Care Bears to Debut at Build-A-Bear Workshop Next Year

LogoCareBears450American Greetings Properties (AGP), the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, has entered into a global collaboration with Build-A-Bear Workshop that will feature the Care Bears brand at Build-A-Bear Workshops. This limited-time worldwide promotion will begin next year.

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Wicked Cool Toys to Produce Kid-Friendly Masterchef Junior Cooking Line

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Wicked Cool Toys has signed a licensing agreement with Endemol Shine North America, the producers behind Fox’s Masterchef Junior, to create a line of kid-friendly cooking products inspired by the show. Designed to empower kids of all cooking levels, the toys will improve kids’ culinary skills while encouraging them to have fun in the kitchen. The line will launch exclusively at participating Wal-Mart stores in November.

Rovio, Lego Partner for Angry Birds Construction Line

angry birdsThe Lego Group has partnered with Rovio to develop a line of Angry Birds construction toys. Lego Angry Birds will be available next spring to coincide with the release of The Angry Birds Movie, a full-length feature film based on the gaming franchise.

Hasbro to Launch Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Game

May26.fifthgraderThe Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader TV show returned to Fox on May 26, and Hasbro is bringing the quiz show to homes as a board game this summer. Based on the show, the game puts players’ elementary school knowledge to the test with questions covering first through fifth grade curricula, with subjects ranging from math to social studies, art, and geography.

Zenescope, Phicen, Executive Replicas Partner for Grimm Fairy Tales Action Figures

May26.GrimmZenescope has partnered with Phicen Ltd. for home collectible versions of their Grimm Fairy Tales characters. Each 1:6 scale action figure will be made with Phicen’s body and stainless steel skeleton, and will be handcrafted in the character’s signature outfit and packaged with signature weapons. Executive Replicas is producing the pieces.

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COMMENTARY: Licensed Figures? Not the Easiest Business to Figure Out

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Premium Motion statue, from Factory Entertainment Inc.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Premium Motion statue, from Factory Entertainment Inc.

A few months ago, I wrote a commentary about trends occurring in the world of licensed action figures. Since then, I worked on a longer piece for The Licensing Book, the sister publication of The Toy Book, looking at the process in between attaining a license for a movie, TV show, etc., and the production of the final toy. Licensed collectible figures was a fascinating subject to write about, and I am eternally grateful to all of the toy company officials who took time out of their busy lives to answer my unending barrage of (mostly) annoying questions.

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Build-A-Bear Debuts Exclusive, Make-Your-Own Plush Minions Collection

BuildABearMinionsBuild-A-Bear has added a line of exclusive, make-your-own plush based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions, which arrives in theaters on July 10. The collection features Minions Kevin, Stuart, and Bob, and is part of Build-A-Bear’s summer season lineup.

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Toy State Recognized for Licensing Excellence by Caterpillar

ToyStateLogoToy State has been awarded platinum status by the Caterpillar Trademark Licensing Licensee Excellence and Recognition Program for 2014. Toy State has been a Caterpiller licensee since 2002, and its products include the Lights & Sound, Preschool, and Diecast Cat-licensed lines of machines.

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McDonald’s Happy Meals Get Happier with Skylanders

SkylandersMcDonaldsToysStarting today, customers at participating McDonald’s locations and receive one of six awesome toys from Skylanders Trap Team with the purchase of a Happy Meal. Fans can collect heroes and villains from the game such as Pain-Yatta, Wallop, Snap Shop, Wildfire, Food Fight, and Wolfgang. Each Skylander has a unique articulation feature, and the Happy Meal packaging comes with a $10 off coupon for a Skylanders Trap Team starter pack and $1 off a Skylanders figure.

Toy State Enters into Sponsorship Agreement with Go Baby Go

ToyStateIn partnership with Go Baby Go, a research-based, national program that provides modified, ride-on toy cars to young children with disabilities, Toy State is sponsoring four workshops in four cities across the country. Each car will be outfitted to model the Toy State Nikko R/C No. 7 car currently driven by Alex Bowman on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit.

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