Sony Pictures Consumer Products Appoints Jazwares as Master Toy Partner, Adds Publishing Partners for Hotel Transylvania

HotelTransylvaniaSony Pictures Consumer Products named Jazwares as master toy partner for Hotel Transylvania. Additionally, Simon & Schuster Children’s Group, Papercutz Comics, and Bendon Publishing will create books inspired by the film franchise and new TV series. Both categories will anchor the global licensing program, which will have cross-category representation. [Read more...]

Jazwares’ Miffy Toy Line Expands at Walmart

MiffyWalmartWamart will roll out additional Miffy toys, from Jazwares, later this month. The toys debuted in July and are based on the Nick Jr. show, Miffy’s Adventures: Big and Small.

Additional products include Miffy’s House playset, which comes with Miffy and Melanie figures and more than 11 accessories; Miffy large plush with sounds, a soft and huggable Miffy for kids to play with and take along daily adventures; and more than six styles of Miffy figures.

Toys released earlier this summer include Miffy 3-inch Family Multipack, Miffy Little Red Place, Miffy Little Blue Car, and a 6-inch Miffy, Melanie, and Snuffy plush.

eOne, Jazwares Partner to Debut Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Toys Exclusively at Target

BHLK_Fairy Tea Party JazEntertainment One (eOne) partnered with master toy licensee Jazwares to launch a line of toys based on the preschool property Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, available exclusively at Target. The assortment will be followed by the first book title from newly signed publishing partner Scholastic on October 15. [Read more...]

Roblox to Pay Out $30 Million to Independent Game Developers This Year

roblox logoRoblox Corp. is on track to payout $30 million to independent developers this year fueled by its growth, which now has more than 56 million monthly players worldwide. The announcement will be made at the company’s third annual Roblox Developer’s Conference in San Jose, California from July 21 to 23. The payout signifies a strategic acceleration in developer payouts over the past three years, which amounted to $2.5 million in 2015 and $5.5 million last year.  [Read more...]

Jazwares Founder Receives Owler 2017 Top Rated CEO Award

JazwaresLogoJazwares‘ founder Judd Zebersky was presented the Owler 2017 Top Rated CEO Award. Owler, a community-based platform used for business insights by business professionals, recognizes the top CEOs from its business insights platform.

After he worked as an attorney, Zebersky started a consumer products company to make toys. He has been in the industry for 20 years and contributed to thousands of products.

Owler Awards are distributed based on Owler Community rankings. It recognizes the top 1,000 CEOS from 167,000 across 50 cities and 20 industries worldwide.

Animal Jam—Play Wild! Named Best App for Kids

Animal-Jam-WildWorksWildWorks‘ Animal Jam—Play Wild! was named “Best App for Kids” at the Google Play Awards at Google I/O 2017, which highlighted the year’s best app and games across twelve categories. With more than 85 billion apps and games downloaded on Google Play over the past year, Animal Jam was chosen from the five nominated kid-focused apps for its family-friendly design that encourages creativity, exploration and education for kids. [Read more...]

Roblox Secures $92 Million in Funding

JazwaresRobloxRoblox announced the closing of a $92 million investment, which will be put toward enhancing the platform’s infrastructure and recruiting talent. The new funding follows the company’s rebranding and an online to offline expansion with a first-ever user-generated toy line from Jazwares.

The Roblox and Jazwares toy line will feature popular user-generated characters. The line is available at Toys “R” Us, additional retailers, and online at www.roblox.com and www.jazwares.com. The deal marks the beginning of an offline strategy that will bring Roblox to retail.

Roblox Hits Milestone 1.7 Million Independent Creators

roblox logoRoblox, a social platform with more than 48 million monthly active players and 22 million online games, reached 1.7 million game creators. The number marks an increase of more than two times the amount of game creators on the platform from this time last year. [Read more...]

Jazwares, Hasbro Partner for New Collection of Nerf Products

Jazwares partnered with Nerf, in collaboration with Hasbro, to introduce a Nerf toy and accessory line that includes targets, tactical gear, storage, and more.

Jazwares will offer a variety of products to enhance the Nerf lifestyle and blaster play. In addition, Jazwares will also extend the Nerf Sports segment with indoor and outdoor sports and games. The Jazwares Nerf Collection will be available at major retailers this fall in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).

eOne Renews Partnerships, Adds Licenses for Peppa Pig

PeppaPigEntertainment One (eOne) expands its consumer products program for Peppa Pig with a broader assortment of licensed offerings in the U.S. and Canada.

Jazwares will continue its role as the master toy licensee for the property in the U.S. and Canada, while there are contract renewals for Peppa Pig games from TCG and plush Beanie Babies from Ty Inc[Read more...]