Harry Potter Licensees Announced for Upcoming Movies

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has announced its licensing roster so far for the upcoming feature films Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, in theaters November 19 and July 15, 2011 respectively.

Coinciding with the release of Part 1, Lego will debut an array of Lego Harry Potter construction sets, including Hogwarts Castle, Freeing Dobby, Quidditch Match, Hagrid’s Hut, The Burrow, and Hogwarts Express. Other licensees include The Noble Collection (wands, chess sets, high-end sculpts), Tomy, Panini, DeAgostini, Hasbro, Rubie’s Costume Co., Artbox Entertainment, Gentle Giant, Giant Merchandising, Jibbitz, BioWorld Merchandising, Inc., Hallmark, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Tonner Doll, and more.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 marks the first part in the final chapter of the series. Directed by David Yates from a screenplay by Steve Kloves (based on the book by J.K. Rowling), the movie is produced by David Heyman, David Barron, and Rowling.

Green Lantern Toys to Come from Pressman

Pressman Toy Corporation has announced a deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, for a line of games based on Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming 2011 film, Green Lantern. The movie will release June 17, and Pressman’s games based on the movie will be available at retailers nationwide in May.

The line will include skill, action, and strategy games for kids of all ages, each retailing for under $20. The Green Lantern Quickshot Game tests dexterity, instructing kids to load up their shooters with marbles and pop out the Green Lanterns. Additional games are currently in development.

Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Proposal) in the title role as the newest member of the Green Lantern Corps. The film also stars Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively, as well as Peter Sarsgaard, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, and more.

Mezco Toyz to Create Mez-Itz for DC Comic Characters

Mezco Toyz has announced a deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Comics to create Mez-Itz, Mezco’s signature designer vinyl brand. The deal gives Mezco Toyz access to the DC Comics catalogue of characters, which includes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern.

The first characters introduced in the line will be Batman and the Joker, in a two pack of six inch Mez-Itz. They will debut at San Diego Comic Con in June 2010. The 12 inch Green Hornet figures will be released November 2010 and will feature 11 points of articulation, an alternate right hand, gas gun, and a cloth coat. The Kato figure will also be released November 2010 and will feature nine points of articulation and an alternate right hand with gun.

Warner Bros. Named Exclusive Distributor for Upcoming LEGO Universe

Later this year, the LEGO Group will launch LEGO Universe, the first MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) based on the LEGO play experience. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has signed on as the exclusive retail distributor of LEGO Universe outside of LEGO channels.

Developed by the LEGO Group and NetDevil, LEGO Universe enables players ages 8 and up to build, create, interact with friends, battle, and explore LEGO worlds. The MMOG is currently in a closed beta, and will release in the second half of the year.

To learn more about LEGO Universe, visit www.LEGOuniverse.com.

Green Lantern Action Figures, Vehicles, and More on the Way

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has granted DC Comics’ master toy licensee, Mattel, unprecedented access to the DC Comics vault of characters, including Green Lantern, Superman, Batman, and more.

Green Lantern will make its theatrical debut around the world in summer 2011. The movie stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role as the newest member, and the first human selected, of the Green Lantern Corps.

Mattel is launching a comprehensive line of products based on the film for both kids and adult fans. The multi-category toy line includes basic and deluxe action figures, figure/vehicles, role play, play sets, games, puzzles, and vehicles.

Additionally, each action figure toy will include a Green Lantern ring to make kids feel as though they have been “chosen” to be a Green Lantern. Mattel’s Green Lantern product line will hit retail in summer 2011.

Warner Bros. Signs New Deals for Harry Potter, Expands Looney Tunes Program

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has announced licensing agreements with Creative Imaginations and The Noble Collection in anticipation of the upcoming theatrical releases Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2. The Noble Collection will expand its collection of Harry Potter merchandise by adding 40 new wands, including wands used by each and every character in the Harry Potter film series, bringing the total wand collection to more than 60.

The Noble Collection, who worked closely with the Harry Potter film production team to ensure that the products are authentic and true to the films, will have approximately 200 Harry Potter products, including wands, jewelry, chess sets, and other collectibles. The products will be available by the end of the year at www.noblecollection.com.

WBCP also signed a two-year licensing deal with Creative Imaginations. The company, which provides custom manufacturing of scrapbook products via licensed artist and brand designs, will create a new line based on the Harry Potter films, including scrapbooking paper, stickers, albums, kits, autograph books, embellishments, and more.

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LEGO to Release Harry Potter Sets and Games

As the anticipation for the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (November 19) builds, LEGO is partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to release new construction sets and games based on the property.

Based on the stories and characters of the Harry Potter films, the new line includes six construction sets featuring iconic scenes and locations.  The sets–which include the Hogwarts Castle, Hagrid’s Hut, Hogwarts Express, and Quidditch Match–will be available in October and feature decorated minifigures, such as Bellatrix, Lestrange, and Luna Lovegood.
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Warner Bros. Signs Exclusive Deal for Sesame Street Video Games

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has signed a multi-year exclusive agreement with Sesame Workshop for the rights to create and publish interactive video game titles based on Sesame Street. The worldwide agreement is in addition to Sesame Workshop’s partnership with Warner Home Video for a multi-year, exclusive home entertainment distribution deal for Sesame Street’s library, new content, EST, and transactional VOD. New DVD titles will be released this year.

Warner Bros. to Publish to Sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has been named the worldwide publisher of the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum. The video game sequel is currently in development with Rocksteady Studios. For more information, and to sign up to receive updates regarding the game, visit www.arkhamhasmoved.com.

Tomy Europe Named Regional Master Toy Licensee for Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has appointed Tomy Europe as the new regional master toy licensee for the upcoming Harry Potter two-part movie. As part of the three-year licensing deal, Tomy Europe will develop a range of action figures, games, electronic toys, and role-play items for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which will be released as a two-part series in November 2010 and July 2011. The agreement will cover the UK and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.