Star Wars Joins Forces with Disney, Disney•Pixar, and Marvel for Disney Infinity 3.0

StarWarsDisneyInfinity3.0This fall, the Star Wars universe will join Disney, Disney•Pixar, and Marvel in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, as announced by Disney Interactive. The latest edition of the video game series will include five Play Sets, new Toy Box expansion games, and fan-favorite characters from across the Walt Disney Company.


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Disney Consumer Products Sets Date for Force Friday, Reveals Packaging Featuring New Star Wars Villain

May4.StarWarsBoxArtForce Friday, a global event for fans of all ages to celebrate the launch of merchandise inspired by the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will take place on September 4. Toys, collectibles, and more will hit store shelves worldwide that day.

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The Force Will Be Strong at GameStop Stores This Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day May the 4thOn Star Wars Day, or May 4, GameStop will introduce exclusive Star Wars products at all of its U.S. stores and online at www.gamestop.com. The retailer will also be launching the Star Wars May the 4th Sweepstakes.

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Toys “R” Us Becomes Destination: Star Wars, Kicking Off Year-Long Celebration

TRU Destination Star Wars logoToys “R” Us stores worldwide, as well as toysrus.com, are set for a year-long celebration in honor of the Star Wars saga. Beginning on May 3 in the U.S., Star Wars Day events will take place at all Toys “R” Us locations across the country. Young Jedis and their families are invited to visit their local store dressed in their Star Wars best, receive giveaways, and more.

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Jakks Pacific Reports First Quarter Results

jakks_logoJakks Pacific Inc. reported results for the company’s first quarter ended March 31. Net sales increased 38 percent to $114.2 million, compared to $82.5 million reported in the comparable period last year. The reported net loss for the first quarter was $7.6 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $16.3 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, in the comparable period last year.

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Funko Takes Star Wars Pop! Out of the Vault

Funko.GreedoIn anticipation of the new movie, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Funko is will be re-releasing previously vaulted Star Wars Pop! until the film arrives in theaters on December 18. The re-released Pop! will come in special edition packaging that distinguishes them from the original items.

Available in stores this April, Greedo is the third Pop! to make its return and will be limited in its run.

Q&A with Mattel: Social Media, 3-D Printing, and More

logo_Mattel logoThe Toy Book (TTB): In what new ways are you using social media to correspond directly with consumers?

Mattel: We engage with consumers across all brand and corporate social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as retailer sites, like Wal-Mart and Kohl’s. At Mattel, we have a fully functioning reporting and engineering team dedicated to understanding what the consumer is saying and turning that data into actionable improvements for both our manufacturing and design process.

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Q&A with Jay Foreman, President and CEO, The Bridge Direct

resized,TheBridge.JayForemanThe Toy Book (TTB): Which licenses do you anticipate will be key drivers in 2015?

Jay Foreman (JF): I think everyone would agree on Marvel’s The Avengers, Frozen, Cinderella, Minions, and Star Wars, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; however, there are a few nontraditional brands emerging from toy companies, like Shopkins, that should be considered.
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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...]

Q&A with Eric Nyman, Senior Vice President of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing at Hasbro

EricNymanThe Toy Book (TTB): How do you utilize consumer feedback in product development?

Eric Nyman (EN): Hasbro puts our consumers at the center of everything we do, and we’ve seen a tremendous amount of change in the way kids and families play today. Therefore, we conduct extensive research and are in constant conversation with our consumers to better understand their wants and needs and make sure we are delivering the world’s best play experiences. Over the last several years, Hasbro’s marketing team in conjunction with our consumer insights team has talked to tens of thousands of kids of all ages through research and in our three Fun Labs around the world. [Read more...]