Gululu, the Interactive Water Bottle for Kids,Launches 3D Version, Expanded Gululu Universe and Charitable Tie-In

Gululu, the Interactive Water Bottle for Kids,

Launches 3D Version, Expanded Gululu Universe and Charitable Tie-In

 

New features include a social board for interaction with other Gululu users;

Strategic partnership announced with Generosity.org     

 

Boulder, CO, July 13, 2017 — Gululu, the world’s first interactive water bottle that keeps kids hydrated, invented by Bowhead Technology, today announces a major upgrade featuring the launch of a 3D version. The new design also includes an extended social-interaction feature, expanded and enriched game play and an enhanced automatic update system that strengthens Gululu’s impact as a healthy-habit training kit for children.  

 

According to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, over half of all children are under hydrated, which may contribute to poor health, cognitive problems and poor emotional development.

 

Gululu helps children stay hydrated by caring for a virtual pet and keeps parents informed of their children’s progress through a connected app. As kids drink more water from Gululu, their chosen virtual pets grow and make friends. The new 3D version gives vivid life to the virtual pets and more engaging drinking and interaction experiences to the kids. Kids embark on new journeys in the Gululu universe, where they win more collectables and rewards, and explore more stories.

 

The social interaction component is one of the most popular features among the kids. They can add each other as friends by shaking two bottles side by side. As of August, the social interaction feature extends to the bottle’s game play in the form of Social Board, where the kids can see and compare the “Treasure Chest” rewards they collect as they progress along their Gululu journey. On the connected app, parents can compare the “habit scores” of their kids and friends.

 

A pilot test proved Gululu’s new upgrade with 3D animation and new social interaction features to be at least twice as effective in user retention as the previous 2D version.

 

“In the pilot test of our recent product upgrade, we were pleased to see that kids are drinking more water with Gululu and appearing more eager to share their experiences with friends,” said Chief Gululu and Founder, Alvin Chiang.

 

With the new upgrade, the Gululu Universe also starts to unfold. “Ocean Brim” and “Wonder Woods” stories and settings are now available, and “Floating Desert” and more chapters are in the making, supported by a Hollywood-pedigree animation studio. The game upgrade also introduces “Nims,” the virtual pets’ own little sidekicks, such as the “Peek-a-boo” Crocodile, the “Cheese-Bees” and “Rolling Cactuses” in the Wonder Woods chapter, and this new layer provides a whole different experience.

 

Gululu’s learning-through-play proposition is solidified by its automatic software update system that constantly offers new features, with the goal of developing a healthy water-drinking routine.

Increasing consumer demand also drives the company to develop more accessories and peripheral content around the Gululu Universe, even including music. The first theme song soon to be released is a collaboration project with five-time Emmy Award-winning music producer Eddie Wohl.

“We gradually realized the importance of staying hydrated is much bigger than we thought, after being approached by more children’s hospitals, health insurance companies and medical foundations that address kids with special needs,” noted Chiang. “As a diabetic, I know the importance of maintaining healthy routines. Helping kids form a healthy habit that lasts a lifetime is a gift we can give to the kids around the world.”

 

To advance its mission to hydrate the kids of the world, Gululu formed a strategic partnership with Generosity.org. For every Gululu interactive bottle purchased, a child in a developing country will be provided with clean drinking water for life. The first Gululu project is underway now in Peru. Generosity.org is a humanitarian non-profit organization that is helping to end the clean water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time, with 778 projects funded, Generosity.org has served more than 450,000 people in 20 countries. Gululu together with Generosity.org was invited to participate at UN’s Ocean Conference in New York City in June 2017.

 

Gululu is now available on Amazon exclusively and b8ta stores in the U.S. 

 

G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters

(Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Cobraaaa! One of the rarest of all G.I. Joe playsets is back! The G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters, this convention exclusive is a faithful reproduction of the original and iconic Cobra Missile Command Headquarters Set from 1982. It recreates the classic design of the original in exacting detail with a weathered finished, following the original die-lines with all new re-created graphics. Assemble the highly detailed, sturdy graphic board components to build a headquarters that includes missile base, missile support systems, cruise missile, control panel, movable elevator, work platform, and seats. The set also comes with reproductions of the three figures that came with the original set – Cobra Commander (with a logo that is an homage to the original, first version Cobra Commander logo), Cobra Officer, and Cobra Trooper. Set includes file cards for the figures, as well as a file card holder for the cards. The G.I. Joe Cobra Missile Command Headquarters will be for sale during San Diego Comic-Con 2017. 

