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Retail

Death of a Salesman

Toys ‘R’ Us is winding down its U.S. operations with an eye towards liquidating its inventory and 800 locations. Be forewarned, however, that TRU’s swan song is just the opening act for a great retail tragedy set to unfold over the next ten years…


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Entertainment/character

Black Panther Gearing Up to Take $250 Million in 2018

Black Panther’s success opens the door to a nagging question: Is the licensing industry slowely digging itself into a hole?…


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Toys/Games

M&A: Toys & Entertainment Edition

The latest brand developments are being led by firms like Ubisoft, FAO Schwarz, eOne, Spin Master, Gund, DC Thomson, Hasbro, and more…


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Toys & Games

NYTF18: Blind Bags, Glitter & Poop

This last week saw the latest iteration of New York Toy Fair and offered a clear formula for success in toy aisles this coming year—check out the top brands and trends…


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Toys & Games

Award-winning Toys & Games

Congrats to the winners selected by the TIA and NPD at NYTF18, including Hasbro, MGA, and WowWee…


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Video Games

The Rise of Video Games

A closer look at video game brands on the floor of NYTF18 and the possible emergance of a new powerhouse category in licensing…


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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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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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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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