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Alleghany Capital Corporation Invests in Jazwares

jazwaresAlleghany Capital Corporation (ACC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Alleghany Corporation, has acquired an interest in Jazwares LLC.

Judd Zebersky, CEO and president of Jazwares, commented, “Jazwares has grown significantly over the past number of years by delivering high quality, must-have toys and consumer electronics to children worldwide. As we pursue our next stage of growth, we are enthusiastic to partner with ACC given its unique long-term perspective and history of backing entrepreneurial management teams.”

Valufinder Group Inc. acted as financial advisor while Seyfarth Shaw LLP acted as legal counsel to ACC. Marketing Management Group Inc. acted as financial advisor and Pryor Cashman LLP acted as legal counsel to Jazwares.

TMNT-Themed Monopoly Games to Hit Stores

Picture (Device Independent Bitmap) 1The Heroes in a Half Shell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will be seen in a whole new light, thanks to a new partnership from USAopoly and Nickelodeon. Under license from Hasbro, two new Monopoly games inspired by the much anticipated summer blockbuster, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles–Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Edition and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collectors Edition–are set to hit stores this fall.

Picture (Device Independent Bitmap) 2In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Editionfans of the popular television show will be able to vie for 22 popular locations found in the animated series. Teenage Mutant Turtles Collector’s Edition, meanwhile, will give fans the opportunity to sell and trade the notorious Turtle villains, and properties can be claimed and enhanced with custom pizza slices and pizza boxes, which replaces the traditional Monopoly houses and hotels.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be released on August 8th in theaters worldwide.

Disguise Renews Agreements with Top Entertainment Properties and Brands

july28 Jakks-Pacific-LogoJakks Pacific Inc. announced that its Halloween costume division, Disguise, has renewed and expanded agreements for multiple top entertainment properties to produce Halloween costumes and accessories launching at retailers nationwide this Halloween season.

Disguise has renewed its licensing contract with American Greetings Properties to create costumes and accessories for the Care Bears property and has expanded their agreement to now include Strawberry Shortcake.

Disguise has also renewed its agreements with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Consumer Products  to produce costumes and accessories for The Simpsons, Family Guy, and the Austin Powers franchise, which will be available at retailers nationwide for the 2014 Halloween season.

 

American Girl’s 2014 Girl of the Year Stars in New Movie

american girlIsabelle Palmer, American Girl’s 2014 Girl of the Year, appears in a new feature-length movie from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, and on Digital HD.

Starring Melora Hardin from “The Office” and Hannah Montana: The Movie, and presenting Erin Pitt from Against the Wild as Isabelle, the movie tells the story of a talented 9-year-old girl who is an inspired dancer with a flair for design. When Isabelle starts attending the Anna Hart School of the Arts, she has a hard time getting her proper footing in her transition to a new school and in the dance studio. To complicate the situation, her older sister, Jade, is the star ballerina at the school, and a rival classmate tries to make Isabelle feel as if she doesn’t belong there. Isabelle struggles with self-doubt, but when she stops comparing herself to others and learns to focus on her own unique talents, she finds a special way to stand out and to use her passions to help others, too. [Read more...]

Bif Bang Pow! Enters Licensing Deal for Mike Tyson Mysteries Collectibles

MikeTysonMysteriesBif Bang Pow! is partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) to release a collection of action figures from the upcoming animated comedy series, Mike Tyson Mysteries, which will premiere this fall. The collection includes a Mike Tyson Mysteries Mike Tyson with Boxing Gloves 8-Inch Action Figure, a convention exclusive for Comic-Con International: San Diego.

This venture between Bif Bang Pow! and Warner Bros. builds upon the companies’ existing partnership for products based on the TV series, The Big Bang Theory. The Mike Tyson Mysteries line will be available to order at Entertainment Earth.

Lego Shows Off New Products at Comic-Con International: San Diego

LEGO_LogoAt Comic-Con International: San Diego this week, Lego Systems Inc. will unveil new products, including two Lego Super Heroes: DC Comics sets scheduled to launch next year, one of which is an 1,800-piece tumbler.

Meanwhile, in anticipation of this December’s theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Lego Systems will preview one of the new Lego the Hobbit sets slated to arrive in stores this October. The company will also show off an upcoming set based on The Lego Movie, as well as sets based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series and new feature film.

Finally, Lego Systems will unveil the fourth wave of Lego Mixels characters and content, set to launch next year.

SuperFanArt Launches, Lets Fans Be Creators Using Hasbro Brands

SuperFanArtHasbro Inc. and Shapeways are launching SuperFanArt, a web site that enables fans inspired by Hasbro brands to showcase their artwork and sell their 3-D printed designs on Shapeways, a 3-D printing marketplace and community. Through the site, the Hasbro fan base will have license to create new art and product offerings.

SuperFanArt will launch with the My Little Pony franchise, and additional Hasbro brands will be introduced in the coming months. At its launch, SuperFanArt will showcase work by several talented fan artists, and consumers can click through to each artist’s shop to place an order. Additional artists and 3-D printed products will be featured on the site in the future.

The artwork featured on SuperFanArt will also be on display at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

Marvel Comics Touring Attraction Teams Up with Hollywood Veteran Jerry Rees

MarvelExperienceAs reported by Los Angeles-based entertainment company Hero Ventures, Jerry Rees will lead the creative team responsible for producing The Marvel Experience, an innovative, traveling attraction that affords guests the opportunity to actively participate with dozens of Marvel super heroes.

Rees is a director, producer, and writer of live-action, animation, and theme park attractions. He has directed 16 Disney Theme Park attractions around the world in California, Hong Kong, Florida, and Paris. [Read more...]

Tech 4 Kids Partners with Flappy Bird to Launch Licensed Toys

Tech4KidslogoTech 4 Kids is partnering with the most downloaded game of 2014, Flappy Bird, for new toy and lifestyle products in time for the game’s re-launch.

First to enter the market this October is Flappy Bird Mash’Ems, available in six different Flappy Bird characters. These will follow the popular Mash’Ems trend that continues to grow with kids of all ages.

Tech 4 Kids will announce further branded items through the end of the year.

Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue Line Is Ready to Soar

Planes_fire_rescue_posterWith the hype of summer blockbuster Disney’s Planes: Fire & RescueDisney Consumer Products has released a line of products to celebrate.

The sequel has inspired a vast line of toys, including remote control and interactive toys, accessories, and books. The new products include an infrared deluxe R/C helicopter, the U-Command Fire & Rescue Blade Ranger by Thinkway, which propels itself with help from a wireless remote joystick. The sounds and effects of the new line allow kids to imagine, play, and recreate iconic film moments.

Other licensees for the new line include Mattel, Mobo Cruiser, Huffy, and more. These toys are available in stores as well as online at the Disney Store.

Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue is set to hit theaters on July 18.