Mattel Kicks Off Thomas & Friends Global Brand Campaign

ThomasAndFriendsThomas & Friends, from Mattel Inc., kicked off its first global brand campaign with a year-long marketing program, Set Friendship in Motion.

The campaign aims to help preschoolers strengthen friendship skills, such as collaboration, communication, sharing, manners, kindness, and the abilities to express and understand feelings and emotions. Set Friendship in Motion will include ways for families to interact with kids including content, digital activations, and live events to bring the campaign to life. [Read more...]

Mattel, Alibaba Group Form Strategic Partnership

Mattel LogoMattel entered into a strategic partnership with Alibaba Group. Leveraging Mattel’s brands and Alibaba’s data and insights into the Chinese consumer base, the expanded partnership aims to reshape the way parents in China think about play.  [Read more...]

Mattel Rebrands Mega Bloks, Introduces Mega Construx

MegaConstruxMega, the construction brand under Mattel‘s portfolio, organized its big-block product line under the Mega Bloks name and introduced Mega Construx, a new sub-brand of construction sets designed for kids ages 4 and up.

Under the Mega Brands umbrella, Mega Bloks will be made for preschoolers ages 1 to 4, and Mega Construx will offer older fans immersive sets that feature authentic characters and varied brick shapes. The new line also offers detailed and authentic micro-figures. Mega Construx will feature lines from popular licenses such as American Girl, Barbie, Despicable Me, Halo, Destiny, and more. [Read more...]

GBI Signs Mattel as Worldwide Master Toy Partner for Rainbow Rangers

Rainbow RangersGenius Brands International Inc. (GBI) signed Fisher-Price, a subsidiary of Mattel Inc., as global master toy partner for the company’s original CGI-animated preschool series, Rainbow Rangers. As global master toy partner, Fisher-Price will create a broad range of preschool products in the toy category, including dolls and figures, play sets, plush, vehicles, technology and interactive toys, musical toys, role play, and more. [Read more...]

Mattel Honors Ashley Graham with Barbie Doll

BarbieAshleyGrahamMattel unveiled a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll in Ashley Graham’s likeness at the first-ever Glamour Women of the Year Live summit in Los Angeles. Graham was also named a 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year.

Barbie is celebrating Graham for pushing boundaries within fashion and for promoting a message of body positivity, self-acceptance, and female empowerment. Graham has made an impact on the fashion industry by challenging the industry’s standards of beauty and sharing her influential TED Talk. [Read more...]

Mattel Creations, Tongal Form Multi-Year Partnership

Mattel LogoMattel Creations entered into a multi-year strategic partnership with Tongal to leverage its network of more than 120,000 creators. The agreement will see the development and production of more content based on Mattel’s library of brands sand new IP. Tongal will serve as a strategic partner, using its platform and marketplace insights to advise Mattel’s digital content strategy across all brands and channels globally. [Read more...]

Mattel, StartApp Enter Multi-Year Collaboration

StartApp has entered a strategic partnership with Mattel to develop digital experiences for Mattel’s brands, including Barbie and Hot Wheels. Under the multi-year agreement, StartApp will become Mattels’ premier license to create digital stickers, emojis, wallpapers, GIFs, mobile app themes, avatars, memes, and related apps for a number of Mattel’s global consumer brands.

Mattel Launches Bloxels

Photographer Jeremy Lloyd / Stylist Sheryl FetrickFirst revealed at The Toy Insider’s Holiday of Play event, the Bloxels Box Set will be available at major retailers nationwide on Oct. 1. From a partnership between Mattel and Pixel Press, Bloxels is a hands-on building system that lets kids create their own video games directly onto the physical Bloxels Gameboard, and then activate it on the Bloxels Builder App on a mobile device to play out the game.

Made for ages 8 and up, kids will be able to build layouts of video games, use the blocks on the gameboard to build characters, use the app to capture a picture of the Gameboard and to customize it, and to challenge friends to beat a level that they built.

The updated Bloxels Box Set will feature design challenges specific to the Gameboard to truly integrate the physical and digital play.

Mattel Introduces nabi Barbie, Hot Wheels, and American Girl Tablets

Mattel BarbieMattel brand nabi has created three tablets to deliver an immersive experience based on the Barbie, Hot Wheels, and American Girl brands. The tablets—Barbie Tablet Powered by nabi, Hot Wheels Tablet Powered by nabi, and American Girl Tablet Powered by nabi—will feature digital content, experiences, and accessories around each brand. [Read more...]

Mattel Named New Master Toy Licensee for Jurassic World

Image converted using ifftoanyNBCUniversal Brand Development named Mattel as the worldwide master toy licensee for Jurassic World beginning July 2017. Under the terms of the deal, Mattel will design, produce, and bring to market a variety of toys and consumer products inspired by the franchise and its multiple feature films, including the next film set to release in 2018.  [Read more...]