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Funrise Rounding Out Global Program for Madballs

MadballsMadballs, the bouncing balls from the 1980s with grotesque faces, protruding eyeballs, and zany names, are back in a new line from Funrise Toys. AG Properties, the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, announced the news.

The Funrise Madballs line will include plush and feature plush sports balls and soft accessories, including baseball bats and basketball hoops based on the brand’s satirical and gutter humor. Products are scheduled to hit retail in the fall of next year.

“We are thrilled to partner with Funrise on this new line for Madballs,” said Lindsay Martinez, vice president of licensing and business development for AG Properties.  “The addition of this plush sports ball program gives the franchise a unique position in the toy aisle and allows for a new generation of kids to experience the Madballs brand.”

Funrise’s plush toys will extend the property’s consumer products program, which includes comics with Lion Forge. Madballs were first introduced by AmToy, a subsidiary of American Greetings, in 1986.

Kidrobot Inc. Signs Deal with Commonwealth Toys and Novelty Co.

YummyWorldxKidrobotLogoKidrobot Inc. has signed Commonwealth Toys and Novelty Co. as a new toy licensee for its specialty brand, Yummy World.  Yummy World products, which launched in 2006, consist of food-inspired plush toys and key chains. Commonwealth will create a line of products targeting a broad distribution and focused on Sprinkle Tree, a sweet and savory city that Yummy World friends call home.

“We’re excited to work with Kidrobot on Yummy World and look forward to bringing the colorful and collectible line to a larger audience.  We’ll work closely with Kidrobot to maintain the quirky, unexpected aspects of the brand as we create fun products that kids of all ages will love,” said Alec Kessler, executive vice president of Commonwealth.

JLK Brand brokered the deal between Kidrobot and Commonwealth and will continue to add licensing partners for the Yummy World brand in games, apparel and accessories, home furnishings, and more.

New Sons of Anarchy Merchandise Includes Toys from Gale Force Nine, Mezco

SonsofAnarchyWhen Sons of Anarchy returns to TV screens today, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products will have a multi-category global licensing program in place featuring new branded merchandise, including toys from Gale Force Nine and Mezco Toyz.

Gale Force Nine has already introduced Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem, a board game in which players control rival gangs and compete to be the most successful outlaw club. Mezco Toys will introduce branded action figures, plush, and bobble-heads.

DHX Brands Signs Character Options as Master Toy Partner on New Teletubbies

DHXMediaOriginalTeletubbiesDHX Media has appointed Character Options as global master toy partner for the new series of Teletubbies. DHX Brands, the company’s dedicated brand and consumer products arm, completed the deal.

Character Options will launch product at retail in the UK in 2016, with other territories to follow. Core categories will be plush, plastics, and bath toys.

The much-anticipated new 60-episode series of Teletubbies has been commissioned by the UK’s CBeebies and is being produced by Darrall Macqueen Ltd. It will bring a contemporary look to the property, ensuring that it is relevant for a new generation.

Bunnies By The Bay Introduces Toys in Pretty Girl Line

BBTB BunnyBunnies By The Bay has introduced its new Pretty Girl line, which features toy accessories that have the qualities of a “pretty girl”—Share, Listen, Be Patient, and Care for Others—stitched inside of them.

The toys in the line include several dolls and plush. Fetch Pup, Hoppy Bunny, and Purrty Kitty are 6-inch soft dolls that are outfitted in cream velour and feature striped knit accents. Each comes stitched with its own message: “Patience” in the pup, “Listen” in the bunny, and “Share” in the kitty. Elise is a knit doll that comes with a storybook and measures 14 inches. The collection also includes Shaggy Hoppy, Shaggy Purrty, and Shaggy Fetch plush. They feature shaggy fur, embroidered faces, and measure 10 to 12 inches.

AG Properties and Just Play Launch New Care Bears Toy Line

JustPlay.CareBearsA new partnership between AG Properties (AGP) and Just Play will bring an all-new Care Bears toy line to major retail outlets this fall. The Just Play toy line will feature plush, as well as an assortment of Care Bears figures and play sets that will give children the chance to create special connections and enjoy make-believe adventures.

Arriving at U.S. retailers nationwide in September, the line will feature Cheer Bear, Funshine Bear, Share Bear, Harmony Bear, Tenderheart Bear, and Grumpy Bear, all of which help teach kids about emotions, empathy and caring. The Just Play toys extend an expansive Care Bears consumer reach across multiple categories.

Pound Puppies to Come Back for the Holidays

The popular 1980s toy line, Pound Puppies, is making a comeback in time for the holiday season, courtesy of Funrise Toy Corp. The line is a collection of plush puppies that come complete with their own breed specific fun fact card and heart shaped dog tag. Kids can write their puppy’s name on he tag and register it online to receive a printable adoption certificate.

Kids can choose from a beagle, labrador, bulldog, or poodle that come in 12-inch plush, 6-inch plush, and a 3.5-inch plush keychain.

Domo Ghostbusters Co-Brand Comes to Life with New Partners

Domo.GhostbustersBig Tent Entertainment has lined up more partners to represent the pop-culture mash-up of Domo and Slimer. Underground Toys, Kelly Toy, and Funko will be releasing products portraying Domo as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Slimer, and a full-fledged Ghostbuster.

Underground Toys will create a line featuring plush, mugs, stickers, and more for department stores, specialty stores, stationery and gift stores, catalogs, and Internet retailers worldwide (excluding Asia). Kelly Toys will create multiple sizes of soft-sculptured toys for amusement parks and carnival and prize games in the U.S. and Canada.

Funko will be involved in a line of Domo/Ghostbusters-inspired pop vinyl figures for worldwide distribution (excluding Asia) at specialty stores, supermarkets, drug stores, catalogues, stationery and gift stores, online retailers, and mass market. [Read more...]

Exclusive SpongeBob SquarePants Plush Available at Macy’s this Holiday Season

MacysSpongeBobSpongeBob SquarePants will serve as Macy’s 2014 Holiday Ambassador, according to Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group and Nickelodeon. Kicking off this November, an exclusive SpongeBob talking plush with sound chip and Patrick and Plankton finger puppets will be available exclusively in more than 600 full line Macy’s stores and at macys.com, as part of the Macy’s collectible plush program that runs through December 31.

The holiday plush has become a Macy’s tradition and a coveted collector’s item. The SpongeBob SquarePants plush features SpongeBob’s laugh, as well as quotes such as, “Did you know you were my best friend?” and “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

Douglas Company Releases New Halloween Plush

June26 Douglas Company 2The new Halloween plush at Douglas Company includes six new characters: Whodini Puff Black Cat, Cotton Ball Puff White Cat, Patch Puff Black and White Cat, Mouscarade Mouse, and two finger puppets, Boris Bat and Webber Spider.

Whodini Puff Black Cat is all black with dark purple accents on the insides of his ears and the insides of his wings. Cotton Ball Puff White Cat is pure white with a pink nose and bright orange on the inside of her ears and face mask. The Patch Puff Black and White Cat has an orange middle and a pumpkin leaf cap on his head, and Mouscarade Mouse wears a tutu and an orange satin bow on her ear.

These plush families will be available in specialty gift and toy stores in the U.S. and Canada this September.