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Camp Sites

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, licensors, licensees, and retailers have been hosting virtual versions of normally live annual events that are important to students and families and cannot occur face to face. After going digital with prom and graduation, they are now addressing the next big virtual adventure: summer camp. Among the companies with ties […]

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Lending a Helping Hand

Many companies active in the global licensing and consumer products business are doing what they can to support medical professionals and consumers during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to being the right thing to do, their efforts help keep some of their workers employed, utilize existing capacity and already-purchased materials, and give them a positive […]

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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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Compound Interest

Two of the top-of-mind trends in the toy industry over the past two years have been mini collectible figures, especially in blind boxes, and compounds in the form of slime, sand, dirt, and ooze. More recently, those two trends have come together, as low-priced, collectible minis are not just packed in blind boxes but encased […]

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Soaking Up Festival Culture

Music festivals—from Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Electric Daisy Carnival to Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, and Firefly—have not only proliferated throughout the years but have become highly visible among consumers at large, especially in the summer. They attract attention on celebrities’, attendees’, and marketers’ social platforms, in mainstream news and fashion publications, and through mass advertising and promotional […]

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A Crush of Collectibles Brands

Even as mini-collectible toys have become a key category for entertainment/character licenses of all types, properties with roots in the world of collectibles are also increasingly launching outbound licensing programs. Some of the newer entrants into the market include: Splashlings from TPF Toys, licensed by Shaftesbury/Smokebomb. Licensees announced to date include Boston America, Children’s Apparel […]

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No Longer Niche?

As little as a year ago there was skepticism as to whether streaming-only entertainment properties, without TV, film, or franchise backing, would be viable for licensing any time soon. This perception is changing quickly. It is not yet known whether widespread licensing programs tied to shows available only on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and the […]

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