Today, Incorporated revealed that Fun In Motion Toys is number 281 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The list represents a one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent businesses. Facebook, Chobani, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
For 25 years, the Pokémon brand has been delivering joy and entertainment to fans around the world through video games, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, animation, and more. Now, The Pokémon Company International, the company responsible for the brand outside of Asia, announced it is committing a minimum of $25 million USD over the next five years to organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and supporting social equity.
Monsoon Digital, a new collectible trading platform and content producer of digital collectibles, cards and artwork, has officially launched its public beta. The first wave of items featured on the platform are digital trading cards that feature licensed artwork from Zombicide, the flagship tabletop game by CMON Limited, international publisher and designer of board games, tabletop games and graphic novels.
A magical crystal ball, a giant pyramid climbing tower, and the most diverse assortment of dolls ever are among the 122 innovative finalists for the 2022 September’s Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. A long-treasured event, The Toy Foundation’s (TTF) TOTY Awards celebrate the creativity of the toy and play community and recognize the industry’s collective philanthropy for the benefit of children in need.
The powerful price monitoring tool MAPP Trap has just launched InteliTips, a new system driven by proprietary machine learning algorithms and MAPP Trap’s expert knowledge base. InteliTips subscribers receive weekly emails that address changes to their ecommerce conditions. What makes InteliTips so intelligent? The InteliTip bot evaluates the torrent of market data that brands see every day and compares it against their objectives to provide proven best practices in simple language that the brand can take to improve their conditions.
Spin Master Corporation, a leading global children’s entertainment company, has announced the acquisition of Nørdlight, a digital game studio based in Stockholm, Sweden. The acquisition supports Spin Master’s plans to grow revenue and penetration within digital gaming as well as leverage its proprietary intellectual property across all three creative centers: Toys, Entertainment and Digital Games.
Moonbug Entertainment Limited has announced a new agreement with the BBC to share new content and IPs with its audiences. The agreement includes the relicense and new episodes of the show CoComelon as well as Digley and Dazey. It also includes new IPs to the BBC including Blippi Wonders, Little Baby Bum, Gecko’s Garage, and Lellobee City Farm which will be available on BBC iPlayer. Gecko’s Garage will also be available on CBeebies, the BBC’s free-to-air pre-school children’s channel.
Award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG has launched a new global toy division to be spearheaded by Helena Perheentupa, former ZAG Vice President Central and Northern-, Eastern Europe & Russia. The new toy arm is a division of ZAG Play—formerly known as ZAG Lab—which includes the licensing and merchandising, promotions, and gaming groups. The announcement was made by Jeremy Zag, CEO & Founder, to whom the ZAG Play division reports.
The Pokémon Company International has announced a new Pokémon animated special, Pokémon: The Arceus Chronicles is coming to Netflix this September. Inspired by the popular Pokémon Legends: Arceus video game, the special follows Ash, his Pikachu, and friends as they adventure and explore the Sinnoh region.