The Loyal Subjects (TLS) – a collectible company known for selling millions of action figures and collectibles, will expand its global toy presence at this year’s Distoy show. Building on its success in North America and having disrupted the market with its fan-coveted, playable, poseable, high quality, detailed, and affordable product lines, the US-based company promises the lineup will continue to trail-blaze the global toy industry with its original and licensed products.
Fred Rogers Productions, the award-winning children’s educational media organization behind multiple well-loved, Emmy-winning PBS KIDS series, has tapped Scholastic as worldwide master publishing partner for Alma’s Way, the critically-acclaimed animated PBS KIDS series created by Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street). The multi-year agreement includes a range of readers and activity books in both English and Spanish, which will begin publishing in spring 2023.
The global licensing community is ready to re-convene at Licensing Expo 2022, held this May 24-26 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for its first in-person gathering since 2019. Attendees and exhibitors are eager to meet with existing and potential new partners, as indicated by the 3,000+ meetings confirmed to date on the event’s online platform. Thousands of registered guests are leveraging the online platform as a strategic tool to preemptively book meetings in advance of the in-person event before schedules fill up, guaranteeing face-to-face time with brands of interest. Register here to access the online platform and proactively plan your agenda.
Award-winning animation company Omens Studios has secured a raft of international sales for season two of its hit CGI animated series Leo the Wildlife Ranger across Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Highlights for Children, the family media brand known for their beloved magazines and books, announces the signing of several new licensing agreements in advance of attending Licensing Expo in Las Vegas in May.
Spin Master Corporation a leading global children’s entertainment company, has announced the appointment of Michael Butcher as General Manager, North America as part of the company’s Toy Creative Center leadership team.
Just a week away from this month’s Licensing Expo 2022, legendary studio and anime industry leader Toei Animation has released the first-ever licensing report for its One Piece franchise. This new report provides an annual wrap-up of licensing gains for One Piece, the 22-year old hit anime franchise from Toei Animation, and details new license agreements and license renewals as well as highlights significant collaborations across top merchandise categories. Over the past 16 months, Toei Animation amassed more than 20 agreements as a result of its One Piece licensing efforts – including both new license agreements and license renewals.
Say hello to the Original Toobimals, a sensory toobed plush toy. Specialty toy retailers will be on the hunt at ASTRA’s Marketplace for the perfect products to stretch limited 4th quarter budgets while delighting young customers, and a look-see at Booth 1823 will have them not only stretching but popping, pushing, pulling and smiling.
Retailers looking for something fresh and full of delight will be sticking around Booth 1731 at ASTRA as Komarc Games unveils StickiKubes ($9.99) and Finger Topz ($14.99) plus showcases a half dozen best seller boxed toys and games. All are in stock and ready for childhood exploration. Specialty retailers have always had a keen eye for finding the perfect product for their customers. ASTRA’s Marketplace is this summer’s not-to-be-missed specialty toy show.