Sega and Nintendo Enter Exclusive Partnership for Sonic the Hedgehog

SegalogoSega of America Inc. and Sega Europe Ltd. has formed an exclusive partnership with Nintendo of America Inc. and Nintendo of Europe GmbH for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The new agreement will make Nintendo consoles the No. 1 destination for Sonic gaming over the next three titles, with more details of the individual games being revealed in the coming weeks.

Sonic the Hedgehog first appeared as a videogame character in June 1991 and instantly became an icon for a generation of gamers. Defined by his super-fast speed and cool attitude, in the years since he first raced on to videogame consoles Sonic has more than 75 million video games and smartphone apps sold worldwide. Sega’s iconic blue blur has also had success in many licensed areas, such as toys, apparel, comics, and animation.

Meccano Taps Freeman PR To Lead U.S. Campaigns

Freeman Public Relations (FPR) has been selected by French toy maker Meccano as PR agency for the Erector brand in the U.S. market.

Freeman will be a strategic partner in the campaign to increase consumer awareness of the licensed product lines for Gears of War and Sonic the Hedgehog construction sets that are available exclusively at Toys “R” Us. The publicity programs will aim to reinforce the Erector brand among American consumers through a multi-tiered approach for each product line, incorporating elements and components of traditional and social media to build brand recognition. The Gears of War campaign will also feature a heavy social media campaign aimed at the older, dedicated fans.

Toys “R” Us to Distribute New Archie Comics

Archie Comic Publications, Inc., and Toys “R” Us are partnering to bring the newest Archie magazine to all of the chain’s U.S. toy stores. The magazine, Life With Archie, is based off Archie’s married life to both Veronica and Betty and also features real-world celebrity interviews. As part of the partnership, Toys “R” Us will also carry both Sonic the Hedgehog comics, Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe in its Collector’s sections.

The Archie comic will be featured at Toys “R” Us checkout stands beginning in August.