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Schleich Announces Summer PLAYcation Promotion

schleich makes the iconic animal characters and playsets that let kids’ imaginations run wild. This summer, the brand is asking children around the world to help their summer fun soar to new heights by including their schleich dinosaurs, llamacorns, horses, ice monsters and more in the ultimate summer PLAYcation! Whether you are flying to the moon, turning the backyard into a magical fortress or becoming a mermaid in the sea, let your favorite schleich toys up the ante on fun, adventure, and storytelling. Five lucky families that share their adventures will win every single new product schleich releases in 2023!* Don’t have a schleich toy? The first 50 people to visit any of schleich’s 55 North America flagship stores and say, “I’m on PLAYcation,” will receive a free schleich toy! 

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Entertainment Licensing News
Cirque Du Soleil Entertainment Group and Cosm Join Forces to Unveil New “Shared Reality” Experience

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Cosm, a leading immersive technology, media, and entertainment company, have announced a partnership to deliver a completely new way to experience Cirque du Soleil. Under the partnership, Cosm will produce and present an iconic Cirque du Soleil show at its forthcoming venues, the first of which will open in Los Angeles in spring 2024 and showcase a 26.6-meter diameter LED dome in a 65,000 total square feet facility.

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Neopets Celebrates Pride with New Merch, Proceeds Going to LGBTQ+ Charity

Neopets, the online virtual pet community, is taking a dip in the Rainbow Pool to celebrate Pride with a collection of apparel that lets fans show off their true colors! The collection, available year-round, donates 10% of total proceeds to It Gets Better Project, a nonprofit organization that uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQIA+ youth across the globe!  Neopets became a staple of the Internet in the early 2000—not just because of its fun features or cute virtual companions—it also served as a place for young people to express their individuality, identity, and interests in a safe forum. The Neopets Shop’s year-round Pride Collection is just one of the many ways that Neopets continues to create an intentionally inclusive space for the queer community today. 

Twister Air
Hasbro Announces Spin on Classic Twister with New Augmented Reality Twister Air Game
Twist in the air, like you just don’t care! Hasbro, Inc (NASDAQ: HAS), a global leader in play, has announced a brand-new version of Twister will be available for pre-order on Amazon starting now at most major retailers August 1. Twister Air is a new app-enabled game that takes the classic Twister gameplay fans know and love from the mat to the screen using augmented reality… no mat required.  …
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Licensing News
Kroeger Inc and PlayMonster Group LLC Sign Exclusive Sales and Distribution Partnership for Canada

Kroeger Inc, a leading wholesale distributor, is excited to announce an exclusive distribution partnership with PlayMonster Group LLC, a leading international toy and game company, to provide sales and domestic inventory support within Canada for the PlayMonster catalogue. “We are excited to expand our sales and distribution business in Canada with the innovative line of PlayMonster products” said Grant Chapman, president of Kroeger Inc. “PlayMonster has an extensive product offering with a variety of well-known and well-loved brands in their portfolio, including Spirograph, Five Crowns, Playskool, 5 Second Rule and Koosh”.

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New Original Series ‘Mermicorno: Starfall’ from Atomic Cartoons and Thunderbird, and Tokidoki, Announced for Max

Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc (TSXV:TBRD, OTC – THBRF) (“Thunderbird” or the “Company”) has announced the brand-new animated original Mermicorno: Starfall. Created and produced by Thunderbird’s Atomic Cartoons, in partnership with global design tastemaker tokidoki, the ocean setting of the series showcases the wonders and magic of our natural world that aims to inspire this generation of kids. Mermicorno: Starfall will debut exclusively in the U.S. on Max in 2025.

Singing Machine Announces New ‘CARE-eoke’ Initiative and Social Good Mission on National Sing-out Day

The Singing Machine Company, Incorporated (“Singing Machine” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: MICS), the North American leader in consumer karaoke products, has announced the Company’s new CARE-eoke by Singing Machine initiative, and a strategic focus on social impact for children and adults of all ages who would benefit from singing. Singing Machine intends to form a series of collaborative partnerships, to help amplify the diverse emotional and physical health and wellness benefits of karaoke, beginning with formalizing its CARE-eoke by Singing Machine division.

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New Short Episodes of “The Legends of MeoShín’Ké” Animated Series Coming Thanks to a Grant Awarded to Hwahwa Studios by KOCCA

Hot on the heels of the excellent ratings for The Legends of MeoShín’Ké on Daekyo Kids TV in Korea, Hwahwa Studios (Korea) and Run With Us Productions (Canada) are pleased to announce that Hwahwa Studios has been awarded a grant by KOCCA, the Korean Creative Content Agency, to produce additional short episodes. This will bring the short episode animated series to 20 with the added content to be delivered this Fall. The Legends of MeoShín’Ké will be featured in both the KOCCA stand #J912, and the HwaHwa Studio booth #K239 at The Licensing Expo, in Las Vegas, June 13-15.

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DeAgostini Announces U.S. Launch of Moominhouse Build Up Model

DeAgostini, a premier European collectibles brand, adapts the magic, charm and inspired fun of the classic children’s books and comics, by the acclaimed Finnish Swede author/artist/creators and siblings, Tove and Lars Jansson, with the US launch of the Moominhouse subscription. Collectors are invited to celebrate the adventures of Moomintroll and his family and construct their signature Moominhouse and collect figurines of Moomintroll, Moominpappa and Moominmamma, Snufkin, Little My, and many more.