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.
Saban Brands has entered a global publishing deal with Random House Children’s Books for the preschool property Julius Jr. New products will include an interactive collection of books inspired by the TV series, which airs on Nick Jr. Random House has acquired worldwide English rights, and the books will be available starting this fall and published under the company’s Golden Books and Random House Books for Young Readers imprints.
“The Julius Jr. series will be a natural fit with young readers and we’re happy to share the fantastic adventures of Julius Jr. and his friends through visual storytelling,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands.
The fall collection will include a full range of color and activity books, leveled readers, storybooks, and novelty books for preschool-aged children.
Coinciding with the February 15 launch of Saban Brands‘ Power Rangers Super Megaforce on Nickelodeon, Bandai unveiled the full toy line for the season at American International Toy Fair earlier this week. It includes show-accurate role play toys, action figures, and large-scale buildable robots.
Central to the new line are collectible Legendary Ranger Keys, which unlock the powers of all previous Power Rangers. A quick flip function morphs the figures into unique keys that can be inserted into multiple Super Megaforce toys to unlock special features and powers. There are over 60 different Ranger Keys to collect.
By using the Power Rangers Scanner app—available on both iOS and Android systems—on any smart phone or tablet, kids can scan any Ranger Key, morph themselves into that Power Ranger, and battle villains on-screen.
In other Power Rangers news, Saban Brands has renewed licenses with Disguise Inc., Rubie’s Costume Company, and Morphsuits, so each partner will continue producing character-inspired costumes through 2017.
There will also be a tournament, Morphin Madness, running from March 10 to April 7, in which fans can vote for their Power Rangers dream team. The bracket-style voting system rewards participants with coupons for Super Megaforce toys and a chance to win a 24K gold plated Deluxe Legendary Morpher and Legendary Ranger Key set of the fan-selected top five Rangers. Fans can vote at www.morphinmadness.com.
The next season of Saban Brands’ Power Rangers franchise, Power Rangers Dino Charge, will debut on Nickelodeon next year, and roll out globally later in 2015. Bandai America Inc. will continue as the global master toy licensee for the franchise, creating a new dinosaur-themed product line.
Saban Brands has also partnered with Cirque du Soleil Media to develop an original kids property inspired by the Cirque du Soleil brand. The deal includes a new TV series, web content, interactive content, and merchandise.
Saban Brands will air the Digimon Fusion series on an additional TV network, offer fans online promotions, and release a new online game to engage fans with the series. The sixth season of the animated series will air January 25 on Vortexx on The CW every Saturday, following its fall 2013 debut on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons.
In addition, Saban Brands has partnered with toy licensee Bandai to produce a product line including toys, trading cards, and digital apps for the series. The Digimon Fusion Collectable Card Game will be the first product available in this line. The game is now available for purchase. Saban Brands and Bandai will reveal card artwork through a “Tuesday FUSEday” online promotion running throughout January, where three cards will be unveiled on the Digimon Fusion Facebook page each week. Additional Digimon Fusion products will be available for purchase beginning mid-February at various retailers.
The Digimon Fusion Shoutmon Smash online game will be available this month on digimonfusion.com, myvortexx.com, and other websites worldwide. Saban Brands will supply additional digital games and digital assets to support TV partners globally for Digimon Fusion.
A pop-up art exhibit will open this weekend to celebrate Saban Brands’ Power Rangers’ 20th anniversary. The exhibition, 20 Rangers for 20 Years, was curated by Sweet Streets and will appear at the Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles on December 7 to 8.
Artists and designers from around the world created the painted, 31-inch Ranger statues that were provided by Saban’s partner, Jakks Pacific. Each customized Ranger statue will be available for purchase on-site or online at shop.toyartgallery.com during the event.
Music by Iheartcomix DJs Franki Chan and $u$pect will be featured, and a percentage of artwork proceeds will benefit the Challengers Boys & Girls Club. Jakks Pacific will also make a donation to the Challengers Boys & Girls Club as well. Bandai America Inc., Power Rangers’ master toy partner, will provide Super Megaforce toys.
