XYZPrinting Weighs Licensed Characters For 3D Printers

What is old is new again. 3D printer supplier XYZPrinting is seeking character licensing agreements as moves to expand the retail market for its da Vinci Jr. models, says Frank Peng, Sales and Marketing Manager. The printer is being sold through 650 Barnes and Noble stores and 95 Best Buy locations as well as online through Amazon, Michaels Stores and

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Jakks Posts Q4 Sales Gain, ‘Weakness’ in Key Licenses

Jakks Pacific’s Q4 net loss narrowed slightly to $7.6 million on a slight gain in sales to $167 million despite “weakness in some key licenses” including Star Wars and Frozen, company executives told analysts. The downturn in revenue from Star Wars and Frozen products came as the overall retail business turned “sharply negative” for most of December, reversing what had

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Iconix Q4 Net Loss Widens on Lower Sales

Iconix Brand Group will take $443 million in impairment charges against Q4 earnings, including $70 million related to trademarks, amid continuing efforts to right its menswear business. Iconix’s men’s business, which includes the Pony, Starter, Ecko, Rocawear, Ed Hardy and other brands, posted a sharp rise in operating income in Q4 ended Dec. 31 to $7.3 million despite a 10%

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Jinx Collectibles and apparel supplier Jinx makes a play in e-sports licensing. Jinx developed its Pro line in signing licensing and sponsorship deals with esports clubs Team Liquid and Echo Fox, says Jinx’s Zac Scuffham. Jinx also works with e-sports leagues to make official jerseys for events and tournaments, including The eSports Association (TESPA) that oversees collegiate esports. Agencies Epic

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Seven 20 Brands (Former Underground Toys U.S.) To Focus on Housewares, Toys

Underground Toys’ U.S. division has renamed itself Seven 20 Brands, separating from its former UK parent with a sharp focus on entertainment brand housewares products and plans to expand in toys, Seven 20’s Matthew Wozniak told us. The move follows the sale of Underground Toys’ UK operations to Funko earlier this year, but was in the works since last April,

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Hasbro Sees Broader Audience for Star Wars in 2017

Hasbro is seeing a “significant broadening” of audience will for its Star Wars-related products, leading the company to deepen its line of premium Black Series collectibles and ready one-time promotions in the run up to the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi film in December, executives said last week during its pre-Toy Fair conference with financial analysts. Among other moves,

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The Bridge Direct Merges with Tech 4 Kids

The Bridge Direct merges with Toronto-based Tech 4 Kids, the first in what is planned as a series of deals every 6-18 months as the company expands its licensing business, says Bridge Direct’s Jay Forman. In merging with Tech 4 Kids, Bridge Direct will gain licenses for several Disney as well as for Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment. It also will

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Star Trek Movie Park Germany will open the first Star Trek roller coaster in the spring, deepening the theme park’s ties to the licensing business. The rollercoaster, under construction for two years and designed around the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” TV series, will be located near the entrance to park and feature a Federation Plaza with a Star Trek

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Sears Strikes Kenmore Grill Deal, Seeking Others

As Sears Holdings weighs selling its Kenmore and DieHard brands, the retailer’s KCD Brands Division continues pursuing licensing deals, Mike Angus, Senior Director for International Business Development and Licensing for the Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands, told us. KCD struck an agreement with Permasteel for a line of Kenmore and Kenmore Elite gas grills, grill covers and accessories for general

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Build-A-Bear Cites Licensing Missteps in Reporting Loss

Build-A-Bear Workshop is planning a “comprehensive” licensing program focused on “key properties” for 2017 as it seeks to rebound from disappointing holiday sales, company executives told analysts. In addition, the 438-store retailer is expanding the outbound licensing program it launched last year with Spin Master Corp., having added a new licensee for make-up tied to its “Honey Girls” YouTube series.

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