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PlanToys and Beeja May Joined Forces to Help Families Shift from Linear to Circular Economies

PlanToys, the global leader in sustainable toy manufacturing, announced a partnership with Toronto based startup Beeja May to have them as the preferred partner of the manufacturer to buy and sell second-hand toys throughout Canada. With this partnership, Beeja May will ensure continued life for PlayToys’ items that children no longer play with. Beeja May and PlanToys will be creating a network of parents and retailers across the country to get pre-loved and outgrown toys on the Beeja May marketplace so that families can shop quality second-hand to not only save money during this economic recession but also help save the planet of unnecessary waste. This initiative is part of PlanToys’ greater mission of creating a global circular economy of toys that was kicked off in 2022 with the PlayCycle initiative.

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Toys for Tots Announces Expansion of Year-Round Efforts to Support Children in Foster Care

May is National Foster Care Month, and the Marine Toys for Tots Program is expanding its support beyond the holiday season to deliver emotional comfort and gifts to children living in Foster Care. The Program’s initiative, Champions for Those in Foster Care, will provide toys, books, and other gifts to be distributed to foster care children through local organizations across the country. “These children leave their homes with only a small plastic bag of their belongings. Marine Toys for Tots wants to give foster care children not only something tangible to take with them as they move, but also some tools and hope for a brighter tomorrow,” said LtGen Jim Laster, CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Universal Products & Experiences x The LEGO Group Launch First-Ever Line Inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s Gabby’s Dollhouse

LEGO Group and Universal Products & Experiences are teaming up to bring DreamWorks Animation’s hit preschool series, Gabby’s Dollhouse to life in LEGO brick form with the launch of its first-ever line based on the popular global series, with four new sets available for pre-order now and launching August 1st.

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JAKKS Pacific Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results

“We are pleased with our year-to-date performance as we close the first quarter,” said Stephen Berman, JAKKS Pacific Inc.’s Chairman and CEO, “and are excited about the possibilities for the remainder of the year. We shipped over $100 million worth of product in Q1 for the second consecutive year and it is the first time we’ve done that in back-to-back years since 2009. We have challenging revenue comparisons all year, but our significant gross margin improvement lessened the impact in the first quarter. Our Q1 gross profit dollars haven’t been this high since 2015. We managed inventory down further and eliminated most of our temporary warehouse capacity. And, as we previously disclosed, earlier in the quarter we paid down our long-term debt to less than $30 million.

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Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards (B&LLAs) 2023 Winners Announced

The winners of the B&LLAs 2023 industry awards were announced Thursday 27 April at a glittering awards event, held at the Royal Lancaster London. Hosted by Matt Forde, the brand licensing community’s annual get-together, was attended by some 450 retailers, licensees and brand owners who shared in the joy as the worthy winners made their way to the stage to collect their trophies.

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GBH Appoints Moxie as Exclusive Worldwide Licensing Agent for all Branded Merchandise Tie-Ins and Promotions

Moxie and Co is pleased to announce a new partnership with public media powerhouse GBH related to its general audience and children’s TV series for extensions into consumer goods, electronics, home fashion, apparel, toys and branded merchandise, and promotional tie-ins. GBH is the largest producer of public media content, supplying PBS with almost one-third of its primetime and kids programming.

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The Genius of Play Launches ‘Emotional Wellness Playbook’ During Mental Health Awareness Month

From exploring emotions through games to practicing empathy, the new “Emotional Wellness Playbook” from The Genius of Play, The Toy Association’s nonprofit initiative dedicated to helping parents raise healthy and happy kids through play, offers a curated collection of play-based activities that teach kids how to express their feelings in healthy ways while having fun. Developed in partnership with recognized mental health expert, Starr Therapy Founder, and Certified Holistic Health Coach Talia Filippelli, The Genius of Play’s new resource for parents and educators is launching just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month this May, when mental health advocates will be sparking conversations about reducing the stigma around mental health. The digital playbook features 12 play ideas for kids ages 3+ that effectively tackle the five key components of emotional intelligence: emotional self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.

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Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society and Chartoff-Winkler Brings MGM’s Creed to the Comic World with BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios, under license by MGM and in collaboration with Michael B. Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society, and Chartoff-Winkler, is proud to announce an upcoming four-issue limited comic book series based on the Creed franchise. Creed III’s director, producer and star Michael B. Jordan serves as the creative director on the new story. He joins superstar co-writers LaToya Morgan (Dark Blood, AMC’s Walking Dead) and Jai Jamison (Superman & Lois), highly acclaimed artist Wilton Santos (Break Out), colorist DJ Chavis (Lunar Room), and executive producer Elizabeth Raposo, associate producer Christina Raquel of Outlier Society and Chartoff-Winkler to bring the future legacy of the legendary boxer to life within the pages of a comic book for the very first time in June 2023. The announcement comes following the record-breaking theatrical release of MGM’s Creed III.

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Crunchyroll Celebrates Ani-May with Retail and Digital Activations Worldwide

Crunchyroll, the international brand offering fans the ultimate anime experience, is kicking off ‘Ani-May’ with global retail and digital celebrations, including a variety of consumer products celebrating fan-favorite series in specialty retailer Hot Topic in the United States, Piticas in Brazil, and FNAC in Spain and France, alongside special activations within the online Crunchyroll Store just to name a few. “Anime is a global phenomenon, capturing the hearts and minds of fans all over the world. To celebrate this dynamic medium, we’ve curated an incredible lineup of products with best-in-class retail partners that will help the anime community express their fandom not just in Ani-May, but all year long,” said Anna Songco Adamian, Vice President, Global Consumer Products, Crunchyroll.