‘Fortnite’ bags to land in Europe

Calego International, owner, and operator of iFLY and a developer and distributor of luggage, bags, and accessories, has partnered with Epic Games to create a range of “Fortnite” backpacks, messenger bags, stationery accessories and more across Europe and the U.K.

The partnership was brokered by IMG, Fortnite’s exclusive worldwide agency for consumer product licensing.

The “Fortnite”-branded collection from Calego will feature a range of designs including “Fortnite” character profiles, emote silhouettes and interpretations of the game’s visual elements. The collaboration will launch in June.

“’Fortnite’ is a global gaming phenomenon that has cultivated a massive, loyal fan-base and earned mainstream cultural relevance,” says Stephen Rapps, president, Calego. “We’re thrilled to partner with Epic Games in building a robust line of stylish and functional gear that ‘Fortnite’ fans will love “With this latest partnership, Calego deepens its portfolio of brands that resonate with youthful consumers and best-in-class retailers worldwide.”

“Style, function, and quality were so important to us when choosing a partner for this range of gear,” says Mark Rein, co-founder, Epic Games. “Our players deserve and demand the best and Calego is delivering.”

Source: https://www.licenseglobal.com/apparel-accessories/fortnite-bags-land-europe

Manchester United eyes up Maui Jim deal

Club secures multi-year deal with Hawaiian sunglasses and eyewear brand.

Manchester United has unveiled its latest brand collaboration, teaming up with Hawaiian sunglasses and eyewear brand, Maui Jim.

The company will supply the Manchester United first team, academy and women’s teams with glasses from its sun and optical ranges, reports SportIndustry.biz.

In addition, there are also plans for a co-branded collection to go on sale in the Old Trafford Megastore later in the year.

“We are thrilled to welcome Manchester United to the Maui Jim ‘Ohana (Hawaiian for family),” said Jay Black, vp of global marketing at Maui Jim. “For us, it is an honour to partner with one of the world’s most successful sports teams, within the world’s most popular sport.”

Manchester United’s group md, Richard Arnold, added: “Maui Jim is a revolutionary global eyewear brand that is one of the largest and most innovative producers of sunglasses in the world.

“I’m delighted that they will be joining the United family and creating a range of exclusive eyewear pieces specifically for our fans.”

Source: https://www.licensingsource.net/manchester-united-eyes-up-maui-jim-deal/

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Our research team has now started the process of acquiring data for the 2019 LIMA Global Licensing Industry Study. This important project provides an annual update on the size of the trademark licensing business worldwide and has been extremely valuable to our members in their strategic planning. Brandar Consulting LLC will once again develop this exclusive study, with top-line numbers scheduled to be released this coming May during Licensing Expo. 

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Hasbro & Asics team for G.I. Joe shoe line

Hasbro has partnered with footwear brand Asics to launch a new shoe line inspired by G.I. Joe characters Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes.

The limited-edition GEL-LYTE III shoes are complemented by a coordinating apparel and accessories line by New Era and Hex.

The collection is inspired by the rivalry between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, an epic chapter in the G.I. Joe story. The shoes feature the split tongue and Asics’ GEL technology cushioning, a silicone-like material that is designed to absorb shock and protect feet from high-impact strikes.

The black Snake Eyes model features a premium emblem, a crystal rubber outsole and reflective detailing with black leather. The white Storm Shadow shoe comes with a crystal rubber outsole that masks the character beneath and premium emblem detailing. The bottom of both shoe models feature an iced outsole revealing Zartan, a figure central to the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow storyline.

“ASICS has a solid reputation of launching innovative designs to consumers across the globe, and we are proud to bring G.I. Joe characters to life in an entirely original way,” says Casey Collins, general manager and senior vice president, entertainment and licensing, Hasbro. “We know fans and collectors will appreciate the care and detail Asics has taken in every aspect of the release from the shoe detailing to the packaging.”

The ASICS x G.I. JOE shoe line and coordinating apparel line is available exclusively at Foot Locker.

