Donna MacNeil Appointed Vice President of Marketing at ChizComm

chizDonna MacNeil joins the ChizComm Ltd. team as its new vice president of marketing. Her roles in the position go into effect immediately.

MacNeil has experience in publishing, toys, and entertainment, and will add new executive leadership to the ChizComm team. Previously she worked at marblemedia, a company joining ChizComm’s roster of entertainment clients.

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Funko Acquires Loungefly

Funko-300x102Funko LLC acquired the contemporary fashion accessories company Loungefly. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Loungefly, a Southern California-based company sells a selection of handbags and fashion accessories under various licensed brands such as Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Sanrio, and Pokémon. Products are sold through specialty stores, boutiques, and department stores around the country. [Read more...]

Toy State, The Walt Disney Co. Partner for Marvel R/C

ToyState_HeroRider socialToy State joins forces with The Walt Disney Co. to begin developing products based on the Marvel Comics property. The new partnership grants Toy State the right to expand its licensed vehicles with key superheroes from the Marvel Universe. The debut offerings, featuring Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Rocket Raccoon, and more, will debut at major retailers nationwide this fall. [Read more...]

Disney, Lucasfilm Launch Star Wars Forces of Destiny

Disney and Lucasfilm today announced Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a new initiative celebrating each of the iconic heroes from across the Star Wars universe. An original series of animated shorts will explore new adventures of key characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano, and others, ahead of books and a TV special later this year.

The stories will also be supported by a line of toys from Hasbro, including new Adventure Figures—a fusion between traditional dolls and action figures.

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Disney Debuts Rogue One: As Told By Lego

RogueOneLegoDisney debuted Rogue One: As Told by Lego, the second episode of its digital series created in collaboration with Lego. The stop-motion animation video tackles the Lucasfilm narrarative of The Battle of Scarif in under three minutes. Jyn Erso and her team of Rebels attempt to steal the plans to destroy the Death Star. [Read more...]

Club Penguin Island Launches for Mobile

ClubPenuinDisney launched an all-new Club Penguin Experience, Club Penguin Island, for mobile devices. The new app features an updated take on Club Penguin, which first launched 11 years ago. Developed especially for mobile, Club Penguin Island brings together many of the best elements from the legacy Club Penguin product with new design and features. [Read more...]

Disney Store Celebrates 30 Years

Disney30thLogoDisney Store celebrates its 30th anniversary, officially marking the grand opening of the Glendale, Calif. store in 1987. Currently, Disney Store operates 340 stores worldwide and ecommerce sites in 10 countries.

In commemoration of this milestone, a new line-up of limited edition 30th anniversary products will be released, featuring collectibles and a special anniversary Disney Tsum Tsum set. In-store celebratory events and activities are also planned, including a 30th Anniversary Parade, taking place every day at 3pm through April 2. Guests are invited to hear short, fun stories and facts about Disney Store’s history and kids are encouraged to dance along the store parade route.

Moose Toys Launches Disney Crossy Road Merchandise

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Moose Toys announced plans for its new toy line based on the mobile game Disney Crossy Road. In the game, players collect an 8-bit design of iconic Disney characters as they hop, dodge, and slide their way through busy lanes of traffic. Since its launch a year ago, the app has been downloaded more than 31 million times.

The initial collection from Moose will feature Disney and Pixar characters from the app including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Buzz Lightyear, Simba, Baymax, and more. The line will include collectible micro figures, backpack hangers, and plush, and will be available at select retailers beginning April 1.

Funko’s Disney Treasures Subscription Service Now Available

FunkoDisneyTreasuresCrateConsumers can now subscribe to Funko‘s newest subscription box service, Disney Treasures. The officially licensed Disney Treasures subscription box is the latest box among Funko’s additional subscription offerings from Marvel, Star Wars, and DC Comics, and will focus on delivering exclusive Disney Collectibles directly to collectors every other month.

The first Disney Treasures box theme is “Pirates Cove,” a pirate-themed box now available here. The Pirates Cove box will include exclusive pirate-themed collectibles from Disney movies and Disney Parks, such as a Smee Pop! Vinyl from the original Peter Pan animated Disney film, and a “Wicked Wench” Captain with Pirate Ship Dorbz Ride from the Pirates of the Caribbean Disney ride.

The Disney Treasures subscription program is a bimonthly subscription model delivering six full boxes per year. Each box delivers exclusive Disney collectibles that can only be acquired through the Disney Treasures program, especially curated for Disney fans by Funko.

Funko also revealed a new “founders program” as part of the Disney Treasures box. With the purchase of a full year’s subscription, starting with the Pirates Cove box, members will automatically be enrolled in the Pioneer program. The Pioneer program includes an exclusive Disney pin with the first box, as well as an exclusive anniversary gift at the completion of the year. Pioneer members will also receive a digital founder’s badge that will appear in their account profile and other exclusive offers from the Disney Treasures website.

Jakks Pacific Renews Licensing Agreement with DCPI in China

jakks_logo_new copyJakks Pacific Inc. renewed its multi-year licensing agreement with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) in China for merchandise rights for more than 50 entertainment properties. [Read more...]