Tag: merchandise

Steven Universe Merchandise Coming Soon

An announcement today came via Animation Magazine that Rebecca Sugar and multiple toy / collectible companies have come to an agreement for future production of Steven Universe merchandise, some which will be available for this upcoming holiday season.

Involved in the deal are…

Funko Toys: Available for this Holiday Season, Funko will be offering a line of Pop! vinyl figures of Steven & the Gems. Exclusive to Hot Topic (and of course 3rd party vendors on eBay & Amazon the day after).

Just Toys: Production of random novelties such as dog tags, fun packs, minis etc.

PhatMojo: Starting in the Spring of 2016 will launch an assortment of plushes as well as foam & plush weapons inspired by the show.

Zag Toys: Collectible mini figures & bobble heads.

Toy Factory: Plushes & assorted novelty times in 2017.

While we will attempt to keep track of this new merchandise, considering there’s a SU comic book we don’t even talk about (lack of people), we won’t make any promises.

Storybook App – My Little Pony: Cutie Mark Chronicles

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For the kids, a new storybook app featuring everyone’s favorite colorful equines.  I’d review the actual app but that would mean owning a phone.  Official press release below.

Children will experience a vibrant, interactive story on iOS and Android that will unlock their imaginations, help with reading, and allow for creative expression through a Design Your Own Pony feature!

Loved by fans all over the world, the MY LITTLE PONY franchise has entered the digital age with a splash, including a brand new interactive storybook app from Egmont Kids Digital Media, under license from Hasbro, Inc. MY LITTLE PONY: CUTIE MARK CHRONICLES, based on the hit animated series MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, created by Hasbro Studios and currently airing on Discovery Family Channel in the United States, allows children to explore how each of the ponies earned their cutie marks. Young readers will also get to experience the heart-warming sensation of helping friends discover their unique talents and even earn their own cutie mark – just like the ponies!

Today, the colorful, enchanting world of MY LITTLE PONY comes alive on iOS and Android compatible devices with CUTIE MARK CHRONICLES, which will feature a Design Your Own Pony section and a series of six short stories about each of the pony’s cutie mark journeys, including activities tailored to Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash! This storybook app is full of humor and excitement, and the action can be saved anytime and picked up later. The app will feel fresh every time the user returns as there are numerous cutie marks to collect and plenty of options for customizing the user’s own pony.

The interactive component of CUTIE MARK CHRONICLES comes in the form of activities that help users improve hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem-solving, and memory, all designed to entertain and develop the child. Help Applejack find her way home from Manehattan to Sweet Apple Acres or help Rarity design a spectacular pattern. This app’s storytelling and unique, pony specific activities will inspire users to design their own ponies with a bit of Equestrian magic in mind!

“The MY LITTLE PONY franchise has captivated fans from around the world, and we continue to look for new, exciting ways to share the MY LITTLE PONY story with this growing fan base,” says Samantha Lomow, Senior Vice President of Hasbro Brands. “With this app, fans can interact with their favorite characters from the animated series, and join the ponies on this storybook journey filled with adventure and friendship.”

MY LITTLE PONY: CUTIE MARK CHRONICLES will be available on iOS and Android compatible devices April 28th and will be available worldwide for $2.99 USD (or equivalent price tier). The app is fully localized in English (US), Russian, Polish, Norwegian, English (UK), Italian, Danish, Spanish, Swedish, German, and Chinese.

 

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Inside the Numbers: Hasbro’s 2015 Q1 Earnings Report

On Thursday, Mattel exceeded expectations by not having as sharp a decline in revenue as feared compared to this time last year. On Monday, Hasbro exceeded expectations with an increase in first quarter revenues by 5% overall and a 25% increase in operating profit. The seven franchise brands (Littlest Pet Shop, Magic:  The Gathering, Monopoly, My Little Pony, Nerf, Play-Doh, Transformers) grew 20% over this time last year.

The Boys category shot up 10% buoyed by Transformers, Marvel tie-ins, and initial shipments of Jurassic World. Games was up 7% on the strength on Magic: The Gathering and Monopoly which offset declines in several other brands such as Angry Birds. Play-Doh and Transformers: Rescue Bots helped lead the Preschool category to a 22% uptick in revenue. The Girls category as a whole was one of the few sore spots as revenue dropped 16% mainly to due to declining sales of Furby, Furreal Friends, and Easy Bake products. Littlest Pet Shop and Play-Doh’s “Doh-Vinci” are noted for helping partially offset those declines.

