2014 was year of big successes (Frozen), milestones (Hello Kitty’s 40th) and industry-changing innovations (3D printing). Here’s a recap of the news that shaped the year.
The WWE has partnered with Toy State to bring the professional wrestling brand to the remote-controlled vehicle category in North America.
Energizer Personal Care has signed four new licensees to bring the Hawaiian Tropic sun care brand to swimwear, footwear, cosmetics and beach accessories.
Sunrise Brands has sold its North American license for the Superdry retail brand to Superdry’s parent company, SuperGroup.
The Jim Henson Company has teamed with the animation house Cyber Group Studios to co-finance and co-produce two new children’s series.
Outerwear brand Hawke & Co. has signed its first licensee, Core Classics, for a men's footwear collection that will launch this fall.
H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group have agreed to merge, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North Americ.
Temple Street Productions has teamed with retailer Hot Topic for a fashion collection inspired by its conspiracy thriller “Orphan Black.”
kathy ireland Worldwide has signed a new deal for home cleaning products and is planning a re-launch of the co-branded line of NuGene cosmetics.
Saban Brands has teamed with Frisky Nineteen to create a new line of kids’ footwear and accessories featuring "Power Rangers Dino Charge."
The Joester Loria Group has tapped Buffalo Games to develop games based on the the National Geographic Channel series “Brain Games.”
Peavey Electronics has added a line musical instruments and accessories featuring Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to their repertoire.
Imira Entertainment has signed a subscription-video-on-demand deal with Hulu.
For the second year, Walmart has turned to the real toy experts–kids ages 18 months to 12 years–to find this holiday season's top 20 toys.
Pretty Ugly has tapped Franco Manufacturing to create extensions in the bedding, bath and beach product categories for its Uglydoll brand in North America.
Crumbs Bake Shop is planning to launch a new line of products at mass market, including a new cookie line and chocolate bar.
Shwings and Things has signed a deal with Hasbro's My Little Pony for a line of shoe accessories.
Loudmouth has released a new line of officially licensed NCAA gym shorts.
Sony Pictures Consumer Products has granted GTech the licensing rights to the iconic TV game shows “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” for lottery games.
Girl Scouts of the USA has tapped Wicked Cool Toys to develop a line of role play, craft and activity products inspired by the girls’ leadership organization.
Imangi Studios has partnered with NFL Players Inc. to bring the most popular NFL players to the mobile game “Temple Run 2” this season.
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