TEDCO Toys Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary of the Original Gyroscope

Hagerstown, IN  June 1, 2017 – TEDCO Toys, a nationwide manufacturer and distributor of science and educational toys, is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of their Original Gyroscope.

The Original Gyroscope dates back to 1917, making it the oldest American-made gyroscope manufactured by a family-owned business in existence today. For over 70 years the Chandler Company of Indianapolis, Indiana, produced and sold literally tens of thousands of gyroscopes. In 1982, TEDCO Toys purchased the Chandler Company. Since then, the toy line has expanded and sales are now global.

TEDCO Toys is a small company with a big heart. In addition to the Original Gyroscope, TEDCO manufactures the Gyroscope Twin Pack, Gyroscope Nostalgic Pack, Precision Gyroscope and Gravitron. All gyroscopes are manufactured from USA-made components in the company’s manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Indiana, the heart of America where outstanding quality still counts. TEDCO’s Original Gyroscope won the Parents’ Choice Award by the Parents’ Choice Foundation.

The Original Gyroscope was used in the NASA Toys in Space program, with Dr. Rhea Seddon showing the effects of zero gravity on the gyroscope while in space. Steve Jobs used TEDCO’s Original Gyroscope in his Apple iPhone 4 presentation on June 7, 2010, because the iPhone 4 incorporated gyroscopic technology for user-friendly features.

A truly classic toy, the TEDCO Toys Original Gyroscope is now thrilling its third generation of science lovers. Captivated by its ability to spin on a string or the tip of a pencil without falling over, children ask, “how does it do that” and then quickly set out to master all the tricks themselves.

TEDCO also manufactures Light Crystal Prisms, the Original Pet Tornado and Blocks and Marbles sets, in addition to distributing a large collection of science kits and educational toys. TEDCO’s Pet Tornado was named one of the top ten science toys for kids for 2012-13 by Squidoo.

TRANSFORMERS MASTERPIECE MOVIE SERIES OPTIMUS PRIME MPM-4 Figure

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99/Available: Summer 2017)

Get in the action with the latest figure from the MASTERPIECE MOVIE SERIES, the OPTIMUS PRIME MPM-4 figure! Co-created by Hasbro and Tomy, the figure is inspired by the iconic OPTIMUS PRIME character in the original 2007 TRANSFORMERS film and celebrates the 10th anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS movie franchise. Pay homage to the great AUTOBOT leader with all the detail you expect from a MASTERPIECE product, including die cast parts! The OPTIMUS PRIME MPM-4 figure converts from robot to classic truck mode and showcases Earth’s greatest protector with eye-catching detail, articulated fingers and an interchangeable mask – perfect for fans and collectors alike. The sleek, signature flame design is emblematic of his inextinguishable drive to fight for freedom. Converts in 43 steps and comes with a Matrix of Leadership accessory and other exciting weapon accessories.

The 7th Annual Designer Toy Awards Announced

The 7th Annual Designer Toy Awards Announced

The 2017 Ceremony Will Take Place In Partnership With The Five Points Festival

Hosted by Academy Award® Nominated Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock

 

New York City, N.Y. (April 26, 2017)—Clutter Magazine is pleased to bring The 7th Annual Designer Toy Awards (DTAs) fueled by Lagunitas Brewing Company to Webster Hall (125 E 11th Street) on Friday, May 19. The world’s premier accolade for designer toy artists and the industry around them, The DTAs kick off the inaugural Five Points Festival, a toy and comic art convention curated by Clutter, taking over Pier 36 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on May 20 & 21. Hosting the DTAs this year is Academy Award-nominated writer, director, producer and obsessive toy collector Morgan Spurlock.

 

DTA nominees span North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, with winners determined both through a panel of industry judges as well as in select categories by the voting public. Fans looking to cast a ballot can help select the winner in six public categories: Artist of the YearCustom of the YearToy of the YearBest BlogBest Toy Store, and Best Online Toy Store. Votes for these categories can be cast online athttps://www.designertoyawards.com/categoriesthrough May 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM EST.

