, SRP: $19.99)


Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Monopoly Game
A Diamond Select Toys release! Bring the magic of the movies home with the first board game ever based on the films of Kevin Smith! The cross-country adventure of “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” is now an official, authorized edition of Monopoly, with a game board featuring art and locations from the movie! The game also has new Chance cards, Community Chest cards and game pieces, all set to the same classic Monopoly gameplay! Packaged in a full-color game box with movie artwork.   (Item #DEC142209, SRP: $39.99


Jay and Silent Bob Super Groovy Cartoon Movie Ceramic Mug
A Diamond Select Toys release! Why drink your Quick Stop coffee out of a foam cup when you can drink it in style? This double-sided ceramic mug depicts frequent Quick Stop customers Jay and Silent Bob in the animated style of director Kevin Smith’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. With their names on the handle, you’ll know who you’re looking at even before the caffeine kicks in! Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #DEC142210, SRP: $14.99


Marvel Infinity Gauntlet Silicone Tray
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Infinity Gauntlet is the most powerful weapon in the Marvel Universe, allowing the bearer to control time, space and reality. And now it can cool your drink! Cast up six ice cubes in the shape of the Infinity Gauntlet using this 6″x8″ silicone tray, or fill the tray up with chocolate to make six tasty treats! Your guests won’t know what hit them! Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #DEC142217, SRP: $14.99)


Marvel Minimates Series 61 Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s almost here – the most anticipated Marvel movie since the last Marvel movie! With the trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” already shattering records, DST is preparing the first assortment of Minimates based on the movie! Four two-packs will feature Iron Man with Black Widow, Thor with Captain America, Hawkeye with Ultron and a rare one-per-case variant pack of Hawkeye in his long coat with a Sub-Ultron! Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #DEC142219, SRP: $9.99/ea.)


Marvel Minimates Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Single Pack Display
A Diamond Select Toys release! For a movie as big as “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” one assortment is not enough! This colorful countertop display holds 18 individually blind-bagged Minimates based on the movie, including multiple types of Ultrons, Iron Man’s Iron Legion, plus one-per-case Minimates of Baron Strucker and Nick Fury! Every bag contains one 2-inch Minimate mini-figure, featuring 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. (Item #DEC142220, SRP: $5.99/ea.)

Marvel Select Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Hulk Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! Hulk smash puny toys! The Hulk returns in a new look for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and DST is revisiting their award-winning action figure from the first Avengers movie with all-new sculpted details! Standing almost 10 inches tall, this Hulk figure sports 16 points of articulation and a spot-on likeness of the Hulk from the film, and comes packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #DEC142218, SRP: $24.99)


Walking Dead Minimates Series 7 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The newest series of Walking Dead Minimates is here, and this time it’s war! Featuring characters from more recent issues of the hit comic book series, this assortment includes three different two-packs: Rick with Jesus, Negan with Dwight, and Hunters leader Chris with Zombie Holly, plus a one-per-case variant set of Scavengers leader Derek with Zombie Holly. Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts and accessories, including an alternate head for Holly. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #DEC142212, SRP: $9.99/ea.


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Mezco Toyz Reveals Summer 2014 Exclusive: Living Dead Dolls 16th Anniversary White Posey Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:19:15 +0000 Mezco Toyz Reveals Summer 2014 Exclusive: Living Dead Dolls 16th Anniversary White Posey


New York- Brush off that grave dust and gather around out under the moonlight as Mezco reveals a new Living Dead Dolls Sumer Exclusive: 16th Anniversary White Posey.


Just in time for her 16th birthday, Posey, one of the most popular Living Dead Dolls, gets a makeover with a new ghostly white look.

Standing 10 inches tall, she comes complete with a white rose and a special poly resin tombstone.

Posey come packaged in her own coffin with death certificate.

The original Posey was introduced in Series 1, so it is fitting that during the 16th anniversary of the Living Dead Dolls she would rise from her crypt with a new look

This Mezco Summer Exclusive is a Limited Edition. A limited amount are available online at:, beginning June 13th, but don’t delay because once they are gone, they are gone forever!

Be sure to visit Mezco at San Diego Comic Con at booth 3445.

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Mezco Toyz Reveals Summer 2014 Exclusive: Sons Of Anarchy Jax Orange Prison Variant Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:10:48 +0000 New York- As the world of fandom collectively counts down to the start of San Diego Comic-Con International on July 23, 2014, Mezco adds fuel to the flames of excitement by revealing the details of one of their Summer Exclusives:  Sons Of Anarchy Jax Orange Prison Variant

Jax stands six inches tall in his state-issued orange prison jumpsuit.

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Episode accurate, Jax looks as though he walked out of the television and into your collection.

Jax comes packaged in a collector-friendly blister package.

No rules, No masters!

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This Mezco Summer Exclusive is a Limited Edition. A select number of collector’s items will be available online at

, beginning June 13. 

