American Girl is launching several new charitable programs as part of its “Together We Make the Holidays” giving campaign. The first part of the campaign is ”Get a Friend. Give a Friend,” where American Girl will match any 18-inch doll purchase with a second doll donation. Working with the Children’s Hospital Association, the doll donation will be distributed to thousands of girls receiving care in the Association’s 200 U.S. hospitals. This initial campaign will take place from November 6 to 30. [Read more...]
Monster High, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation Launch Collaboration to Enact Positive Change Among Tweens
Mattel’s Monster High brand is collaborating with Born this Way Foundation to support the wellbeing of young people and encourage them to create a kinder and braver world. With a shared vision for a positive and bright future for tweens, the two groups have joined forces to inspire empowerment and acceptance.
The collaboration will happen over the next three years to continue to shine a spotlight on inclusion and acceptance with events, content, product, and social media.
Toy State will design a new line of R/C toys under its Nikko brand featuring Monster High under a licensing agreement with Mattel. The toys are scheduled to hit retail stores in the U.S. and Canada next fall.
This deal comes on the heels of Toy State signing agreements with Mattel for Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Thomas & Friends, marking the most recent expansion of the licensing relationship between the two companies.
Girls now have their own Super Hero world, DC Super Hero Girls, where they can play, watch, and read with DC Comics female super heroes.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, in partnership with Mattel, announced elements of a new initiative geared toward girls, including the rollout of the new DCSuperHeroGirls.com website. A global rollout of the digitally immersive world will begin later this month.
The new DCSuperHeroGirls.com site debuted the first webisode in a series of animated digital shorts, entitled “Welcome to Super Hero High.” Warner Bros. Animation Studio created the series in partnership with Mattel’s Playground Productions. Thursday’s launch features DC Comics characters that have been brought to life through videos, games, quizzes, character photos, bios, and more.
Mattel has partnered with Toy State, manufacturer of stylized lights-and-sound radio controlled (R/C) vehicles for a Barbie R/C. Toy State will manufacture an innovative lineup of Barbie licensed and custom R/C vehicles under the Nikko franchise. The Barbie R/C vehicles are scheduled to hit retail stores in the U.S. and Canada starting next fall.
Today, merchandise inspired by the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched at retailers as Force Friday officially went underway. More than 3,000 retail locations in the U.S. opened their doors at midnight for fans to be among the first to discover new Star Wars products.
Mattel and World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) have teamed up to let fans create their own action with two new products: WWE Create a Superstar and WWE Create a Ring. Now fans can build their own or recreate a famous match-up (for example, one from WWE’s recent SummerSlam) utilizing their WWE Superstar and whatever ring configuration they desire.
Walmart has released its Chosen by Kids list, which features the top toys of the year as chosen by 1,000 kids. The retailer asked them to choose their favorite toys from among the newest items by Hasbro, Mattel, Spin Master, and Zing. For consumers’ convenience during this upcoming shopping season, the list is organized by gender and age, as well as by the categories Future Foodies, Veterinarians in Training, Dreaming Design Stars, and Adventure-Seekers in the Making.