This year, Gund is expanding several popular licensed product lines with new characters, costumes, and formats. Licenses include Sesame Street; Peter Rabbit; Boo, the World’s Cutest Dog; Grumpy Cat; Curious George; and Uglydoll. The expansions include backpack clips and sound toys for Peter Rabbit, and wearable scarves, hats, and earmuffs for Grumpy Cat. [Read more...]
Licensing Expo, the annual meeting place for the global licensing industry, occurred last week in Las Vegas. The exhibitors included a number of the top toy companies, which were on-hand showing off upcoming play products and making announcements about new licensing deals.
Check out this exclusive gallery, which features lots of the licensed toys that we’re all sure to be excited about in the months ahead. [Read more...]
MakerBot and Pretty Ugly LLC have collaborated to make four Uglydoll characters 3-D printable on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3-D Printer. The content will be available on the MakerBot Digital Store for the Uglydoll characters Babo, Wage, Ice-Bat, and Ox, who are making their 3-D debut at the International Licensing Expo this week.
The characters are being introduced at T-pose characters, which are designed to be 3-D printed and fully poseable. Additional 3-D printables from the Uglydoll universe will follow, such as a bus to take the miniature Uglydoll characters on a summer vacation, four Uglydoll characters in dynamic stances, and 3-D printable environments for the Uglydolls to live in. All items will be released this summer on the MakerBot Digital Store.
CBS will feature plush characters based on the Star Trek franchise. The line is set for release next year, will feature Wage as Captain James T. Kirk, Ox as first officer Spock, Ice-Bat as chief engineer Scotty, Babo as Doctor McCoy, and Tray as communications officer Uhura.
Warner Bros. is set to create plush toys based on The Wizard of Oz. The whole Uglydoll crew–including Moxy, Wage, Jeero, Babo, and Ox–will dress as the iconic characters from the classic film. This series of dolls will be previewed at Licensing Expo this summer and will launch in stores in the fall.
Aimed at all ages, Uglydoll: My Hero? is available in print and digital versions. The digital version is available in the U.S. and Canada through the Perfect Square App, as well as for Nook, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders. It can also be found in the iBooks and Google Play stores.
Uglydoll has partnered with the rock band KISS to create a global, co-branded set of plush collectibles. The KISS Uglydoll collaboration was previewed at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas last June and will officially debut at the American International Toy Fair in February. The collection will include plush dolls, from Gund, featuring Uglydoll dressed as KISS band members: Ox as The Demon, Babo as The Starchild, Big Toe as The Catman, and Wage as The Spaceman.
The dolls are expected to arrive in stores in March.
Pretty Ugly, LLC and the creators of the popular Uglydoll brand have launched unique Android plush toys, which are available in the Google Store. The Uglydoll team’s collectible plush creations, Android Ox and Android Babo, can be found at the Google Store under the Fun and Android brand shop tabs. The toys are available in 11-inch plush and a 4-inch backpack clip accessory.
Uglydoll has released a new line including several new products. Uglydoll has partnered with companies, such as Viz Media, DC Superheroes, and Universal Monsters, to assist in different product categories.
Uglydoll has partnered with Viz Media on a comic book series to include four volume series releases with Volume 1 Goin Places and Volume 2 SHHHHHHHH! already released and Volume 3 and Volume 4 following next year.
Collaborations with DC Superheroes and Universal Monsters have been released with Universal Monsters being featured during New York Comic Con. This will continue the plush toy line. The new plush Uglydolls being released are Mathlete Babo, Tae Kwon Wage, and Heavy Lifter Ice-Bat. Also, the themed dolls that love to eat are Ox with Pizza, Ice-Bat with Ice cream, Jeero with Pretzel.
Viz Media LLC launched the Uglydoll original graphic novel series, Uglydoll: Goin’ Places! on July 2. In the series, readers will go on a journey through Uglyverse, a place where ugly means celebrating uniqueness, and is considered to be the new beautiful. Uglydoll Comics are rated A for all ages.
The Uglydoll graphic novel series features stories written by Travis Nichols, art by Uglydoll co-creators Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath, Ian McGinty, and Phillip C. Jacobson. Each volume features special guest artists, including Eisner-winner James Kochalka, Eisner-nominee Jacob Chabot, Peter Fowler, Junko Mizuno, Mike L.E. Kelly and Bwana Spoons, among others.
Pretty Ugly, the official licensors of the Uglydoll brand, has partnered with Universal Partnerships and Licensing to develop a new series of Uglydoll plush dolls based on the Universal Monsters. The Universal Monsters series of dolls will make its retail debut Halloween this year.
Gund, a division of Enesco, will offer these co-branded characters, including Wedgehead as Frankenstein, Ice-Bat as Dracula, Ox as Wolfman, Tray as Bride of Frankenstein, Big Toe as Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Babo as Mummy.
The first series of plush dolls will launch this fall and will be available at retailers nationwide. Gund previewed these collaborative plush characters at the ASTRA show and will show them at the upcoming summer Gift Shows.