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Character unveils new Angry Birds Star Wars Plush


Character Options, UK Distributor of the Angry Birds Plush Collection has confi rmed that it will be launching a brand new Stars Wars version of the cult soft toy line. The Angry Birds Star Wars game launches 8th November, with Character’s Plush launch following swiftly behind. On sale from mid- November, the initial collection will include fi ve favourite characters; Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Stormtroopers, Princess Leia and the ultimate intergalactic villain...Darth Vader! Each Star Wars character will be depicted in 5 inch plush, plus larger 8 and 12 inch counterparts, along with back pack clips. meaning the Angry Birds are also set to take playgrounds by storm. Jon Diver, commented: “Our plush line of Angry Birds has already been incredibly successful at retail for both toy and gift. As popular with adults as they are with children, they are a must have treat for the millions of fans of the game. “With the combination of everyone’s favourite app game characters, and the kudos and status that comes with Star Wars, there is little doubt that the new Angry Birds Star Wars soft toys will be highly sought after; especially as they launch just weeks before Christmas. We expect them to be in high demand and will do our best to keep our retailers in supply.”


HTI secures long- term Tonka deal


term Tonka deal Tonka is a strong heritage brand


Character Group master UK toy partner for Looney Tunes


Character Group Plc are to develop construction playsets and micro-fi gures for Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ Looney Tunes under its Character Building banner. The three year deal will also see


the leading toy company develop and manufacture a brand new collection of Motion Sensor Plush that will truly bring the classic Looney Tunes characters to life in addition to a collection of fi gures, playsets and further traditional plush lines.


Paul Bufton, General Manager, Warner Bros. Consumer Products UK says: ‘It was our ambition to secure a master toy partner for each of our classic animated properties and this deal with Character, who have delivered huge success on Scooby-Doo, completes this toy strategy. Ourfocus now shifts to securing similar manufacturing and distribution partnerships in all key regional markets.’ Jon Diver, Joint Managing Director, The Character Group, commented: ‘The


recent addition of Looney Tunes to our line up has further strengthened the long standing relationship we have with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. The Looney Tunes animated content is up there with the best and the new animation coming through complements perfectly with the classic favourites that we know and love. This, coupled with the innovation we are putting behind our product line up, will ensure that the collection we produce has global appeal.’ Warner Bros.’ commitment to investing in new content for Looney Tunes


ensures that the brand is as hot in 2012 as when it fi rst premiered more than 80 years ago. The Looney Tunes resurgence began with the launch of The Looney Tunes Show on Boomerang and Boomerang+1 in the UK last year with over 1.6 million kids watching the fi rst series approximately three times a day.


onka is a strong heritage brand fi rst launched in 1947. For years Tonka has sparked the imagination of millions of boys and the new range will bring Tonka back into the world of pre- school boys today, with its original values at its core - tough, durable and quality play.


The new partnership with HTI covers a range of product categories including a brand new segment Tonka Town that incorporates vehicles, playsets and characters and Tonka Classic, giving a refresh to the original steel trucks. HTI have secured the rights to all countries across Europe in this long term deal


with product being available at retail from autumn/winter 2013. Andrew Coplestone, Licensing Director at the Lancashire based fi rm said: ‘Securing this deal further strengthens the company’s long term strategy to build its international business using evergreen brands that we believe will deliver steady and sustainable growth.’


Golden Bear master toy licensee for In The Night Garden


With products set to be release in autumn/ winter 2013, Golden Bear have been appointed to develop plush, plastic toys,


play sets, role-play, developmental toys and fi gures as part of the master toy and nursery licence for pre-school property In The Night Garden. Barry Hughes, commercial director at Golden Bear, said: ‘In The Night Garden will be the perfect addition to our portfolio and we at Golden Bear have thoroughly enjoyed working with Ragdoll in developing this toy collection.’ Richard Hollis, Head of UK Licensing for BBC Worldwide, said: ‘Golden Bear


toys are renowned for being able to capture the true essence of properties that are aimed at younger children.’


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