Disney Store to Unveil New Collections and Limited Editions at D23 Expo

Anaheim Convention Center

Disney Store has all-new collections and limited editions set to launch at this year’s D23 Expo 2015, the Disney fan event held at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 14 to 16. Located within the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion at D23 Expo, the Disney Store shop will feature new and exclusive products, and will be unveiling new items celebrating favorite characters each day throughout the weekend.

Highlights of the new collections include:

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DC Collectibles’ Newest Includes Batman v Superman 12-Inch Statues

BatmanvSupermanStatue,BatmanDC Collectibles unveiled its upcoming product slate, which includes a 12-inch statue line based on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Debuting this year, there will be film-inspired statues of Batman, Armored Batman, and Superman.

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Jakks Pacific Secures Licensing Agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-logoJakks Pacific Inc. has announced a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to manufacture, distribute, and market a line of toys and products based on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and RatPac Dune Entertainment’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, scheduled to hit theaters on March 25. The agreement, which covers the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film, also includes a domestic and international renewal for the full DC Comics franchise.

The multi-category license includes large-scale action figures and vehicles, accessories, games, wagons, and more. Jakks plans to launch its Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice product line next spring to coincide with the film’s worldwide theatrical release. New DC Comics product lines will also be available at retailers this fall.

Kate and Mim-Mim Gets Second Season, Just Play Signs On as Global Master Toy Partner

Kate & Mim-MimFremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment (FMKFE) recently announced that it has greenlit the second season of the highly-rated preschool series, Kate & Mim-Mim. Series two is due to launch on Disney Junior US and will air globally late this year. The series is currently in pre-production and will include two themed seasonal specials.

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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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Activision Blizzard Announces First Quarter Financial Results

This past Wednesday, Activision Blizzard Inc. reported better-than-expected financial results for the first quarter ended March 31. For the quarter, Activision Blizzard’s GAAP net revenues were $1.28 billion, as compared with $1.11 billion for the first quarter of the prior year. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenues were $703 million, as compared with $772 million for the first quarter of the previous year. For the first quarter, GAAP net revenues from digital channels were a record $581 million and represented a first-quarter record 45 percent of the company’s total revenues. On a non-GAAP basis, net revenues from digital channels were a first-quarter record $538 million and represented a record 76 percent of total revenues.

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Diamond Select Busts Out New Figure Based on Hulkbuster Armor

Diamond Select Toys and marvelshop.com have teamed up to offer an exclusive figure based on the Hulkbuster armor from Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. First appearing in Iron Man No. 304, released in 1994, the Iron Man Mk 14 Hulkbuster armor was an add-on to Tony Stark’s modular armor, and would allow him to stop the Hulk from tearing apart a factory manufacturing gamma bombs.

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DC Collectibles to Release Justice League: Gods & Monsters Action Figures

DC Collectibles will launch a new 6-inch action figure line based on the upcoming direct-to-video DC Universe animated film, Justice League: Gods & Monsters. The first wave of figures will consist of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, and will be available in stores this fall.

The official trailer, featuring Justice League: Gods & Monsters producer and animator Bruce Timm, includes a preview of the action figure line:

Retail Toy Sales Up 4 Percent on Building Sets, Electronics, Frozen, Says NPD Group

NPDGrouplogoAccording to retail sales data from The NPD Group, U.S. retail sales of toys generated $18.08 billion last year compared to $17.46 billion in 2013, an increase of 4 percent.

Retail sales over the 2014 holiday shopping season got off to a bumpy start, with the weeks of Black Friday and Cyber Monday experiencing mixed results of -2 percent and 1 percent (compared to the same time periods in 2013). However, with one extra shopping day the week of Christmas compared to last year, Christmas week grew 27 percent, lifting December growth to 6 percent. Meanwhile, fourth quarter sales were up 3 percent for the 13 weeks starting October 5 through the week ending January 3. [Read more...]

FremantleMedia Signs Master Toy Deal with Jazwares for Tree Fu Tom

Jazwares,TreeFuJazwares has signed the master toy rights for FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment’s pre-school series, Tree Fu Tom. Under the terms of the deal, Jazwares will take on the role of global manufacturer and distribute a new range of toys in the UK, Asia, North America, and Latin America. A variety of distributors will manage the range in other key territories. [Read more...]