 

Created by Clutter founders Miranda O’Brien and Josh Kimberg, The Designer Toy Awards have consistently recognized emerging, leading, and influential names in the art toy movement, with past award winners including Amanda Louise Spayd, Andrew Bell, Chris Ryniak, Frank Kozik, Gary Ham, Jason Freeny, J*Ryu, Huck Gee, KAWS, Luke Chueh, Tristan Eaton, Todd McFarlane, Bigfoot One, and Ron English. This year sees a new evolution for the awards, taking place for the first time at the historic Webster Hall, and welcoming the acclaimed Morgan Spurlock as host. Known for Super Size MeThe Greatest Movie Ever SoldComic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s HopeMansomeThe Eagle Huntress, and Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, Spurlock is also an avid fan and collector, and he brings with him tremendous respect and knowledge for the designer toy space.

 

“I’m honored to emcee this year’s Designer Toy Awards,” said Spurlock. “I’ve spent my career putting a spotlight on various cultures and subcultures around the world, with the art toy community one of the most textured and fascinating – and one I have supreme pleasure in being part of.”

 

O’Brien said of the show’s growth, “The Designer Toy Awards were established to shine a spotlight on the amazing creators, producers, and fans who work tirelessly to realize amazing pieces of collectable art. We’re proud to help, at least once a year, give our whole community a chance to come together and celebrate each others’ accomplishments. This year we couldn’t be more excited to have Morgan Spurlock host at Webster Hall, and all with the help of our wonderfully supportive sponsor – Lagunitas!”

 

Fans looking to mingle with designer toy industry luminaries will have access to the award ceremony with the purchase of a Five Points Festival VIP Weekend Ticket for $125. In addition to attending one of the best parties in the East Village, VIP Weekend Ticket holders will be able to experience the Five Points Festival’s dynamic lineup of counterculture artists from around the world, gourmet food trucks, and craft beer. Fans will be able to engage and catch up with past DTA winners and further toy and comic artisans at Five Points Festival including Amanda Louise Spayd, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Chris Ryniak, Cliff Chiang, Gary Ham, Huck Gee, Jamal Igle, Jason Freeny, Khary Randolph, Mags Visaggio, Ron English, Tara McPherson, Sean Gordon Murphy, and Simone Legno.

LEGO Exclusive at Star Wars Celebration— Raffle Happening

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars Celebration attendees will have the chance to enter a raffle to purchase a special-edition LEGO Star Wars set inspired by the Detention Block AA-23 from the original 1977 film! A Star Wars Celebration exclusive, the set includes Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguises ready to infiltrate the Death Star and rescue Princess Leia.

 

The opportunity to purchase this exclusive set is being raffled off on the Star Wars Celebration website prior to the event for attendees only, beginning now through 12:01AM EST on Friday, April 6th. All winners will be randomly selected to purchase the exclusive onsite at the LEGO booth next week, and will be notified by April 7th.

 

Here’s where attendees can enter the raffle to purchase the set— http://www.starwarscelebration.com/Events/LEGO-lottery/

  • Contains 220 pieces
  • $40
  • Ages 8-14
  • Limited quantities are available for purchase
  • This is exclusively available to Star Wars Celebration attendees

 

DC Collectibles Unveils New 2018 Cover Girls Collection with Artist Joëlle Jones

(MARCH 31, 2017)  Eisner Award nominated artist Joëlle Jones has been tapped to take over the popular DC Collectibles Cover Girls statue line. Announced today during the DC Collectibles panel at WonderCon, the fan-favorite artist for SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER and LADY KILLER will give fans and collectors her unique take on iconic DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Jones will first take on mischievous vixen Harley Quinn, with Supergirl, Batgirl, and Mera statues slated to follow in 2018.

  

Created in 2009, the DC Cover Girls line has been graced by talented artists, most recently with famed designers Adam Hughes and Stanley Lau leaving their mark through creative interpretations of the renowned characters. With an already strong presence at DC through her work on the critically acclaimed comic, SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER, Jones will lend her unique style and uncanny ability to capture energy and expression, and hail as the first female designer of the Cover Girls line.

 

On the difference between creating 3D designs for statues in contrast to her 2D comic art, Joëlle Jones stated, “one of my favorite things about designing sculptures is being able to capture the essence of the character in statue form. Evaluating the small nuances you appreciate in a character and using that to dictate their gestures, allows opportunities for expression you don’t necessarily get when creating a comic book.”

