Sweet Suite 2016

Saban Brands Names Sanrio’s Janet Hsu as CEO

Janet HsuSaban 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.

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Oldies but Goodies: Some of the Biggest Toy Brands of Yesteryear Are Making a Comeback

DebbieDunnHeadshotby Debbie Dunn, Licensing, Marketing, Promotions, & Mom Expert, GennComm LLC

What’s old is new again, and vintage brands are expected to be the biggest hits in the toy aisle for this year. Many of these brands have reinvented themselves in modern ways with digital entertainment content to reach today’s savvy kid consumer, yet they still offer the same trusted attributes that parents–and even grandparents–knew and loved. [Read more...]

Saban Brands Partners with Fisher-Price, Bendon for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Products

Oct7.SabanSaban Brands and Fisher-Price have teamed up for a new line of Imaginext products, inspired by the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The line will feature a range of figures, villains, weapons, Zords, and a giant Megazord. The Megazord will feature multiple levels of play, eight points of articulation, a disc launcher, ranger elevator, command center, and villain jail. All of the products will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us in May, followed by a global rollout to additional retailer later in the year.

In addition, Saban Brands has partnered with Bendon Inc. for a Power Rangers Dino Charge product line of premium coloring activity books, stickers, puzzles, and more. The products will launch this month across multiple retailers including Hobby Lobby, Rite Aid, and Dollar Tree.

General Mills Brings Back Cereal Box Prizes with Mega Bloks

MEGA BRANDS INC. - New app offers enhanced building experiencesGeneral Mills, in a partnership with Mega Bloks, is bringing back its free cereal box prizes. Customers can find customizable Mega Bloks cars in select General Mills brands of cereals, including Honey Nut Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The cars can be customized with the included Hello Kitty and Power Rangers sticker packs. Additionally, the cereal boxes can create a constructable cardboard jump pattern.

Crayola Signs on for New Power Rangers Products

Oct7.CrayolaPowerRangersSaban Brands has partnered with Crayola to produce a line of Power Rangers-themed coloring and activity products.

The Crayola line will include no-mess color wonder products, coloring pads and pages, giant coloring pages, interactive color-by-number activity sheets, and a variety of color and sticker sets based on the TV series.

The Power Rangers items are expected to launch next fall, starting with products themed around the upcoming season of Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge.

Nickelodeon Suites Resort to Kick Off Halloween Nick-or-Treat Celebration in October

nickelodeon suites resortNickelodeon Suites Resort (Nick Hotel) is inviting guests to join the fun of its annual Halloween Nick-or-Treat, and celebrate the scariest holiday of the year with slime, treats and a ghoulish good time. Starting on October 4, and continuing every weekend of the month, guests can dress in their favorite costume and collect treats from Nickelodeon characters at Nick-or-Treat stations around the resort.

During Nick-or-Treat, guests will enjoy other activities, including a Spooky Splash Bash at the Lagoon Pool where they can play Halloween-themed games, slide down one of seven water slides, and get slimed. Guests are encouraged to wear a costume during the festivities or borrow one from the hotel. Every child participating in Nick-or-Treat will receive a Power Rangers-themed trick-or-treat bag with toys, removable tattoos, and more.

Beginning this month, Nickelodeon Suites Resort will offer special stay packages and Florida resident rates. More information can be found at nickhotel.com.

Saban’s Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger Joins 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Oct7.SabanFans will see the all-new legendary Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger at the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November. The Power Ranger’s debut at the parade will mark the first-ever Power Ranger balloon.

The parade will air nationwide on November 27 from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones.

COMMENTARY: These New Japanese Toys and Games Aren’t Just for Kids, Part 1

Phil.April18.2014.1I may not be the biggest aficionado of Japanese pop culture, but I do consider myself a fan, having devoured lots of manga and anime over the years. What I also appreciate are the toys: Japan has some of the most exquisitely-made action figures and giant robots ever made, and in their native land, these items are generally aimed at adults.

Now when it comes to toys and games, Japan has long enjoyed a healthy foothold in North America—think of all the Pokémon, Hello Kitty, and Power Rangers products that have made their way over. So far in 2014, that trend has continued, with several new properties either just launching or expected to launch soon. But these are Japanese imports, meaning they’re sophisticated enough for grown-ups, even if they look like they’re for kids. [Read more...]

Jakks Pacific, Saban Renew Licensing Agreement

Jakks Pacific has renewed its licensing agreement with Saban Brands to produce Power Rangers Halloween costumes and accessories for kids and adults. In addition, the agreement has expanded to produce Hero Portal, a next generation system. Power Rangers Super Megaforce costumes and the Hero Portal system will hit the shelves nationwide this fall.

Mattel to Acquire Mega Brands

logo_Mattel logoMattel Inc. and Mega Brands Inc. have signed a definitive agreement for Mattel’s acquisition, through a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel Inc., of Mega Brands for $460 million.

The acquisition advances Mattel’s global growth strategy of building upon its world-class portfolio of brands by expanding into two of the fastest-growing toy categories. Mega Brands is the No. 2 player in the $4 billion construction building sets category with its Mega Bloks brand, as well as a competitor in the $2 billion arts and crafts category.

mega brands logoMattel’s portfolio of brands will complement Mega Brands’ flagship Mega Bloks brand and existing licensed brands, including Halo, Skylanders, Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Power Rangers, Hello Kitty, and SpongeBob SquarePants. The acquisition will give Mattel the opportunity to broaden its relationship with its entertainment partners.

Mega Brands ranks among the top 15 toy companies globally in terms of sales, according to statistics published by The NPD Group last year. Additionally, the company achieved record sales of preschool construction toys. [Read more...]