Sweet Suite 2016

First Star Wars Rogue One Toy Revealed

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed on stage during the Rogue One Panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2016 at ExCel on July 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios) *** Local Caption *** Felicity Jones; Riz Ahmed

The first toy for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was revealed last week at Star Wars Celebration in London during a cast panel for the movie. [Read more...]

The NPD Group Launches Digital Games Tracking Service

npd-group copyThe NPD Group launched a digital point-of-sale (POS) sourced service, tracking SKU-level sales data on digital games for consoles, portables, and PC games. This is the first service to provide the U.S. gaming industry with publisher-sourced data on digital games sales, aggregated from the participants of a Digital Panel that includes leading publishers in the country. [Read more...]

IAmElemental Series 2/Wisdom Releases Next Month

IameIAmElemental will ship its Series 2/Wisdom figures next month. This latest series of action figures specifically designed for kids will include Creativity, Ingenuity, Curiosity, Logic, Exploration, Mastery, and Oblivion, modeled after STEM pioneer, Hypatia. [Read more...]

Loot Crate, Her Universe Launch LOOT4FANGIRLS

b415e215-3a83-4c76-ad60-6691f99bba62Loot Crate partnered with Her Universe for its first female fan-focused mystery crate, LOOT4FANGIRLS. The exclusive, limited-edition crate will celebrate fans’ favorite female heroes, including characters from Marvel, Star Trek, Borderlands, DC Comics, and AMC’s The Walking Dead[Read more...]

GennComm Taps Allyson Frome as Director of Licensing and Business Development

137ba021-4641-43f6-b74d-edfef07d8cf0As GennComm LLC celebrates its fourth anniversary this month, Allyson Frome joins the team as director of licensing and business development. The 20-year toy industry veteran was most recently at Funrise Toys, where she headed licensing and investor relations for 12 years.

Frome will service a variety of business development and growth initiatives to benefit GennComm’s clientele. She will harness new integrated business development opportunities for toy and tech companies, studios, and other entrepreneurs.

Jazwares Acquires First Act

unnamedJazwares LLC, a subsidiary of Alleghany Capital Corp., acquired First Act Inc. Headquartered in Boston, First Act designs, markets, and supplies musical products, instruments, and accessories for kids and young adults under the First Act and First Act Discovery brands, as well as an array of licensed properties.  [Read more...]

Kids License Monitor Study Says Minions Still Outrank Other Licenses

Minions is still the No. 1 license among kids in the UK, Germany, and France, according to iconkids & youth Kids License Monitor wave II/2016 study. In the UK, Spider-Man comes second, followed by Ice Age. In Germany and France, Ice Age is second and Spider-Man is third.

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More than 500,000 Hoverboards Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

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Recalled hoverboard. Image courtesy of CPSC.

More than 500,000 hoverboards have been recalled from 10 companies and retailers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The hazard is in the lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters, which may overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire, or exploding. [Read more...]

Sequel to Wreck-It Ralph Will Hit Theaters March 2018

unnamedA sequel to Disney‘s Wreck-It Ralph is set to hit theaters on March, 9 2018. The team from the first film will be back for the sequel with director Rich Moore and producer Clark Spencer, and Phil Johnson will also direct and write the film. In addition, John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman will play the characters they played in the first movie, Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz, respectively. [Read more...]

Hasbro Ranks No. 1 on Civic 50 List Of Most Community Minded Companies

CmR5YsBXgAArvfSCivic 50 recognized Hasbro as the most community-minded company in the consumer discretionary industry. The Civic 50 creates a guide for companies looking to best use its time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where it does business.

Hasbro has been recognized each year since 2012, and its programs focus on empowering childhood with leveraging its company assets to make the best impact for the kids it supports. Hasbro also gives employees four hours of paid time off each month to volunteer with organizations that benefit children.