Don’t delay because once they are gone, they are gone forever!

Be sure to visit Mezco at San Diego Comic Con at booth 3445.

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20 Days 20 Free Comics During The ComiXology Summer Reading List Event Mon, 26 May 2014 12:49:58 +0000 Starting Memorial Day ComiXology Celebrates Summer By Giving Away One Free Comic A Day During “The ComiXology Summer Reading List” Event

Beginning May 26th one new free comic will be unveiled each day at for the next 20 days to fill out The ComiXology Summer Reading List

May 23rd, 2014 – New York, NY Summer is getting more fun ascomiXology – the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform available across the Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows 8 and – gives away one new free comic every day for the next twenty days starting Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th! Dubbed “The ComiXology Summer Reading List” event, comic fans around the globe visiting each day will find a new surprise free comic!


Not only will there be a great new comic from a surprise publisher every day, but customers can also gift these awesome comics to friends, family, co-workers or whoever they want to share the gift of comics with – absolutely free!

“ComiXology fans deserve an amazing line-up of outstanding comics to discover from top publishers so they can read and share with everyone they know,” said comiXology’s VP Communications & Marketing Chip Mosher. “We know nothing beats a sunny day reading comics, except twenty days and free to boot! By the end of the promotion comics fans will have a great summer reading list.”

The ComiXology Summer Reading List event begins Monday, May 26th and will run until Saturday, June 14th with one new free comic released every day for download or to gift to anyone you choose. Check back each day starting Monday on to find the new free ComiXology Summer Reading List comic!

With over 50,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience is available across the Kindle Fire, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 8 and on – making it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.

About comiXology
ComiXology, an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit

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Celebrate Summer at American Girl(R) Stores Nationwide Thu, 22 May 2014 16:44:21 +0000

—Popular Tourist Destination for Girls and Families Offers Tropical-Themed Fun—

MIDDLETON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– School’s out for the summer and American Girl—one of the country’s top experiential retail and tourist destinations—is the place for girls and their families to get away for a fun-filled summer vacation. From May 22 through August 27, American Girl’s 16 store locations nationwide will host a variety of exclusive, family-friendly events, plus an array of tropical-themed activities and experiences designed to help girls create unforgettable memories all season long.

Girls enjoying a visit to an America Girl store. (Photo: Business Wire)

Girls enjoying a visit to an America Girl store. (Photo: Business Wire)

American Girl Retail Stores: The Summer Destination!

  • Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight Movie-Viewing Event―This July, American Girl is hosting two store premieres in one incredible event. Guests can be among the first to see the new Girl of the Year® movie, Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight, together with the “Isabelle’s Dance Jam” video, featuring real girls performing a dance inspired by the movie.
  • Beaches Resorts “Family Tropical Getaway” Sweepstakes―American Girl has partnered with Beaches Resorts and Delta Vacations® on a fabulous tropical getaway sweepstakes available exclusively at American Girl stores. Retail guests can enter for a chance to win a 4-day/3-night Luxury Included® Family Vacation to Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa including round-trip airfare provided by Delta Vacations.
  • Special Events—Girls can bask in the fun at the stores’ exclusive Summer Fun Celebration, where they’ll enjoy an island-inspired meal, take part in colorful, tropical-themed activities, make a mini beach tote for their dolls, and take home an American Girl book and a set of Crayola® Fabric Markers as a keepsake of their special day.
  • Beyond Events & Activities―Visitors can also discover other store-only products and experiences throughout the summer. Girls can see the Beach Cabana Set for My American Girl dolls, enjoy the Summer Fun smoothie available at the stores’ in-house restaurant, and get their dolls’ hair styled in the Tropical Twist Bun in the Doll Hair Salon.

And, for girls who love to curl up with a few good books during their school break, American Girl is hosting its third annual Read-a-palooza summer reading program. At American Girl retail stores, guests can explore the on-site bookstore filled floor-to-ceiling with compelling historical and contemporary fiction and engaging Advice & Activity books. Other book-related in-store activities include author appearances by American Girl’s beloved authors, a free Summer Reading Bookmark craft, and activities inspired by American Girl’s popular historical and Girl of the Year characters.

To coincide with the Read-a-palooza retail events, American Girl is once again partnering with Save the Children in support of their U.S. literacy program. From May 1 through August 27, 2014,$1 of every book purchased through American Girl channels (up to a maximum of $100,000) will support Save the Children’s efforts to raise literacy rates in impoverished communities by providing basic education and equipping schools and teachers with reading materials.

To learn more about American Girl’s summer events and experiences, to make reservations, or to plan a visit to an American Girl retail store, visit or call 877-247-5223.

