Lego Releases The Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart Set, New Licensed Minifigures

ApuLegoFollowing 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.

Day 6 Partners with Andrew McCutchen for Backyard Sports Baseball

Day 6 Sports Group Andrew McCutchenDay 6 Sports Group has signed Andrew McCutchen to be the face of its Backyard Sports Baseball line. The company is working with Major League Baseball (MLB), mlb.com, and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) for its re-launch of the Backyard Sports franchise.

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Arad, 41E Appoint MGA as Master Toy Licensee for Kong—King of the Apes

March16.KongArad Animation and 41 Entertainment have granted the exclusive worldwide master toy license to MGA Entertainment for their Kong property. The product line will include action figures, electronic and action plush, playsets, vehicles, games, and learning aid toys for kids ages 5 to 10. Kong—King of the Apes is a Netflix original series, slated to debut next year.

“We were attracted to this great brand because of its iconic nature, Avi’s great story-telling and designs, and the power of Netflix as a platform. We are excited to design and produce a strong product line for 2016,” said Isaac Larian, president and CEO of MGAE.

Marvel Rolls Out Extensive Toy, Kids Product Program for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spider-Man, and More

Marvel LogoOn Wednesday, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) revealed its 2015 plans for Marvel and its key franchises, including The Avengers and Spider-Man. This year will see the roll-out of one of DCP’s biggest licensing programs to date, which would revolve around Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the launch of new animated content, and innovative marketing initiatives.
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JMPR Tapped to Handle Media Relations for Tonka Toys

TonkalogoJMPR Public Relations Inc. has been retained by Funrise Inc. to handle media relations duties for its Tonka-branded products under license from Hasbro. JMPR will work with Funrise’s internal marketing team to help develop strategy and implement consumer engagement programs, new product launches, and special events. JMPR will also be responsible for leading a broad range of media outreach initiatives, including the promotion of Tonka Motorsports’ involvement with racing series and sponsorship of drivers. [Read more...]

Jakks Pacific Secures Worldwide Master Toy Agreement for The Smurfs

jakks_logoJakks Pacific Inc. has secured a licensing agreement with Lafig and Sony Pictures Consumer Products to produce toys and related products based on the Smurfs franchise, including the classic Smurfs brand and the upcoming Smurfs feature film premiering in August 2016. The worldwide master toy agreement includes the rights to produce figures, play sets, plush, and more.

Jakks Pacific’s new Smurfs toys will be available at retailers nationwide this fall.

Newest Assortment of The Walking Dead Minimates Coming to Toys “R” Us

TheWalkingDead,TRUfiguresThe fifth season of TV series The Walking Dead will be accompanied by new The Walking Dead Minimates, from Diamond Select Toys and arriving at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and toysrus.com in March. The new assortment features characters from the “All Out War” story arc featured in issues No. 115 to 126 of The Walking Dead comic book series, in which Rick’s group teams up with other communities against the powerful Saviors group. [Read more...]

Colorforms Launches New Disney, Marvel, and Disney•Pixar Play Sets

DisneyDocMcStuffinsColorformsColorforms Brand debuted an all-new line of Colorforms vinyl stick-on play sets at this year’s North American International Toy Fair. The initial launch, which hits shelves in the fall, includes such properties as Disney’s Frozen and Doc McStuffins; Disney•Pixar’s Cars; and Marvel’s The Avengers and Spider-Man. [Read more...]

Jakks Pacific Secures Licensing Agreement for Despicable Me Franchise and Minions

MinionsMovieheaderJakks Pacific Inc. has been granted the rights to manufacture, market, and distribute a line of consumer products based on the Minions from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me franchise, as well as their upcoming film, Minions, which arrives in theaters in July. The licensing agreement, awarded by Universal Partnerships & Licensing, covers inflatable ball pits, wagons, arcade games, The Original Big Wheel, outdoor children’s furniture, and more. These products are expected to launch at North American retailers this spring.

“We are pleased to be a part of the phenomenally successful Despicable Me franchise, and the highly anticipated Minions film, by offering an array of products that feature popular characters from the films,” says Tara Hefter, vice president of licensing, Jakks Pacific Inc. “We are excited to bring a new line of products to these films’ fans.”

American Girl Partners with Fashion Angels on Arts and Crafts Licensing Deal

AmericanGirlOn Friday, American Girl announced a licensing agreement with Fashion Angels, a designer of tween girls’ lifestyle and activity products, to create trend-right and fashion-focused arts and crafts products. The new line will be available this fall at mass retailers nationwide and will include activity kits, fashion sketchbooks, and Do-It-Yourself craft kits for girls to create accessories for themselves and their American Girl dolls.