Sweet Suite 2016

Mattel, DCP Renew Agreement for Disney•Pixar’s Cars Franchise

mattel_logo_fullMattel and Disney Consumer Products have renewed their relationship for the Cars franchise and the upcoming DisneyPixar film, Cars 3. The agreement gives Mattel continued worldwide rights to manufacture, market, and distribute toys and products based on the award-winning Cars franchise across multiple categories, including vehicles and play sets. [Read more...]

Star Wars: Episode VIII Release Pushed Back

StarWarslogoDisney and Lucasfilm have announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in May 2017, will now debut seven months later on December 15, 2017. [Read more...]

Disney Launches Merchandise Celebrating Iconic Characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

StarWarsNewProductDisney has revealed details of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens products kept under wraps to preserve surprises for fans. With the film now breaking box office records and storylines officially revealed, new toys, collectibles and more are rolling out at Disney Store locations and mass retailers nationwide.

For the first time ever, Star Wars was featured in the National Retail Federation‘s top ten toys lists for both boys and girls, and the new line puts heroine Rey front and center.

New items focus on key plot points from the movie, such as the identity of Kylo Ren and the reveal of Rey’s weapon as a lightsaber. Highlights from the Disney Store line include a Rey Lightsaber toy, updated Elite Series Die Cast Action Figures, a Kylo Ren Unmasked action figure, as well as a Deluxe Figure Play Set that includes 10 highly detailed figures such as General Leia, Han Solo, Rey, Kylo Ren and more. [Read more...]

COMMENTARY: Positive Outlook for 2016

After attending the TIA’s Fall Toy Preview in Dallas a couple of weeks ago, I feel confident that 2016 is going to be an even better year for the toy industry. While the show floor seemed quieter than in years past, the majority of companies I met with were upbeat and excited for holiday 2015 and the year ahead. A number of my meetings were cut short due to drop-ins by Walmart, Amazon, Target, and Toys “R” Us buyers, which is always a good sign.

The industry is expected to be up approximately 6 percent this year, and I expect this success to carry over to 2016. I saw a higher than usual number of new lines, and interesting expansions of successful products, proving that manufacturers are riding high on the wings of rising sales, leaving them willing and able to take some risks. [Read more...]

Disney Interactive Brings Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition to D23 Expo

At D23 Expo 2015 next month, Disney Interactive will showcase more Star Wars characters and play sets for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition. Guests will have the chance to play Star Wars Twilight of the Republic, Star Wars Rise Against the Empire, and Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, as well as the fully enhanced Toy Box mode.

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Disney Interactive Sets Disney Infinity 3.0 Launch Date for August 30

DisneyInfinityStarterPackThe Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack from Disney Interactive, featuring the Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set, will be available in North America on August 30. Fans who pre-order at participating retail stores will receive an early copy of the multiplayer Toy Box Expansion Game, Toy Box Takeover, which allows players to use all of their Disney Infinity characters across Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, and Disney•Pixar.

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New Delta Bedroom Collection Stars Disney’s Minnie Mouse

Minnie Wooden Twin Bed RoomThe brand new Disney Minnie Mouse Twin Bedroom Collection has arrived from Delta Children. The popular character’s presence can be seen throughout the headboard, the mirror, and the knobs on the dresser and nightstand.

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D23 Expo to Offer Sneak Peek of Playmation Marvel’s Avengers, Miles from Tomorrowland Toys, and More

DisneyConsumerProducts,DCPDisney Consumer Products will unveil unique product experiences and exclusive merchandise at this year’s D23 Expo, scheduled for the Anaheim Convention Center from August 14 to 16. This year’s expo will provide interactive opportunities and products featuring Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars.

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Star Wars Rebels Characters Join Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Lineup

REB_SabineSome of the characters from the popular animated TV series Star Wars Rebels are joining Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, reports Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm. Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren, and Zeb Orrelios will be joining other Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, and Disney•Pixar characters in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition’s Toy Box. In addition, all characters are unlockable within each Star Wars Play Set.

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Disney Consumer Products Launches Inside Out Product Line

May29.InsideOutDisney Consumer Products (DCP) has launched a product line inspired by Disney∙Pixar’s original comedy Inside Out. In addition to Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) and Disney Store, licensees including, Tomy, Freeze, Mighty Fine, KidDesigns, Ugg Australia, Jay Franco, Random House, and Chronicle Books have all signed on to develop a wide product assortment that includes figures, plush, playlets, apparel and accessories, home décor, novelties, tech, books, and more. [Read more...]