Source: https://www.licenseglobal.com/apparel-accessories/hasbro-and-asics-team-gi-joe-shoe-line

Chhota Bheem getting ready to conquer the globe with his Kungfu moves!

Green Gold Animation Private Limited, the creators of “Chhota Bheem” have just announced the release of the next big screen adventure featuring Bheem and friends – “Chhota Bheem – Kung Fu Dhamaka”.

Packed with fun, adventure and excitement this movie will be the first feature film featuring “Chhota Bheem” which has been conceptualized and shot in Stereoscopic 3D. The movie is set to be released across India on 10 May, 2019.

The film is set in China and this time “Chhota Bheem” and his friends set on an adventure in the Land of the Dragon, to participate in the biggest Kungfu competition of the world. The competition is disrupted midway when, Chhota Bheem is called on to help save the princess and protects China and its people from the evil nemesis Zuhu.

Directed by Rajiv Chilaka, produced by Green Gold Animation and distributed by Yashraj Films, ‘Chhota Bheem Kungfu Dhamaka’ is all set for a release on 10 May, 2019.

Yash Raj Films have partnered with Green Gold Animation for the release of the movie across the country. This will mark the third collaboration of Yash Raj Films and Green Gold Animation.

Rohan Malhotra, Vice President – Distribution of Yash Raj Films said, “We are proud of our association with Green Gold Animation and Chhota Bheem is the most popular Indian animation character among kids today. We are thrilled and excited about this 3D extravaganza and we are planning to give ‘Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka’ the widest ever release for an animation film across India”.

Rajiv Chilaka, CEO and Founder of Green Gold Animation said “We are absolutely delighted to announce the release of Chhota Bheem Kungfu Dhamaka this May. This film will see an adventurous story, exciting characters, great visuals, high-end 3D animation and an introduction of Bheem in a new 3D avatar. We are happy and delighted to partner with industry giants Yash Raj Films to distribute our film. We look forward to their expertise and we are proud of our association with them. We are looking forward to our audience having a wonderful time with Chhota Bheem.”

Credit Slate of Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka

a) Producer:  Mr. Samir Jain and Mr. Rajiv Chilaka.
b) Director:  Mr. Rajiv Chilaka.
c) Starring:  Animated Characters of Chhota Bheem & Friends.
d) Music & Sound: John Stewart Eduri.
e) Lyrics & Dialogue: Nidhi Anand & Teja Pratap.
f) Writer:  Nidhi Anand & Teja Pratap.
g) Lead / Key Characters: Chhota Bheem, Chutki, Jaggu, Raju, Kalia, Princess Kia and Zuhu.

 

 

Angry Birds 2 is coming….

Anyone else tired of being surrounded by ice and snow, and dealing with the cold weather woes of winter? We might be getting some relief soon, but relief can’t come soon enough for a certain new character featured in the new teaser trailer for The Angry Birds Movie 2. Meet Zeta. She’s got tons of ice – and zero chill.

See the full U.S. teaser trailer by clicking the image above, and get ready for The Angry Birds Movie 2, coming to theaters starting from August 2019!

Also, don’t forget that the sequel presents an abundance of amazing business opportunities! The new adventure of the beloved Angry Birds flock, combined with new characters, bigger laughs and always-guaranteed cheerful destruction opens up huge possibilities for amazing partnerships, product designs and retail campaigns. For more information, please reach out to jimmygeorge@dream-theatre.co.in

The Angry Birds Movie 2 sees Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Peter Dinklage reprising their voice roles from the first film alongside new additions Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods, Dove Cameron, Lil Rel Howery, Beck Bennett, Nicki Minaj, and Brooklynn Prince.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is set for release on August 16th.

Mattel scores Despicable Me license

 

 

Mattel has entered into a three-year international licensing agreement with Universal Brand Development for the Despicable Me franchise.

Mattel’s license covers North America and key international markets and will include an array of products including action figures, dolls, play sets, vehicles, radio control toys, games, plush, role-play and accessories.

“As the stars of the highest-grossing animated franchise to date, Illumination’s Minions have captured the imaginations and hearts of people around the world,” says Janet Hsu, chief franchise management officer, Mattel. “We are delighted to partner with Illumination and Universal Brand Development to provide fans of all ages a deeper connection to these beloved characters. Mattel is committed to strategic collaborations with globally-recognized franchises, which are helping to drive our transformation into an IP-driven, high-performing toy company.”

“As we continue to develop richer, more engaging ways for fans to interact with our brands, we are excited to collaborate with Illumination and Mattel to design a brand-new line of toys and consumer products, inspired by Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise,” says Vince Klaseus, president, Universal Brand Development. “Illumination’s Minions are a global pop-culture phenomenon, embraced by all ages and cultures, and we’re excited for the global launch of Minions 2 and for Mattel’s new toy and products lines, which are sure to inspire creativity, open up new ways to play and extend the storytelling.”

The Mattel Despicable Me line will launch with a collection inspired by Illumination’s Minionssequel in time for the film’s summer 2020 release.

Source: https://www.licenseglobal.com/toys/mattel-scores-despicable-me-license-0?elq_cid=516046&elq_mid=1699&tag=em_x_lxpor_le_tsprtsnr_lxpo_x_x-feb-mthly

Four Days in New York: Licenses of All Sorts Take Center Stage at New York Toy Fair

Licensed products, like this Harry Potter LEGO set, were big winners at the TOTY Awards

Executives from the toy, licensing, retail and affiliated businesses are catching their breath and taking stock of everything they saw, heard and discussed over a brisk – both the pace of business and the temperature — four days in New York. There are trends to absorb – licenses from the videogame business were particularly prominent, including from big-name gamers as celebrities in their own right, and a new cadre of collectibles lines. The mood seemed mostly positive, despite a spate of less-than-stellar financial announcements from major toy manufacturers during the runup to Toy Fair. From a licensing perspective, there is also a spate of big movies slated for the coming year that many are hoping will generate big sales.

And make no mistake; licensing continues to play a central role in the business. It’s worth noting that more than half of the TOTY Award winners honored the night before Toy Fair opened carried licenses such as LOL Surprise, Harry Potter, Jurassic World and others.

 

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NYTF was awash in the Fortnite license

The show was awash in toys and other merchandise carrying the license of Epic Games’ “Fortnite.” But products connected to other titles of the battle royale genre also were in evidence, and companies were monitoring the latest entrant in the category — Electronic Arts’ “Apex Legend” – for licensing opportunities. As we mentioned, next gen celebrities such as pro gamer Richard Tyler Blevins — better known by his Ninja handle in playing Fortnite – are venturing into licensing; he’s got his own master toy licensee (Wicked Cool Toys) and a separate pact with Zuru for its X-Shot blasters.

Here’s a review of some of what we saw over four days in New York.

 

Gamers/YouTube Stars Gain Licensing Agreements

Pro gamer Richard Tyler Blevins, better known by his “Ninja” handle, was among the more prominent YouTube stars signing licensing deals with Wicked Cool Toys (collectibles, vinyl figures, headwear) and Zuru (version of its X-Shot blaster). He was joined by Michael Grzesiek, best known as Shroud for his play of Playerunknown’s Battleground, who is collaborating with videogames apparel supplier Jinx. And Preston Blaine Arsement, who plays Fortnite as PrestonPlayz, is launching a YouTube channel dedicated to all things slime, and has signed an agreement with Wicked Cool for the substance.

Ryan Toysreview secured an agreement with Bonkers Toys last year that brought his branded toys into Walmart; the boy reviewer has added nearly 40 deals, including agreements with Just Play and Jada Toys announced for Toy Fair. Bonkers also signed a YouTube-centric license for a toy line based on the Carter family (led by “Skylander Dad” Vincent Carter) that plays videogames together.

 

Hasbro Readying Location-Based Entertainment Program

Hasbro is showcased its breadth of products and brands at a showroom in the New York Times Center, but an increasingly important role in its outbound licensing business is being taken by location-based entertainment (LBE), with about 200 projects in some stage of development extending over 10 years, says Hasbro’s Casey Collins.

While LBE currently accounts for about 20% of Hasbro’s licensed consumer products revenue, that’s targeted to increase to 35% over the next few years, he says.

For example, licensee M101 Holdings is opening the first 225-room Monopoly Mansion Hotel in Q2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, capping discussions that began at the 2016 Licensing Expo. A 20,000-sq.-ft. Monopoly Dreams indoor/outdoor family entertainment center (FEC) will open this fall in the Galleria Peak mall in Hong Kong featuring interactive augmented reality (AR) and hologram games based on Monopoly cards such as Chance and Community Chest. And a Transformers World is slated to be part of Universal Studios Beijing – itself scheduled to open in 2021 – in 2024. The LBE projects are be led by a Burbank, CA-based Hasbro group headed up by Matthew Proulx, who began working on them five years ago, says Collins. Also on tap are Play Doh FECs — the first five of which will open in China this year — and Nerf FECs.

Toy company licenses toy property: Hasbro's LOL Surprise Monopoly

Toy company licenses toy property: Hasbro’s LOL Surprise Monopoly

Collins said the while there are only a limited number of quality theme park opportunities, “We are spending a lot of time in the FEC space because you have these high-end beautiful malls that are dying for traffic, entertainment and family brands and they are spending a lot of money to keep people there,” says Collins.

While the FECs and other installations serve as brand statements in their own right, they also present an incremental opportunity to sell core and licensed products. An experiential Nerf branded FEC, for example, gives visitors the chance to use the blasters, but also to see and engage with core and licensed accessories – and to buy them.

Hasbro is readying its first outbound licensing program for Power Rangers; it takes over the toy business (which had been with Bandai for more than two decades) on March 1. The company is trying to bring younger children (3-6 year olds) into the brand in its toy line, which also incorporates a Transformers-esque look. It has licensees for backpacks (Bioworld) and apparel (Hybrid Apparel, Mad Engine) for the “Power Rangers: Beast Morphers” that launches on Nickelodeon in the U.S. on March 2.

“We will bring them in at preschool and then age them to Transformers, Star Wars and Marvel,” says Collins.

Hasbro will extend the Power Rangers licensing to back-to-school and apparel products this fall with the program further expanding to include collectibles, gifts, novelties and other products in 2020. The bulk of Power Rangers contracts Hasbro inherited in buying the property expired in late 2018 and the company is negotiating new deals, says Collins.

“We are taking a long-term approach because we own it now and we are going to be behind it for many years to come,” says Collins. Sanban’s last concerted licensing program for Power Rangers occurred with the release of a Lionsgate film in 2017 that took in $100 million at the box office.

 

Mattel Takes Content-Driven Approach

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Mattel has licensed K-Pop Group BTS

Mattel is embarking on a strategy driven by a sharply increased amount of major content built on its brands, not just Barbie and Hot Wheels, but also such lesser featured properties as Fireman Sam, Enchantimals and Angelina Ballerina.  “We are going to have more of a cohesive launch (for toys) and I think it is a new way of looking at things,” the company spokeswoman said. “With our expansion as an IP-driven entertainment company, we are not always thinking toy first now,” and also considering licensing out IP. Mattel has traditionally done this with its well-known brands such Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher Price, but not as much for lesser-known properties. The change follows the creation of a Global Franchise Management Group and Mattel Film and TV divisions last year after the hiring of CEO Ynon Kreiz. Meanwhile, Mattel is readying a May launch for 11.5-inch fashion dolls based on the seven-member South Korean boy band BTS featuring their patterned suits.

A “travel” theme for Mattel’s Barbie efforts this year includes a set of National Geographic-licensed dolls, portraying her in roles such as marine biologist, photo journalist, wildlife photographer and astrophysicist.

It also will add “Game of Thrones” kits to its Mega Brands construction sets, extending a line targeted at a higher age range that also includes properties such “Call of Duty” and “Halo.”

 

Funko Segmenting and Extending Its Licensed Businesses

Funko, seeking to bring its premium Loungefly bags and backpacks to mass retailers, is expanding distribution of products that drop the brand name, but feature licensed IP, says Funko’s Dolly Ahluwalia. The company tested the concept with backpacks carrying Harry Potter and Stranger Things licenses at Target last year in which the price was reduced to compete with Bioworld and others, Ahluwalia said. “Loungefly is a very much a specialty (retail) brand, so we want to make sure these bags and backpacks are [recognized as being] for mass. We don’t want to say to the market ‘now you can buy them for half the price’ because that would kill our specialty business,” says Ahluwalia. Among the retailers targeted for the new strategy, in addition to Target, are GameStop and FYE.

Meanwhile, Funko says Target sold about 200,000 units during the recent holiday season of t-shirts (packaged in boxes similar to those that used to carry VHS tapes) featuring film properties from the 1970s and 1980s, including Animal House, Rocky, Bloodsport and Robocop. “In apparel, everyone is fighting for an $8 or $10 price and you have to do something that makes things a little more special,” says Ahulwalia. Funko, having landed its first licensing deal with Major League Baseball a year ago, is extending it to co-branded Pez dispensers. It also will test a new concept for its Pop! vinyl figures with the introduction this fall of Pop! Towns($30), featuring characters packaged with their homes such as SpongeBob SquarePants’ Squidward and his pineapple house.

The company will expand distribution this summer of its own Wetmore Forest-branded plush and Pop! vinyl figures to Barnes & Noble, after testing them last year online at Walmart.com and at its corporate store in Everett, WA.

 

Fortnite and Other Collectibles

No fewer than four companies introduced collectibles of various stripes for Fortnite. Other companies mixed grocery and household brands in with existing collectible lines, some making a play with nostalgic labels.

Moose Toys is bringing its Shopkins-like strategy to Fortnite with the introduction of 100 figures, the first 20 of which will ship in the spring along with playsets. The Fortnite product is Moose’s first venture into a videogame license, taking it outside its typical 6-11-year-old target. Moose is licensed for three-inch and under collectibles.

Zuru also showed a Fortnite collectibles line, while McFarlane Toys built out its action figures with 39-inch hobby horse-like products based on Fortnite characters Bitemark and Rainbow Smash. Jazwares also is fielding a collecton of  six- and 12-inch figures based outfits from the game. Funko also has Fortnite mini-figures.

Elsewhere in collectibles category, Moose and Zuru added licensed household and grocery brands to their mix.  Moose unveiled Shopkins Mini Brands with Shopkins characters coming in packages featuring any of more than 20 labels such as Swiss Miss, Hebrew National, Welch’s, Pringles, Cheez It and Peter Pan. For its part, Zuru has a wave of about 200 brands for its 5 Surprise mystery capsules that were first introduced in Australia and the UK and are being brought to the U.S. for the first time.

Meanwhile, other toy manufacturers are increasingly developing their own IP with an eye toward outbound licensing and as a hedge against the cyclical natural of films and TV shows. For example, Basic Fun showed Cutetitos – collectible “animals” that roll up into a burrito – while  Just Play showed Hairdorables and Funko had Wetmore Forest. “There are holes in the market where film releases haven’t been that strong or not as toyetic that we can fill” with internally developed IP, says Basic Fun’s Ashley Mady. “The content market is changing so much that it is hard to get focus on one brand and make it a megahit and in the girls space, the licenses haven’t been that strong and it is easier to get in.” Hairdorables are featured in a YouTube series on WildBrain’s network, and Just Play is introducing a Hairdorables product co-branded with YouTube star JoJo Siwa.

 

Spin Master Readies Bakugan Licensing

As Spin Master relaunches Bakugan after an eight-year absence, it is readying a licensing program for year-end starting with apparel and publishing, says Spin Master’s Chad Donvito. The licensing, which is being handled in most markets by Cartoon Network, follows the launch of “Bakugan Battle Brawlers” on the cable channe in the U.S.l on Dec. 23.

Meanwhile, the company will ship its new DC action figures and other products for mass retailers in 2020, while McFarlane, whose agreement starts the same year, will field figures targeting specialty dealers. Spin Master will feature more “evergreen” products, starting with Batman, in addition to figures and other items keyed to film releases, says Susie Lecker, EVP Global Licensing.

The company will sharpen the focus of Hatchimals licensing this year on international markets, which have lagged the U.S. in terms of product introductions, says Juli Boylan, Head of Global Licensing and Promotions. Spin Master has about 100 Hatchimals licensees, including 60-65 in the U.S. The international markets have been about a year behind the U.S. in licensed products.

The company also is combining two if its building set brands into a single marketing and product effort, with plans to sell “Erector by Meccano” building sets in the U.S. Spin Master acquired Meccano, which has a strong following in Europe and Canada, in 2013. Meccano bought the Erector brand from A.C. Gilbert Co. in 2000. “People in the U.S. didn’t know the Meccano brand, but had nostalgia for Erector, so we decided to bring it back as dual brand sets,” says Chad Donvito. The existing Meccano line has a variety of licenses, including Ducati, John Deere and Ferrari.

Finally, Spin Master is centralizing its games and Gund plush business at Cardinal Industries’ Long Island City, NY headquarters effective late March, a spokeswoman said. Gund, which Spin Master acquired last year, had been based in New Jersey, while the games group (Hedbanz and other internally developed products) was in Los Angeles.

 

McFarlane Toys Launching Direct-To-Consumer Program

McFarlane Toys is reviving some its heritage brands as part of a direct-to-consumer ecommerce business that will launch later this year, says CEO Todd McFarlane. The service will start with Movie Maniacs (a McFarlane toy line from the late 1990s that features film characters such The Crow’s Eric Draven and Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface) and Tortured Souls (a toy line created by horror author Clive Barker). McFarlane, which will fill orders from its Arizona office, will use the platform to test sales of new products and have items that may only be available as limited editions, says McFarlane. McFarlane also has started a distribution business, bringing to the U.S. market products from Canadian toy supplier Import Dragons (Major League Baseball and National Hockey League figures, both of which previously had McFarlane as a licensee).

 

Sybo Games Appoints Agents

Sybo Games has appointed 11 agents, including Retail Monster in the U.S. and UK, as it launches licensing for its “Subway Surfers” mobile game. In addition to Retail Monster, Sybo is working with Sagoo (France), BN Licensing (Benelux), Nordic Licensing (Nordic region), Premium Licensing (Italy), Mega Licensing (Russia), Animation International (Turkey) and Dream Theater (India) and Lotus Licensing (Brazil/Latin America). In the the Asia-Pacific region, Sybo is working with a local publisher, iDreamSky (China), before hiring an agent. Sybo, which also has released 11 four-minute Subway Surfers episodes on its Sybo TV YouTube channel, expects to sign a master toy licensee by mid-year with product arriving in 2020, says Head of Licensing Naz Amarchi-Cuevas. Sybo also expects to have an apparel licensee this year, with t-shirts available by year-end. Subway Surfers has 20 million daily and 100 million active monthly users, who play an average of 3-4 times a day for 5-6 minutes, says Amarchi-Cuevas.

 

Tastemakers’ Boosting Production of Arcade1Up Machines

Tastemakers is increasing production of its Arcade1Up retro mini arcade machines after selling through the bulk of just under 500,000 units that were manufactured last year, says President Scott Bachrach. The increased capacity also comes as the company readies countertop ($179), wall mount ($225) and table ($400-$500) versions of the arcade machine, the latter launching in the fall with 8-10 titles. The new machines, which launched with through mass merchants and GameStop, also were sold on homedepot.com, and will be carried in select Home Depot stores this year, says Bachrach. As Tastemakers expands distribution, it will carve out exclusives by reserving specific games for specific retailers.

 

Cultivating New Audiences?

A pair of companies that have been more identified with juvenile collectibles and plush showed lines based on videogame properties in an apparent effort to broaden their target demographics. Moose Toys showcased Fortnite collectibles, while Just Play is readying a line of plush and collectible figures based on Ubisoft titles, including “Assassin’s Creed”, “Far Cry”, “Tom Clancy Splinter” and other games.

 

Playmates Launches Licensed Gliders

Playmates Toys is launching glider planes and collectibles that combine its own IP with licensed brands. Super G gliders and Pop Tops collectibles are being introduced with Spider-Man, Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles licenses.

Playmates also is the master toy licensee (playsets, figures, vehicles and plush) for Guru Studios’ 26-episode, 11-minute “Pikwik” pre-school series for all countries outside China. The series airs on Disney Jr. in the U.S. starting in 2020. The company also is readying for 2020 vehicles and figures based on Zag Entertainment’s “Zag Heroez: Power Players” series that launches on Cartoon Networks in September. Meanwhile, Playmates is shifting distribution of its Kuroba! collectibles to international distributors this year after initial sales through Walmart fell short of forecast in 2018, a company spokeswoman said. The line is based on Bento Box Entertainment’s Sutikki Division’s 26-episode YouTube series that launched last summer. Playmates is the master toy licensee for the IP.

 

Alpha Group

Alpha Group says it has registered about $250 million in global retail sales for its “Super Wings”-licensed airplanes and vehicles since launching the line in 2016, but revenue in the U.S. has trailed other regions owing to tighter shelf space for pre-school properties here, says Alpha’s Kimberly Morris. Super Wings toys have been a strong seller in Alpha’s home market of China. Super Wings, a co-production of South Korea’s FunnyFlux Entertainment and China’s Qianqi Animation, has 104 episodes and airs on Universal Kids in the U.S. Alpha Group also is readying products for “Rev & Roll”, which it is co-producing with DHX media and expects to launch this fall.  The first 26, 11-minute episodes will be available in July.

 

Contacts:

Alpha Group, Kimberly Morris, Senior Dir. Marketing, 424-321-6018, kim.morris@alphagroup-us.com

Basic Fun, Ashley Mady, Head of Brand Development, 561-997-8901, Ashley.mady@basicfun.com

Hasbro, Casey Collins, SVP General Mgr. Global Consumer Products, 401-280-2311, casey.collins@hasbro.com

Jazwares, Sam Ferguson, VP Global Licensing, +44 203 598 0270, jferguson@jazwares.com

Just Play, Jimmy Chang, Senior Marketing Dir., 267=989-3036, jchang@justplayproducts.com

Mattel, Janet Hsu, Chief Franchise Development Officer, 310-252-2000, janet.hsu@mattel.com

McFarlane Toys, Todd McFarlane, CEO, 480-491-7070, tmcfarlane@mcfarlane.com

Moose Toys, Alexandra Ries, VP Marketing and Strategy, 310-341-4642, alex.ries@moosetoys.com

Playmates Toys, Karl Aronian, SVP Marketing, 855-807-9515

Spin Master, Adam Beder, VP Licensing, 416-364-6002 x2256, adamb@spinmaster.com

Sybo Games, Naz Amarchi-Cueva, Head of Licensing, +49 162 881 8000, naz@sybogames.com

Tastemakers, Scott Bachrach, Pres., 212-967-5091, scott@tastemakersllc.com

Zuru, James Nunziati, VP Sales and Marketing North America, 310-344-0310, james@zuru.com

Source: https://www.licensing.org/inside-licensing/four-days-in-new-york-licenses-of-all-sorts-take-center-stage-at-new-york-toy-fair/

Eric Carle cooks up a deal with Chic-Fil-A

 

The World of Eric Carle has launched a Chick-fil-A kids meal promotion for kids 3 and under that features the art and characters from Eric Carle’s series of books.

The deal celebrates the 50th anniversary of Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The promotion began in early February and will run through April 30 at participating Chick-fil-A restaurants. It includes one of five mini board book premiums based around the themes of Jungle, Sea, Sky, Woodland and Backyard animals. Fans can also enjoy coupons for special offers at participating locations.

Source: https://www.licenseglobal.com/food-beverage/eric-carle-cooks-deal-chick-fil