Warner Bros. Consumer Products Brings Godzilla-Sized List of Licensees to Toy Fair

WB Consumer ProductsWarner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) enters this year’s American International Toy Fair with an extensive lineup of global licensees in support of its entertainment properties, milestone anniversaries, and upcoming theatrical releases.

Bandai America Inc. and Jakks Pacific Inc. will each support Godzilla, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, with new toy lines. Jakks’ line of Godzilla products will include an Ultimate Large Scale Godzilla Figure with 12 points of articulation and a length of over 43 inches, making it one of the largest toys in Godzilla history. Other worldwide partners include Rubie’s Costume Co., NECA, and Sideshow Collectibles.

WBCP’s toy partners will also release toys and collectibles based on The Hobbit Trilogy. The Bridge Direct and Vivid Group will support the film series with new figures. Additional partners include Eaglemoss, Funko, Kosmos, and Ravensburger.

The Wizard of Oz will celebrate its 75th anniversary with Mattel‘s new line of dolls for The Wizard of Oz Barbie collection. Enesco, Tonner Doll, and Madame Alexander will each offer collectible figures. Warner Bros. will also continue its There’s No Place Like Home campaign in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Gone with the Wind will also mark its 75th anniversary with new collectible figures from Madame Alexander and Tonner Doll. Mattel will offer an anniversary Barbie collection and Enesco will introduce a stone resin figure. [Read more...]

Saban Brands’ Power Rangers Celebrate 20 Rangers for 20 Years

PowerRangers.20Rangersfor20YearsA pop-up art exhibit will open this weekend to celebrate Saban BrandsPower Rangers’ 20th anniversary. The exhibition, 20 Rangers for 20 Years, was curated by Sweet Streets and will appear at the Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles on December 7 to 8.

Artists and designers from around the world created the painted, 31-inch Ranger statues that were provided by Saban’s partner, Jakks Pacific. Each customized Ranger statue will be available for purchase on-site or online at shop.toyartgallery.com during the event.

Music by Iheartcomix DJs Franki Chan and $u$pect will be featured, and a percentage of artwork proceeds will benefit the Challengers Boys & Girls Club. Jakks Pacific will also make a donation to the Challengers Boys & Girls Club as well. Bandai America Inc., Power Rangers’ master toy partner, will provide Super Megaforce toys.

The gallery will also host a Power Rangers pop-up shop that will feature products for purchase from Mishka, Buckle Down, Acme Archives, and more.

The Bandai Foundation Donates More Than $400,000 to Benefit Children Nationwide

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The Bandai Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Bandai America Inc., has donated more than $400,000 in grants to 40 national and regional organizations dedicated to helping children throughout the U.S. Since inception in 1995, The Bandai Foundation has given more than $6 million to non-profits benefitting needy children.

The Bandai Foundation granted more than$400,000 to 40 national and regional organizations at its annual Time For Giving celebration. All of the 2013 grantees attended the celebration at the Bandai America headquarters earlier this month.

Each year, The Bandai Foundation accepts grant applications from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that support children. This year, The Bandai Foundation focused its efforts on a hunger campaign dedicated to fighting hunger for children and their families. Special consideration was given to grant applications that share The Bandai Foundation’s 2013 mission. [Read more...]

Bandai America Celebrates 20 Years of Power Rangers at Comic-Con

powerrangerAt this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Bandai America Inc. will offer limited edition products (while supplies last) and a host of activities. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Power Rangers, Bandai will offer three limited edition products, including a Power Rangers Limited Edition Legacy Power Morpher, a Power Rangers Limited Edition Gosei Morpher, and a Power Rangers Limited Edition Green Dragon Ranger. The original Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank, will also appear for autograph signings.

Bandai will also offer a Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Pac is Back-Avi Arad Limited Edition Figure, as well as unveil the full line of new Godzilla products. Bandai has planned Power Rangers and Pac-Man appearances daily, as well as free card giveaways, and an autograph signing from Pac-Man producer Avi Arad.

 

 

New ThunderCats Figurines from Bandai

Lion-O six-inch figure from Bandai

The ThunderCats toy line from Bandai America Incorporated is being updated with a six-inch figure line. The line, based on the classic 1980s animated series and the re-imagined new series from Warner Bros. Animation, will launch in the spring.

The six-inch figures are highly articulated, detailed, and designed to complement any fan’s collection. The Lion-O and Mumm-Ra figures will be the first available in the Classic Series line. The Tygra and Cheetara figures, a new introduction from Bandai, are inspired by the new animated series. Bandai will continue to offer the successful classic 8-inch ThunderCats figures in a limited-edition capacity.

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Licensing Deal For “Dorothy Of Oz”

Summertime Entertainment has signed a master toy licensing agreement with Bandai America Incorporated through its exclusive licensing agent, Travis James LLC, for the upcoming 3-D CGI animated musical feature Dorothy Of Oz. The line of Bandai toys will include dolls, play sets, plush, role play, trading cards, and more.  The toy line is set to launch in conjunction with the movie release in summer 2012.

Bandai America Sponsors Second Power Rangers Convention

From August 27-29, the Pasadena Convention Center will morph into Ranger Central for the second annual Power Rangers convention, “Power Morphicon.” More than 1,000 visitors and 20 specialty vendors are expected to attend the convention. The event will also feature panels, guest appearances, autograph signings, a silent auction, a costume contest, and the Power Quest Trivia Game.

Bandai America Incorporated, Power Rangers’ master toy licensee, is serving as the premier sponsor and will host a booth in the Dealers Room, allowing fans to meet and take photos with two of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers characters on Saturday. Bandai’s booth will also display a collection of Power Rangers toys and will offer limited giveaways. Other vendors will include CS Toys International, RedStarRobot, and AnimeBooks.com, among others.

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