Author: Maddie Michalik

Activision Debuts Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Trailer at E3

Activision debuted the remastered Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy during the Sony press conference pre-show at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Players can now play new levels in HD, and new additions to the franchise have also been announced. For the first time Crash’s smart and spirited little sister, Coco, will be playable throughout the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. E3 attendees can test out the new game when they visit the N. Sane Crash Experience in the lobby of the South Hall. In Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Coco has decided to hack into the Time Twister to travel back in time to help Crash in his previous adventures. Now as a fully playable character across all three games, fans can switch between playing as Crash or Coco. Both characters have an N. Sane set of special attacks, each with their own style. Developed by Vicarious Visions, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy offers new lighting, animations, textures, models, and recreated cinematics. Full analog stick support and a unified save system and checkpoint system make it easier for players to enjoy the classic adventures. Activision and Vicarious Visions will also debut a fully-remastered game soundtrack, as well as newly-recorded dialogue from some of the familiar voice actors who appear in the original Crash Bandicoot games, including Jess Harnell, Lex Lang, and Debi Derryberry. Watch the trailer below!...

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Mattel Elects Ynon Kreiz to Board of Directors

Mattel Inc. elected Ynon Kreiz to serve on its Board of Directors, effective June 13. Kreiz brings more than 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. He most recently served as chairman and CEO of Maker Studios, and previously served as chairman and CEO of Endemol, an independent television production company. Prior to that he served as Chairman and CEO of Fox Kids Europe, which he co-founded and expanded into 56 countries.  Kreiz earlier served as general partner at European venture capital firm Balderton Capital (formerly Benchmark Capital Europe), during which he served on the boards of several media and technology companies. He is also a...

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Moose Toys Adds Bonus Day for Pop-Up Shopkins Macaron Café in NYC

Due to the fan response to the first Shopkins Macaron Café in New York City, Moose Toys will extend the pop-up experience for an extra day on Tuesday, June 20. There will be three timeslots that fans can visit—12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.—and reservations are required. The café is located at 35 N Moore St. in Tribeca. Fans that were waitlisted should check the email address they provided to see if they are invited to attend the bonus...

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TIF Hosts Annual Play Your Part LA Event

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) in partnership with National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA) hosted the annual “Play Your Part LA” event, with nearly 300 toy industry volunteers. More than 60,000 toys were donated to kids in foster care throughout Southern California and across 10 states. About 50 toy companies participated in the event, through either a toy donation, sponsorship, or volunteer effort, including Jakks Pacific, Mattel, and Spin Master. Industry-wide volunteers sorted toys and wrote letters of support at “inspiration stations.” These toys and letters were placed in special care packages that are being shipped to 50 National CASA chapters. Since...

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