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Jakks Pacific to lead toy roll-out for SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog film in 2020

Jakks Pacific will lead the US and EMEA toy roll-out for Paramount Pictures and SEGA of America’s upcoming feature film, Sonic the Hedgehog. The California-based toymaker will launch a raft of action-packed play-sets and plush items across select territories, starting from January 2020. The launch will mark the first product …

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Former Mattel exec John Kimble joins Jakks Pacific

Jakks Pacific has appointed the former Mattel executive John Kimble as its new chief financial officer. Kimble will replace Brent Novak who was responsible for bringing Jakks Pacific through a recapitalisation process earlier this year. Kimble previously led the corporate development for Mattel. Jakks Pacific is currently valued at $29 …

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Frozen II, Nintendo and Disguise fuel 18 per cent sales growth for Jakks Pacific

Disney’s Frozen II, Disguise and the Nintendo license has helped Jakks Pacific to the strongest quarter in year on year sales the toymaker has seen in the past five years.  Net sales have increased 18 per cent to $280.1 million compared to the $236.7 million for the same period in …

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Now it’s Just Play in reported take over talks with Jakks Pacific

Jakks Pacific is reportedly nearing a sale to the rival toymaker, Just Play in a bid backed by the private equity firm Cambridge Partners, according to people close to the subject. Reports suggest that Just Play is in exclusive talks to buy Jakks Pacific in a deal worth 80 cents …

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Brand-Ward to lead UK licensing plans for Cyber Group Studios’ Gigantosaurus

Cyber Group Studios has appointed Brand-Ward Services Ltd to manage its UK licensing programme for the pre-school animation IP, Gigantosaurus. Brand-Ward is a new IP consultancy business with Jean-Philippe Randisi and Trudi Hayward, helping owners and creators to monetise their IP regionally and globally. The team will look to build …

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Slugterra and Chaotic fans “are hungry for games, toys and content” says Epic Story Media

Fans of both Slugterra and Chaotic, two hit animated franchises that have gained traction on the international stage, “are hungry for gaming, toys, and content,” according to Epic Story Media boss, Ken Faier amid new plans relaunch both with a slate of new content and merchandise. Epic Story Media is …

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Jakks Pacific receives additional expression of interest

Jakks Pacific has received an additional, non-binding expression of interest to acquire all of the shares of the company’s common stock, the firm has detailed in an official press release. It was made for an indicated price of between 85 and 90 cents per share. The announcement follows speculation that …

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Jazwares has reportedly made takeover bid for Jakks Pacific

Toymaker Jakks Pacific is said to have received a takeover offer from the owner of Jazwares amid a steep slide on its share prices this week. Reported by the LA Times and according to people close to the matter, Jazwares’ parent company, Alleghany Corp, made an offer to buy Jakks …

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One Harry Potter toy is sold every five minutes in the UK as franchise hits £44m in value sales

The Harry Potter franchise is conjuring up some impressive sales figures, as the NPD reveals that one Harry Potter toy is sold every five minutes here in the UK. The figure puts the Wizarding franchise second only to Disney’s Star Wars in terms of value sales. The NPD points out …

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