June 2012 News

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GUND Signs Licensing Deal for UGLYDOLL Plush

GUND® Signs Licensing Deal for UGLYDOLL® Plush

Pretty Ugly™, LLC shifts emphasis to focus on licensing

EDISON, N.J., June 11, 2012 -- GUND®, maker of the world's most huggable plush, announced today it has signed a licensing deal with Pretty Ugly™, LLC to make UGLYDOLL® branded plush characters. GUND, the plush division of Enesco LLC, will begin selling and shipping UGLYDOLL plush products to current and new retail customers worldwide this summer, while Pretty Ugly, LLC will focus its efforts on expanding licensing programs across multiple product categories for the UGLYDOLL brand.

JAKKS: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

JAKKS Pacific Named Master Toy Licensee for DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD

Highly-Anticipated New Preschool Series to Launch on PBS KIDS This Fall

MALIBU, Calif. -- June 12, 2012 -- Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. today announced that it has been appointed North American Master Toy Licensee for DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, an exciting new multi-platform animated series inspired by the enduring legacy of children's television pioneer Fred Rogers. As part of its long-term agreement with The Fred Rogers Company, owner of the property, and Out of the Blue Enterprises, licensing agency for the new show, JAKKS will manufacture, distribute and market a broad range of preschool toys based on DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD.

June 18: K'NEX on CNBC's "How I Made My Millions"

K'NEX® To Be Featured in CNBC's "How I Made My Millions" Segment

Segment Airs June 18, 2012 on CNBC at 9pm

Hatfield, Pa. (June, 2012) – K'NEX, the construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love™, will be featured in a "How I Made My Millions" segment that airs 9pm on June 18, 2012 on CNBC. "How I Made My Millions" puts the American Dream on display and shows viewers that the dream is alive and well if they have the heart, desire, and the know-how to make it big.

"How I Made My Millions" goes behind the scenes to reveal how everyday people have taken ordinary ideas and turned them into extraordinary businesses. Each of the entrepreneurs featured on the show took a risk, believed in their dream and, thanks to a lot of hard work and a little luck, became millionaires. The "How I Made My Millions" segment includes host Tyler Mathisen's one on one interviews with K'NEX inventor, Joel Glickman; and K'NEX president and CEO, Michael Araten. Additional footage was shot in Hatfield, Pennsylvania at K'NEX and their manufacturing facility, the Rodon Group, this past March.

JAKKS Pacific Signs On for Slugterra

JAKKS Pacific Brings Magical Slugs to Life with a Licensing Agreement for Nerd Corps' New Boys Action Series, SLUGTERRA

JAKKS' Products Inspired by the Epic Adventure Series Launching Worldwide on Disney XD

MALIBU, Calif. -- June 04, 2012 -- Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. announced today a licensing agreement with Nerd Corps Entertainment, Inc. to manufacture, distribute and market a line of toys based on the animated series, SLUGTERRA. The sci-fi, action-comedy adventure series is set to air on Disney XD in Fall 2012 with 39 half-hour episodes, plus 39 one-minute online Slugisodes.

The new line includes action figures and accessories, vehicles, playsets, role-play, novelties and plush items. JAKKS expects to launch the SLUGTERRA product line in North America beginning Spring 2013, targeting kids six to 11-years-old.

Toy Recalls for Week of June 11, 2012


June 14, 2012 - Listed below are the toy (and child-related) recalls from this week; these links go to the official announcements on the Consumer Product Safety Commission web site.

- Strollers Recalled by Kolcraft Due to Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazards

Beyblade at International Burger Kings


Territories include Latin America, Europe and the Middle East

(June 13, 2012 – Toronto, Canada) - Nelvana Enterprises and d-rights, Inc. announced today that Beyblade action racer toys will be featured in a Kid's Meal premium promotion at BURGER KING® restaurants this summer. Over 3,300 restaurants will offer the premium in territories including Latin America, Europe, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

One of three Beyblade action racers will be offered in Kid's Meals in a six-week program running from June 18, 2012 through to July 29, 2012. The program will be supported by online, on-air and in-restaurant promotion.

"BURGER KING® is proud to feature Beyblade to complement and enhance the excitement of our Kid's Meal offerings during this six-week summer program," said Jose R. Costa, vice president, Marketing and R&D, Latin America and Caribbean, Burger King Corp.

Hot Toys Black Widow, Dragon Avengers Model Kits at Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store

June 14, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:

Hi - A few new items of note to mention today:

Hot Toys Avengers - Black Widow - $10 off MSRP at $179.99

Before Watchmen - Comedian 10" Statue

Universal Design Replicas - Captain America Costume & Jacket - amazing high end costume replicas

Unpainted Avengers Model Kits from Dragon

Linkin Park Nendoroid Petite figure set


Ninja vs Zombie Wave 2 Bobble Budds

Ninja vs Zombie Bobble Budds


Ninjas and Zombies Have Never Been Cuter

LOS ANGELES, Calif., (June 14, 2012) – Leading toy manufacturer Multiverse Studio Inc. today announced the latest addition to the Bobble Budds® adorable stable of unique and colorful figures! Everyone's favorite silent assassin and undead brain-eater have new companions, in the form of Patient Zero and Stabby the Ninja.

Ninja vs Zombie Bobble Budds

Skelanimals Pet Products


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Calabasas, Calif. – (June 11,2012) - The pop-culture brand Skelanimals is going to the dogs - and cats - licensing its lovable characters to The Hartz Mountain Corporation for a complete line of pet toys, accessories, and bedding.

The quirky and fun lifestyle brand from Art Impresions, Inc, known for its endearing skeleton animals andfashionable graphics, will be featured on a collection of pet toys, collars, leashes, pet clothing, feeding dishes and bedding to be offered via all pet-supply channels in the U.S. and Canada.

"Skelanimals fans are passionate about their pets," said Cindy Bailey, CEO of ArtImpressions, owner of Skelanimals. "The pet program is a natural extension of the Skelanimals brand, and we are excited to be working with a great team at Hartz to bring this new collection tofruition!"

DC Launches We Can Be Heroes Exhibition

DC Entertainment Launches National Art Exhibition to Benefit We Can Be Heroes Giving Campaign

BURBANK, Calif., June 14, 2012 -- DC Entertainment announced the official launch of the Darkness & Light: Art Inspired by Heroes & Villains, Hope & Heroism exhibition, a one-of-a-kind art and education tour to raise awareness and funds for the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. Darkness & Light features some of today's top contemporary artists and showcases a collection of original artwork inspired by the DC Comics' Justice League characters paired with real world photography that depicts the everyday heroes fighting hunger in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. From the Super Heroes that fight for justice in the comic world, to the human heroes who make a difference every day in the real world, Darkness & Light tells the story of the crisis through the lens of those working tirelessly to help the people of the Horn of Africa fight the hunger crisis.

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