DHX Launches ‘In the Night Garden’ Exclusives at Home Bargains

DHX Brands has formed a direct-to-retail collaboration to launch a new range of In the Night Garden products, specially created for the brand’s audience of children aged 6 months to 2.5 years.

Launched as a direct-to-retail promotion with TJ Morris, the products will be introduced exclusively in Home Bargains and Quality Save stores throughout the U.K. this summer, with an initial 18 products available by the end of July, followed by two more in August and a further 12 in September.

The range – which retails from £0.69-£13.99 – includes a host of items which are currently unavailable from other In the Night Garden licensees, including infant wipes, toddler training items, wooden pull-along toys, slippers, towelling robes, gift bags and feeding products such as bibs and sipper cups. The range also includes greeting cards and gift wrap; tableware, such as cutlery and melamine sets; apparel, including pyjamas and onesies; and accessories such as socks and backpacks.

With Home Bargains also stocking toys from Golden Bear’s popular, award-winning In the Night Garden range, the store is now a must-visit destination for fans of the top-rated CBeebies preschool TV series.

“We are delighted to team up with DHX Brands to offer this fantastic new range of In the Night Garden products,” said Helen Lynch of TJ Morris. “Such an appealing choice of items, from such an evergreen brand which is beloved by millions of families nationwide, is sure to prove a big hit with our customers over the summer.”

Laura Brennan, DHX Brands, said, “TJ Morris have an excellent reputation with their burgeoning Home Bargains stores and we are excited to be teaming up with them to give In the Night Garden fans such a wonderful new range, which increases the variety of products available and provides even more ways for young children to get closer to their favourite characters.”

The agreement between In the Night Garden brand owner, DHX Media, and TJ Morris was negotiated by leading licensing agency CPLG.

In the Night Garden x Home Bargains

In the Night Garden x Home Bargains

Animation Magazine

RTX Fest Presents Exclusives from Titmouse, Mondo Media and More

Ballmastrz: 9009

Ballmastrz: 9009

RTX Animation Festival returns to Austin, TX, running alongside the 2018 Rooster Teeth Expo. This year’s lineup features exclusive screenings, panels and special guests from acclaimed toon houses Titmouse, Mondo Media, Studio Yotta, Mashed and Machinima. The fest runs August 3-5 at the JW Marriott.

Titmouse, the animation production company known for popular cartoons on Adult Swim, Amazon, Netflix and others networks, will present behind-the-scenes perspectives on the Emmy award-winning Niko and the Sword of Light and the wild, anime-inspired Ballmastrz: 9009. President and owner Chris Prynoski will appear, as well as Christy Karacas (creator, director and exec producer, Ballmastrz: 9009) and Rob Hoegee (showrunner, head writer and exec producer, Niko and the Sword of Light). The Titmouse panel will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 5:30 pm at the JW Marriott. Prynoski will also appear on an animation writing and directing panel with other industry leaders.

Mondo Media will bring a panel focused on Gary and His Demons to the fest this year, moderated by CEO Brendan Burch, and will also premiere new shorts series including the Season 2 premiere of Turbo Fantasy. Studio Yotta will bring a small contingency of lead animators and founders. Mashed channel manager Tom Jenkins also will appear. Machinima will screen the final chapter of the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy, Transformers: Power of the Primes, and host a Q&A with showrunner FJ DeSanto.

Additional guests and reps from hit content creators who will surely pack more exciting exclusives in their RTX bags include: Cyanide & Happiness, How It Should Have Ended, Flashgitz, Frederator, Neebs Gaming, OnlyLeigh, ScrewAttack, Paul “OtaKng” Johnson, Kirsten Lepore, Bobbypills, SexuaLobster, Okay Samurai and Gamma Girls.

RTX Animation Festival is open to all RTX ticket holders. Single day and weekend passes for the eighth RTX Austin are still available at www.rtxaustin.com, starting at $ 50. Children ages six and under get free admission with a paying adult.

