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Playing to Win

With the holiday season coming up quickly, it seems like a good time to take a look at what toy industry players are doing to position themselves for success. In the midst of a changing retail landscape, evolving leisure time habits among kids, trade and tariff concerns, and other challenges, companies involved in the production […]

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A Horrifying Licensing Opportunity

Halloween costumes have long been a key licensing category, especially for entertainment/character properties. Halloween makeup kits have also been on the rise of late, sold by not only Halloween costume companies but increasingly by theatrical makeup marketers and suppliers of replica armor, swords, and other realistic costume supplies. Products range from packages for casual trick-or-treaters […]

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Reason to Celebrate

Properties including Popeye and Garfield have recently signed deals for epiphany figurines to be sold in France. Announcements such as these serve as a reminder of regional licensing opportunities that may exist for products and services tied to local cultures and traditions. Epiphany figurines, also known as epiphany charms or fèves, are small, hand-painted porcelain […]

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Feeling Pride

June is Pride month in the U.S. and many other countries around the world. As has become the norm, companies of all kinds are celebrating the event with collaborations and other marketing initiatives. Pride-themed collections this year tend to have a number of elements in common. Fashion and beauty marketers are by far the most […]

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Celebrating the Year of the Pig

Tomorrow (February 5, 2019) is Chinese New Year, marking the start of the Year of the Pig on the Chinese lunar calendar. Global marketers in recent years have increasingly been embracing Chinese New Year in their January and February messaging and product releases, and that includes property owners involved in licensing and collaborations. The most […]

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Holiday Dress Code

The popularity of “ugly Christmas sweaters” as a pop-culture trend began to emerge almost a decade ago, and licenses across a wide variety of property types—from Bob Ross and Betty White to Bob’s Burgers and the Buffalo Bills—have had a strong presence over the past five years or so. Not surprisingly in such a crowded […]

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Holiday Cheer

With Black Friday coming up next week, it seems like a good time to take a look at what’s up with some of the key Christmas-themed licenses whose annual prime time is just beginning. These evergreen properties expand their reach each year, increasingly extending well beyond traditional holiday-centric categories. A few recent examples: • Universal […]

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