It’s that time of year when the forces of good and evil descend upon sunny San Diego for Comic-Con. And as the streets and aisles break out into an ALL OUT WAR, the only people that can save the day at San Diego Comic-Con are The Walking Dead’s SHIVA FORCE!! time of year when the forces of good and evil descend upon sunny San Diego for Comic-Con. And as the streets and aisles break out into an ALL OUT WAR, the only people that can save the day at San Diego Comic-Con are The Walking Dead’s SHIVA FORCE!!
May 2, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – Beat Bugs, the preschool-targeted,
Netflix Original Series revolving around the lives and adventures of
five charming and funny child-like bugs who live in an overgrown
backyard, was all the buzz at the 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts
Emmy® Awards. The animated program took home the gold for
“Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Series” on Friday at
the Pasadena Civic Auditorium celebration.
Beat Bugs is a family animated series inspired by the music of The
Beatles, and re-recorded by today’s hottest contemporary artists like
P!nk, Eddie Vedder, Rod Stewart, Tori Kelly and more.
“With ‘Beat Bugs’ we started with the greatest songwriting of all
time, and with a team of extraordinary writers, we tried to do it
justice. Thank you to the Academy.”— Josh Wakely, writer, director
Kids in United States, United Kingdom and Australia to Band Together for Beatles-Inspired Music Fun at My Gym Locations
Beat Bugs and My Gym have struck a chord to activate a musically-inspired promotion at 178 My Gym locations in United States, United Kingdom and Australia this summer. In the months of June and July, children who attend classes at My Gym will enjoy Beat Bugs music, games and other fun activities, including coloring sheets and puppet shows.
Created by Josh Wakely, Beat Bugs, is an Emmy Award-winning animated kids series featuring music inspired by The Beatles. Currently a hit on Netflix, the story revolves around the lives and adventures of five best friends; charming and funny childlike bugs who explore and learn in their suburban backyard home. Each episode ties in a Beatles song in an innocent and child-friendly fashion, sung by one of the characters or guest stars that include mega-musicians P!nk, Sia, Aloe Blacc, Rod Stewart, Jennifer Hudson and more. Beat Bugs introduces a new generation to the music of the most influential band in rock history, The Beatles.
My Gym’s facilities provide a local place where children learn and grow through unique and exciting activities. My Gym Kids worldwide develop healthy minds and strong bodies under the guidance of trained and loving instructors in a safe, clean and noncompetitive environment. Find a location near you at www.mygym.com.
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Injustice 2 follows on from the Injustice Gods Among us story. This time seeing team Batman vs Team Superman call a break to take on a deadlier approaching foe, Brainiac. Injustice 2 brings a slew of new characters to the fold. The thrilling story continues were better graphics and battle styles. But does it have enough to keep you coming back?
What surprises you at first is that for a fighting game the Injustice series has done pretty well in terms of delivering an A class comic book story that is actually an interesting narrative that keeps you glued to the screen. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised when I checked the time and noticed that I had lost track of time because of how engaged in the story I was. Injustice 2 and NetherRealm once again deliver a beautiful and engaging fighting game, one that could see people like myself who aren’t usually into fighting games, suddenly finding themselves thinking twice thanks to a compelling story, which you don’t often see in fighting games.
Story aside Injustice 2 is an excellent fighting game brought to us once again from NetherRealm Studios, who are the team behind Mortal Kombat. Combat is fast and fun and depending on your expertise level when it comes to fighters, each character now also tailors to how players handle a fight. I found myself a fan of using both Green Arrow and Flash as I felt their combos were easier to perform. Green Lantern on the other hand came off as a bit more of a challenge for me. Combos are the key to winning here, which is especially so at the online front of the game. On several occasions, I would find myself in a match where I was way over my head, but more on the multiplayer section later. Matches are filled with other environmental objects to help you take down your opponent. You can also destroy the environment sending your opponent through walls or other objects which then takes you to a sub part of that arena to fight in. A lot of what was present in Gods Among Us has been kept around in terms of world destruction and set up.
Injustice 2 handles a lot like its predecessor in terms of gameplay mechanics. You still have your special ability of sorts that sees each character perform some sort of chain of attacks in a cutscene. These are performed after filling your super meter, which can also be drained when performing other combos. I have to say that I wish there was more than just the one cutscene/special ability per character. Grows old seeing the same thing repeatedly. Especially when you can perform a special ability twice in a match, it would be good just to see more variety is all.
