Saban Brands has named Janet Hsu as its new CEO, effective August 17. As Saban Brands’ first CEO, Hsu will be responsible for overseeing the company’s portfolio of global entertainment properties, as well as being instrumental in acquiring additional brands and building new intellectual properties.
Last week, one of the big news stories around the toy industry was Nintendo entering a deal with Universal Studios to create rides and other attractions for the latter’s theme parks. As reported on The Toy Book Blog, Nintendo’s most famous video game characters and worlds would serve as the inspiration for these soon-to-be immersive experiences. Imagine the possibilities: Kids, and adults, may soon interact with environments straight out of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda, or any of the video game maker’s other hit franchises.
Netflix will bring Popples, bright and fluffy toy creatures popular in the 1980s, to life in a kids cartoon late next year, according to an article in Entertainment Weekly this past Wednesday. Saban Brands will produce the Netflix-exclusive series with ZAG Entertainment. The 26 half-hour episodes will follow the adventures of the five Best Popple Pals in the colorful world of Popplopolis, according to the article.
Additionally, Netflix and Rainbow Studios have announced an expansion to the Winx Club franchise with a spin-off series, Winx Club WOW: World of Winx, that will be exclusively available in all Netflix territories. The first of the two all-new seasons will be available by early 2016 with the second following in the fall.
Saban Brands has partnered with Spin Master as global master toy licensee for Saban’s Popples brand. Popples, which launches next year, is a new animated children’s series based on the television series and toy line from the 1980s. Spin master will produce a line of children’s toys, including small dolls, collectible figures, play sets, and plush. The products will hit the U.S. market next year, followed by an expanded international program in 2016.
Poppes is a comedy series about a species of creatures that can pop into a ball. The characters are the Best Popple Pals, who always want to help their friends, neighbors, and each other.
American Greetings Properties and Mindworks recently completed an exhibition called The World of Popples, which featured Popples original artwork from the 1980s, videos, and vintage Popples products.
The show included a Popples Room that was filled with a collection of toys, clothing, accessories, novelties, and even a fur-covered TV, all put together by designer 6%DOKIDOKI and Mindworks Entertainment.
6%DOKIDOKI also hosted a special pre-event where several of the 6%DOKIDOKI shop girls held a fashion show with dresses that converted into Popples. 6%DOKIDOKI’s founder, Masuda Sebastian, also led a talk on the culture of Popples.