The Licensing Shop Inc. brokered the new deals, and licensees for toys and games include the following:
The Queen’s Treasures and Laurent Doll, which merged this past February, have inked licensing deals with literary and entertainment property Little House on the Prairie and the Jane Goodall Institute. Later this year, the two companies will release a selection of playthings including a wooden covered wagon that seats two dolls, and a jungle camp featuring a canvas tent and cots similar to those Dr. Goodall and her team use.
Sophia’s has introduced its Adopt-A-Pet series, consisting of plush pets sized for 18-inch doll play. The Adopt-A-Pet series was created by Sophia’s in honor of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and provides families with the opportunity to combine interpretive, 18-inch doll play with teaching children an important lesson about pet rescue and philanthropy.
The Cinderella Bear is the first plush princess of Build-A-Bear’s new Disney Princess Limited Edition Bear Collection. It features deluxe accessories including a ball gown, princess crown, and glass slipper shoes. The Cinderella Bear also plays the song, “A Dream Is a Wish.”
There are only a limited amount of Cinderella Bears, which will be available online and in stores throughout the month of April. Build-A-Bear will be releasing additional limited edition Disney Princess Bears in the coming months.
Toy State has entered into a licensing agreement with WWE. The deal includes products developed for the R/C vehicle category for the North American market, the first of which will be in stores later this year. This agreement marks Toy State’s first licensing agreement under the Nikko brand since its acquisition of the company last year.
“There are few brands with as loyal and passionate a fan base as the WWE,” says Andy Friess, Toy State president. “The personality of the brand is perfectly aligned with the attitude and innovation of our toys, and we can’t wait for WWE fans to see our products when they hit the shelves.”
Buffalo Games will develop adult and family board games and card games based on the National Geographic Channel series, Brain Games. The Joester Loria Group served as the exclusive licensing agency behind the deal.
The initial product offering will require that players complete a series of challenges and experiments intended to test all aspects of their brain. The five different categories of questions will include mind vs. body, illusions, language, logic, and head-to-head challenges. The game will launch at key specialty retailers this holiday season and expand to mid-tier and mass accounts next spring.
LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin is available now from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and The Lego Group. Available in all major retail stores across North America for the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita, the game is based on the LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu TV series.
In anticipation of the new movie, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Funko is will be re-releasing previously vaulted Star Wars Pop! until the film arrives in theaters on December 18. The re-released Pop! will come in special edition packaging that distinguishes them from the original items.
Available in stores this April, Greedo is the third Pop! to make its return and will be limited in its run.
Following a successful response to the first Simpsons construction set and licensed Lego Minifigures inspired by the TV series, The Simpsons, the Lego Group is extending its Lego brick version of Springfield with an exclusive building set to celebrate the iconic Kwik-E-Mart featured regularly in the show.
There will also be a second Lego Minifigures series, inspired by beloved characters from The Simpsons. Both the Kwik-E-Mart set and the new Minifigures series will be available via lego.com and Lego brand retail stores on May 1.