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Licensing Expo Reveals Ignite Brand Pitches Selected Brands

Licensing Expo, the premier event dedicated to licensing and brand extension, is hosting an all-new program, Ignite Brand Pitches at the Licensing Expo event, June 13-15, 2023, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Open to all signed Licensing Expo exhibitors with existing licensing portfolios, Ignite Brand Pitches provides five brand owners the opportunity to pitch new and upcoming brands in front of a live audience at Licensing Expo to provide them with a platform and generate buzz for their newest IP. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 13 from 3:30 – 4:15 pm at the License Global Theater, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas. The full lineup of participating brands can be found below. 

Transformers Battle Brooklyn
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Hasbro Hosted Transformers: Battle in Brooklyn Fan Event Ahead of ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Premier

On June 3, 2023, Hasbro and Amazon collaborated on a special Transformers: Battle in Brooklyn free fan event in Brooklyn, NY that celebrated the highly anticipated film Transformers: Rise of the Beasts – releasing globally by Paramount Pictures exclusively in theaters on June 9. Thousands of fans lined up to take part in the event’s fun-filled Transformers-themed activities, interactive, shoppable Amazon product displays, and more. Fans took memorable photos and videos in front of the Graffiti-Style Mural from Japanese street artist Dragon76 – showcasing the Transformers brand in a vital, passionate ‘90s art style.

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Jada Toys Unveils TrueSpec Collection and Launches brand new CASTED Contest at FuelFest

Jada Toys, one of the world’s leading creators of finely crafted die-cast and collectibles announces the return to FuelFest, on June 3rd in Los Angeles at Irwindale Speedway. The event will mark the unveiling of the luxury die-cast collection TrueSpec and the launch of a brand new FuelFest and Jada collaboration, titled CASTED.

DMC Home and Gift Dallas Total Home & Gift Market
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Dallas Total Home & Gift Market 2023 Presents In-Demand Products, Unique Finds, and Engaging Events to Empower Retail

The Dallas Total Home & Gift Market taking place June 21-27 will be the first trade event of the summer season and will welcome retail decision makers from around the world, Dallas Market Center has announced. The show will feature important new brands and collections, artisan items, inspiring special exhibits, and exciting events. “The first show of the summer means the first opportunity for retailers and designers to discover new products and place orders,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “It’s critically important for buyers to be here first for the new collections, one-of-a-kind pieces, and top sellers. We also know that retailers are seeking a single location for inspiration and ordering across many different product categories, which is why we are anticipating a strong show.”

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Licensing Expo Hosts Two-Day Round Table Discussions with Licensing Experts

Licensing Expo, the premier event dedicated to licensing and brand extension, is hosting Round Table talks with industry experts at the Licensing Expo event, June 13-15, 2023, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas in partnership with industry association Licensing International. The full Licensing Expo round table talks lineup includes two days of Expert-Led Round Table discussions with executives from prominent industry associations and businesses.

Dino Stomp Sesame Place
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Sesame Place Philadelphia and Just Play Kick Off “Partnership of Play” with Dino Stomp Celebration Event This Summer

Sesame Place Philadelphia, the first theme park in the US based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street, and Just Play, a leading, global toy company, will team up for the all-new Dino Stomp Celebration for one weekend only this season. The celebration will feature exclusive prizes and giveaways from Just Play, including the all-new Dino Stomp Elmo, a dino-mite Elmo plush dressed in a cuddly green dinosaur costume that sings, moves his arms, and stomps along to the “If You’re Happy and You Know It” song.

Bluey's Big Play Canada
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Bluey’s Big Play Live Show Heads to Canada

Everyone’s favorite Blue Heeler family is coming to Canada! Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show, the hit live show based on the Emmy-winning animated series, will “take the show on the road” to venues in Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto, starting December 8, 2023. Fans can expect more cities to be added. See for pre-sale tickets information and to purchase tickets, which will be on sale starting Thursday, May 18, 2023. The 24-hour pre-sale starts on May 16, 2023 at 10 AM local timezone and the General Public on-sale starts on May 18, 2023 at 10 AM local timezone.

abc Kids Expo Top Trends
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Top Trends Coming out of the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas

ABC Kids Expo, the organizers of North America’s premier juvenile products gathering, just wrapped their 2023 show in Las Vegas, where thousands of new products from strollers to car seats to items you didn’t know you needed, but now after seeing them, can’t live without, were featured. The ABC Kids Expo team scoured the floor to find the top trends in the industry. “The innovation level of our industry is at an all time high,” said Aaron Pederson, President, All Baby & Child, ABC Kids Expo. “From the materials being used to new spins on classic products to tech forward solutions, we’re seeing companies, both big and small, really developing products that are going to be a huge asset to both parents and kids alike. It’s an exciting time in the industry and we can’t wait to see what comes next.”

London Studio Louie
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Louie Awards All Around for US Partners of The London Studio

Art licensing and design company The London Studio has announced that two US greeting card publishers the company represents have between them won four Louie awards – the prestigious awards given by the Greeting Card Association, the US trade association that serves the greeting card and social expressions industry. The 34th Louies, also known as the International Greeting Card Awards Competition, took place in San Francisco on 26 April. Fine Moments and Mossy Blue Paper, two admired US greeting card designers and publishers represented by The London Studio, received seven nominations and four wins at the Louie Awards.