License! Global takes a look at trends in the global toy market that will influence retail sales and how children play in 2016.
Marvel has partnered with TinyCo to release the new mobile game “Marvel Avengers Academy” on the App Store and Google Play.
VTech Holdings has agreed to acquire fellow kids' technology brand LeapFrog Enterprises for $72 million.
Paper Punk has teamed with Hasbro's My Little Pony to release six new Paper Punk kits featuring characters from the franchise.
Kidoz has teamed with the KD Group, makers of the Kurio line of children's electronics, to provide users with a safe and more advanced content discovery experience through the Kidoz app store.
Glu Mobile, a developer and publisher of free-to-play games, has entered into a multi-year partnership with Taylor Swift for the development of a new mobile game.
Amazon has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar production deal with American Girl to produce four live-action specials based on the Mattel doll brand.
Techno Source, a division of LF Products, has officially changed its name to Toy Island.
The Disney Store will release a new Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection worldwide on Feb. 16.
Spike Games has created new mobile slot game called “School’s Out,” inspired by the iconic Alice Cooper song.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm will release “LEGO: Star Wars: The Force Awakens” this summer as the newest addition to the LEGO video game franchise.
DHX Brands has appointed Jakks Pacific as the master toy licensee for its tween show "Make It Pop" in all territories outside of Europe.
Turtle Beach is creating a Star Wars X-Wing Pilot headset to celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Jim Henson Company has selected Jazwares as the new master toy partner for its hit preschool series, "Dinosaur Train," now entering its fourth season.
MGA Entertainment has signed a number of new deals for its Project Mc² and Bratz brands.
Playmobil has launched its line of officially licensed National Hockey League play sets, marking the toy brand's first licensed range in North America.
Rising Star Games will launch three new Hello Kitty titles for Nintendo platforms in November in the U.K.
Rovio Entertainment is building a blockbuster consumer products program for the upcoming Angry Birds movie, which will hit the big screen in May 2016.
Girls’ fashion brand Flowers by Zoe has created a new apparel collection featuring Mattel's Barbie brand.
Toys 'R' Us annual gift guide and holiday catalog, the Great Big Toys 'R' Us Book of Awesome, will come to life through augmented reality for the first time ever this year.
Toy sales in the U.K. have grown by 5 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the NPD Group.
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