Roblox announced the closing of a $92 million investment, which will be put toward enhancing the platform’s infrastructure and recruiting talent. The new funding follows the company’s rebranding and an online to offline expansion with a first-ever user-generated toy line from Jazwares.
The Roblox and Jazwares toy line will feature popular user-generated characters. The line is available at Toys “R” Us, additional retailers, and online at www.roblox.com and www.jazwares.com. The deal marks the beginning of an offline strategy that will bring Roblox to retail.
Jakks Pacific debuted its line of toys inspired by the upcoming live-action film Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The collection includes Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box, Enchanted Objects Tea Set, Belle’s Ball Gown, Belle’s Dress Up Accessory Set, Ballroom Belle, and Baby Belle.
For more information or to speak with a Jakks Pacific spokesperson, contact Rachel Griffin (RGriffin@jakks.net) or Kopper Overton (KopperO@jakks.net).
YOTTOY adds new classic collections to its line this year. The Paddington for Baby collection will launch alonside the Paddington 2 movie and will be available in the U.S. and Canada. A new range of toy and books will also launch this year to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books. Additionally, YOTTOY adds new Eloise collectibles, an inspired new plush and book collection from author and illustrator Greg Pizzoli, and more to its line this year. Read the rest of this entry »
Jakks Pacific Inc. renewed its mult-year licensing agreement with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media in China for merchandising rights for more than 50 properties.
The agreement includes Disney princess and Disney Frozen for the large doll category, plus new entertainment properties including Disney’s Moana and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The deal also covers dress-up, role-play, costumes, and masks and accessories, as well as properties for Disney Tsum Tsum collectibles, action figures, ride-ons, and wagons.
Pop Warner Little Scholars secured marketing agency Ignite2X to develop official licensed merchandise under the Pop Warner brand. Pop Warner is known for its youth football, cheer and dance, and scholastic programs.
The range will include sports, fan, and lifestyle merchandise, including apparel and accessories, school supplies, home accents, collectibles, toys, accessories, electronic games, apps, and more.
The licensing effort is led by Ignite2X with licensing veteran Alita Friedman. The deal will include the Pop Warner football and cheer divisions.
In addition to developing licensing programs, Ignite2X is the official sponsorship marketing agency of Pop Warner. To learn more about the Pop Warner brand, visit: PopWarnerDelivers.com.
American Greetings Entertainment (AGE) appointed DHX Media’s WildBrain to manage the Madballs YouTube channel, create original content, and grow the audience for the brand.
WildBrain will launch the Madballs channel next month with new animated shorts produced by Oddbot Studios, American Greetings, and Just Play. Starring Skull Face, Oculus, Screamin’ Meemie, Dust Brain, Horn Head, and Slobulus, new content produced by WildBrain will also provide live-action, stop motion, and traditional animation. Read the rest of this entry »
LEGO Systems Inc. introduced its collection of building sets inspired by the DC Super Hero Girls series at the North American International Toy Fair. In addition to the three building sets that launched last year, LEGO introduced three mission-based building sets that are now available, with four more that will launch this August. Read the rest of this entry »
Jazwares partnered with NERF, in collaboration with Hasbro, to introduce a NERF line that includes targets, tactical gear, storage, and more.
Jazwares will offer a variety of products to enhance the NERF lifestyle and blaster play. In addition, Jazwares will also extend the Nerf Sports segment with indoor and outdoor sports and games. The Jazwares Nerf Collection will be available at major retailers this fall in North American and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
Cra-Z-Art partnered with Japan-based Dmet Properties to market and distribute BeatMoovz in the U.S. The announcement was made this week at the North American International Toy Fair.
BeatMoovz includes two wristbands that users wear to enable the device to play music and special effect sounds. Using the compatible app, kids can move, dance, and create musical beats.
BeatMoovz is expected to launch at major retailers this August. Global patent is pending.