 

Inspired by the powerful women of the DC Universe, Cover Girls has been a long-running line for DC Collectibles, with dynamic depictions of the most famous superheroines and supervillains in the form of premium 9” statues.

 

DST Serves Up New Drinkware at Your Local Comic Shop!

DST Serves Up New Drinkware at Your Local Comic Shop!

 

This week, your local comic shop is the place to get great housewares, as Diamond Select Toys ships new glassware from some of your favorite movies and TV shows! Tumblers from The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Muppet Show, plus pint glasses from National Lampoon’s Vacation, are on sale now at your local comic shop, as well as your favorite online retailers. So find a shop at comicshoplocator.com, and reserve yours today!

 

Muppets Muppet Show Glass Tumblers

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to get things started! It’s time to pour the drinks! You can’t help but smile when you’re drinking a tasty beverage out of these nostalgic glass tumblers featuring the cast of The Muppet Show. Inspired by fast-food glassware of yesteryear, these tumblers sport all-new original artwork spotlighting main Muppets Kermit, Fozzie, Bunsen, Beaker and the Swedish Chef, as well as their supporting casts! Each glass comes packaged separately, in a full-color window box.

Muppets Muppet Show Kermit Glass Tumbler (Item #AUG162573, SRP: $9.99)

https://diamondselecttoys.com/muppets-kermit-glass-tumbler

Muppets Muppet Show Fozzie Glass Tumbler (Item #AUG162574, SRP: $9.99)

https://diamondselecttoys.com/muppets-fozzie-glass-tumbler

Muppets Muppet Show Bunsen & Beaker Glass Tumbler (Item #AUG162575, SRP: $9.99)

https://diamondselecttoys.com/muppets-bunsen-and-beaker-glass-tumbler

Muppets Muppet Show Swedish Chef Glass Tumbler (Item #AUG162576, SRP: $9.99)

https://diamondselecttoys.com/muppets-swedish-chef-glass-tumbler

 

National Lampoon’s Vacation Movie Reelware Pint Glasses

A Diamond Select Toys release! Who’s the moosiest moose we know? Marty Moose! Who’s the star of our favorite show? Marty Moose! Relive the craziest road trip you never went on with these two pint glasses that are straight outta Walley World! With one depicting Roy Walley’s famous creation Marty Moose, and the other showing the full cast of Walley World characters, both glasses are the ultimate in cinematic souvenirs, inspired by the movie National Lampoon’s Vacation. Be the first in your neighborhood to drink like a Griswold! Each glass comes packaged in a full-color window box. 

National Lampoon’s Vacation Movie Reelware Walley World Pint Glass (Item #AUG162556, SRP: $10.99)

https://shop.diamondselecttoys.com/vacation-reelware-walley-world-pint-glass

National Lampoon’s Vacation Movie Reelware Marty Moose Pint Glass (Item #AUG162557, SRP: $10.99)

https://shop.diamondselecttoys.com/vacation-reelware-marty-moose-pint-glass

Nightmare Before Christmas Glass Character Tumblers

A Diamond Select Toys release! Raise a toast to the Pumpkin King with these four tumblers celebrating The Nightmare Before Christmas! Featuring all-new artwork inspired by the film, these fast-food-style glass tumblers also have mini-biographies of each character on the reverse side, and spotlight Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie and the Mayor, along with some of Halloween Town’s other residents. Recommend hand-wash only. Each glass is individually packaged in a full-color window box.

Nightmare Before Christmas Glass Jack Tumbler (Item #OCT162589, SRP: $9.99)

https://diamondselecttoys.com/nightmare-before-christmas-jack-skellington-glass-tumbler

Nightmare Before Christmas Glass Mayor Tumbler (Item #OCT162590, SRP: $9.99)

https://diamondselecttoys.com/nightmare-before-christmas-mayor-glass-tumbler

Nightmare Before Christmas Glass Sally Tumbler (Item #OCT162591, SRP: $9.99)

https://diamondselecttoys.com/nightmare-before-christmas-sally-glass-tumbler

Nightmare Before Christmas Glass Oogie Boogie Tumbler (Item #OCT162592, SRP: $9.99)

https://diamondselecttoys.com/nightmare-before-christmas-oogie-boogie-glass-tumbler