Moshi Monsters Signs 100th Partner

Mind Candy announced its “monstrous” licensing program for Moshi Monsters at Brand Licensing Europe. Mind Candy has more than 40 UK licensees on board and another 60 signed internationally.

For the UK, licensees for Moshi Monsters include Vivid as master toy partner, Penguin for publishing, Topps for trading cards, Winning Moves for Top Trumps, Ty for Beanie Babies, Activision for Nintendo DS, Mega Brands for construction blocks, E-max for claybuddies, Gemma International for greeting cards and party wear, H Grossman for wheeled products, and more. The U.S. program now has more than 50 partners for softlines, toys and games, hardlines, publishing, novelty, activity, back-to-school, and celebration, with more category announcements coming soon.

Moshi Monsters has also announced that a court injunction has banned the planned release of a music single from one of its Moshling characters, Lady Goo Goo. The injunction was granted to Lady Gaga, preventing Mind Candy from “promoting, advertising, selling, distributing, or otherwise making available to the public ‘The Moshi Dance’ or any musical work or video which purports to be performed by a character by the name of Lady Goo Goo.” Lady Gaga’s lawyers argued that the pop star and character singer were too similar.

Moshi Monsters Toys Exclusively At Toys “R” Us

Mind Candy and Spin Master, Ltd have announced a partnership to expand the online gaming hit Moshi Monsters into a line of toys, to be carried exclusively at Toys “R” Us. The product offerings will include six plush Moshi Monsters characters, as well as 32 Moshling (monsters’ pets) minifigures, all available in late July. To integrate the toy experience with the online world, the toy design includes secret redeemable codes and special trial memberships. Future merchandising will include trading cards produced by Topps and books from Scholastic, Inc.

Fall Toy Preview: New Top Trumps Cards

Top Trumps card games are similar to War, which is played with normal playing cards. But instead of featuring a number and a suit, Top Trumps cards feature statistics such as speed, skill, strength, and more that coincide with the theme of the deck. The object of the game is to beat—or trump—your opponent’s card by choosing your best stat for that card. The player that trumps wins the card, and the game keeps going until a player wins the entire deck.

New Top Trumps card games for 2011 will include Moshi Monsters, Go Go Crazy Bones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Top Trumps Activity Super Hero Squad, and Top Trumps Tournament Marvel.

For more Fall Toy Preview coverage, pick up The Toy Book‘s September/October issue!

Vivid Signs on for Moshi Monsters Toys

Mind Candy, the global developer and publisher of the free-to-play online game Moshi Monsters, has signed a master toy licensing deal with Vivid Imaginations. Vivid will launch Moshi Monster-branded toys across the UK, North America, Australia, and New Zealand starting next January. The initial toy line will include miniature collectables and plush soft toys. Vivid will support the brand with TV advertising, online marketing, PR, and a fully-integrated promotional plan for the Moshi Monsters fan base.

Penguin to Publish a Series of Moshi Monsters Books

Mind Candy, developer of Moshi Monsters, has signed its first major licensing deal. The deal gives Penguin Group the rights to publish a series of books based on the Moshi Monsters property.

Moshi Monsters is a free-to-play online game that allows children around the world to adopt their own pet monster, play games, customize their homes, explore the virtual world, and solve educational puzzles. More than 20 million players have registered to date on the website.

The first book to be published by Penguin will explore Moshlings––the cute, colorful, and collectible pet creatures of the Moshi Monsters. The book will tell the Moshlings’ backstory, habitats, quirks, and more. The book will also contain a unique code to unlock a secret Moshling at the Moshi Monsters website.

Two books are planned for release this year globally, and five more will follow next year.