Mattel Announces Licensing Agreement with Universal for ‘Trolls’ Franchise

Multi-category collection will arrive in 2023 ahead of the next “Trolls” film debut.
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March 29, 2022


Mattel has announced it has entered into a multi-year global licensing agreement with Universal Brand Development for DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls.” Through the agreement, Mattel has the licensing rights to develop a line of toys for the franchise, including dolls, vehicles, plush, games and more. The collection is expected to launch at retailers around the world in fall 2023. A new “Trolls” film will be in theaters in November 2023. 

The new licensing agreement builds on Mattel and Universal Brand Development’s existing licensing partnerships for DreamWorks Animation’s “Spirit Riding Free,” Illumination’s “Minions,” Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World” and Universal’s “Fast & Furious.” 

“DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Trolls’ has captivated the hearts of families all over the world with its colorful characters and optimistic message,” says Nick Karamanos, senior vice president, entertainment partnerships, Mattel. “We look forward to building upon our strong relationship

with Universal and DreamWorks and making great toys that will inspire children to find their happy place with a spectacular Trolls line.” 

“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Mattel to include DreamWorks Animation’s beloved Trolls franchise,” says Joe Lawandus, senior vice president, general manager, global toys and hardlines, Universal Brand Development. “Our collaboration with Mattel will deliver an all-new innovative toy line that will bring the vibrant, musical world of the Trolls to life.” 

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