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One-liners: Noteworthy news nuggets

• Tell me more. Doo-be doo-be. We're not sure about the summer lovin' part, but Mattel is rolling out four collectible dolls based on the Paramount Licensing property Grease. Fashion dolls (US$24.95 apiece) resembling iconic characters Sandy Olsson (the pre-spandex-clad makeover version), Pink Lady leader Rizzo, beauty school dropout Frenchy and Sandy rival Cha Cha Di Gregorio will land at Wal-Mart, Toys 'R' Us, BarbieCollector.com and FAO Schwarz this coming spring.

• ELA manufacturer VTech North America is going direct-to-consumers with its newly opened online store (www.vtechkids.com) that offer's VTech's current lineup, which includes the Kidizoom Camera, Whiz Kid PC Learning System and V.Smile TV Learning System.

Toys 'R' Us is opening the doors of its first South Korean store on December 8. Located at the Lotte Mart in Guro, the 36, 931 square-foot outlet now stands as the largest toy store in the country.

Britannia Games has extended its Hammer Horror line licensed from UK brand manager Coolabi to launch a new interactive DVD game. Vampire Territory will allow fans to assist Professor Van Helsing in his quest to find the notorious Count Dracula. The game is currently available through the Hammer website at www.hammerfilms.com.

• Miami, Florida-based Dolphin Entertainment has finalized international sales of tween/teen live-actioner South of Nowhere to Klub RTL of Belgium and South Africa's GO; it's currently broadcast in the US on The N.
December 6, 2007

• Tell me more. Doo-be doo-be. We’re not sure about the summer lovin’ part, but Mattel is rolling out four collectible dolls based on the Paramount Licensing property Grease. Fashion dolls (US$24.95 apiece) resembling iconic characters Sandy Olsson (the pre-spandex-clad makeover version), Pink Lady leader Rizzo, beauty school dropout Frenchy and Sandy rival Cha Cha Di Gregorio will land at Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R’ Us, BarbieCollector.com and FAO Schwarz this coming spring.

• ELA manufacturer VTech North America is going direct-to-consumers with its newly opened online store (www.vtechkids.com) that offers VTech’s current lineup, which includes the Kidizoom Camera, Whiz Kid PC Learning System and V.Smile TV Learning System.

• Toys ‘R’ Us is opening the doors of its first South Korean store on December 8. Located at the Lotte Mart in Guro, the 36, 931 square-foot outlet now stands as the largest toy store in the country.

Britannia Games has extended its Hammer Horror line licensed from UK brand manager Coolabi to launch a new interactive DVD game. Vampire Territory will allow fans to assist Professor Van Helsing in his quest to find the notorious Count Dracula. The game is currently available through the Hammer website at www.hammerfilms.com.

• Miami, Florida-based Dolphin Entertainment has finalized international sales of tween/teen live-actioner South of Nowhere to Klub RTL of Belgium and South Africa’s GO; it’s currently broadcast in the US on The N.

About The Author
Gary Rusak is a freelance writer based in Toronto. He has covered the kids entertainment industry for the last decade with a special interest in licensing, retail and consumer products. You can reach him at garyrusak@gmail.com

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