Thankfully though when it comes to variety Injustice 2’s character customization section is fantastic. From special suit accessories to the colour of the suit, you can make your favourite character to play your very own for the multiplayer section. Injustice 2 now includes a microtransaction system for anyone who may be interested in paying real life money to collect character specific items quicker than grinding for them. Players can buy source crystals with their own money to purchase certain other items to change the look of your favourite fighters. These are of course optionable. You don’t need to spend money. These are just for the players that want get them sooner than later.
This is where the game really opens up. I do advise completing the single player story first however as it helps you get a feel for each character and helps level them up and by completing each chapter you are rewarded mother boxes. Mother boxes contain items of clothing or appearances for each character. There are several types of mother boxes and each contains a certain level of rarity for special stat carrying clothes and weapons. They also have levels so don’t go thinking you can use an epic bow on Green Arrow when you’ve just started playing online. There’s some work to be done first. It pays to work hard as each new article of clothing or accessory that you unlock from a mother box can help increase a certain stat for your character. These stats help you when you go against other players of the same level. You are also able to customize your card with different art works., much like Call of Duty for example. You also display your win/loss record so try not to perform poorly or your friends may see how good or bad you really are.
Graphics and Sound
Injustice 2 is a gorgeous game and the character designs are more stunning than its predecessor, including the world designs and clever use of arena objects that can be used as weapons. A lot of love has been put into the attention to detail here and it shows in every scene during the story and other offline and online fights. Injustice 2 has also some impressive voice actors. The great Kevin Conroy is back to voice as Batman which is always a treat to hear, as well as several DC voice actor veterans. While not getting into the story but as someone who reads the Injustice comics as well it was awesome to see it play out on screen and once again as it was beautifully presented.
Injustice 2 is a fantastic sequel to a much-loved universe. Another fantastic story is told while exceptional gameplay accompanies it. Injustice 2 is a gorgeous sequel that delivers on all fronts. While the story felt a little short to me and some of the ultimate attacks feel like they still could use some variation, I enjoyed my time here. Injustice 2 comes in a year chock full of Fighting games coming out left and right and I can say without a doubt that Injustice 2 deserves a spot on any comic fan or fighting fans gaming shelf.
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Following the exciting Transformers: The Last Knight movie release on June 21, fans will have the opportunity to take home a piece of the film with this Voyager Class Optimus Prime figure which will be available for purchase exclusively at Booth #3329 at SDCC 2017. The figure, which converts to Western Star truck mode based on Transformers: The Last Knight, features movie inspired detailing and collectible packaging. It also comes with a free gift with purchase: an authentic piece of truck tire used in the film with a certificate of authenticity from Western Star!
The Wait Is Over – It’s Hero Time!
Toy Line from Playmates Toys Based on Cartoon Network’s New Ben 10 Animated Series Available Now as a Limited Exclusive at Toys“R”Us®
El Segundo, CA (June 6, 2017) – It’s hero time! Playmates Toys announced today that its Ben 10 toy line is available now as a limited exclusive at Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com. The entire Ben 10 toy line will become available at all other major retailers beginning in August. The toy line is inspired by Cartoon Network’s fresh take on the beloved Ben 10 animated series, which premiered in the United States in April. The collection of fun-filled toys includes action figures, vehicles, playsets and role play items.
“Fans of Cartoon Network’s new Ben 10series will now be able to bring home the action-packed adventures seen in the show,” said Karl Aaronian, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Playmates Toys. “The expansive toy line that we developed includes unique transformations, special features and technology to provide kids with an imaginative play experience where their favorite characters are brought to life.”
The new Cartoon Network series is centered on fun loving, 10-year-old, Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max as they travel throughout the country during summer vacation. Once Ben finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different heroic aliens, a world of extraterrestrial superpowers opens up to him.
“We’re excited to introduce a new generation of fans to Ben 10, providing them with the opportunity to connect with the brand even further with the introduction of Playmates Toys’ new toy line,” said Pete Yoder, vice president, Cartoon Network Enterprises for North America. “The toy line captures the essence of the new series — action, excitement and all-around fun.”
The toy line from Playmates Toys features the following:
· The Basic Action Figure assortment features a variety of 5-inch, highly detailed and articulated figures based on the show, including Ben Tennyson, the 10 different heroic aliens that he transforms into and key villains from Season 1. Other figure assortments include Deluxe Power Up figures, with lights and sounds, and Giant 10-inch figures.
· The Rustbucket Vehicle & Playset, the main vehicle seen in the show, transforms into a 3-level playset that stands over 2 feet tall and is packed with action features including an alien transformation chamber, plasma blaster, alien lab and more.
· Rounding out the collection is role play, including both a Basic and Deluxe Omnitrix, allowing kids to transform into any one of Ben’s 10 aliens, and Transform-N-Battle gauntlets and masks.
