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Alpha Group, DHX Brands Partner for Massive Monster Mayhem Toys

DHX_Alpha_MassiveMonsterMayhemDHX Brands appointed Alpha Group as its global toy licensee, excluding Asia, for its action-packed science fiction competition series Massive Monster Mayhem.

Produced by DHX Media, Massive Monster Mayhem is co-created by Artur Spigel and Michael Chaves. Alpha Group’s line of product will include inflatable role-play toys, dress up items, action figures, R/C, plush, and board games inspired by the series. Read the rest of this entry »

Night & Day Studios, Rich Frog to Launch Peekaboo Barn Plush

RichFrog_PeekaBooBarnNight & Day Studios and Rich Frog Industries will debut Peekaboo Barn plush toys at NY Now from February 4 to 7. Ten different farm animals will be available to retailers this spring.

Rich Frog will offer characters from Peekaboo Barn in 66-inch assortments, and the line will be available at specialty, gift, and toy stores, as well as at small and mid-tier chains.

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Zoonicorn, Jay@Play Enter Licensing Agreement for New Zoonicorn Toys

ZoonicornZoonicorn LLC entered into a licensing agreement with Jay@Play to design and manufacture the four Zoonicorns. Jay@Play will introduce two new lines of Zoonicorn toys, which are expected to be available for back-to-school next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Moose Toys Named Master Toy Distributor for Bush Baby World in the U.S. and Canada

MooseToys_BushBabyWorldMoose Toys was named the master toy distributor for Bush Baby World in the U.S. and Canada. The brand will trade as Fur Babies World in North America, and will be available at retail next spring. The range will feature the same products as the UK line, and the animation will be repurposed for the North American market.

The Fur Babies World brand is featured at Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) Olympia this week on the Brands with Influence stand. Brands with Influence recently announced a series of licensing deals for the UK, and it is expected to bring licensing deals to North America next year.

The Roald Dahl Literary Estate Appoints Brand Activation Consulting as North American Licensing Agent

Roald DahlThe Roald Dahl Literary Estate appointed Brand Activation Consulting LLC (BAC) as its exclusive North American licensing agent. A new collection based on the stories from Ronald Dahl and Sir Quentin Blake’s illustrations will be available next spring. The products will include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The BFG.

Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and approximately more than 250 million books have been sold to date. This year, Roald Dahl was voted the Greatest Storyteller of All Time in a poll commissioned by Canon UK. Read the rest of this entry »

Guru Studio Names Toy State as Master Toy Partner for Netflix Series

ToyStateLogoGuru Studios named Toy State as its master toy licensee for its Netflix Original preschool animated series, True and the Rainbow Kingdom. The deal was brokered by Guru’s licensing agency, Brand Central.

Toy State will create a robust product line featuring figures, role play, plush, play sets, and dolls, marking a major expansion into new product categories as part of the company’s overall global growth strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

Remarkable Brands Adds More Licensees for Doug the Pug

DougThePugRemarkable Brands adds to the Doug the Pug portfolio with new licensees across a range of categories. New products will include greeting cards, gift wrap, plush, and more and  will arrive at select retailers nationwide later this year.

New licensees include GUND for plush toys and accessories, drinkware, ceramic molded mugs, travel mugs, tumblers, stationery, journals, notebooks, stickers, pens and pencils, bookmarks, and figures; Imaginarium Goods for playing cards, koozies, air fresheners, money banks, dashboard doll and bobble heads, molded mugs, coffee mugs, and pint glasses; Kurt Adler for ornaments and wooden blocks; Trends International for posters; and more. Read the rest of this entry »

eOne Adds New PJ Masks Broadcast, Merchandise Partners in Australia

eOne_PJEntertainment One (eOne) signed a new free to air broadcast partner for its preschool superhero series PJ Masks in Australia where consumer products are poised to launch this summer.

PJ Masks debuted on air in Australia last year on Disney Junior. The show will expand its audience reach when broadcast is extended to terrestrial channel ABC KIDS, which will begin airing series one from in July. The broadcaster is currently home to eOne’s other preschool TV properties, Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Hot Topic Partner for Furry and Fierce Collection

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. and Hot TopicFurryNFierce_BABW_Logo copy have teamed up to debut a bold-yet-cuddly line of furry friends, complete with stylish outfits and accessories, and matching pieces for teens and young adults. This is the first time the brands have worked together to develop a joint collection, which they will officially unveil in mid-July. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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