Ballmastrz: 9009

Ballmastrz: 9009

Gary and His Demons

Gary and His Demons

Transformers: Power of the Primes

Transformers: Power of the Primes

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Crunchyroll Bundles Up for Fall with Premieres & Exclusives

Black Clover

Black Clover

Change of season getting you down? Luckily, with all the awesome animation available to stream on various platforms and food just a delivery order away, you need never leave the comfort of home! To start your hibernation off right, anime outlet Crunchyroll has some highly anticipated titles premiering Tuesday, October 3!

Among the new programming highlights are:

Black Clover – In a world where magic is everything, Asta and Yuno are both found abandoned at a church on the same day. While Yuno is gifted with exceptional magical powers, Asta is the only one in this world without any. At the age of 15, both receive grimoires: magic books that amplify their holder’s magic. Asta’s is a rare Grimoire of Anti-Magic that negates and repels his opponent’s spells. Being opposite but good rivals, Yuno and Asta are ready for the hardest of challenges to achieve their common dream: to be the Wizard King. Giving up is never an option! [Studio Pierrot]

Food Wars! The Third Plate [Crunchyroll Exclusive] – After his advancement through real-life restaurant training, Yukihara Soma finally sees the top of Totsuki Academy — the Totsuki Elite Ten — at the Momiji Meet and Greet, and challenges them. The venue that was decided for Soma and the Elite Ten to battle was the Academy’s Moon Festival. What will Soma make happen at this monster event that brings in 500,000 ever year? Meanwhile, someone’s plan is coming together in the shadows… Soma’s new battle is about to begin! [J.C. Staff]

Juni Taisen: Zodiac War – Once every 12 years, 12 brave warriors who bear the names of the zodiac signs gather to fight: “Rat,” “Ox,” “Tiger,” “Rabbit,” “Dragon,” “Snake,” “Horse,” “Goat,” Monkey,” “Rooster,” “Dog,” and “Pig.” The victor of the 12th Twelve Tournament gets to have one wish granted, whatever the wish may be. Who will be the final survivor? Whose tears will flow on the bloody battlefield, rife with conspiracy and murder? A soul-shaking battle royale is about to begin. [Graphinica]

Anime fans will also be treated to the arrival of The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Wit Studio, Production I.G), Dies Irae (A.C.G.T.), King’s Game: The Animation (Seven), Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World – The Animated Series (Lerche), Recovery of an MMO Junkie (Signal.MD) and URAHARA (EMT Squared/Shirogumi Inc.) — joining the service’s already impressive lineup covering a universe of stories and genres.

Black Clover

Black Clover

Juni Taisen: Zodiac War

Juni Taisen: Zodiac War

The Ancient Magus' Bride

The Ancient Magus’ Bride

URAHARA

URAHARA

Animation Magazine

BoxLunch Exclusives to Satisfy Force Friday Appetites

Star Wars BB-9E, R2-D2, and BB-8 Pop!

Star Wars BB-9E, R2-D2, and BB-8 Pop!

Among the exhilarating intergalactic activities Disney Co.’s Star Wars department and partners are planning for Force Friday II (like the multinational Find the Force AR event), civic-minded retailer BoxLunch is launching a selection of goodies inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi — in theaters Dec. 15. Details on some droid-tastic delights you can shop at boxlunch.com below.

More on The Last Jedi and the Star Wars franchise can be found at www.starwars.com.

BB-9E Bag by Loungefly: Designed exclusively for BoxLunch and individually numbered (1,000 piece limited edition) based on the black-lated droid of the First Order being introduced in Episode VIII. Matte effect and patent leather details with chrome color accents and embossed chrome detailing.

BB-9E Funko! POP Bobblehead: Exclusive chrome colorway version for BoxLunch.

R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero: You can control your very own Rebel Alliance astromech with your smart device, or watch it patrol on its own. Features authentic movements, LED lights and integrated speakers for realistic beepin’ and boopin’. Plus, explore the galaxy and go inside starships via Holographic Simulation, enjoy the Star Wars saga with Artoo in Watch With Me mode, and observe Droid to Droid interactions with other Sphero app-enabled droids.

BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero: If orange is more your color than blue, this is the droid you’re looking for! All the same fun reactive and interactive features of the Artoo unit can be had on a roll with this sassy mechanical basketball-butt.

BB-9E App-Enabled Droid by Sphero: This is not the droid you’re looking for… this is the droid that’s looking for you! This vigilant little seeker boasts all the same features as the Artoo and BB-8 models, and an enhanced radio system that enables the Rebel-hunting robot to react to your presence when you trigger its sensors.

BoxLunch will have many other pieces of Star Wars apparel, accessories, home goods and collectibles (including lots more Episode VIII POP vinyls) on offer. And the more you shop, the more you help fight hunger — for every $ 10 spent at BoxLunch stores and web store, the company helps provide a meal through its partnership with Feeding America. More than 8 million meals have been donated so far!

Star Wars BB-9E, R2-D2, and BB-8 Pop!

Star Wars BB-9E, R2-D2, and BB-8 Pop!

Star Wars Finn Pop!

Star Wars Finn Pop!

Star Wars Chewbacca Pop!

Star Wars Chewbacca Pop!

Star Wars Borg Pop!

Star Wars Borg Pop!

Star Wars Loungefly

Star Wars Loungefly

Star Wars BB-9E Pop!

Star Wars BB-9E Pop!

Animation Magazine

VIZ Sets Signings, Exclusives & More for Comic-Con

Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Boruto: Naruto the Movie

San Diego Comic-Con is almost upon us! For those who need a little Japanese flavor in their pop culture olio — especially hit franchises Boruto and Sailor Moon — VIZ Media has you covered at their booth (#2813) and beyond, from July 19-23. No time to lose, let’s get down to it:

PANELS & SIGNINGS
Thurs. July 20
4:00-5:00 p.m. Rm. 7AB VIZ Media Official Panel – Join VIZ for exciting announcements, exclusive first looks at new titles, and prizes!

Fri. July 21
3:30-4:30 p.m. Rm. 5AB Shonen Jump Panel with Special Guests! – Come hang with your Shonen Jump pals and select English Boruto voice actors! VIZ’ll be making announcements, discussing SJmanga, and giving you the chance to answer ridiculously easy trivia for prizes! Scheduled to appear will be: Amanda Celine Miller (Boruto), Cherami Leigh (Sarada) and Robbie Daymond (Mitsuki).

5:30 p.m. VIZ Booth Boruto English Voice Cast Autograph Session – Stop by the VIZ Media booth after the panel for a special Boruto: Naruto Next Generations voice cast signing. See the booth’s front desk for full details.

Sat. July 22
1:30-2:30 p.m. Rm. 5AB Official Sailor Moon Panel – Everyone’s favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back and better than ever! Join the Sailor Moonteam for all the can’t-miss news and updates on the legendary anime series, as well as some special guest appearances! Scheduled to appear will be: Amanda Celine Miller (Sailor Jupiter), Cherami Leigh (Sailor Venus) and Robbie Daymond (Tuxedo Mask).

3:30 p.m. VIZ Booth Sailor Moon Voice Cast Autograph Session – Catch the voice cast after the panel for a special signing session at the VIZ Media booth! Stop by the booth’s front desk for full details.

BOOTH ACTIVITIES
In-Booth Signing Sessions
The Art of Magic: The Gathering Meet writer James Wyatt and artist Tyler Jacobson and get a free signed art card – Thursday, July 20 at 2:30 p.m. and Friday, July 21 at 11:00 a.m.
The Art of My LIttle Pony: The Movie Meet My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic head writer Meghan McCarthy and get a free signed sneak peak of the upcoming art book and movie – Thursday, July 20 at 11:00 a.m. and Friday, July 21 at 1:00 p.m. (with series songwriter Daniel Ingram)
BORUTO – THE NEXT GENERATION – The race to become the next Hokage starts at Comic-Con! Get a premium poster tube and three exclusive Boruto posters.
ONE-PUNCH MAN – What Hero Rank Are You? – Find out your Hero Association Rank!
Manga sampler, poster and postcard giveaways

