Top Animated Movie Preview – 2017

Just as in previous years 2017 promises to be a huge year for popular movies, especially those that will spin-off a range of toys for kids and adults.  Let’s take a quick look at what you can expect in the Animated movie category for the coming year.

The Lego Batman Movie

lego-batman-movieThe Lego company is now pumping out movies that leverage their classic building toys.  This movie successfully mixes the action of the Batman franchise with the fun of the Lego toys.  Having been released earlier this year we already know that this movie is a big hit with kids and we can expect a range of related toys to appear in time for Christmas. (February Release)

Leap!

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An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina.  She flees her rural Brittany and heads for Paris where she passes for someone else and rises to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.  The talented Elle Fanning voices the lead role in this beautifully-produced tale. (March Release)

The Boss Baby

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Alec Baldwin takes a break from imitating Donald Trump and plays the suit-wearing briefcase-carrying boss baby who teams up with his seven-year old brother to stop the evil plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.  Other big stars can be heard in this movie such as Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Tobey McGuire.  This already-released movie is making waves and filling the theaters. (March Release)

Smurfs: The Lost Village

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The Smurfs are up to their old tricks in this adventure movie where we find Smurfette and her friends using a mysterious map to race through the Forbidden Forest towards the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.  Expect requests for lots of little blue toys this holiday season from the little ones. (April Release)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

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The books series that has been cracking up kids for years is now hitting the big screen for the very first time.  The movie features two imaginative pranksters who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a enthusiastic yet dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.  Hilarity ensues.  Real-life funny-guys Jordan Peele and Kevin Hart lead the cast of this laughter. (June Release)

Cars 3

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Kids are eagerly anticipating the third installment of the movie that spawned a whole “Land” in Disney California Adventures theme park.  Lightning McQueen returns to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world. (June Release)

Despicable Me 3

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They’re baaaaack.  Gru meets his twin brother Dru he never knew about. (June Release)

Blazing Samurai

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Expect to hear the voices of top stars in this fun-looking movie, with the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Michael Cera, and even the fan-favorites Mel Brooks and George Takei.  A samurai hopes to make his dreams come true but he must survive challenge after challenge to defeat his enemies. (August Release)

The Nut Job 2

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Will Arnett reprises his role of Surly in this sequel about how the friends try to stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a unnecessary amusement park. (August Release)

Other Movies This Fall

The Lego Ninjago Movie – Six young ninjas are tasked with defending their island home, using their skills and awesome vehicles to fight villains and monsters. (September)

My Little Pony – Follow the ponies of Ponyville on an adventure to save their home. (October)

Coco – Highly anticipated Disney Pixar release. (November)

Ferdinand – A bull with a big heart is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is captured and torn from his home. He leads a misfit team on an adventure to help him return to his family. (December)

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The Trolls are Back in Town

Troll dolls were first introduced in 1959, and they have been around for decades ever since.  Their claim to fame is their wild and crazy hair – it’s always fun to manipulate their hair into different shapes and styles.  The original Troll dolls are the most collectible, and then after years of being improperly and illegally copied by the millions the Troll franchise was purchased by Dreamworks.  And now in 2016 Dreamworks is releasing a major animated movie called simply: Trolls.

It can be tough to find interesting Trolls toys beyond, well, the dolls.  But to celebrate the Trolls movie we picked out an interesting selection of toys that we think kids will have fun with.

Poppy’s Coronation Pod

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Trolls Coronation Pod

Poppy is the Trolls’ heroic leader, and the Coronation Pod is a really fun toy set to celebrate his coronation. This set features a magical dance floor that lights and spins.  Two Troll dolls are included as well as a number of other small “party” accessories.

Due to the small pieces this set is only for kids ages 3 and up.

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Set of Trolls Figures

We really like the selection of Trolls figures for this set.  The set includes the following Trolls: Poppy, Branch, DJ Suki, Harper, and Guy Diamond.  The figures have the famous “crazy” hair, and they are approximately 4 inches tall.  Each figure comes with an accessory.  This is for ages 4 and up.

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Poppy and Twins Celebration Pack

Poppy and Twins Celebration Pack

Keeping with the theme of celebration we now present you with the Poppy and Twins Celebration Pack.  This is primarily a fashion-based playset in which you child dresses up the figures to recreate the celebration from the Trolls movie.  There are over 20 fashion pieces to go along with the three Trolls figures.

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Trolls Glitter Scrapbook Kit

Trolls Scrapbook Kit

Trolls Scrapbook Kit

This arts and crafts Trolls Glitter Scrapbook Kit looks like a great way for kids to create memories of the Trolls using characters from the movie.  In addition to the characters there are lots of art supplies included to create a truly unique scrapbook, with 64 Crayons, 12 Short Colored Pencils, 20 Super Tips Markers, 3 Tubes of Glitter Glue, and even a Glitter Sticker Sheet.  Expect to see shiny and very personal creations from your kids with this set at their disposal.buy-amazon-button2

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Animated Movie Toys – 2016

It is now autumn of 2016 and many of the popular animated movies have come and gone, but their merchandising will live on for months or years to come.  Disney does not have a stranglehold on animation these days.  The other prominent movie studios are churning out blockbusters that compete with and often beat Disney at their own game.  The age of fantastic animation is here, and it will only get better.

