Cartoon Network Toys At American International Toy Fair 2017 18th To 21st February

Cartoon Network Toys At American International Toy Fair 2017 18th To 21st February

Cartoon Network Toys At American International Toy Fair 2017 18th To 21st February

Today (21/02/2017), was the final day of the 2017 North American International Toy Fair at the Javits Convention Center and the Toy Center in New York. A lot of Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation toys were showcased at the event (including Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty), so here’s a roundup of some of the new toys and games on display, also check out the previous Ben 10 toys blog post on the link below for more information.

Steven Universe Construction Sets

McFarlane Toys has unveiled a brand new Steven Universe themed construction set based on Mr. Universe Van on the show, the set was also on display at the Toy Fair. The set also includes Steven and Greg figures. McFarlane Toys has also announced that there will also be construction sets for Steven’s Bedroom Loft, the Temple Door and the Desert Fortress. The playsets will be available from August this year, with suggested retail prices from $7.99 to $34.99.

Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis: Animation Annihilation Deck-Building Game

Cryptozoic Entertainment will be releasing another edition of the Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis Deck-Building Game, but this time the game will feature The Powerpuff Girls, Uncle Grandpa, Mojo Jojo, Aunt Grandma (Uncle Grandpa’s female imposter), Fionna and Cake (gender-swapped Finn and Jake) and the Ice Queen (gender-swapped Ice King). The game will be released in the third quarter of 2017 with a recommended retail price of $40. The game is also compatible with games featuring Cryptzoic’s Cerberus Engine. Cryptozoic Entertainment has also worked with DC Comics to develop a Teen Titans Go! themed deck-building game, the game will be released in late 2017 with a recommended retail price of $25.

Looney Tunes: Space Jam Funko Pops

Also at the Toy Fair, Funko had their new Looney Tunes: Space Jam Funko Pops on display, the set includes vinyl figures of Bugs Bunny, Marvin The Martian, Taz and the movie’s main villian – Mr. Swackhammer and one of the basketball players from the Monstars – Blanko. A movie sequel to Space Jam – Space Jam 2 is currently in development at Warner Bros. and will be released in cinemas in 2019.

Rick and Morty Tabletop Games

Board games and trading cards company – Cryptozoic Entertainment have announced that they are working with Cartoon Network Enterprises to develop two new tabletop games based on two episodes of the popular animated Adult Swim show – Rick and Morty. The two new games are called “Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game” and “Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game”. Both games have been previewed at Cryptozoic’s booth at the Toy Fair, Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game is due to be released on 12th July 2017 and Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game will be released some time in the fourth quarter of 2017. Production on Rick and Morty Season 3 is now in progress.

Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game Description from the Cryptozoic Entertainment Press Release:

Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game is based on the first season episode “Anatomy Park,” in which Rick shrinks Morty and sends him into the body of Ruben, a homeless man in a Santa suit. It turns out that, in a joint venture with an eccentric and well-funded amoeba, Rick has built a microscopic amusement park inside a human body that will make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Morty’s mission is to save the very strange park before it is overrun by the diseases that are running rampant.

The strategy game puts 2-4 players into Anatomy Park, deep inside of Ruben’s body. After choosing from six characters, players must design the best park possible by placing tiles while simultaneously avoiding and fighting Diseases, such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis A. Certain actions (e.g., moving Ride Tiles around) shift around Ruben’s internal organs during gameplay and cause players to draw Bodily Reaction Cards, which result in unexpected effects and force players to act out embarrassing bodily functions. There are multiple game-ending conditions in which Ruben can live or die, affecting players and their final scores in various ways.

Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game Description from the Cryptozoic Press Release:

Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game is based on the Season 1 episode “Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind,” in which a group of Ricks from alternate realities arrive and accuse the show’s Rick of murdering other Ricks. After being taken to the Council of Ricks, Rick and Morty escape to track down the evil Rick who appears to be the one behind the murders and the kidnapping of numerous Mortys. However, the true motivations and identity of the villain turn out to be much more complicated.

