Disney's "The Lion Guard" Animated Series, Kids Toys & Products #TheLionGuard

This month "The Lion Guard" animated series premiered on the Disney Channel and it was so great! Being a fan of "The Lion King" movies, I was excited to go back, as well as introduce my son to the Pride Lands.

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

In this new animated series we follow the adventures of Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, and his diverse (but so fun!) group of friends who unite to become "The Lion Guard" and protect the Pride Lands.

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the storytelling of "The Lion Guard". While watching the series we can learn about African animals and culture lessons. As a family of African decent, I really appreciate these tie-ins. It gives us a chance to learn African stories and saying, which leads to some fun offline discussions at home.

But the series isn't just about culture. My son enjoys watching the young friends gets themselves into (and out of) adventures. There's lots of fun moments between Kion (voiced by Max Charles) and his friends Bunga, the honey badger (voiced by Joshua Rush); Ono (voiced by Atticus Shaffer ); Fuli, the cheetah (voiced by Diamond White) ; and Beshte the Hippo (voiced by Dusan Brown).

You can watch Kion and his friends learn life lesson while trying to keep out of trouble in upcoming episodes:

"Can't Wait to be Queen" - January 29, 2016
"Eye of the Beholder" - February 5, 2016
"The Kupatana Celebration" - February 12, 2016
"Fuli's New Family" - February 19, 2016
"Fuli Speeds Ahead" - February 26, 2016

"The Lion Guard" voice cast includes: Rob Lowe as Simba; Gabrielle Union as Nala; Eden Riegel as Kiara; Sarah Hyland as Tiifu; Madison Pettis as Zuri; Jeff Bennett as Zazu; Andrew Kishino as Janja; Vargus Mason as Cheezi; Jonny Rees as Mzingo; Khary Payton as Rafiki; Kevin Schon as Chungu and Timon; Gary Anthony Williams as Mufasa; and Ernie Sabella who reprises his role as Pumbaa.

Ford Riley ("Special Agent Oso") is the executive producer. Howy Parkins ("Jake and the Never Land Pirates") is supervising director. Christopher Willis ("Mickey Mouse") is the composer and Beau Black ("Miles from Tomorrowland") is singer/songwriter. Author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor.

"The Lion Guard" is a production of Disney Television Animation.

To learn more about "The Lion Guard" animated series, visit - www.disneyjunior.disney.com/the-lion-guard

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

Once your kids start watching the series, you'll want to start shopping for a few of these Disney's "The Lion Guard" products including toy figures, talking plush, books, apps and more. All of which will be available at mass retailers and Disney Store locations in the coming weeks.

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

  • Just Play The Lion Guard Pride Land Play Set MSRP: $29.99 - Help the leader Kion protect the Pride Lands with the new Pride Land Play Set. Little Lion Guards will love exploring all the exciting features and accessories, including an exclusive Kion figure. Kids can test out the boulder launcher to keep adversaries away, use the secret leaf trap door to stop intruders, and capture any unwanted guests with the bone trap! A vine lift helps Kion easily get up to his look out perch to keep an eye on the Pride Land. In his downtime, Kion can play in the fun, working waterfall!
  • Collect the rest of the Lion Guard figures (MSRP: $12.99) to add to the adventure! For Ages 3+
  • Just Play The Lion Guard Talking Plush MSRP: $19.99 each - Kion and Bunga from the new Disney Junior series, The Lion Guard, come to life as talking, light-up plush with fun sound effects! Each character features the Mark of the Guard emblem on their arms, and when pressed, Kion lets out a roar and Bunga toots. These engaging plush friends stand about 14” tall and are sold separately. For Ages 3+
  • The Lion Guard Backpack MSRP: $18.95 - The Lion Guard has your child's back when they’re heading off to school or on a trip. This backpack features the young cub Kion from Disney’s new animated series. Available in Disney Store and DisneyStore.com
  • The Lion Guard Tees for Kids MSRP: $14.95 each - Kion and Fuli star on organic cotton stylish tee as “the fiercest” members of The Lion Guard. The soft heathered tee features Kion, leader of The Lion Guard with flocked lettering that is sure to draw special attention. Available in Disney Store and DisneyStore.com

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

  • Kion Plate, Flatware Set and Kion Cup for Kids - This melamine plate is as tough as Kion himself. MSRP: $6.95; Kion stands majestically atop the handles of this flatware set. MSRP: $6.95; Kion Cup with Straw for Kids. MSRP: $6.95
  • Wonder Forge Protect the Pride Lands Board Game MSRP: $19.99 - Fearsome foes from the shadowy outlands are closing in and you must work as a team to fend them off! Race to get Kion to the top of Pride Rock so he can unleash the power of the roar and save the day! For Ages 4+
  • Jay Franco The Lion Guard Bed Set MSRP: $29.99 - The Lion Guard twin bed includes a comforter, sheets, pillow pal, and pillow cases. Available at Target: April 1, 2016
  • The Lion Guard App MSRP: $4.99 - In The Lion Guard app, fans can join Kion and all the members of the Lion Guard on action-packed adventures to protect the Circle of Life. When a difficult obstacle blocks Kion’s way, players must call on a member of The Lion Guard to help him complete his mission before the sun sets. For ages 3 – 5
  • Disney Press The Lion Guard: Can’t Wait to be Queen Imprint: MSRP: $4.99 - An adventure-filled 8x8 storybook with stickers based on an episode of the upcoming Disney Junior animated series "The Lion Guard." For ages 3 – 5; Grades Pre-K – K

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