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Rovio’s Angry Birds Evolution Now Available for Download

AngryBirdsEvolutionRovio Entertainment’s new Angry Birds Evolution puts a spin on the Angry Birds brand, featuring eastern-style RPG mechanics and console quality graphics. The reimagined and redesigned birds let players collect, train, and evolve them.

Rovio, in co-operation with Chimera Entertainment, created more than 100 new birds with multiple evolution states, some modeled after 80s action characters and comic book heroes.

The game is now available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play.

NPD Study Shows Toys and Technology Drive Licensed Sales for Kids in the U.S.

NPD_Stats According to the U.S. Kids License Report from The NPD Group, video games, electronics, and apps make up a combined 22 percent of kids’ licensed product dollar sales in the U.S.

This is on par with the volume represented by toys, which is the number one licensed industry at most retailers.

Toys capture the largest share of licensed sales among younger kids, representing over one-quarter of dollar sales for kids ages 2 to 5. This percentage shifts as video games, electronics, and apps gain more prominence as kids get older. Video games earn 27 percent of sales among boys ages 10 to 14, and share also increases substantially among girls as they get older. Toys and video games capture the largest share for eight out of the top 10 licenses, illustrating the weight carried by each of these industries. Read the rest of this entry »

Chic Sketch, Getty Images Enter Exclusive Multi-Year Agreement

ChicSketchChic Sketch entered a multi-year agreement with Getty Images, where it will be the exclusive media distribution and licensing platform for editorial content.

Chic Sketch illustrations are available on gettyimages.com and showcase fashion sketches of celebrities, award show red carpets, runway looks, and other pop culture events. The agreement creates a new collection category for Getty Images and will make Chic Sketch content available to millions of customers worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Skyrocket Toys, Marvel Partner for New Spider-Man: Homecoming Drone

Skyrocket_Spider-ManSpiderDroneSkyrocket Toys partnered with Marvel to reveal new, high-tech drones inspired by the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film. Skyrocket Toys designed the functional replica of Spider-Man’s surveillance drone, complete with the free Spider-Drone app.

The Spider-Man Drone will be available exclusively at Walmart on June 4. Additionally, the Spider-Man Streaming Video Spider-Drone, will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us on July 1.

WildWorks Appoints Eximtrading S.A. as Licensing Agent for Animal Jams

animaljamWildWorks appointed Eximtrading S.A. as the company’s first licensing agent signee to represent Animal Jam consumer products and promotions in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Eximtrading S.A. will work directly with Peeko, which handles the worldwide licensing rights for the brand, to bring partners on board to enhance the Animal Jam experience with new products for kids.

New Shopkins Feature Set for October Release

shopkinsThe second movie in the Shopkins franchise Shopkins: World Vacation will be released this October by the Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group.

The film follows the release of the first Shopkins movie, Shopkins: Chef Club. The new film brings the Shoppies and Shopkins out of Shopville on a vacation won by Kooky Cookie. When she takes her friends to London, they encounter the Biscuit Bandits and are thrust into an adventure across London, Paris, and Tokyo.

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Slither.io Adds Just Toys International, Fifth Sun to Roster of Licensees

Slither.ioThe slither.io mobile game app added Just Toys International and Fifth Sun to its growing roster of licensees. Lisa Berlin Wright of Tie In Probrokered brokered both deals and will showcase the property at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this month. Read the rest of this entry »

Rovio’s New IP Sails into App Stores Worldwide

BattleBay_RovioRovio launched Battle Bay, a new real-time five vs. five multiplayer game, now available now on iOS and Android devices worldwide. The new IP, developed internally from Rovio, is the latest in the company’s game portfolio, including Angry Birds. Read the rest of this entry »

SYBO to Adapt Animated Series Based on Subway Surfers Mobile Game

SubwaySurfers_LogoSander Schwartz joined SYBO as head of animation and will adapt the Subway Surfers mobile game app into an animated TV series.

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Rovio Entertainment Adds New Angry Birds Licensees

AngryBirds_GameShoesRovio Entertainment added a roster of new licensing partners to its Angry Birds franchise. The new consumer products will feature the popular Angry Birds characters, as well as characters from The Angry Birds Movie including the Blues and The Hatchlings. The products are expected to be available at retail this fall. Read the rest of this entry »

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