Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nickelodeon and Funko Expand Multi-Year Licensing Dead to Include "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

Nickelodeon and Funko prepare to spread Turtle Power this summer, with the launch of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"-themed products. The new product line includes vinyl figures, mystery mini-figures; bobble heads and Hikari vinyl figures featuring series favorites, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, Splinter, Shredder, April O'Neil, Bebop, Rocksteady and more. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" joins Funko's roster of Nickelodeon licenses which includes an extensive "SpongeBob SquarePants" product line.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' is hotter than ever and we are so excited to expand our partnership with Funko to offer die-hard fans and collectors an opportunity to interact with their favorite characters from the iconic series with this cool stylized line of figures," Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toysand Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products, says.

"Working with the team at Nickelodeon on 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' projects has been amazing. They let Funko do what Funko does best, and that is create crazy, whimsical and cool items for the Turtles brand," Brian Mariotti, CEO of Funko, says.
The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" product line includes: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Series 2 Pop! Vinyl, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Hikari Japanese Vinyl Figures, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Wacky Wobblers and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Mystery Mini-Figures.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association Launches New Consumer Website

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has announced the launch of its online consumer safety resource, Baby Safety Zone (BSZ). BSZ is an innovative community format that provides the public and consumers with education and information assisting in the safe selection and use of juvenile products. 

"As an association, JPMA represents the product manufacturers," Kelly Mariotti, JD, CPA, executive director of JPMA, says. "The Baby Safety Zone is committed to reducing the number of nursery product related injuries through education and awareness on choosing and utilizing products, as well as preventative measures parents and caregivers can adopt immediately." 

Through the website and its social media outlets, BSZ provides followers with safety videos, tips, information and resources from its partners and JPMA manufacturers. Visitors can create their "safe nursery" by registering for JPMA Certified products, share pictures of their children and nurseries, communicate with other parents and caregivers and obtain immediate recall information and updates.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Baby & Kids' April/May Digital Show Issue is Now Available

April/May Digital Issue 


Stroller Accessories
 You'll want to be on the move with these accessories

Teethers and Pacifiers:
 Make the hand-to-mouth phase a soothing one

Mattress 101:
 Even a princess won't feel a pea under these mattresses

Baby Carriers:
 Carry on easily while keeping baby close

 These are our favorite Americana looks
Plus much more!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Celebrate Children's Book Week

May 12-18, 2014 is Children's Book Week, which is administered by Every Child a Reader and the Children's Book Council is an anchor sponsor. In 2014, official events from Book Week Online, which give kids the opportunity to connect with their favorite authors and illustrators in person, will be hosted in all 50 states for the first time in the initiative's history.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers Merge to Better Serve People in Need

Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation, Inc., announced today that they have successfully completed their merger as of April 7, 2014. Both K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers, U.S.-based nonprofit organizations with a global reach, were founded to secure donations of excess new product from manufacturers and retailers to provide relief for people in need. The official name of the organization is now K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc., and their new website is a call to action that emphasizes the organization's mission. K.I.D.S. was founded in 1985 by children's industry executives, and in 2005 Fashion Delivers was created by adult apparel and home fashions professionals to serve similar purposes. Moving donations of new apparel, home fashions, toys, books and other items is a huge effort. Cash donations and other financial support help pay for programs, logistics, coordination and transportation costs so that new product reaches the people who need it most. While the organizations' work in natural disasters has attracted the most attention, fighting poverty is a daily mission. The organizations have delivered over $1 billion of new product and efficiently operate with less than 3% overhead.