Ravensburger, acclaimed publisher of award-winning board games and high-quality toys and puzzles, has announced that Disney Lorcana: The First Chapter, the first set of the highly anticipated collectible trading card game (TCG) Disney Lorcana Trading Card Game, launched September 1 at mass retail locations nationwide – Target, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Barnes & Noble, FYE, Hot Topic, shopDisney.com and at Toys R Us, Walmart, Mastermind, Indigo and GameStop in Canada. The highly anticipated game recently launched at hobby and specialty stores, as well as at select Disney Parks locations and Disney Store Times Square in the U.S. Players can find their local hobby and specialty store locations carrying the Disney Lorcana TCG here.
Princess Sam Consumer Products (PSCP) has announced that it has appointed a licensing agent for the children’s animated adventure-comedy-fantasy hit Tara Duncan in multiple territories across Latin America and the Caribbean. International Merchandising Consultants (IMC Licensing) will handle licensing for this fast-growing property in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Caribbean Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. IMC will have the support of promotions and licensing agency company Panamericana de Licencias (CPL) in many of these regions.
This September, Ramen Yokocho are taking customers on a turquoise-tinted adventure with their exclusive collaboration with worldwide phenomenon, and the biggest digital popstar, Hatsune Miku (初音ミク). In celebration of the stars’ 16th birthday, Yokocho are offering an exclusive Miku inspired menu. Highlights include Miku Tonkotsu Ramen; with a rich 12-hour broth, BBQ pork belly, hosomen noodles, kikurage mushrooms, takana mustard, nitamago egg, nori seaweed and red ginger. Complementing this, is a choice of a suitably sweet Melo-chrome Cream Soda, blueberry soda or blue chai latte before concluding with an inspired Yokocho specialty; the mochi donut ice cream stack, featuring an edible image of the star herself!
Manic Panic, the iconic beauty brand known for its bold hair colors, partners with fashion brand Wren + Glory on licensing deal to offer hand-painted, one-of-a-kind apparel. Manic Panic, the distinguished beauty brand renowned for its vibrant and unapologetic hair color, has developed an exciting partnership with the highly sought-after fashion label, Wren + Glory. This collaboration, launching September 5, 2023, will introduce a limited-edition hand-painted jacket and a hand-painted hoodie, reflecting the mutual commitment to self-expression and originality that defines both brands.
ASPIRE, the dedicated Corporate & Lifestyle division of world-leading brand licensing agency WildBrain CPLG, is expanding its collegiate brand roster with newly added representation rights for the New York-based institution Columbia University, a leader in research and higher education in the US and around the world. ASPIRE will represent the institution primarily in India, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the UK and Europe in a new partnership, with the aim to grow the collegiate brand’s presence in lifestyle categories including fashion, apparel, accessories, back-to-school, home and gifting.
Zoonicorn, the global preschool property now streaming across nearly 200 countries worldwide, arrives at US Toy Fair, September 30 – October 3, with accelerating momentum and new and expanded licensing agreements. Amplifying awareness for the property, Zoonicorn master toy licensee United Smile is collaborating with leading licensee SRM Entertainment, Inc to showcase the brand. They will first present Zoonicorn at the LA September Preview, September 18-23, at United Smile’s showroom at the Sonesta Hotel, Suite #108. This will be the first look at the extensive Zoonicorn toy line. The following week, the two companies will again link up, presenting Zoonicorn at New York Toy Fair, September 30-October 3, at the SRM Toy Fair stand (Booth #2689).
A Cincinnati Bengals super fan watched alone the night of the 2022 AFC Championship as his team earned their first trip to the Super Bowl in 33 years. In that moment, Mike Schroder, co-founder of Future Fans, wished he could share what he knew would become a lifelong memory with his then 5-year-old daughter. “She knew the players and the fight song, but I couldn’t get her to watch the game with me,” said Schroder. Inspired by that experience, dads Mike Schroder and Michael Gold created Future Fans, a new company that uses stories and games to teach the core concepts of sports in a kid-friendly way. Future Fans is built on the belief that the world is a better place when the shared thrill of sports creates and sustains lifelong bonds. Wishing for this with their own families, Schroder and Gold wanted to cultivate a love of sports in their young kids, but doing so can be difficult when they don’t understand the rules.
PMI Kids’ World, the toy company behind mega-popular licensed toys, will make its second appearance at New York Toy Fair 2023 after an incredible year of new licenses, new brands, and epic product launches under its belt! Located at booth #1147, PMI is offering product tours and interview opportunities for both media and attendees at this year’s show. The Israel-based toy company will be showcasing the HOTTEST toys, plush and collectibles from Pudgy Penguins (launched in May 2023 and hit #1 on Amazon’s hot new release charts), Piñata Smashlings (toys and plush from the hit Roblox game), The Creature Cases (a new licensed line from Netflix for 2024), Sonic Prime and more!
The LEGO Group has pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 as part of its continued efforts to reduce environmental impact. The company has submitted its intention to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) and will work with the SBTi to develop a target which will cover Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions*. The pledge is an extension of its existing near-term climate target to reduce GHG emissions by 37% by 2032 from a 2019 base, which was previously approved by the SBTi.