The Force Will Be Strong at Toys “R” Us Times Square on September 4

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Spaceship from Kenner (1979)

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Spaceship from Kenner (1979), on display as part of Destination: Star Wars—The Experience

When the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on September 4, all Toys “R” Us stores in the U.S. will open their doors, giving customers the opportunity to purchase hundreds of new Star Wars playthings, including a wide variety of merchandise not available anywhere else.

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COMMENTARY: Oversized Toys Are the New Big Thing

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo, from Jakks Pacific

There’s the old saying, “Go big or stay home.” Well, at the recent Sweet Suite event that was part of this year’s Blogger Bash, a lot of toy companies gathered in New York City to show off their wares, and many of them brought big toys. And by big, I mean that if placed side-by-side the average action figure, doll, ride-on, etc., these toys easily dwarfed the competition.

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Jakks Pacific Reports Second Quarter Results

Jakks Pacific LogoOn Tuesday, Jakks Pacific Inc. reported its second quarter financial results. For the quarter ended June 30, the company reported net sales of $131.1 million, compared to $124.2 million reported in the comparable period last year.

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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.

COMMENTARY: Smart Technology Spans New Categories

by Reyne Rice, trend hunter, toy trend expert, industry analyst, and consultant

Resized,Reyne_RiceSmart tech for kids is no longer buzzword lingo. It has become a reality and has grown to encompass so much more than just technology added to toys to make them interesting or “tech-y.” Today, kids’ technology-enhanced products offer engaging and explorative play patterns that span a wide spectrum of categories. And while there are new technologies being used in these toys, the thrill is in the play experience, not in the technology itself. New technology enhances and extends play patterns way beyond how kids were playing in past decades. Plus, parents, older siblings, caregivers, and educators are all using new technology that companies are translating into toys and tech products for kids’ worldwide.

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TIF, National CASA Team Up to Help Kids in Southern California

pyp2015-250x167Nearly 150 volunteers from the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association (CASA) gave gift packages to 7,000 foster children in need throughout Southern California as part of the TIF’s annual Play Your Part event. Forty-one companies from the toy industry participated in the event, including Funrise Toy Corp., Jakks Pacific, Mattel, Patch Products, Tomy International, and VTech Electronics North America, as Big Heart and Specialty level event sponsors.

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Jakks Pacific Reports First Quarter Results

jakks_logoJakks Pacific Inc. reported results for the company’s first quarter ended March 31. Net sales increased 38 percent to $114.2 million, compared to $82.5 million reported in the comparable period last year. The reported net loss for the first quarter was $7.6 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $16.3 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, in the comparable period last year.

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Disney Consumer Products Launches Multi-Platform Keys to the Kingdom Campaign this Fall

Disney Royal Celebrations app is available now.

Disney Royal Celebrations app is available now.

Disney Consumer Products will launch Keys to the Kingdom, a multi-platform experience that will drive awareness and excitement for new Disney Princess product offerings across multiple categories at retail. Disney Princess fans will have the opportunity to unlock music videos, special content, and app extensions through activations across retail that celebrate the inner qualities of the Disney Princess characters. [Read more...]

Jakks Pacific Awarded Vendor of the Year by Toys “R” Us

jakks_logoJakks Pacific Inc. was awarded the Vendor of the Year Award from Toys “R” Us. The award is presented annually to business partners that have helped the company become a resource for kids and families.

“We are honored to receive the ‘Vendor of the Year’ Award from Toys “R” Us,” says Jack McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Jakks Pacific Inc. “The partnership between Jakks and Toys “R” Us is truly collaborative. Toys “R” Us highlighted our ability to spot trends early in the year and swiftly and efficiently bring products to market. We look forward to continue being a valuable business partner to Toys “R” Us.”

Jakks Pacific Secures Licensing Agreement for Despicable Me Franchise and Minions

MinionsMovieheaderJakks Pacific Inc. has been granted the rights to manufacture, market, and distribute a line of consumer products based on the Minions from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me franchise, as well as their upcoming film, Minions, which arrives in theaters in July. The licensing agreement, awarded by Universal Partnerships & Licensing, covers inflatable ball pits, wagons, arcade games, The Original Big Wheel, outdoor children’s furniture, and more. These products are expected to launch at North American retailers this spring.

“We are pleased to be a part of the phenomenally successful Despicable Me franchise, and the highly anticipated Minions film, by offering an array of products that feature popular characters from the films,” says Tara Hefter, vice president of licensing, Jakks Pacific Inc. “We are excited to bring a new line of products to these films’ fans.”