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Joanna Padovano Tong

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New Licensees for Zodiak Kids’s Mister Maker

January 22, 2016

LONDON: Zodiak Kids has renewed its Mister Maker licensing agreement with Creativity International for another three years, while also appointing two new licensees for the popular arts and crafts property.

2015 U.S. Toy Sales Up Nearly 7 Percent

January 22, 2016

According to data from The NPD Group, U.S. toy sales rose by 6.7 percent last year compared to 2014, generating $19.4 billion and driven by the success of Star Wars merchandise, among other factors. Out of the 11 major categories, nine saw gains in 2015.

Disney XD Slates New Seasons of Marvel Series

January 20, 2016

BURBANK: Disney XD has lined up new installments of Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. the Sinister 6 and Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution, which are due to debut in February and March, respectively.

Yo-Kai Watch Land App Now Available

January 20, 2016

SANTA MONICA: Yo-Kai Watch Land, a new application based on the popular anime series, is now available for download on compatible iOS and Android devices in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

The Lion Guard’s Ford Riley

November 13, 2015

Later this month, Disney Channel will premiere The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, a prime-time television event that continues the story of the hit 1994 film The Lion King. The 44-minute animated special follows Kion, the son of Simba, …