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You can't go wrong with TV's SpongeBob gifts for kids

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 3rd 2009 11:03AM
Hasbro's Spongebob Squarepants Kid Cranium mixes a game with artistic creativity."Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Popularly licensed and profitable is he!"

That's not how the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song goes, but the statement is factually correct. The Nickelodeon yellow legend is still immensely popular across various age ranges. And that gives you some easy gift ideas for kids in and around your family.

Rather than merely give the kid in question a stuffed sponge for the holidays, you can dig a little deeper and offer up a couple Spongebob board games from Hasbro for less than $25 each.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Edition of "Kid Cranium" mixes up artistic activities with a trivia-based board game to let kids express themselves while they kick your grown-up butt.

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'My Little Pony' to Be Hasbro's First TV Show (Isn't the World a Lovely Place?)

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Nov 16th 2009 12:17PM
If you want to take a trip to Paradise Estate or Dream Valley, get ready to ride: More than 25 years after Hasbro introduced the ultimate reason for pre-tween girls to jump up and down shrieking, "They are so cute!" a new TV venture is saddling up to put a 'My Little Pony' series into its stable.

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Hasbro Studios -- a collaboration between the legendary game and toy manufacturer and the Discovery Channel -- is betting on 'My Little Pony' for its first successful production. Presumably most of the colorful, valiant and courageous equines beloved by legions of girls (and adult collectors) would appear in the show, including Pinkie Pie, Toola-Roola, Rainbow Dash, Sweetie Belle the unicorn and Starsong, a pegasus.

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The cast of Boston Legal rides the Pony - VIDEO

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 20th 2008 9:22AM
My Little PonyThe cast of Boston Legal is now moving to children's toys. This only seems like a joke, but it's not. William Shatner, James Spader and Candice Bergen are among the celebrities and artists who will be designing new versions of "My Little Pony", the toy from the 1980's which launched an animated television series and movie.

(UPDATE: Stacey Luchs, a spokeswoman for the show, said Thursday that Shatner and Spader were unaware of the venture and would not participate.)

The special ponies will be auctioned off by Hasbro as a charity fundraiser. Other pony-designing celebrities include LeAnn Rimes, Debbie Gibson and Danny Aiello. Artists designing ponies include illustrator Catalina Estrada from Spain, New York graffiti artist-turned-designer Claw Money and Japanese manga artist Junko Mizuno.

Still, it beats having to redesign Planet Unicorn.

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What popular board game is making the transition to TV in 2008?

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 7th 2008 11:41AM

Trivial Pursuit - Pop Culture 2 DVD EditionFor the pink tile ... it's Trivial Pursuit! The ultimate trivia challenge finally makes the leap back to the television airwaves [thanks posters-jh]. The upcoming syndicated Trivial Pursuit: America Plays has cleared 55% of the nation, including eight of the top 10 markets. What this means to you and me is it's virtually a lock that we'll be able to participate in this new show soon.

Yes, you read that right. The show will feature viewer submitted video questions. You could get your ugly mug ("No, no, not you ... you're beautiful ... I'm talking about the rest of them.") up on the screen asking your very own trivia question. Man, I hope they have a pretty hefty screening process for this. I don't want some redneck yahoo standing there in his cutoff jean shorts and too small high school football jersey yelling "How many interceptions did I make in the big game against the Duke County Daisies in '76? ... or was it '77?"

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G.I. Joe flick is a go

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 25th 2007 3:41PM

gi joeG.I. Joe is just one of many adaptations of '80s toys/animated series that have been on deck for the last few years. There was of course Transformers, followed by rumors of bigscreen versions of He-Man and Thundercats. Now, however, the live-action G.I. Joe movie is official.

Writer/director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) will helm the project, which will envision the G.I. Joe team as an international collaboration of military forces battling the evil Cobra, as opposed to the America-centric gang most of us remember from the '80s cartoon. Fans can also expect favorites like Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Destro and Cobra Commander in this new flick. The movie could hit theaters by summer of 2009.

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New Transformers series coming to Cartoon Network

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 25th 2007 3:02PM

transformersWith the theatrical premiere of The Transformers approaching fast, it should come as no surprise that Hasbro and Cartoon Network are developing a brand new animated series featuring the robots in disguise.

Transformers Animated, slated for a January debut, would be the ninth series based on the toys. In this new series, rather than constantly pitting themselves against the Decepticons, the Autobots will instead fight a human enemy. The new series will also NOT be based on the new film version, though obviously the producers are hoping for a hefty boost from the movie to get a new generation interested in the franchise.

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Check out the new Transformers!

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 14th 2007 9:38AM
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Our buddies over at Autoblog can hardly contain themselves over these photos of the new Transformers action figures (they're crazy for cars, and cars that turn into robots are their ultimate dream). The newly-styled gizmos will be released this summer, in conjunction with the live-action Transformers film which comes out on July 4th. The figures are designed based on the style of the movie, of which we've seen only a few clips.

The new Transformers look tougher than the plastic ones I remember as a kid (I had three brothers, so Barbie was out). Specifically, their faces are a little more mencing. Even Optimus Prime has been updated with a new paint job. And check out the Optimus Prime Arm Blaster. It would be okay for a grown woman to have a Transformer on her desk, right?

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