Merchandise a growing revenue stream as video games company considers adding AR tech to stationery.

Sega reveals rise in demand for Sonic the Hedgehog toys

Sonic The Hedgehog brand owner Sega has reported an increase in demand for its licensed video game toys.

The firm has over 60 licensees making products across EMEA, including figurines from master toy partner Jazwares, construction toys from Meccano, lunchware from Spearmark, bedding from Character World.

“There is definitely increased demand for video game merchandise, with toys and apparel being very good performers,” Sega’s head of brand licensing for Europe Sissel Henno told ToyNews. 

“Popular action figures and other toys based on their favourite characters enable kids to experience a different level of brand engagement which also allows for increased imagination in the play pattern.”

Sega has now recognised new opportunities for more interactive licensed content.

“We have also had trials using Augmented Reality (AR) technology to provide added value content with T-shirts and with good content this could be extended to apply to more products such as stationery and bedding," added Henno.

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