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.
Rubie’s Costume Company is planning a raft of new costumes, accessories, wigs and masks inspired by Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters May 1.
Retailer Meijer has teamed with lawn care and garden brand Scotts-MiracleGro to create a Garden Marketplace inside 27 of its stores across the Midwest.
Little League Baseball and Softball has promoted three executives within its marketing department to focus on licensing and merchandising.
Jewel Branding & Licensing has partnered with Prestige Paints to launch a new collection featuring brands such as the New York Botanical Garden and Shell Rummel.
Plumbing and drain cleaning brand Roto-Rooter has teamed with Metro Design USA to develop a line of branded plumbing plungers for residential use.
Hormel Foods' Spam brand has kicked off the cross-country Spamerican Tour with Food Network chef Sunny Anderson.
Hockey icon Wayne Gretzky has teamed with Sears Canada to launch a casual menswear brand under his name.
Cherokee Global Brands has teamed with Sears Canada to bring the Liz Lange maternity and sportswear brand to Canada.
Ace Hardware and OPI are continuing their exclusive partnership with the addition of new nail lacquer-inspired colors in Ace's Clark+Kensington paint line.
Sony Pictures Consumer Products has tapped Beeline Interactive to develop the new match-three puzzle battle game "Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter.”
Author Sandra Magsamen has signed five new partners for her eponymous lifestyle brand including the Oprah Winfrey Network and 1-800-Flowers.
Viz Media has been named the North American master merchandise licensee for the graphic novel and manga series JoJo’S Bizarre Adventure.
Pretty Ugly has launched a new line of co-branded Uglydoll/Wizard of Oz collectible figurines in partnership with licensee the Hamilton Collection.
BabyFirst has picked up 25 of the two-minute animated "Suzy’s Zoo–A Day with Witzy" episodes, in a deal brokered by Lawless Entertainment.
Hundreds of thousands of new toys and games are ready and waiting to be unveiled this weekend at the North American International Toy Fair in New York City.
Jazwares has debuted its 2015 toy portfolio at New York Toy Fair, with a diverse range of products including items for its newest licenses–Peppa Pig and "Terraria."
Tomy will unveil a new toy line inspired by Disney Junior’s new, intergalactic TV series "Miles from Tomorrowland" this weekend at New York Toy Fair.
Under Armour has teamed with Authentic Brands Group to feature Muhammad Ali brand in a global integration that will include both product and promotions.
Peanuts Worldwide has signed a deal with Mark Feldstein & Associates to develop a range of clocks and nightlights featuring the heritage brand.
PepsiCo has partnered with Body Rags for a new t-shirt line featuring the Pepsi and Mountain Dew beverage brands.
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