June 27, 2007 Fitting squarely in the “I wish they had these when I was a kid” category, this DIY Animated Movie Maker lets you create animated movies and cartoons at home using your own action figures, drawings, posters, toys… or anything that your imagination can come-up with. The Marvel Heroes themed “Ani-movie Studio” is an integrated movie stage and digital camera that enables creation of animated movies – including sound effects – that can be played back on your TV.

The built-in digital camera uses stop motion animation operated via controls on the stage platform to capture different scenes. Background scenes and four 2D characters are provided in the kit (but you can make your own) which can be changed to create different scenarios. The Movie Maker connects directly to your TV for playback at home and an expandable memory slot allows you to save, edit or expand your animations.

The Marvel Heroes Animated Movie Maker costs AUD$139. For stockist information call 1800 244 543.