Jakks Pacific, LEGO Partner with WBCP for New Harry Potter Toy Lines in Advance of 20th Anniversary Celebration
In a partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), Jakks Pacific will reveal new technologically enhanced wands in the Harry Potter Wizard Training Wand collection, as well as an assortment of die-cast wands inspired by fan-favorite characters. The Wizarding World toy line will also include the new Niffler Challenge Game inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
With 11 different spells to learn and master, kids can now train like a wizard with the Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands. Using active-motion sensors, the wands track movement throughout five different modes of play. The Wizard Training wands assortment includes Harry Potter’s Wand, Albus Dumbledore’s Wand, and Lord Voledemort’s Wand.
Diecast wands will include 12 different styles from characters including Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and more. Each wand stands four-inches high and includes a special stand for display. Each wand is sold in a blind mystery box allowing “the wand to choose its wizard.”
The Niffler Challenge Game, inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is a two-player game in which each player loads up the Niffler with jewelry and coins until they spill onto the cases. The first player to spill the contents wins. The game is available this fall.
LEGO Systems also announced a collection of LEGO sets inspired by the Wizarding World will launch in the second half of 2018, bringing the worlds of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts to life in LEGO form. This is a collection of building sets and collectibles inspired by the global blockbuster film franchises, slated to engage fans of all ages.
The LEGO Group will unveil a special sneak peek of the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall building set during Toy Fair, which will launch August 1. Additional building sets and figures will launch in the second half of the year, with more details to come soon.
McFarlane Announces New Call of Duty Line of Figures
McFarlane Toys will has created collectible figures based on the Call of Duty video game franchise. The first wave of realistic Call of Duty collectible figures will include fully articulated, fan-favorite characters, including John “Soap” MacTavish and Simon “Ghost” Riley from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare titles, with more characters spanning the franchise to be revealed at a later date. Call of Duty collectible figures will hit major retailers in the fall.
MOLOK Grants PlayMonster U.S. Distribution Rights
In its latest deal, PlayMonster was granted immediate U.S. distribution rights to MOLUK, a design-led Swiss brand that includes Bilibo open-ended toys and the Pluï Rain Cloud and Oogi figure toys.
“We love MOLUK toys because they are uniquely designed to be all about ‘open-ended’ play, where a child’s imagination and creativity determines the limitless and diverse ways they can play with the toy,” says Bob Wann, Chief PlayMonster of PlayMonster LLC. “Also, MOLUK toys are a perfect strategic fit with our Mirari and Lauri lines, as well as our latest acquired brand, Kid O, to further expand our high-quality play offering in the infant/preschool and learning and development categories. We’re thrilled to be the domestic distribution partner for this ingenious company.”
The MOLOK brand is best known for Bilibo, the 2010 Toy of the Year winner in the preschool category. Bilibo’s shell shape and bright colors that encourage curiosity and engage basic motor skills and balance.
The popular Pluï Rain Cloud illustrates the cycle of water and turns kids into little rainmakers with just the touch of a finger.
Oogi is a tactile and expressive new figure toy made of silicone rubber. With suction cup head, hands and feet, and long stretchy arms, it connects to any smooth surface.
Entertainment Earth Teams with Hamilton Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda for Collectibles
Entertainment Earth has signed a licensing agreement with TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda (the Hamilton creator’s merchandise brand) to create a toy and collectible product line. The first product announced is Lin-Manuel Miranda and his beloved dog Tobi, designed in its Pin Mates brand of wooden figures.
Set to hit shelves in July, the Lin-Manuel and Tobi Pin Mates recently debuted at the TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda booth at BroadwayCon 2018 and will be introduced to the toy industry at the Entertainment Earth booth (#5471) during New York Toy Fair.
A portion of every sale in this collection will be donated to charity.