BOOTH RETAIL
Exclusive Items:
ONE-PUNCH MAN and ONE PIECE Manga Replicas – $ 15 each
ONE-PUNCH MAN OPPAI T-Shirt – $ 20
SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL T-Shirt – $ 15

Pre-Street & Pre-Order Items:
DEATH NOTE: ALL-IN- ONE EDITION – $ 40
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESSS Vol. 2 – $ 10
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE SEASON 1 Blu-ray Set (includes an exclusive bandana with purchase) – $ 65
POKEMON ADVENTURES 20th ANNIVERSARY ILLUSTRATION BOOK – $ 25
SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Set 3 Combo Pack Preorder (includes an exclusive suncatcher with purchase) – $ 65
VAMPIRE KNIGHT: MEMORIES Vol. 1 – $ 10

Special Bundles & Gifts With Purchase:
ONE-PUNCH MAN Special Bundle: includes ONE-PUNCH MAN Limited Edition Blu-ray Set and Vol. 1 manga; also receive an exclusive Hero Association silvertone metal pin – $ 60
BORUTO Manga and Movie Bundle: includes BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE Combo Pack and BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS Vol. 1 manga; also receive an exclusive BORUTO postcard set – $ 32
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS Vols. 1-2 – $ 15
THE ART OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING – AMONKHET: includes an exclusive poster as gift with purchase – $ 30
Premium WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Subscription: includes exclusive WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP hat and two Yu-Gi- Oh! Cards – $ 30

Eisner-Nominated Titles (Available at Discount Price):
BLANC ET NOIR: Takeshi Obata Illustrations – $ 75
GOODNIGHT PUNPUN Vol. 1 – $ 20

Sailor Moon Crystal tshirt

Sailor Moon Crystal tshirt

Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Animation Magazine

Hot Topic Gets ‘Steven Universe’, ‘Stakes’ Exclusives

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Cartoon Network announces that Hot Topic has launched a new, exclusive retail program featuring merchandise and content based on hit animated series Steven Universe and Adventure Time’s Marceline the Vampire Queen, who stars in an eight-part special titled “Stakes” which kicks off Monday, November 16. The goods are available now at Hot Topic stores in the U.S. and on hottopic.com.

To celebrate Marceline’s dedicated programming event, Hot Topic is offering an assortment of products based on the red-sucking rocker, including an exclusive vinyl figure from Funko’s POP! line, men’s and juniors’ t-shirts, a hinge wallet and vinyl record.

Plus, shoppers can get a Marceline-themed comic book from Boom! Comics as a gift with any $ 25 purchase of Adventure Time products in stores or online (starting Nov. 9, while supplies last). Hot Topic also has a special “Hot Minute” interview with the Marceline on its YouTube channel.

The magical merch dedicated to Steven Universe’s heroic boy and his Crystal Gems pals Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl include a range of licensed apparel and accessories from Bioworld and Mighty Fine (available in men’s and juniors’ sizes), plus exclusive Funko POP! vinyl figures for all four main characters.

Adventure Time

Adventure Time

Steven Universe

Steven Universe

Animation Magazine

PS4 Exclusives Bloodborne, The Order: 1886 Teased for Game Awards

Watch this Friday’s inaugural The Game Awards 2014 and you’ll get a new look at PlayStation 4 exclusives Bloodborne and The Order: 1886. That’s according to the show’s producer, Geoff Keighley, who made the tease recently on Twitter.

The Game Awards 2014 take place in Las Vegas this Friday, December 5, starting at 6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern. At least 12 “world premieres” are to be unveiled during the show, along with the announcement of the Game of the Year and other award winners.

The awards show will be broadcast live across Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and PC.

Immediately following The Game Awards 2014 is Sony’s PlayStation Experience event, which takes place December 6-7 in Las Vegas. GameSpot will attend both events, and will bring you news as it happens.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

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