Roary Toys Racing into Stores Next Month

Roary the Racing Car is zooming onto store shelves in the U.S. next month. Following the U.S. broadcast launch of the television series on Sprout, the new Roary line will hit Toys “R” Us stores and Toysrus.com in March.

As the U.S. master toy licensee for the brand, Bandai will offer a full line of Roary toys, including die-cast, push-along Racing Stars, Talking Turbo Vehicles, Roary R/C, Silver Hatch Racetrack play sets, and more. The die-cast vehicles, Talking Turbo Vehicles, and Roary R/C will be packaged with a special episode of Roary the Racing Car on DVD.

Following the Bandai toy launch, K’nex will release sets that will allow kids to recreate their favorite Roary characters and scenes.

The first Roary DVD, Roary The Racing Car, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, will launch at mass retailers in June. The series was created by Chapman Entertainment and is represented by Hit Entertainment in North America.

Tinga Tinga Tales Premieres in U.S., New Licensees Announced

Classic Media has announced new licenses for newly premiered television series Tinga Tinga Tales, including Ravensburger for puzzles, Pressman Toy Corporation for games, and University Games for Colorforms activity products. The new licensees will join master toy partner Bandai and master publishing partner Grosset & Dunlap.

Tinga Tinga Tales is an animated preschool series about how animals came to be. Inspired by traditional animal folktales from Africa and the colorful Tingatinga art style of Tanzania, the series is created by producer Claudia Lloyd (Charlie and Lola) and produced entirely on location in Africa by local artists.

Tinga Tinga Tales premiered on February 14 with the launch of the Disney Junior block on Disney Channel. The series, for kids ages 2-7, airs weekdays in the U.S. at 11 a.m. ET/PT. Bandai will release interactive toys based on the series in fall 2012.

Bandai Picked as Global Master Toy Licensee for Thundercats

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has appointed Bandai America Incorporated as the global master toy licensee for the animated series Thundercats. Bandai will create and distribute products worldwide to complement the original brand property, as well as a new animated series, set to air on Cartoon Network in 2011.

The new Thundercats, based on the series that first aired in 1985, is executive produced by Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold), and is being called a “21st century re-imagining of the original.” Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Wonder Woman) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender) are the producers. Warner Bros. Animation and Studio4°C are developing the series, which is currently in production.

Saban Capital Group Acquires Power Rangers from The Walt Disney Company

Saban Capital Group, Inc. has acquired the Power Rangers property from The Walt Disney Company, marking the franchise as the first property to be managed by newly established Saban Brands. Saban Brands was recently formed as a subsidiary of Saban Capital Group to manage and license entertainment properties and consumer brands throughout the world.

The acquisition represents the return of the global franchise to its original developer, Haim Saban, who introduced the first Power Rangers series in 1993. The deal includes worldwide rights to the brand, as well as the more than 700 episodes produced over 17 years.

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Bandai’s Pocoyo Line to Include Plush, Bath Toys, and More

Bandai America Incorporated, the master toy licensee for Pocoyo in the U.S. and Canada, is launching an extensive toy line for the animated series, which will hit store shelves in North America this fall.

Bandai’s Pocoyo products will include a 10-inch basic plush of Pocoyo, Elly (the elephant), and Pato (the duck); Squeeze n’ Play plush of the characters; 2.5-inch bath figures; a bath water taxi; a six-inch mini-plush assortment of the Pocoyo, Elly, Pato, and Loula the dog; and Bump n’ Go, an electronic car of Pocoyo that stops, turns, and moves backward.

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K’NEX Signs On to Produce “Roary” Building Sets

K’NEX Brands has signed a licensing deal with Chapman Entertainment and HIT Entertainment to manufacture and market a line of construction toys based on the Sprout series, Roary the Racing Car.

K’NEX will produce Roary building sets, including builable figures and buildable vehicles. The sets will be available at mass retailers in the U.S. and Canada in fall 2011.

Last month, Bandai America announced that it was named the U.S. master toy licensee for the brand, and will manufacture a full line of Roary toys, available exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores.

Bandai Named U.S. Master Toy Licensee for Roary the Racing Car

Bandai America Incorporated has inked a deal with UK television production and licensing company, Chapman Entertainment, and HIT Entertainment to become the U.S. master toy licensee for the Roary the Racing Car property. The new toy line will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores starting this fall.

Bandai America will offer a full line of Roary toy products for kids ages 3 and older in categories such as die-cast, push-along and friction cars, remote control vehicles, playsets, and more. The die-cast vehicles, friction cars, and remote controlled Roary will be packaged with a special episode of Roary the Racing Car on DVD. The products will range in price from $4.99 to $24.99.

Roary the Race Car was launched exclusively in the U.S. in fall 2008 on the preschool television channel Sprout, This deal marks the first time that Chapman and HIT have teamed up with Bandai America.

The Toy Book’s Toy Report 12/07/09

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Bandai Appointed as Master Toy Licensee for Pocoyo

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ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Zinkia have signed a master-toy licensing agreement with Bandai for the preschool series Pocoyo. The deal is for the U.S. and Canada. Toy products by Bandai will be available to U.S. and Canadian shoppers starting fall 2010. Bandai also currently operates as the brand’s European master toy licensee.

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