Animated films continue to be a popular theme on the floor as Universal's forthcoming Despicable Me 2 gets a range of products from Thinkway Toys. The range includes talking figures such as Dave the Minion and Stuart the Minion, Gru and a bedtime Agnes doll.
For the recently launched series "Tickety Toc" from Zodiak Rights, master toy licensees Vivid Imaginations and Just Play will launch toy product this fall and winter. The ranges, which are currently in development, will include a Clockhouse interactive play set, talking plush, collectible figures, vehicles, puzzles and games, along with publishing, apparel and accessories.
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products has a host of product for its popular properties, such as The Simpsons, New Girl, Sons of Anarchy and its films Ice Age,Rio and Epic. For the Epic property, FCP and master toy partner Dream International will unveil a new toy line that includes figures and plush. The range will hit retail in May. For FCP's newer hit television properties, Maisto will showcase die-cast motorcycle models based on the series "Sons of Anarchy" and Pressman Toy will debut a trivia board game inspired by "New Girl."
Apps, video games and interactive play are still on the radar for many licensors and licensees.
"I believe trends surrounding app-based play will move from accessories that are app-dependent to app-enhanced toys, which allow for more open-ended play and are merchandised in the traditional toy aisle," says Jakks' Hefter.
Jakks recently launched its DreamPlay Toys line at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, which merges physical play with smart device/tablet gaming and learning. Jakks and Disney have paired for the all-new range of DreamPlay toys.
Also from Disney is what it's calling its "most ambitious video game initiative ever." The new Disney Infinity platform will allow players to place real-world interactive figures on a device–the Infinity Base–and activate original, story-driven adventures in a gaming world based on its popular franchises.
Now seemingly "classic" web series "Annoying Orange" from The Collective continues to stake its claim on consumer product dollars, showcasing several new product lines at the Toy Fair expo. The Bridge will build on its 2012 toy line for the property with a new Annoying Orange Talking Target game, while Sakar will debut new SKUs for electronic accessories.
In a similar vein, Internet sensation Domo from Big Tent Entertainment continues its "Domo-nation" with the release of several products from licensees.
License 2 Play will be showcasing Domo plush at Toy Fair, in a new partnership tied to DC Comics. The Domo x DC range will feature the Domo character assuming the role of DC superheroes such as Batman and Superman. Dark Horse Comics is also in on the Domo game, and will broaden the property's reach with the fifth series of Domo Quee mystery box assortments. Plushland will debut its first Domo products for sports and pop culture fans with Domo decked out in logos from the NHL and college teams, as well as with recognizable slogans and sayings. And finally Pangea will unveil its most unique item–the Domo toaster–along with a range of Domo DJ headphones and iPhone covers.
Oregon Scientific will unveil an expanded suite of products building on its MEEP! tablet, which was introduced in fall 2012. An upgraded version of the tablet will debut that includes new design, features, upgraded hardware, new dedicated content and more robust educational elements and community. New MEEP! accessories will also launch.