About Playmates Toys
With a history of over 50 years, Playmates Toys is today among the most well-respected and innovative marketing and distribution companies in the global toy industry with a proven history in the creation of imaginative products as well as the development and management of profitable, long-term brand franchises. Key brands include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Voltron Legendary Defender and Ben 10. From its offices in Hong Kong and California, Playmates designs, develops, markets and distributes its products in over 60 countries worldwide. For more information, visithttp://www.playmatestoys.com.
About Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks’ award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Mighty Magiswords, and We Bare Bears, as well as Rick and Morty on Adult Swim.
Cartoon Network is Turner’s global entertainment brand and the # 1 animation network in the U.S., offering the best in original content for kids and families with such hits as, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, We Bare Bears and The Amazing World of Gumball. Seen in 192 countries and over 400 million homes, Cartoon Network is known for being a leader in innovation with its approach to engaging and inspiring kids at the intersection of creativity and technology. Its pro-social initiative, Stop Bullying: Speak Up is an acknowledged and often used resource for kids and adults looking for tools that can assist in dealing with the ongoing issue of bullying.
Cartoon Network is part of Turner, a Time Warner company that creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.
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.
BURBANK, Calif. (May 23, 2017) — Production has begun on DC Super Hero Girls, an all-new animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation and based on characters from DC Entertainment. Featuring fresh character designs and storytelling from Emmy® Award–winning producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), DC Super Hero Girls will be coming to Cartoon Network in 2018.
The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. . But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated.
Sure, gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a fist to punch with, and their bros in the Justice League amp up the fun whether they’re at a concert or taking down a crime ring. But what happens when Diana and her favorite study buddy and fencing partner, Tatsu, can’t agree on how to dole out justice as Wonder Woman and Katana? Or when Barbara finds out her Gotham-Con bestie is teen-fiend Harley Quinn? Along with all their friends, foes and frenemies, this squad of super teens navigates the unique growing pains that come when you’re a teenager trying to fight the battles of the world and the battles of growing up at the same time.
The new series is a global initiative with Cartoon Network and builds on the successful DC Super Hero Girls direct-to-video movies as well as digital webisodes launched in 2015 and viewed by millions of fans on the DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel, as well as the DC Super Hero Girls mobile app.
Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!, Justice League Action) serves as executive producer.
Full Musical Set Will Mark the First Time a Google I/O Performance is Live Streamed
Fresh from a highly anticipated return with their new singles “Call the Police” and “American Dream,” LCD Soundsystem will take the stage at this year’s Google I/O conference to perform a full set packed with favorites spanning their acclaimed catalog. Previously an experience only open to Google I/O attendees, this will be the first time a performance from the event will be available to fans worldwide.
Kicking off at 9:00 PM PT on Thursday, May 18, the LCD Soundsystem performance at Google I/O will be available to stream here: youtube.com/lcdsoundsystem
About Google I/O
Google I/O is an annual developer festival held at the outdoor Shoreline Amphitheatre, bringing local developer communities together to experience the I/O keynotes and sessions with one another in real-time, around the globe. They may also offer unique activities such as hackathons, codelabs, and demos. With hands-on learning, technical talks, and Googlers on-hand to share their insights, Google I/O is returning for the second year at Shoreline Amphitheatre. From May 17-19, you’ll dive into hands-on learning experiences, listen to technical talks, and get a chance to hear more about Google’s latest developer products.
Sixpoint Brewery Debuts Mad Scientist + NYC’s Favorite Fast Bites
New York, NY (May 15, 2017)—Hungry New Yorkers, comic collectors, and art toy enthusiasts will all find something exciting at the Five Points Festival, a designer toy and comic convention presented by Clutter Magazine andMidtown Comics and sponsored by Playcrafting. On May 20-21, NYC’s most outstanding food trucks and breweries from around the US will gather at Pier 36 (299 South St), giving festival goers full access to some of the city’s most raved about trucks, curated by the Live Fast Group. They’ll be able to wash it all down at the neighboring beer garden fueled by Lagunitas Brewing Company which will feature a selection of brews from local favorites and nationally renowned producers as well as the exclusive debut of a new India Pale Ale brewed by Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery. Food trucks and the beer garden will be open during Festival hours for guests to reenergize before diving back into two full days of programming. For up-to-date details about the culinary offerings, visit www.FivePointsFest.com/food-trucks.