Here is a rundown of some of the hottest animated movies of 2016 and a representative sample of toys spun off from those movies.

Finding Dory

At this point in the year Disney’s Finding Dory is the #1 grossing movie of 2016.  This Finding Nemo sequel focuses on the forgetful fish Dory and has become a good example of a sequel that can be as good as the original.

Finding Dory Educational Kit

Finding Dory Educational Kit

For kids this Finding Dory 4-in-1 Educational Kit looks like it will be a blast.  Designed for kids 3-8 years old this kit has games that help children develop their observational skills as well as their memory.  It might just be a great gift for fans of Dory.

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The Secret Life of Pets

Using a very original premise for a movie Universal Studios created the widely popular Secret Life of Pets.  The animation in this movie is superb, which made a lot of the action in the movie almost believable. The movie was filled with many fun-loving characters, each with his or her own personality.

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Secret Life of Pets Apartment Playset

The Secret Life of Pets 3-Story Apartment playset just looks so darned cute.  It includes three pet figures (Max, Gidget and Snowball) and kids will have fun pretending they are playing with the real pets themselves.  The apartments are separate and can connect together in different ways.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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Ty Beanie Baby Chloe Plush

Ty Beanie Baby Chloe Plush

There are many adorable Secret Life of Pets figures and plushes.  We just love the attitude of Chloe – typical cat all the way.  The Chloe plush is appropriate for ages 3 years and older.

buy-amazon-button2Zootopia

Zootopia is yet another Disney animated hit movie.  Following the theme of animal-based animated moves Zootopia follows the unlikely teamwork between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist as they investigate the disappearance of predator civilians within their metropolis.

Zootopia Police Station Playset

The Zootopia Police Station playset puts you right into the action of this animated movie.  This set is over 31 inches wide and 13 inches tall, and includes the Clawhauser figure, and a mini-helicopter with mini-Safety Squirrel figure.  There is also a mini-projector that simulates a computer monitor with 3 different images.  There is a moving elevator, working jail cell, and lots of other fun things to play with.  Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

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The Angry Birds Movie

The hugely popular gaming app has been transformed into a blockbuster movie.  Usually it’s the movie that spawns other consumer products, but in this case the Angry Birds mobile game clearly spawned the movie, and fans of the game are eating it up.

LEGO Angry Birds Set

LEGO Angry Birds Building Set

This LEGO Angry Birds building set offers hours of fun.  It includes 859 pieces which includes a wide array of movie-specific accessories and figures.  It is highly-rated on Amazon, as are most LEGO building sets, and we think most kids will get a real kick out of this set.  Recommended for ages 8-14.

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Star Wars Toys for 2016

We are in the midst of a multi-year refresh of the Star Wars franchise.  Disney is now firmly in charge, and a host of new characters have been introduced in episode 7 (The Force Awakens), released in 2015.  The next chronological Star Wars movie is scheduled for release in last 2017, although there will be an interim movie called Rogue One.  This movie is a prequel which is set in the Star Wars universe shortly before the events of A New Hope (episode IV).

It’s a good time to take a look at some of the new Star Wars toys that are available for all different age groups.

TIE Fighter LEGO Kit

LEGO TIE Fighter Kit

LEGO TIE Fighter Kit

Of the many LEGO Star Wars sets that you can choose from we are attracted to the TIE Fighter kit.  It is a bit advanced, with over 500 pieces and rated for kids ages 8-14.  When built the TIE fighter is 9″ tall, 7″ long and 7″ wide.  This set is more apt to be displayed on a shelf rather than played with, but that shelf will look really cool with this sitting on it.

Millennium Falcon Quadcopter

Millenium Falcon Quadcopter

Millennium Falcon Quadcopter

For the Star Wars fan who has everything – check out this Millennium Falcon Quadcopter.  This quadcopter has four rotors hidden in the body of the space ship.  It may not have the handling of other more expensive quadcopters, but it is one of the coolest we’ve seen.

Star Wars Plushes

There are a number of small Stars Wars plushes that we think smaller kids would really like.

Chewbacca Deformed Plush

Chewbacca Deformed Plush

This Chewbacca plush is 7″ tall and has a big head and little feet – which means it is super cute.

Darth Vader Plush and Throw

Darth Vader Plush and Throw

This is a neat combo (and for not a lot of money). The Darth Vader plush is about 12 inches tall, and he is holding a Star Wars throw that is 40″x50″ – a nice size.  And Finally:

Ewok Plush

Ewok Plush

Star Wars Rebellion Game

Star Wars Rebellion Game

Star Wars Rebellion Game

Right off the bat – this is a game for teenagers and adults.  In the Star Wars Rebellion game you, as the Empire, have overwhelming forces and your goal is to find the rebel base and destroy it. Planet after planet will fall to your might, but can you find the rebel base in time?

The Rebellion game can take 3-4 hours to play, and the reviews describe a very positive experience.  Replayability is very good.  The game is a bit pricey, but it is an engaging game that will keep your kids away from the video consoles for hours.


 

Chewbacca + Furby = Furbacca

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Furbacca

What could be better than a cross between a classic Furby doll and the big dude from Star Wars – Chewbacca himself?  We present to you Furbacca, a really unique interactive toy that also can work with the Furbacca mobile app.  You can create adventures and scenes from the Star Wars universe.

Rated for ages 6 and up.

 

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