Brandberry has joined forces with Flux Animation Studio to develop Furmaids, and is searching for broadcast partners around the globe, in addition to a toy partner. Furmaids are magical animals that transform into animal/mermaid hybrids when they enter the water. The brand features themes of transformation, exploration, and cooperation—with an ecological twist. [Read more...]
This year, Moulin Roty is adding fairytale forest characters with a nostalgic touch to its pastel Mademoiselle Et Ribambelle world. The newest collection—which includes Owl, Otter, Mouse, and Rabbit—consists of dolls, rattles, squeakers, and loveys for babies and toddlers.
New dolls include the Mademoiselle Doll, a plush little lady with a bonnet and whimsical cat ears; the Rabbit Doll, a 13-inch plush with fancy pantaloons; the Musical Plush Owl, an 8-inch doll with a yellow dot cotton tutu lined with tulle, which plays music when its sequined tab is pulled; and the Musical Plush Otter, which has a square-patterned cotton waistcoat and dot jersey men’s tie, and like Owl, plays “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
New rattles include the soft, 7.5-inch Mouse Rattle; the Mouse with Ring, which offers visual stimulation with colorful balls and sound; and the Owl Ring Rattle, a soft toy with velvet, tulle, and fur plus two teething rings.
The squeakers are 8-inch grasping toys available in characters Mademoiselle and Otter. Each is a soft toy dressed in sequined jersey and wearing a pink bonnet.
Loveys are a twist on the traditional security blanket or favorite dolly. They measure 10 to 11 inches, and are available in characters Mademoiselle, Mouse, and Rabbit. Each comes with a Velcro strap.
Finally, the Owl Activity Doll measures 14 inches and has crinkle paper, a mirror, a ring rattle, and soft fabrics on its front and back. It also has a baby owl speaker tucked into its front pouch. This pink and white activity toy is intended to boost the motor skills and stimulate the senses of kids ages 1 and up.
The exclusive distributor for Moulin Roty in the U.S. is Magicforest.
Moose Toys has an impressive group of new licensees joining Shopkins’ licensed merchandise program for the U.S. and Canadian market. The new deals were brokered by The Licensing Shop Inc. Licensed products will include board games and puzzles from Pressman Toys, plush from Imports Dragon, novelty toys and trading card games from Bulls-i-Toys, art activity and craft products from Creative Kids, and more. The bulk of the products will be for the back-to-school season next year.
Shopkins hit retail shelves in June, and has since sold out in stores nationwide.
The first Pusheen plush will be available in 6- and 12-inch sizes at heychickadee.com. An expanded general release, including additional plush formats and designs as well as hard goods, is planned for next year.
Macy’s will be introducing the Holiday Arcade, in-store gifting shops offering customers an eclectic assortment of distinctive and playful options for their holiday shopping lists. These shops will launch at six Macy’s locations between late October and mid-November:
- Macy’s South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.
- Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco, Calif.
- Macy’s Dadeland in Miami, Fla.
- Macy’s State Street in Chicago, Ill.
- Macy’s Herald Square in New York, N.Y.
- Macy’s Center City in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Holiday Arcade at five locations including Macy’s South Coast Plaza, Macy’s Union Square, Macy’s State Street, Macy’s Herald Square, and Macy’s Center City will be home to exclusive Build-A-Bear Workshop shop-in-shops. Visitors will have the opportunity to customize Build-A-Bear stuffed animals, as well as licensed products such as figures from Disney’s Frozen and Marvel’s superheroes. [Read more...]
A new Sonic Boom toy line, from global master toy partner Tomy International, is now available at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and at toysrus.com. The line will feature items across best-selling categories including plush, action figures, R/C, vehicles, and more, and will include a 12-inch talking plush and the Sonic Boom Launcher. Additional products will become available next year.
PBS Kids and Whole Foods Market are partnering to bring PBS Kids’ line of educational and earth-friendly toys exclusively to the supermarket’s customers this holiday season. Starting this week, gift givers can find the PBS Kids line, including classic wooden toys and soft plush animals, at Whole Foods Markets nationwide in the retailer’s Whole Body department.
Appropriate for young children ages 6 months to 3 years, the PBS Kids toy line features race cars made from recycled milk bottles; colorful, wooden vehicles assembled by hand from local wood in Vermont; shape sorters and stackers intended to inspire a love for fruits and vegetables; and phthalate- and PVC-free plush. Each item is made with safe, non-toxic materials and inks, and all packaging is made from recycled materials.
Jakks Pacific Inc. reported results for the company’s third quarter ended September 30. Net sales for the third quarter increased to $349.4 million, up 12 percent from net sales of $310.9 million reported in the comparable period last year. Reported net income for the third quarter increased 16 percent to $44.1 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, compared to reported net income last year of $36.6 million, or $1.11 per diluted share.
Net sales for the nine months ending September 30 increased 12 percent to $556.0 million compared to $495.2 million last year. Reported net income for the nine-month period was $18.7 million, or $0.61 per diluted share. This compares to a net loss for the first nine months last year of $37.8 million, or $1.73 per diluted share. Strong sales of the Frozen Snow Glow Elsa doll and Light Up Musical Dresses, Disguise Halloween offerings, Nintendo plush and figure products, and licensed large-scale figures contributed to the company’s improved third quarter results.