The new Festival will be a collision between comic artists and writers, toy designers and customizers (with an extensive Neo-Kaiju and Sofubi section), and original street artists, all punctuated with an impressive lineup of craft food and beer. Enthusiasts familiar with art toys will have the chance to meet some of the world’s most iconic misfit artists and brands shaking up the industry like Huck Gee, Kidrobot, James Groman, Ron English of Popaganda, Simone Legno of Tokidoki, Super7, Tara McPherson, and Mighty Jaxx on the show floor.
Art and beer combine in perfect harmony with Sixpoint Brewing’s Mad Scientist, an exclusive double IPA, their signature style, brewed specially to commemorate the first year of the Five Points Festival. Sixpoint’s commitment to quality and creativity echoes the high-level craftsmanship on display at Five Points, with great care taken to create the perfect companion beer. Both beer aficionados and Festival enthusiasts will appreciate the juicy cherry flavor profile and thematic hop aroma featuring Mosaic and Galaxy hops further bridging the art and beverage worlds. The beer debuts at Five Points on draft, and after resting in Sixpoint’s lambic barrels, will be available in local bars all over New York City.
Head brewer Marcus Lutter said of the process, “We worked really hard to create a beer that personified the artistry represented at Five Points Festival. Using a barrel to age the beer added complexity while tart cherries offered balance and we think a variety of beer drinkers will enjoy our latest roll out.”
Food Truck Participants
- Big D’s Grub – With two trucks serving New York City, Big D’s has become an Asian-Fusion institution with mouthwatering dishes like bulgogi tacos with pickled vegetables and fragrant green and red curries. (Saturdayonly).
- Korilla BBQ – a Veteran of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” they focus on Korean BBQ with creative pairings like bacon-kimchi fried rice. (Sunday only).
- Mac Truck – Helmed by celebrity chef Dom Tesoriero, New York City’s first and only mac n’ cheese food truck is known for cheesy creations like the cheeseburger mac n’ cheese and friend Mac Bites.
- Nuchas Empanadas – With a variety of unique flavor combinations catered to meat-lovers and vegans alike in their baked (not fried) empanadas, Nuchas has something for everyone.
- Phil’s Steaks – Bringing the flavor of Philly to New York City, Phil’s Steaks has quickly generated a cult following for their authentic cheesesteaks using high quality beef ribeye and freshly baked rolls shipped directly from the City of Brotherly Love.
- Toum – Toum has been serving up delicious Lebanese food for over four years using traditional methods and rustic ingredients to elevate customer-favorites like crisp falafel, beef shawarma, and their signature Toum garlic whip.
Craft Brewery Participants
- Coney Island Brewing Company – Located in the heart of Coney Island, Coney Island Brewing Company offers eight house-brewed beers on tap that rotate regularly including their Mermaid Pilsner, Siren’s Cry, and Vagabond Wit.
- Bronx Brewery – The team behind Bronx Brewery lives by the philosophy to “do one thing and do it right,” which shows with their impressive lineup of approachable and well-balanced ales.
- Brooklyn Brewery – Since its founding in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery has grown to include a wide-ranging collection of beers including a smooth Brooklyn Lager, hoppy East IPA or roasty Brown Ale.
- Lagunitas Brewing Company – Lagunitas began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993 and has always looked to the future…Whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or simply fueling stories, art, and songs with IPA and other fine ales.
- Sixpoint Brewery – Paying homage to the Sixpoint Brewers’ star, a code followed by brewers for centuries, the Brooklyn-based brewery offers a selection of core beers year-round in addition to seasonal varieties and one-time unique beer series.
- Stella Artois – Steeped in 600 years of history, Stella Artois has become a household name for their Belgian beer and Cidre.
For more information about Five Points Festival, please visit fivepointsfest.com and follow the Five Points Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. To inquire about press passes, email email@example.com or call 202-888-3573.
Five Points Festival
The Five Points Festival is a collision of toys, comics, and counterculture curated by Clutter Magazine (cluttermagazine.com). A designer toy and comic convention in New York’s Lower East Side, Five Points is two days and nights of comic artists and writers, vinyl and plastic toys, original art, resin, plush, blind boxes, graphic novels, indie comics, blanks, minis, kaiju, Japanese vinyl, posters, prints, apparel, food trucks, and craft breweries – capped off by the 2017 Designer Toy Awards. The antidote to the average con, Five Points brings together tastemakers, misfits, and rebels with the new, retro, and infamous in a one-of-a-kind marketplace. For more, visit fivepointsfest.com.
Sixpoint was born out of an 800-square-foot garage in Brooklyn, New York City, in 2004 by award-winning homebrewer-turned professional Shane Welch, who had amassed over 1,000 individual recipes.