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Even though the Harry Potter saga comes to an end this year (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2 hits theaters July 15), the Harry Potter licensing program continues to work its magic.
Jazwares, Inc., which launched in 1997, has taken on a number of high-profile licenses over the past few years. The company offers a wide array of toys, electronics, and stationery products featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, WWE, Strawberry Shortcake, Ben 10, Hershey’s, and many others. The newest addition is Star Wars. Also, the company has developed proprietary lines such as this year’s Mix Pups.