Shout! Factory Named U.S. Home Entertainment Distributor for The Super Hero Squad

Shout! Factory has signed a multi-year deal with Marvel Animation, Inc. to become the U.S. home entertainment distributor with licensing rights for The Super Hero Squad Show. The series debuted on Cartoon Network US last October.

Shout! Factory is planning to roll out a home entertainment product line, including DVDs, based on the series later this year.

The Super Hero Squad Show is an animated series featuring Marvel’s most popular characters such as Captain America, Silver Surfer, Thor, Hulk, Wolverine and Iron Man, with a comedic twist. The heroes team up to face the world’s greatest villains, aiming to protect Super Hero City from Dr. Doom’s wild and weird minions.

Iron Man 2 Takes Over Toy Fair

At Toy Fair, Marvel Entertainment, LLC debuted a slew of partners and product lines based on the company’s upcoming flick, Iron Man 2, and franchise, Marvel’s Super Hero Squad.

Hasbro, the master toy licensee for Super Hero Squad and Iron Man 2 (in theaters May 7), is introducing a wide range of toy and game products, including  action figures, roleplay, preschool toys, board games, and puzzles. At the four-day event, Hasbro debuted the new Iron Man Helmet, featuring directives from Jarvis, and a “slow release” visor, and the R/C Walking Iron Man (above), a toy that allows kids to send the character walking forward across the floor and fire projectiles from his hand and shoulder rockets.

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Marvel Signs Multi-year Agreement with Maisto

Marvel Entertainment continues to expand its presence in the toy category through a new deal with Maisto International for die-cast toy vehicles featuring Marvel’s Super Heroes.

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The Toy Book’s Toy Report 01/13/10

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Marvel Files Federal Lawsuit over Comic Copyrights

Marvel Worldwide, Inc. filed a federal lawsuit in Manhattan on Friday asking a judge to invalidate 45 notices sent by the heirs of artist Jack Kirby that aimed to terminate Marvel’s copyrights. The notices said Marvel’s copyrights would terminate on dates ranging from 2014 through 2019.  The heirs notified several companies last year that the rights would revert from Marvel to Kirby’s estate. Marvel argues that Kirby’s work on the comics were “for hire,” which makes the heirs’ claims invalid.

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The Toy Book’s Toy Report 01/05/10

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Marvel Acquisition Completed

Disney has completed its acquisition of Marvel Entertainment Inc., in which the company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Disney. Under the terms of the agreement, and based on the closing price of Disney on December 31, Marvel shareholders will receive $30 a share in cash, plus approximately 0.7452 Disney shares per Marvel share they own. The agreement was approved by Marvel stockholders. Marvel Entertainment, established in 1933, has a library of over 5,000 characters.