About American Girl

American Girl is a premium brand for girls and a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT,, the world’s leading toy company. Since its inception in 1986, American Girl has been devoted to celebrating girls ages 3 to 12 through age-appropriate, high-quality dolls and accessories, books, clothes, movies, and unforgettable experiences. Best-selling lines include My American Girl®, Girl of the Year®, Bitty Baby®, and its classic historical characters. Headquartered in Middleton, WI, the company sells products exclusively through its award-winning catalogue, on, and in its experiential retail stores. By inspiring girls to be their best, American Girl has earned the loyalty of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators. To learn more about American Girl or request a free catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005 or visit,,

About Save the Children

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs work to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need—access to a quality education, healthy foods, and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters like hurricanes and wildfires strike, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met.

Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 147,000 children and families in the United States last year alone. For more information, visit


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It’s “Transformers: The Ride-3D” vs. “King Kong 360 3-D” as Universal Studios Hollywood Unleashes Its High-Voltage ‘Summer of Survival’ Campaign Challenging Guests to Brave Its Two Most Intense Thrill Rides and Live to Tell About It Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:10:34 +0000 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Studios HollywoodSM defies guests to unlock the beast within as its new campaign, “Summer of Survival,” takes on its two most intense…most explosive…most ferocious…most threatening thrill rides: “Transformers™: The Ride-3D” and “King Kong 360 3-D,” created by Peter Jackson.

The impactful “Summer of Survival” campaign puts a suspenseful spin on the theme park’s most compelling, award-winning rides and challenges guests to muster the courage to face their fears when they encounter MEGATRON and his fleet of evil DECEPTICONS, and a raging Silverback ape battling a pack of dangerous prehistoric dinosaurs in a fight for survival.

With heightened primal instincts at play, “Summer of Survival” will also dare theme park guests to brace themselves for Universal Studios Hollywood’s slate of other action-packed thrill rides. In the theme park’s dinosaur-laden jungle, fear and fate collide as guests take on giant Stegosauruses, Parasaurolophuses, Dilophosauruses and Velociraptors at “Jurassic Park®-The Ride” and ace impending doom in a close encounter with a terrifying 50-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex before plunging down a treacherous 84-foot water drop.

More than a roller coaster, “Revenge of the Mummy SM -The Ride,” taps into guests’ inherent fears and phobias as they are swept into the cavernous Tomb of Imhotep, the final resting place of Egypt’s legendary Keeper of the Dead and thrust forwards and backwards along an indoor roller coaster track in utter darkness.

“TransformersTM: The Ride-3D” is Universal Studios Hollywood’s most ambitious ride ever. This technologically advanced, motion-based, flight simulator thrill ride is designed to completely immerse guests in the 3D-HD action-packed world of the TRANSFORMERS. The storyline of this exciting theme park ride introduces guests to N.E.S.T., a top-secret, military bunker, where they become AUTOBOT recruits engaged in a daunting mission to save Earth and protect the last remaining All-Spark shard from the DECEPTICONS.

As part of “Summer of Survival,” Universal Studios Hollywood will debut progressive voice technology empowering humanoid robots—MEGATRON and OPTIMUS PRIME—to interact and speak spontaneously with theme park guests in both tone and demeanor that are consistent with their characters. This amazing new component to the guest experience adds a dynamic and new extension to the already immersive thrill ride.

Featuring pulse-pounding excitement, “Transformers: The Ride—3D” propels guests along 2,000 feet of ride track, where they are surrounded by 14 giant screens, many fully enveloping them at heights of 60 feet. To bring this monumental achievement to life, Universal Studios Hollywood collaborated with director Michael Bay, Industrial Light & Magic and Hasbro, Inc.

Universal Studios Hollywood broke new ground in themed entertainment with the landmark introduction of “King Kong 360 3-D,” the world’s largest, most intense 3-D experience. The attraction, based on Peter Jackson’s 2005 blockbuster, integrates spectacular three-dimensional visual media and the world’s largest 3-D projection installation ever produced with physical effects.

A signature ride on the world famous, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “King Kong 360 3-D” transports guests to Skull Island and catapults them into the middle of a terrifying struggle between a giant T-Rex and “the eighth wonder of the world” – King Kong. Guests find themselves launched into the film, projected on the world’s largest wrap around, 3-D compound curved screens.

The “Summer of Survival” campaign will resonate through social media via #SummerOfSurvival and #SOS.

As families prepare for summertime fun, Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular “Buy A Day, Get 2013 Free” annual pass offers tremendous value and visits throughout 2013 for the price of a single day’s admission. Guests who purchase the “Buy A Day, Get 2013 Free” pass will be able to come back to experience first-hand Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘Summer of Survival” thrill rides, including “TransformersTM: The Ride—3D” and King Kong 360 3-D”as well as receive savings on tickets purchased for visiting friends and family.

Universal Studios Hollywood SM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas, the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue, and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event arena. World-class rides and attractions include the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” indoor roller coaster and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” as well as the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™: The Ride—3D.”

Disney/Pixar’s ‘Monsters University’ Teaser Trailer Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:39:00 +0000 Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Screaming with laughter and fun, “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”) and produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”). The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

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