Saban Brands has announced the launch of Zui‘s new mobile app for its kid-safe internet browser, KidZui. Operated by Zui, KidZui is a downloadable browser that provides access to a kid-safe Internet experience to more than 6 million websites, online videos, pictures, and games. Designed to make the Internet both fun and safe for kids, the KidZui mobile app provides the entertainment and security that parents and kids have come to love from KidZui, on the go. The free-to-download KidZui app is now available for iOS download on Apple’s App Store and will soon be available for Android as well.
In addition to the new app, KidZui has launched a new software upgrade and refresh to the desktop version. The KidZui browser has several new features and functions making the program quicker and easier to use. It has been updated with a simplified design along with improved functionality to enhance user experience when used on Apple’s iPad.
Updates to KidZui include:
- Favorites: Easy to use favorite or bookmark feature, allowing kids to save sites and articles for future reference.
- Games: Mobile version will include HTML5 games for fun and safe game play.
- Images and Video: Image and video quality has been improved.
- Content Library: The library has been updated to included new fresh material for kids to enjoy.
Saban’s Power Rangers Megaforce celebrates this Halloween season with a variety of Power Rangers activities throughout October, including a Halloween safety campaign that highlights safety tips for kids to use while trick-or-treating. The video can be viewed either at the Power Rangers YouTube site or below.
Power Rangers costumes, including all-new Power Rangers Megaforce costumes, are available at Spirit Halloween locations nationwide and online. The Power Rangers have also joined forces with Spirit Halloween for a second annual Power Rangers Spirit of Children Week, in which the Power Rangers Megaforce will visit 16 hospitals across the country to entertain young patients, bringing the Halloween spirit to life. [Read more...]
When I was a kid, I was in love with the Power Rangers, from Saban Brands. I was a huge fan of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series in the ’90s and I was even The Red Ranger one year for Halloween (They were all out of The Pink Ranger costumes and Kimberly was my favorite, so I had to compromise). I recently re-watched some episodes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers when the series was on Netflix, and you know what? I still thought it was great in all of its ’90s glory.
However, the lucky kids of today get to obsess over two Power Rangers series of their own—Power Rangers Super Samurai and Power Rangers Megaforce. Power Rangers Super Samurai, which began airing in 2011, is about a new generation of Power Rangers that must master the mystical and ancient Samurai Symbols of Power, which allow them to control the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, and Earth. Aided by their devoted animal Zords and guided by an all-knowing mentor, these Power Rangers battle the dark forces of the Netherworld and a mysterious Warrior out to destroy.
Power Rangers Megaforce is the 20th season of Power Rangers, coinciding with the series’ 20th anniversary. This season features Gosei, a supernatural being who has protected the earth for centuries with his robotic assistant Tensou. When evil Warstar aliens begin a massive invasion, the Gosei calls upon the Power Rangers Megaforce to form the ultimate team. When morphed into the Power Rangers, the five teenagers gain superhuman strength and mastery over martial arts.
In light of the recent news of Saban extending its agreements with both Nickelodeon and Bandai America to keep the Power Rangers franchise alive, here are some great licensed toys from Bandai America that celebrates this new season of the Power Rangers series, as well as the brand’s 20th anniversary: [Read more...]
Saban Brands has promoted Frederic Soulie to senior vice president of global distribution. Soulie will continue to oversee the worldwide distribution strategy Saban Brands’ properties across the TV, home entertainment, and digital platform categories. While managing ongoing and collaborative efforts to distribute the company’s entertainment properties, he will also work closely with Saban Brands’ President Elie Dekel and Chief Operating Officer Janet Scardino.
Soulie joined Saban Brands two years ago with experience overseeing digitial distribution and business development for Cookie Jar Entertainment as well as Endemol USA—the largest independent TV production company in the world.