Key category highlights include the launch of the first ever Thunderbirds Are Go toy line
ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) today announces exciting developments for its highly anticipated new boys’ action adventure series Thunderbirds Are Go and third party kids’ TV properties, Super 4 and Matt Hatter Chronicles, as it gears up for London Toy Fair 2015.
Master toy partner Vivid Imaginations will be leading the line up for Thunderbirds Are Go. Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original Thunderbirds series and debuting this Spring on ITV and CITV, Thunderbirds Are Go is the exciting new remake of the iconic 1960s TV show and co-produced by ITV Studios and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures in association with the world famous Weta Workshop. Vivid Imaginations has rights for distribution in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, excluding US and Asia and will unveil its highly anticipated toy line at London’s Toy Fair which features the brand new Tracy Island play set, in addition to a vehicle play set, detailed action figures and role play. With a new hero product set for release each Q3, this innovative toy range will debut at UK retail in Q3 and will be supported by an extensive digitally integrated consumer marketing and retail campaign.
Vivid Imaginations is joined by further Thunderbirds Are Go licensing partners including Simon & Schuster and DC Thomson for publishing, Kokomo for personal care, Danilo for greetings and stationery, Posh Paws for accessories and MV Sports for outdoor play. The first consumer products’ are all set to hit UK retail for A/W 2015.
Following a year filled with 40th anniversary celebrations for the iconic Playmobil brand, UK licensing agent ITVS GE has been developing a dedicated UK consumer products programme for the new kids’ CGI comedy-adventure series, Super 4. Master toy licensee Playmobil will lead the slate at the show with its first ever range of Super 4 Heroes figures and play sets, launching at UK retail in Q4 this year, in addition to master publishing partners Bonnier Publishing and Redan on board to launch from Q1 2016.
Created in a unique partnership with Playmobil and co-producers morgen studios and Method Animation, the new 52×11 CGI TV series is inspired by the Playmobil toy brand and aimed at 5-9 year olds. Super 4 follows the adventures of four main characters; Alex the Knight, Ruby the Pirate, Agent Gene and Twinkle the Fairy, as they travel through five different imaginary worlds inspired by the Playmobil universe. The series premiered on CITV earlier this year and will broadcast a further 26 episodes later this year. Super 4 also made its screen debut in France on leading TV channel, France 3.
Since its launch in 2012, popular kids’ TV show Matt Hatter Chronicles is now a firm favourite amongst 6-11 year old children. Following strong ratings for the first two series, Series 3 recently premiered on CITV and ITV, and has reported increased audience figures. Master toy partner Simba Smoby UK debuted the first ever Matt Hatter toy line in the UK, EMEA and India in Autumn 2014.
Further to the multi-territory roll-out, 2015 will mark the start of a global licensing programme that will also include Australia, France, Spain and Italy. With all major categories including publishing, apparel, games, outdoor play, gifting and stationery covered, ITVS GE is now working with its 17 UK licensing partners and Platinum Films to prep 2015 retail launches which target boys aged 5-11 years.
Trudi Hayward, SVP, Head of Global Merchandising for ITV Studios Global Entertainment said: “We are thrilled to head into London Toy Fair 2015 with so much momentum behind the launch of Thunderbirds Are Go and Super 4. By working closely with our licensing partners, we have built strong toy lines that have garnered great interest from the market to date. The first ever Thunderbirds Are Go toy range is looking spectacular, in addition to the imaginative and interactive products that have been developed for Playmobil’s Super 4.”