Weekly E-News, Issue #168, July 4, 2006

Sponsored by: Watch Out for New Timepieces L.A.M.B., the lifestyle brand created by Gwen Stefani, partnered with VestalGroup on a line of women's watches due first on shelves at Nordstrom's and thenat other department stores in July. The debut lin

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Watch Out for New Timepieces

L.A.M.B., the lifestyle brand created by Gwen Stefani, partnered with VestalGroup on a line of women's watches due first on shelves at Nordstrom's and thenat other department stores in July. The debut line will consist of 28timepieces (suggested retails, $195 to $650) and will be expanded even furtherby the 2006 holiday season.

EA and 2K Sports Got Game

The National Hockey League Players' Association and the National Hockey Leaguepartnered with Electronic Arts and 2K Sports on non-exclusive, multi-yearlicensing extensions. This fall, EA will create NHL '07 for current andnext-generation consoles, including Xbox 360, while 2K Sports will publish NHL2K7 for PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 next-generation game consoles, as well ascurrent generation systems for the holiday season.

Rockin' New Program Headed to Retail

Paidas Management hopes to strike a chord with the rollout of a Rock Rebellionlicensing program. The goal of the program is to create merchandise from thehottest acts from the late '60s, '70s, and '80s, as well as the top musicalinstrument brand names. Balzout and Bioworld Merchandise currently are on boardwith the pair creating men's and women's T-shirts, hats, jackets, apparel, andaccessories.

Fans to Vote on Next Tamagotchi Design

Bandai America has its first-ever "Fan's Choice" beginning in mid-July, callingon all Tamagotchi lovers to help select the design of the first Version 4 toythat will debut at retail in January 2007. While the details on Version 4 arebeing kept hush-hush, fans can log onto


throughout July and August to participate in the voting. The winning designwill be announced in October. The company also introduced a new "Gotchi Gear"line, which includes colorful lanyards, or Tama Leashes, with a miniaturecharacter figure attached; three-in-one charms that feature smaller versions ofMametchi, Memetchi, or Kuchipatchi, along with collectible items commonly foundin Tamagotchi Town; and 3.5-inch Pet Pouches that are shaped like individualcharacters.

Extreme Makeover Comes to Toy Shelves

B-Bel joined forces with ABC to introduce a line of toy and craft productsbased on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The line includes house models in one,two, and three stories, as well as accessories to paint, sticker, stamp,stencil, weave, and construct the rooms. Other related products include theYard and Patio Kit and the Makeover Family (dolls suited for the house).

Zodiac Girlz Headed to Teletoon

Portfolio Entertainment Inc. signed a development deal with Teletoon for TheZodiacs, an animated comedy-action series based on the Zodiac Girlz charactersand Website. Created by 3 Muses LLC, the Website gets 500,000 visitors permonth and more than 7 million page views.

Execs on the Move

Toys "R" Us, Inc., named Ronald D. Boire president of Toys "R" Us, U.S.,effective July 17. In his new position, the former Best Buy executive willoversee all merchandising, marketing, and operational responsibilities. Moblissnamed Jim Merrick its new president and CEO.

Upcoming Industry Events

Seoul Character Fair 2006,

July 26-30,COEX, Seoul, Korea,


"How To Make a Great Preschool Series" Workshop,

August 12-14, Little Airplane Productions, 86Franklin Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY, 212.965.8999 or e-mail:

[email protected]

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Colorforms News Flash

Now, for the first time, University Games is extending thepower of its blue-chip Colorforms brand into a licensing program targetingconsumer product categories suited to today's young children and merchandisegeared to teens through adults. Colorforms is the 55-year-strong brand parentsand grandparents trust that can play wherever creative, imaginative, and visualfun has a home. Target categories include kids' room d

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