Rubik’s extends its presence at the Nuremberg Toy Fair with master licensee The Smiley Co., who is exhibiting its complete brand extension program, as well as showcasing the new toy categories it is currently developing. The new ranges include baby and preschool, wood, plush, electronics, outdoor, construction, table top puzzles, arts and crafts, and trading cards.
Recently signed deals include: Eaglemoss for partworks; Egmont for children’s books and magazines; Fabric Flavours for kids and baby apparel; Fantasma for Rubik’s magic; Hemma for children’s books; The Lagoon Group for gifts and publishing; Paladone for novelty gifts; Paragon Creative for themed attractions; Stylus for stationary and novelties; and Umur for back-to-school.
Last year, KISS reached 125 new licensing partners worldwide, adding to its portfolio of licensing and merchandising products from over the past 43 years. This year, KISS will prepare for a new European tour.
Epic Rights, KISS’ exclusive worldwide licensing and merchandising partner, shared the roster of 125 new licensing partners. New licensees with worldwide rights include: comic books and graphic novels from Dynamite Entertainment; digital mobile video game from Sproing Publishing; emojis, stickers, frames, overlays, themes, wallpapers, and avatars from Swyft Media; photo booths and branded prints from Apple Industries; carbon racing bikes from Sciacallo Bikes; 3-D printed figurines from Staramda; and long hauler model trucks from New Ray Toys. Read the rest of this entry »
Sesame Workshop named Sambro International as its licensee to develop a new range of Sesame Street plush toys, bags, and arts and crafts for the UK, Benelux, Iberia, the Nordic countries, and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
CPLG, Sesame Workshop’s licensing representative in the territories, helped broker the deal. Sambro will create a variety of branded products to build a strong presence with major retailers working closely with CPLG’s local network of offices.
The Currier and Ives Foundation appointed Arabella Enterprises as the North American licensing agent for the brand. The Currier and Ives is one of America’s largest archives, dating back to the 1800s.
Founded in 1857, the archives contain more than 7,500 images is most well-known for its homestead scenes. Available categories for licensing include social expressions, dinnerware, glassware, table linens, home decorative accessories, woven throws and pillows, home fragrance, candles, and framed prints. For more information about Currier and Ives, visit currierandives.com.
Spin Master Corp. and Rube Goldberg Inc. partnered for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) line of activity sets under the Wonderology Science Brand. The sets are available exclusively at Target.
Rube Goldberg activity sets let kids can design, build, and create unique inventions at home. The sets teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math)-based principles, such as gravity, simple machines, physics, chain reactions, and more. The new line will include eight modular activity sets that can be collected and connected to each other in different ways. With each additional set, the end result gets bigger and more complex. This challenges kids to use essential STEM skills in order to complete the device.
The licensing partnership and retail program were brokered by Rube Goldberg’s exclusive licensing agency, Brand Central LLC.
Kids Preferred will extend its collection of characters to include the Pete the Cat collection. The license was arranged by Clair Frederick of MerryMakers, Inc.
The new collection of preschool items is inspired by the book series that includes 50 titles. The books have been on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than 200 weeks, and have sold more than 15 million books to date.
The line will be available this spring and feature a backpack, a lunch box, kitchenware, placemats, blocks, books, and more.
Discovery Consumer Products partnered with Macy’s for the Say Yes to the Prom dress and jewelry line. Featured as a shop in the juniors department, the Say Yes to the Prom collection will consist of gowns and a full line of jewelry available exclusively in 200 Macy’s department stores nationwide beginning next month.
The line will be available at select Macy’s beginning Jan. 30, in time for TLC’s sixth annual Say Yes to the Prom initiative, which offers U.S. high school students across the country the opportunity to have the prom of their dreams with educational extensions that prepare them for college and careers. Say Yes to the Prom features a day of mentorship, prom dress shopping or tuxedo rental fittings, makeovers from Say Yes to the Dress’ Monte Durham, as well as scholarship and internship opportunities.
Allure and Case-Mate collaborated to launch co-branded selfie cases. The Allure x Case-Mate selfie case offers adjustable, professional lighting to illuminate the user’s face with a soft glow. The selfie case is powerful enough to take up to 2,000 selfies on one full charge. It also features dual-layer, impact-resistant drop protection and a built-in, adjustable ring holder for added functionality, security, and style.
The case debuted at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It will be available for purchase at select retailers in the U.S. and Canada in March in three colors: black, iridescent, and rose gold.
Inter Milan signed Las Vegas-based One Entertainment to be its licensing agent in the U.S. and Canada. Inter Milan developed an international expansion over the past few years, with a focus on North America. The first Inter Milan products are expected to be available this summer.
Sesame Workshop named Headstart International as its new regional toy licensee for Australia and New Zealand. Headstart will create a range of Sesame Street plush across price points with major retailers.
Haven, Sesame Workshop’s licensing representative in the territories, helped broker the deal, and will continue to implement Sesame Street’s overall brand strategy and licensing programs in the market.