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Toys/Games

Amidst Rocky 2017 Performance, Toycos Boosted by Licensing

As Hasbro and Mattel report mixed results for 2017, we take a look at the top-performing brands in toys/games for 2017—plus, updates from other toycos and manufacturers…


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PRESCHOOL

As Generations Shift, Preschool Market Follows

On tracking the macro and micro shifts within the global market for licensed preschool properties—China is poised to…


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Holiday Spending

Spending Up as Love Sets In

The lastest consumer research on Valentine’s Day spending; in-store remains the most popular choice with roughly one-third to one-half of Americans expected to celebrate…


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Toys & Games

Company Spotlight: On Scaling Niche to Mass

As Funko begins releasing its financials, we get a closer look at this collectibles licensee estimated to generate over $800 million in licensed retail sales…


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Entertainment/Character

Franchises Drive Comics Sales in 2017

The top comic book, graphic novel, and manga properties of 2017 with potential for licensing—plus, Valiant and Nelvana get superpowered as they continue to expand into content production…


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Publishing

Publishing Driven by Kids; General Market Softens

As retail sales of licensed publishing reached $3.7 million in the U.S./Canada, the general market for books, magazines, and comic books remained soft in 2017…


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Health & Beauty

HBA Gets Fashionable

The latest in fashion brands and their health & beauty extensions—a $2.55 billion business—including new brands and cannabis extensions…


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Celebrity

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

A look at celebrity-based licensing—up 1.9% in 2016 in the U.S./Canada—through the lense of one entertainment empire and its lawsuits…


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Toys/Games

Roundup: Robotics, Video Games, and the IoT

The latest in branded STEM toys/games and the Internet of Things. Featuring: Lucasfilm and Marvel, Mattel/Pixel Press, Roblox/Bioworld, and consumer research…


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Sports

Sports-based Brands & Goods Score a Goal

As sports-based licensing continues to grow—soaring 3.5% worldwide in 2016—we look at the latest developments in brands and merchandising this week. Featuring: Fanatics takes its model worldwide, Mattel breaks boundaries, and more…


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