New Hot Topic arrivals for July 28, 2012
Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Hot Topic. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Hot Topic in another window.
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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.
First 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.
Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is auctioning off his own personal memorabilia from the upcoming Disney/Pixar film for charitable efforts in Haiti. Unkrich has pledged 100% of the proceeds from the auctions to go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
The first item up for auction is a Toy Story 3 teaser poster featuring Sheriff Woody Pride and signed by actor Tom Hanks.
The poster, which is listed as including free shipping, can be found on eBay.
Woody’s Run-Around Roundup, featuring the gang from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, follows Wild Planet’s successful listen-think-move format and promotes physical and mental exercise. It can be played indoors or out, solo or in teams, and does not require the use of a computer or television.
Woody (atop his horse Bullseye) is the electronic hand-held tagger in the game and his Toy Story co-stars Buzz Lightyear, Jesse, Hamm and Rex are targets. Players listen for Woody to call out clues about different characters, then run to and tag the corresponding targets.
A microchip embedded in the tagger uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to recognize the targets. When Woody is placed over the correct character, the circuit is complete and players advance. If players tag an incorrect target, Woody will repeat the call-out and encourage the players to try again.
This non-traditional use of RFID allows the game to be played at varying degrees of physical difficulty as the targets can be spread out across short or long distances and placed high or low. Farther targets at different heights result in more running, bending, reaching and stretching.
Woody’s Run-Around Roundup gives kids a mental workout as well. As the game progresses, the call-outs become more challenging. In early levels Woody calls out a name or the first letter of a name (R is for Rex). Once kids master names and letters, the game adds in colors and character traits (Who wears a white spacesuit? Who is a yodeling cowgirl?).
In addition to the main game, Woody’s Run-Around Roundup also features a sequence-building memory game, a hide-and-seek treasure hunt, and multi-player modes. Each game requires physical exertion that aids in the development of large and small muscle groups while improving coordination and motor skills. The sharing and listening aspects of the game practice positive social behaviors.
Recommended for 1-6 players, ages 3 and up, Woody’s Run-Around Roundup is an ideal game for families to play together as it exercises the bodies and minds of multiple generations. Set to be released mid-May of 2010, the game is expected to retail for $25.
VENICE, Italy — LEGO models of Woody and Buzz Lightyear were unveiled by Disney Consumer Products as part of a dedicated Toy Story-themed family area at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Constructed from 13,600 LEGO bricks in 150 hours, this was the global unveiling of the Woody model which stands at over 6 1/2 feet tall. The Buzz Lightyear model, seen for the first time in Europe, was constructed from 40,000 LEGO bricks in 250 hours by 3 Master Builders and stands just over five feet tall.
At the Festival, John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, as well as Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich of Pixar Animation Studios were awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
Moviegoers waiting to see the newest release from Disney/Pixar, UP, at the Kerasotes Show Case Theaters in Chicago, IL got a big surprise when some of Pixar’s classic characters came out to celebrate and watch the movie too. Sulley (Monsters, Inc.), Mr. Incredible (The Incredibles) and Buzz Lightyear and Woody (Toy Story) worked and schmoozed the already excited crowd.
Below is a gallery of more photos from the event. Photos from WireImage. © Disney/Pixar. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.