As a guy whose earliest years were well-documents on his parents' Super 8mm camera (which I'd later use for "filmmaking" purposes), I will forever hold a place in my heart for Kodak, and as the film company continues to reinvent itself in both film and digital worlds, today comes news of a partnership that will see some vibrant Kodak imagery come back into the toy department this fall.  Cra-Z-Art has entered into a strategic brand licensing agreement with Eastman Kodak Company to produce and distribute puzzles in the U.S. The puzzles will feature beautiful photo imagery and be available in various size piece counts from 100 to 2000. Those puzzles will be Made in the USA.

THE PEANUTS MOVIE was one of the highlights of 2015, in our household ranking in the Top Five of the year, right alongside STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS,  INSIDE OUT and JURASSIC WORLD. With the film coming home on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD  (pre-order) this March, families will no doubt be taking another look at some of the tie-in merchandise that started hitting retailers during the theatrical run. Among THE PEANUTS MOVIE toys that were released is a full line of PEANUTS Lite Brix by Cra-Z-Art, including the Flying Ace Snoopy set, which we received for review. This 89-piece building set includes mini figures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy & Woodstock, and allows kids to build a light-up replica of Snoopy's famous doghouse, complete with a miniature backyard setting.

Step2As part of my gig as a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I often have the honor of getting some of you hooked-up with some cool toys for your little ones. Usually, it's one or two readers at a time, but this week I've got something extra-special: Step2 has teamed up with Magnolia Pictures to celebrate the release of their new film, THE HERO OF COLOR CITY  by giving away TEN (10!) prize packs (there's 10 Brand Ambassadors, ya dig?), each consisting of a Studio Art Desk™, Up & Down Roller Coaster, and a themed-pack of Cra-Z-Art crayons. THE HERO OF COLOR CITY is in Theaters, On Demand and on iTunes October 3rd. Get details and enter below!