Where MLP comes in is the increase in Entertainment and Licensing Segment. Along with Transformers, they helped contribute to a 74% increase in net revenues which also includes a multi-year streaming deal for Hasbro Studios television shows. Operating profit grew 174%.

There wasn’t much mention of MLP in the conference call, but Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner has this to say when asked about their first quarter performance as transcribed by Seeking Alpha.

“MY LITTLE PONY continues to perform quite well for us globally,” said Goldner. “It certainly benefits from revenues in several different categories. It goes back to the idea of being a franchise brand, and having licensed product as well as our own toy and game product. We are gearing up for the fifth season of MY LITTLE PONY is just breaking now and will break throughout the year.

So brand-new product lineup around the fifth season that comes in second, third, and fourth quarters. But MY LITTLE PONY performed well, its POS was in the PONY business, the core PONY business was quite good for the quarter, double-digit POS increase there. And again, it’s a small first quarter. And we’re gearing up for the rest of the year, but MY LITTLE PONY continued to grow in the quarter.”

It’s going to be in quarter two through four where we will start to see if Season Five will add to the hot streak that MLP is on in terms of growth. As for this quarter, the news was well-received on Wall Street to say the least. Shares in Hasbro (NASDAQ:  HAS) went up $8.27 a share to $74.16. That was enough to once again pass Mattel in terms of market cap if only temporary.

StatManDan

Steven Universe Books Now Available For Pre-Order

"Reading a book together!" By Sleepychu

“Reading a book together!” By Sleepychu

Hey SU fans! Let’s read some books!

Popping up on Amazon recently are a few new Steven Universe books now available for pre-order. Check out after the break for details.

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Pinkie Pie Bank (and more) from Diamond Select Toys

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Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys wanted us to share their newest items seen recently at the New York Toy Fair.  This of course includes the fourth MLP vinyl bank from the company, as we’ve already been treated with Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity.  We’ve included the full press release which includes many things outside of pony, and definitely recommend you check out their website, as its a menagerie of sculptures, including some fun icons like the Ghostbuster’s Firehouse HQ or the Delorean from Back to the Future.

New York Toy Fair is over, and Diamond Select Toys is ready to start production on some of the brand-new items that were unveiled at the event! Nearly a dozen new items are in the new issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog, including Godzilla, Supergirl, Shredder, Sabretooth and Rick Grimes, and you can place your pre-orders today through your local comic shop, your favorite online retailer, and the official DST website! Find your nearest comic shop at http://www.ComicShopLocator.com!

My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! The fun and energetic Pinkie-Pie is the next vinyl bank in DST’s line of banks based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic! Perched atop an environmental base, the hyperactive Spirit of Laughter has a coin slot in her base for inserting coins, and an access door underneath to get them out again. Save up for a trip to Sugarcube Corner or to throw a party for your friends! Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. Packaged in a clear polybag.(Item #MAR152064, SRP: $22.99)

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MLP: Interesting Stock Trends

Bryan Stockton resigns as Mattel CEO.

Mattel stock price vs. Hasbro stock price at certain times:

January 29th, 2013 (The day Princess Twilight was officially revealed):
MAT:  $37.26
HAS:  $37.22

June 28th, 2013:
MAT:  $45.31
HAS:  $44.83
The last day Mattel’s stock price was greater than Hasbro’s

November 22nd, 2013:
MAT:  $45.71
HAS:  $52.88
The day before Season 4 of MLP: FiM Premiers.

December 31st, 2013:
MAT:  $47.58
HAS:  $55.01

December 31, 2014:
MAT:  $30.95
HAS:  $54.99

January 26th, 2015:
MAT:  $26.64
HAS:  $54.85

Since January 29, 2013, Hasbro’s stock price has gone up 47.4% while Mattel’s has gone down 28.5% percent. To be fair, Hasbro’s stock price has been greater than Mattel’s more often than not since FiM began airing. Given that Mattel had long been the so-called toymaker for girls with Barbie, American Girl, and Monster High; but that advantage has been eroded by MLP, Equestria Girls, and Nerf Rebelle. Losing the Frozen contract doesn’t help. Hasbro has always the advantage with boys with Transformers and now with Marvel.

I’m sure there are other factors leading to this besides Princess Twilight, but I strongly feel MLP is part of the biggest.

StatManDan

Limited Edition Gravity Falls Vinylmation Toys

New Limited Edition Gravity Falls Vinylmation Toys are now in stock at DisneyLand and DisneyWorld. This two figure set features “Smile Dip Mable” and “Lamby Dance Dipper” from “The Inconveniencing” episode of Gravity Falls.

You can find this figure set retailed at $29.99ea, however, act fast as only 1000 pieces are being sold.