Forbidden Planet Launching Hellboy, Life Is Strange and Archie Comics DTRs

Forbidden Planet, the nine-store UK pop culture retailer, is launching DTRs across “Hellboy”, Archie Comics’ “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”  and “Life is Strange.” It’s readying 10 SKUs for each property across apparel, gifts and accessories, the bulk of which will be available in April. The Hellboy collection, a portion of which was launched this month, takes its cues from the

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Wolverine World Wide Sales Driven by Caterpillar- and Harley- Davidson-Licensed Footwear

Wolverine World Wide’s outdoor and lifestyle revenue jumped 5% to $245.1 million in Q4 ended Dec. 29, due partly to a sharp rise in sales of Caterpillar- and Harley-Davidson-licensed boots. Sales of Caterpillar-licensed goods rose by a mid-single digit percentage, while those related to Harley-Davidson increased in the “very strong double digits,” CEO Blake Krueger said in releasing earnings. Wolverine

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The Wiggles Ready Licensing Expansion

With a North American tour slated for late July, The Wiggles are expanding their licensing program, having signed WowWee as its first master toy licensee in six years. The Wiggles’ 30-stop “Wiggles Fun Tour” runs from July 27 in Seattle through Sept. 5 in Boston, more than doubling the number of stops from a year ago, while WowWee adds plush

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Gildan Ending Mossy Oak License, Exiting Low-End Socks

Gildan’s licensing agreement with Mossy Oak for opening price point socks is ending as retailers replace them with private label brands, Gildan CEO Glenn Chamandy said in releasing Q4 earnings. The Mossy Oak socks, which were part of an agreement signed in 2015, largely have been sold through Walmart and Dollar General along with Gildan’s own brand. Gildan’s hosiery and

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Bandai Consolidates Brands Under Bluefin

Bandai has brought its Tamashii Nations and S.H. Figuarts figures brands under newly acquired Bluefin as it seeks to expand distribution with mass retailers in the U.S. Bandai, which purchased one-time distributor Bluefin last fall, previously had separate management for the brands, which develop figures relating to Dragonball Z, Street Fighter, Godzilla, Naruto Shippuden and others. Bluefin also will continue

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Executives

Manuel Torres Port, ex-NBCUniversal, named Chief Brand Officer at Zag Entertainment… Changes at Funko: Derrick Baca, ex-Hybrid, named VP of Business Development-softlines; Liz DeSilva, ex-Hybrid, appointed Creative Dir.-softlines… Glenn Abell, ex-Lego, named President and General Manager at Moose Toys U.S., replacing General Mgr. Michael Sullivan, who retires… Marie-Laure Marchand, formerly EVP Global Consumer Products at Xilam Animation, departs, replaced on

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Diamond Select Toys Buys Gentle Giant Assets

Diamond Select Toys has purchased the assets of bust and statue manufacturer Gentle Giant Ltd., potentially gaining access to a range of licenses including Star Wars, Sony, CBS, Legendary, Electronic Arts and PopCap. The sale, finalized last month, returns a Star Wars license to Diamond, which has had it for mini-figures in the past, says Diamond Select Marketing Dir. Zach

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Four Days in New York: Licenses of All Sorts Take Center Stage at New York Toy Fair

Executives from the toy, licensing, retail and affiliated businesses are catching their breath and taking stock of everything they saw, heard and discussed over a brisk – both the pace of business and the temperature — four days in New York. There are trends to absorb – licenses from the videogame business were particularly prominent, including from big name gamers

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New York Toy Fair Day Two: Hasbro Plots Location-Based Entertainment; Spin Master Launching Bakugan Licensing

Here’s some of what we saw and heard on the second day of New York Toy Fair: Hasbro Readying Location-Based Entertainment Program Hasbro is showcasing its breadth of products and brands at its showroom in the New York Times Center, but an increasingly important role in its outbound licensing business is being taken by location-based entertainment (LBE), with about 200

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New York Toy Fair Day One: Nostalgia, Videogame Properties, Collectibles and More

A wave of nostalgia for all things 1980s and 1990s combined at New York Toy Fair in New York with a proliferation of videogames IP and the continued expansion of licensed collectible lines.IThe show is awash in toys and other merchandise carrying the license of Epic Games’ “Fortnite.” But products connected to other titles of Fortnite’s battle royale genre such

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