The deck-building game uses Cryptozoic’s popular Cerberus Engine as various versions of Rick serve as both players’ oversized Hero cards and the Villainous Council of Ricks. Each player’s deck starts with the following cards: seven Genius Waves cards that give you Power, one Beth, one Jerry, and one Summer. The Beth, Jerry, and Summer cards do nothing, but can activate other cards. The “Kick” stack in other Cerberus games is now the Portal Gun stack. The Portal Gun activates the Portal deck, which transports a player’s Hero to a random Location from the episode or other popular places from the series. That player may then utilize that Location during his or her turn and has the option of paying the cost of the Location to put it into his/her deck.

Cartoon Network USA NBA All Star Code Your Story Mini Camp

Cartoon Network USA NBA All Star Code Your Story Mini Camp

Cartoon Network USA NBA All Star Code Your Story Mini Camp

To celebrate the 2017 NBA (National Basketball Association) All-Star Game, Cartoon Network USA, NBA Cares (the social responsibility division of the NBA) and 826National (a charity that helps young people with their creative writing skills) and Big Class (a New Orleans young writers non-profit organisation) teamed up to host a storywriting and coding 3-day mini-camp for 17 students (third, fourth and fifth graders) titled “Code Your Story”. The 3-day event has held at Sylvanie Williams College Prep (SWCP) in Central City, New Orleans, Louisiana.

At the mini-camp, kids got to create and animate their story by using the Scratch Programming Language, a simplified school-approved programming language that teaches kids the basics of computer programming. The students who took part in mini-camp received one-on-one tuition and support. Cartoon Network has offered graphical assets to the Scratch Foundation, which includes characters and backdrops from We Bare Bears and The Powerpuff Girls, by using these assets, kids can create their own stories by using their favourite cartoon characters.

Special guests that attended the coding event include basketball players Tim Frazier (New Orleans Pelicans), Ruth Riley (San Antonio Stars), voice actor Greg Cipes (Beast Boy from Teen Titans Go! and the original Teen Titans series) as well as executives from Cartoon Network and the NBA. Cartoon Network and the NBA teamed up to empower kids’ creativity with the use of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Cartoon Network assembled a STEAM Board of Advisors last December which includes experts from MIT Media Lab, Lego, X and DIY Co. Cartoon Network has also donated $30 million towards President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, teamed up MIT Media Lab’s Scratch Foundation (where Cartoon Network president – Christina Miller serves as a board member), worked with DIY Co. and got involved with Google’s Made with Code initiative.

New Powerpuff Girls Comic Miniseries The Time Tie Starts In May

New Powerpuff Girls Comic Miniseries The Time Tie Starts In May

New Powerpuff Girls Comic Miniseries The Time Tie Starts In May

Animation news publication and website – Animation Magazine, has posted details about an upcoming The Powerpuff Girls comics miniseries. Starting in May this year, three issues will be released, the miniseries is written by Haley Mancini and Jake Goldman, the same main show writers for the animated series. The comic miniseries will be called “The Time Tie”, in the story Mojo Jojo realises that he can’t destroy The Powerpuff Girls, so he does the next best thing, he sending them back in time by using his Time Tie device. As a consequence, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup end up in three different eras in history, all three must find a way to return to the present and stop Mojo Jojo before he destroys Townsville.

In the Q&A interview by Animation Magazine, both Haley and Jake said they always wanted to do a time traveling episode of The Powerpuff Girls, much like the “Speed Demon” episode in the original series. Both explained that a lengthy and more in-depth storyline would be difficult to fit into a single 11 minute episode, but instead of shelving a potential episode idea, they decided to release their time-traveling story in the form of a comic miniseries. The comic miniseries is published by IDW and features cover art by one of the TV show’s storyboard artists – Jay Hasrajani and also Phil Murphy, also known for his illustrations and cover art in the Adventure Time, Clarence and The Amazing World of Gumball comics.

Read more about the Q&A interview on the link below: