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Marvel Launches Collection Inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Entertainment, in conjunction with Disney Consumer Products, has unveiled a product collection to celebrate the new film, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Licensees for the products include Hasbro, Lego, Disguise, Hot Wheels, Her Universe, Café Press, Mad Engine, Just Play, KidDesigns, Rubie’s, C-Life, Jay Franco, and the Disney Store. Products in the line include action figures, plush, play sets, role play, costumes, and ’80s nostalgia-inspired lifestyle products.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy products are available now at national retailers, specialty stores, Marvel.com, Disney store locations nationwide, and DisneyStore.com. The movie opens in theaters on August 1.

Disguise Will Launch New Line for Fall

july30.disguiseJakks Pacific’s costume division, Disguise, has renewed and expanded agreements to produce Halloween costumes this fall.

The agreement spans multiple companies, including American Greeting Properties (Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake), Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products (The Simpsons and Family Guy), and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Austin Powers).

All costumes will be available for Halloween, with the exception of Strawberry Shortcake, which will hit stores for the fall 2015 season.

Nickelodeon, USAopoly Partner to Create Exclusive TMNT-Themed Monopoly Games

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USAopoly, under license from Hasbro Inc., and in conjunction with Nickelodeon, has produced two new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed Monopoly games. Monopoly: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Edition and Monopoly: Teenage Mutant Turtles Collector’s Edition each include custom features. The games will launch this fall and will be available in specialty stores across North America and Amazon.com.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Edition allows for fans to vie for 22 popular locations found throughout the animated series, including Antonio’s Pizza-Rama and Splinter’s Dojo, and six custom metal tokens including Kraang, Spike, Throwing Star, Pizza, Mutagen, and Shredder’s Mask. In the collector’s edition, players choose one of six custom sculpted vinyl tokens including Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Splinter, and Casey Jones, and then buy, sell, and trade notorious Turtle villains on the game board.

Hasbro Reveals Project Tango with Google at Comic-Con International

At Comic-Con International: San Diego last week, Hasbro unveiled its collaboration with Google on a new Transformers device, which utilizes Google’s Project Tango technology. The new Project Tango: Transformers collaboration offers an augmented reality experience, in which an interactive, virtual Optimus Prime towers above the user. The new 7-inch tablet contains specialized cameras for tracking the full 3-D motion of the device, as well as integrated depth sensing for capturing geometry of the environment. The new NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor powers the tablet.

FCP Announces Two New Live Shows

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products (FCP), in partnership with Iconic Entertainment Holdings LLC, will create new live entertainment spectaculars based on the hit animated films Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Rio, from two of the studio’s most successful animated film franchises.
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The Alvin and the Chipmunks live show is projected to open next spring, and a Rio live show will follow in winter 2016 touring in cities around the world. The creation of two new live entertainment shows is part of a growing focus for Fox to bring beloved stories and fan-favorite characters to life in new formats and through additional platforms.

The new shows will supplement Fox Consumer Products’ larger global location-based entertainment strategy and join Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure, an original live entertainment spectacular. Currently in the second year of a five-year global tour, Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure combines exceptional ice skating, aerial arts, puppetry, and film and takes audiences on an awe-inspiring journey with a new story based on top-grossing international animated film franchise. Read the rest of this entry »

Dynamite Signs Ron Marz to New John Carter: Warlord Of Mars Series

July24 John CarterDynamite Entertainment will introduce a new chapter in  John Carter: Warlord of Mars, to be written by Ron Marz. Illustrated by Abhishek Malsuni, John Carter: Warlord of Mars is the newly-minted cornerstone of the publisher’s Warlord of Mars line, launched in the wake of its May announcement of the comprehensive licensing agreement between Dynamite and Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars welcomes science fiction and fantasy fans to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, where displaced earthling John Carter has to save his adopted world and his beloved Dejah Thoris from an enemy.

Dynamite’s John Carter: Warlord of Mars comes on the heels of the reacquisition of comic book rights by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. that had been held by Walt Disney Pictures and its Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, as well as a recent legal settlement with Dynamite that cleared the way for Dynamite to introduce key characters and plot elements from the John Carter back story that were absent from recent comic book interpretations.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars no. 1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors‘ September Previews catalog and is slated for release in November. John Carter: Warlord of Mars will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

The Moomins Come to Covent Garden for Tove Jansson’s Birthday

July24 moominOne hundred years ago, Tove Jansson, the creator of the Moomins, was born. A number of UK venues, such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Polka Children’s Theatre have been staging special events, shows, and readings, all culminating in Moomin Summer Fun, a big Moomin party in Covent Garden.

On August 9 and 10, Moomin fans are invited to London’s Covent Garden for a weekend of fun, music, stories, and more. Children’s writer Philip Ardagh, author of the Eddie Dickens books, will read excerpts from some of his favorite Moomin books to a live audience. Benny Törnroos will also be among the guests appearing during the weekend. There will be a Moomin puppet performance of selections and songs from the Polka Theatre’s Moomin Summer Madness show, as well as face painting and personal appearances by the Moomins.

Lil BUB Is “Nature’s Happiest Accident”

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Lil BUB, an adorable cat with a permanently stuck-out tongue and short legs, has become an Internet sensation. From plush to calendars, BUB is everywhere. The Licensing Book spoke with Hap Consulting, licensing agent for Lil BUB, about her rise to fame.

How did Lil’ BUB become famous?

Much like BUB herself, it was a very happy accident. Friends of BUB’s owner encouraged him to put pictures of his very new and very cute cat on the Internet. Before long, the Reddit community found them and created memes that went viral. Suddenly, Lil BUB had millions of fans.

Since that time, BUB has created social media pages across all platforms—BUB has an enormous and very loyal fan base. Many of her videos on YouTube have gone viral. Read the rest of this entry »

The Spirit Makes Its Way onto Dynamite’s Roster

july23.thespiritA new licensing agreement between the Eisner Estate and Dynamite Entertainment will see Eisner’s The Spirit make its way onto Dynamite’s roster in time for its 75th anniversary.

The Spirit, which is a fictional character named Denny Colt, was mysteriously brought back to life to fight crime after he was murdered. The character joins a lineup of heros on Dynamite’s roster, including Flash Gordon, The Shadow, and The Green Hornet.

Dynamite plans to produce a new comic series under the agreement.

Gryphon House Launches Parent and Teacher Resource

July22 scienceGryphon House Inc. provides parents and teachers with simple ideas to introduce kids to the world of scientific discovery with Science—Not Just for Scientists!. The book helps kids explore topics such as constellations, the water cycle, life on Earth, simple machines, and energy paths with the help of step-by-step instructions and materials that are easy to find.

This book focuses on thematic, inquiry-based science explorations for kids ages 3-6. Each chapter provides an introduction to a theme and activities that can be incorporated into the classroom. In addition, the book also has a helpful resource section at the end that features websites, books, and educational apps for readers to explore.

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