First Look: Mattel Introduces Toys for Rapunzel, Toy Story 3, Cars and More

The 107th annual American International Toy Fair is about to kick off in New York City and we couldn’t be more excited. In honor of the 1200+ exhibitors showing off their latest and greatest in toys, we thought we’d take a sneak peek at some of the new Disney toys from Mattel that you can expect to find at your favorite retailer later this year.

We’ll start with this summer’s most anticipated event: Toy Story 3.

Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Action Wing Pack from MattelFirst up is the Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Action Wing Pack (Ages 6+; MSRP $49.99; Available May). Junior Space Rangers can sport this backpack style gear which — at a touch of a button — pops out a set of their very own wings, useful for flying or simply falling with style. Other buttons speak some of Buzz’s most popular catchphrases, but the coolest part of all is that the wings can sense when they’re in the horizontal position and will automatically play ‘flying’ noises. When the mission’s been accomplished, the wings contract at the press of a button.

If you’ve been following the TS3 news and have seen the new trailer, you probably already know that Ken (Michael Keaton) joins the Toy Story family and given that Mattel is the home of Ken and Barbie, the Barbie Toy Story 3 Made For Each Other Gift Set (Ages 3+; MSRP $24.99; Available May) is a zero-brainer. The pair of dolls help re-live the magic of the film dressed in the style as they appear on screen.

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Another Possible Replacement Name for ‘Rapunzel’ Registered by Disney

Earlier this week, we broke the news that Disney had registered several new names that might possibly be considered as a replacement title for Walt Disney Animation Studio’s upcoming release Rapunzel: The Hidden Tower, Tangled and The Thief and the Tower.

Today we have learned that there’s another suitor in the running in the form of The Secret Tower for which Disney has now registered THESECRETTOWER.COM, THESECRETTOWER-MOVIE.COM and THESECRETTOWERMOVIE.COM.

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Speculation: Disney to Rename ‘Rapunzel’

Disney registered several domain names yesterday which indicate that a speculated and apparently not widely spread rumor may be true: Rapunzel will either be subtitled or simply renamed to something else. A quick google search for The Thief and the Tower turned up but one result from comments on a blog post on a professional animators’ site from early January and the ‘speculation’ was just that. The consensus from those who appeared to have some inside information on the name change is that Disney is looking for a way to make the film appear less princess-y.

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New Image from Rapunzel Surfaces in French Magazine Studio CinéLive

DisneyPixar.fr has posted a hi-res scan from the French magazine Studio CinéLive which features what appears to be a still from the upcoming release from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Rapunzel, featuring the film’s heroine and bandit Flynn Rider.

To view the original image, visit DisneyPixar.fr

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Mandy Moore lets down her hair for “Rapunzel”

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – After combing the acting landscape, Walt Disney Pictures has chosen Mandy Moore to voice the lead role in its Digital 3D-animated musical action-adventure “Rapunzel,” inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

Zachary Levi, star of NBC’s “Chuck,” has been cast as the voice of the dashing bandit who finds himself on the road with the rebellious teen “hair apparent.”

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New Hi-Res Concept Art from Disney’s Rapunzel

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Disney has just treated us to some newly released concept art from the upcoming production of Rapunzel (Holiday 2010). While smaller images have surfaced on the net recently, these are the full-sized images showing every splendid detail of the amazing art behind the film.

The entire gallery of concept art is below. As usual, click on each thumbnail to see a larger version. Click on the resizing arrows in the lower right hand corner (if visible) to see the image’s original size.

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Disney Consumer Products Unleashes All New Intiatives, from Mickey Mouse to Rapunzel and Everyone Inbetween

Disney unveils a line of fashion inspired by Mickey Mouse at the Licensing International ExpoLas Vegas, NV – June 2, 2009 – Disney Consumer Products(DCP) today announced new content and product line extensions behind its renowned portfolio of character franchises starting with the return of the classic Toy Story franchise, the addition of two Disney Princess characters, new Mickey Mouse initiatives, a new Winnie the Pooh theatrical movie and the expansion of the Disney Fairies film series. Disney Channel also announced major milestones for the global sensational hit Hannah Montana as the series is renewed for a fourth season and the award-winning Handy Manny preschool series adds two primetime specials and a new 20 episode short-form series.

“Everything we do is inspired by the magic and creativity that only Disney can deliver,” said Andy Mooney, chairman of Disney Consumer Products Consumer Products. “Each product tells a story and this year sets off an unprecedented slate of entertainment offering many storylines that will translate into global merchandise programs uniquely positioning DCP for breakout growth.”

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