Toy News - 2011 - The Wonder Forge™ and I Can Do That! Games® Launch Exciting 2011 Lineup Featuring Chuggington™,Angelina Ballerina™, Richard Scarry’s Busytown™,Dr. Seuss™, Curious George™, MythBusters™, and More!
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The Wonder Forge™ and I Can Do That! Games® Launch Exciting 2011 Lineup Featuring Chuggington™,Angelina Ballerina™, Richard Scarry’s Busytown™,Dr. Seuss™, Curious George™, MythBusters™, and More!

Seattle, WA (February 8, 2011) – The Wonder Forge™ and its award-winning preschool sub-brand, I Can Do That! Games®, will unveil an exciting new lineup of 2011 games for the whole family this week at the New York International Toy Fair. The Wonder Forge, which publishes more than 50 games for all ages and has received 80 of the industry’s most coveted awards for game excellence, will launch games based on two new licenses in 2011—Chuggington™ and Angelina Ballerina™.

Additional games from Dr. Seuss™, Richard Scarry’s Busytown™, Curious George™, and MythBusters™ round out The Wonder Forge’s 2011 offerings. The company will also enter a new category— wooden puzzles—with its beautifully crafted Dr. Seuss Wood ABCs Puzzle.

“The Wonder Forge is one of the most innovative and creative young game companies today. They consistently combine well-chosen appealing licenses, produce high quality games and, most importantly, develop gameplay that is engrossing, engaging and enchanting,” says Chris Byrne, content director for TimetoPlayMag.com, aka The Toy Guy®.

Since 2007, The Wonder Forge and its preschool sub-brand I Can Do That! Games have earned a reputation in the industry for outrageously fun and innovative games with phenomenal replay value. The company has taken a unique approach to licensing—bringing beloved characters and stories to life through original game play that engages kids physically, socially, and creatively. With game licensing rights to cherished literary brands such as Dr. Seuss, Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Angelina Ballerina, and Curious George, and popular TV properties such as Chuggington and MythBusters, the company has quickly become a mainstay in the games aisle.

“We approach licensing differently, and that’s a big contributor to our success,” said Jacobe Chrisman, CEO and founder of The Wonder Forge. “We go to great lengths to bring these properties to life through incredibly fun and innovative game play—staying true to character personalities and themes of favorite stories.”

Registered media attendees can preview the full line-up of 2011 games from The Wonder Forge during Toy Fair, February 13th - 18th, at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York, booth #6109.

2011 Game Highlights

Chuggington™ Let’s Ride the Rails! Game
Help Wilson, Brewster, and Koko solve a mystery!
Help the Chuggington trainees Wilson, Brewster and Koko bring the farm animals to the County Fair – but there’s a mystery animal who is already there! Which is it? Players work together to move the beautifully sculpted chugger fi gurines along the gigantic game-board, picking up farm animals and discovering who the mystery animal might be. When all the trains arrive at the fair, see if you can guess the mystery animal. If your guess is correct, you’re a winner!
Ages 3+; MSRP $19.99; Available Fall 2011 at mass and specialty retailers nationwide

Chuggington™ Traintastic Cargo Game
Open the boxcars to see what’s inside!
A trainload of surprises is chugging into the depot! Can you fi nd the right cargo? Look inside the boxcars for the shapes, colors and numbers you need. But watch out — you never know when Old Puffer Pete will chug around the track and mix up everything! It’s a fun game of memory, pattern matching and discovery! Ages 3+; MSRP $19.99; Available Fall 2011 at mass and specialty retailers nationwide Richard Scarry’s Busytown™ Busy Busy Airport Game

Busy Busy Day at the Airport–and You’re the Pilot!
It’s a busy, busy day at the airport–and you’re the pilot! Set up “destination” game boards around the room. Load your plane with your favorite Busytown characters and wait for the “all clear” for take-off. Then fl y to faraway places--the beach, mountains, the city, and more. Collect souvenirs wherever you go. The player with the most wins! It’s out-of-your-seat role play fun!
Ages 3+; MSRP $19.99; Available Fall 2011 at mass and specialty retailers nationwide

Angelina Ballerina™ Dance With Me! Game
The stupendous on-your-feet ballet game!
Angelina Ballerina is the star of the show – and guess who she wants on stage, too? YOU! Practice the dance moves, step by step. Every time you play, it’s a new ballet routine! When showtime arrives, turn on the music and take center stage!
Ages 3+; MSRP $19.99; Available Fall 2011 at mass and specialty retailers nationwide

Dr. Seuss™ Wood ABC’s Puzzle
Classic wood puzzle brings hours of alphabet fun!
Learn your ABCs along with favorite Dr. Seuss friends like The Cat in the Hat, Fox in Socks, The Grinch, Horton, Yertle the Turtle, and more! These quality crafted wooden puzzle pieces are perfect for little hands. Vibrant Dr. Seuss artwork against a traditional wood-grain fi nish gives the puzzle a timeless quality that is sure to make it a family keepsake.
Ages 3+; MSRP $16.99; Available Fall 2011 at mass and specialty retailers nationwide

Jacobe, Chrisman, former head of product development at Cranium® games, launched The Wonder Forge and I Can Do That! Games in 2007. Today the two game brands publish a combined total of 50 games for all ages, sold at mass and specialty retail outlets nationwide and in four countries. For more information, visit www.thewonderforge.com and www.icandothatgames.com.


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About The Wonder Forge™ and I Can Do That! Games™
Founded in 2007, Seattle-based The Wonder Forge and its preschool sub-brand, I Can Do That! Games provide endless hours of fun for the whole family with innovative, high quality games that engage players physically, socially, and creatively. The company publishes 50 games for children and families of all ages, has earned more than 80 of the industry’s top awards for game excellence and has been twice nominated for the industry’s Toy of the Year Awards (T.O.T.Y.) in the games category. The Wonder Forge and I Can Do That! Games products can be found in mass and specialty retail outlets nationwide and internationally in 4 countries. To learn more, visit www.thewonderforge.com.

About The Wonder Forge™ and I Can Do That! Games™
Founded in 2007, Seattle-based The Wonder Forge and its preschool sub-brand, I Can Do That! Games provide endless hours of fun for the whole family with innovative, high quality games that engage players physically, socially, and creatively. The company publishes 50 games for children and families of all ages, has earned more than 80 of the industry’s top awards for game excellence and has been twice nominated for the industry’s Toy of the Year Awards (T.O.T.Y.) in the games category.

About Cookie Jar Group of Companies
The Cookie Jar Group of Companies is one of the world’s leading independent entertainment, consumer products and educational publishing companies with 16 offices around the globe. Cookie Jar Entertainment is a leader in the creation, production and marketing of animated and live-action programming. Its library of nearly 6,000 half-hour episodes of television features some of the world’s most recognizable series including Caillou, Inspector Gadget, Arthur, The Doodlebops and Johnny Test. The company controls Cookie Jar TV, the weekend morning block on CBS, and has a one-third interest in international children’s television channel KidsCo. Cookie Jar Entertainment’s Jaroo.com is the premiere web video destination for kids with the largest independent selection of full-length children’s TV series and movies online. Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG), Cookie Jar’s full-service international licensing agency, represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands such as Strawberry Shortcake, Richard Scarry’s Busytown, St. Andrews Links and Skelanimals. Carson- Dellosa Publishing is one of North America’s largest providers of supplemental education materials and reaches nearly 2,000 teachers across the United States. For more information, please visit www.cjar.com.

About The Wonder Forge™ and I Can Do That! Games™
Founded in 2007, Seattle-based The Wonder Forge and its preschool sub-brand, I Can Do That! Games provide endless hours of fun for the whole family with innovative, high quality games that engage players physically, socially, and creatively. The company publishes 50 games for children and families of all ages, has earned more than 80 of the industry’s top awards for game excellence and has been twice nominated for the industry’s Toy of the Year Awards (T.O.T.Y.) in the games category.

About the CURIOUS GEORGE Television Series
Brought to PBS KIDS® by Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston, and Universal Studios Family Productions, with the support of Curious George publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, CURIOUS GEORGE the television series is designed to inspire kids to explore science, math, and engineering in the world around them in a fun and entertaining way. Based on the best-selling Curious George books by Margret and H.A. Rey, the daily series expands George’s world to include a host of colorful characters and original locales, while maintaining the charm of the beloved books. Each of the half-hour episodes includes two animated stories followed by short live-action pieces showing real kids who are investigating the ideas that George introduces in his stories. The series encourages inquiry and curiosity, promotes hands-on exploration, and shows parents and caregivers how to support children’s science and math-related play.

CURIOUS GEORGE is a production of Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston, and Universal Studios Family Productions. Executive producers are Ron Howard (Imagine), Brian Grazer (Imagine), Carol Greenwald (WGBH) and Ellen Cockrill (Universal). Senior producer for WGBH is Dorothea Gillim. Funding is provided by public television viewers. National corporate sponsorship of CURIOUS GEORGE is provided by Chuck E. Cheese’s®, Sun-Maid Growers, and Rainforest Cafe®. The CURIOUS GEORGE Web site is pbskids.org/curiousgeorge. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. Television series: © 2010. Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications is the world’s number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks. Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery’s founder and chairman. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com

About Dr. Seuss Enterprises
Dr. Seuss Enterprises was founded in 1993 by Dr. Seuss’s widow, Audrey Geisel, in order to maintain the integrity of the original Dr. Seuss books, characters, and their invaluable contribution to children’s literacy. The company actively works to ensure that the books and characters maintain their original look and personalities for future generations. Dr. Seuss Enterprises is located in La Jolla, California.
™ & © 2011 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Rights Reserved.

About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world’s leading independent children’s entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT’s portfolio includes properties, such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment’s Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™, Timmy Time™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations. HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, PBS KIDS SproutSM. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.