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Mattel Acquires "One Piece" Toy License from 4Kids Entertainment

4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and Toei Animation have announced a multi-year licensing agreement with Mattel, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Mattel will serve as master toy licensee for One Piece. The license grants Mattel the exclusive rights for a full range of products including action figures, play sets, role-play items, games, and puzzles. The […]

DC Comics to Develop ''Princess Natasha'' Comic Books

America Online’s KOL service for kids has signed a new licensing deal with DC Comics to develop comic books based on its original “Princess Natasha” webisode series. Under the terms of the deal, DC Comics will publish a four issue mini-series to be released in 2006. “Princess Natasha” will also extend to television, books, and […]

"The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction" Talent Announced

Vivendi Universal Games has announced its talent lineup for The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, the Super Hero game from Sierra Entertainment. PR Newswire reports.

Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Licensing Announcements

PR Newswire has information on the licensing announcements made by both Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon at this week’s Licensing Show in New York.

"Cybuster" Just Can't Stop Being Mediocre

In order for a giant robot anime to stand out from the pack, it needs at least a couple of the following: catchy music, nice animation, an interesting plot, engaging characters, and of course some really, really cool giant robots. Which show defines the standard is subject to personal opinion, but there are some series […]

On-line Comics Previews: Solo #5 (Darwyn Cooke), Iron Man: House of M #1

Buzzscope.com has several advance comic-book previews. Highlights for the June 29 comics include DC Comics’ Solo #5 (which focuses on artist Darwyn Cooke) and Runaways #5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. (UPDATE: The previews now include Spider-Man/Human Torch #5 by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton.) Highlights for Marvel comics scheduled for a July […]

Naruto Announcements at Licensing Show

Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog covers the Naruto announcements made at this week’s Licensing Show in New York City. Bandai will be producing a Naruto video game, and the Hot Topic mall-based clothing store will begin carrying Naruto clothing and manga.

"Celebrity Deathmatch" Returns to MTV 2

MTV 2 has announced that eight new episodes of Celebrity Deathmatch will air in November as part of the network’s “Sic ‘Em Friday,” Animation HQ reports. However, the series’ original creator, Eric Fogel, will not be involved. There has been no mention as to which celebrities will be skewered in the new episodes.

"Viewtiful Joe" Comes to Kids WB This Fall

Kids WB today announced that they have ordered 26 episodes of Viewtiful Joe from Geneon Entertainment. The network will air the action-comedy anime series on Saturdays beginning this fall. [Source: Kids WB]

First Image from New "Fantastic Four" Cartoon Online

A first look at the upcoming all-new Fantastic Four cartoon, slated for 2006, is now online (image courtesy of Ranger Board).

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