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Mattel Launches Monster High Lady Gaga Doll with Born This Way Foundation

Zomby GagaMonster High and Born this Way Foundation today revealed Zomby Gaga, a doll inspired by Lady Gaga. The doll will be available for pre-order starting Oct. 17 at select retailers. Led by six-time Grammy and 2016 Golden Globe winner Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world.

The doll was designed by Lady Gaga’s sister Natali Germanotta and inspired by one of her iconic looks created by Zombie Boy in her “Born This Way” music video.

With a shared vision for a positive and bright future for young people, Born This Way Foundation and Monster High joined forces last October to inspire empowerment and acceptance. Zomby Gaga is the latest project of the partnership and newest Monster High character to be welcomed to the school. The doll launch coincides with a donation to Born This Way Foundation to continue to further this joint mission.

Monster High, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation Launch Collaboration to Enact Positive Change Among Tweens

Mattel - Monster High LogoMattel’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, Mattel Enter Licensing Partnership for Monster High R/C

ToyStateLogoToy 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.

 

The Lowdown on Doll Hunting: Doll Collecting in the Age of Social Media

This article first appeared in the July/August 2015 issue of The Toy Book.

MelissaHunterHeadShotDoll collecting may be as old as the industry itself, but the newest generation of collectors is armed with video cameras, vlogs, and thousands of YouTube subscribers. They call themselves doll hunters.

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Dynacraft to Host Bike-Themed Family Event at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square

dynacraft-eif-bikerjuicebar-badgeThe last of Dynacraft’s Experiments in Fun events is scheduled to take place in Portland on Saturday. For one day only, kids are invited to wheel over to Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square to find a biker-themed pop-up juice joint, set inside a fully transformed shipping container complete with a temporary tattoo parlor and a karaoke stage.

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Barnes & Noble Throws the Book at Toy Retail

This article first appeared in the May/June 2015 issue of The Toy Book.

Science CenterThe great American bookstore has made room for a great American toy store.

Barnes & Noble is the largest retail bookseller in the U.S., with nearly 650 stores nationwide, as well as a thriving web presence. But in recent years, the bookstore chain has also been expanding its non-book offerings, balancing out shelves of New York Times bestsellers with educational toys, games, and collectibles.

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Mattel Reports Third Quarter Financial Results, Including Lower Barbie and Fisher-Price Sales

Mattel_logoLast Thursday, Mattel Inc. reported third quarter financial results, including net income of $331.8 million for the quarter, or $0.97 per share. This includes a negative impact of $0.05 per share from Mega Brands integration costs and a tax benefit of $0.04 per share. This compares to last year’s third quarter net income of $422.8 million, or $1.21 per share, which included a tax benefit of $0.05 per share.

For the quarter, net sales were $2.02 billion, down 8 percent compared to $2.21 billion last year, while on a regional basis, third quarter gross sales decreased 7 percent in the North American region. For the international region, gross sales decreased 7 percent, including an unfavorable impact of currency exchange rates of 1 percentage point. [Read more...]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment to Release New Monster High Double Feature

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has set the release date for Monster High: Clawsome Double Feature, a brand-new double feature for Monster High. The double feature will be released as a Blu-ray Combo Pack, including Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with Ultraviolet on July 1.

The movie features Monster High: Escape from Skull Shores and Monster High: Fright On!, including Monster High characters Frankie Stein, Clawdeen Wolf, and Draculaura.

Mattel’s First Quarter Results Include Gross Sales Decline for Top Brands

logo_Mattel logoMattel reported 2014 first quarter financial results, which included a decline in worldwide sales for Barbie, but strength in some of the company’s other girls brands.

For the first quarter, worldwide gross sales for Mattel girls and boys brands were $656.9 million, down 5 percent versus the previous year. This included a decline in worldwide gross sales for the Barbie brand of 14 percent. Worldwide gross sales for Mattel’s other girls brands increased 4 percent on the strength of Disney Princess and Ever After High, partially offset by Monster High. [Read more...]

Latest Monster High Film Available Now

MonsterHighThe fourth direct-to-DVD Monster High release, Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! is now available at retailers. Centered on Draculaura, the film introduces new ghouls Elissabat, Honey Swamp, Viperine Gorgon, and Clawdia Wolf.

Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! is being accompanied by a line of new character themed dolls.