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Broccoli Closes    
2008:

The Japanese media company Broccoli has announced that its board of directors has decided on Wednesday to dissolve its Broccoli International USA subsidiary. The four-person subsidiary will end its operations by December 31, and Broccoli aims to complete the liquidation by February. Although Broccoli expects to write off some losses with the closure, it also expects the losses to be small.

Broccoli established this wholly owned subsidiary in March 2002 with US$981,000 in capital to manage its copyrights in North America, produce and distribute character goods, oversee a retail store, and handle electronic commerce. Kaname Tezuka ran Broccoli International USA from its headquarters in Los Angeles. However, Broccoli says that competition in the subsidiary's fields of business increased sharply in recent years, which resulted in a drop in revenue and profits. Since Broccoli projected that changing the subsidiary's prospects would be too difficult, it decided to close the subsidiary.

Broccoli International USA managed several manga, anime, and game properties for its corporate parent, including Di Gi Charat, Galaxy Angel, Aquarian Age, and Neppu Kairiku Bushi Lord. Broccoli directly published manga and artbooks for North America under the Broccoli Books imprint. Broccoli Books' titles included Aquarian Age: Juvenile Orion, the Cosmode USA cosplay magazine, Disgaea, Galaxy Angel, Kamui, Koi Cupid, Murder Princess, Nui!, and sola.

Before Broccoli International USA was officially established, Broccoli opened an Anime Gamers retail store in the Los Angeles area in September 2001, but the store closed in fall of 2007. An online AnimeGamers.com store opened in February 2001, but it stopped taking orders on September 30, 2007. Anime Gamers had also produced English adaptations of manga and anime such as I'm Gonna Be An Angel, FLCL, and Di Gi Charat under its Synch-Point division. .
About CDI    
Creative Designs International, Ltd. develops, manufactures, and markets toys for children. The company's products include play vacuums, dress up outfits, glamour cases, tea and cookware sets, play glamour cases, doll accessories, housekeeping sets, jewelry sets, and girl' s lifestyle toys. It sells its products through retailers. The company was founded in 1979 and is based in Trevose, Pennsylvania. Company was acquirrd by Jakks Pacific on February 10, 2006. Today Creative Designs International, Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Toymax International and Street Life Enter Into Music/Entertainment Based Joint Venture to Form Yaboom Ltd    
Toymax International (Nasdaq: TMAX) today announced that it has agreed to form a joint venture with Street Life Ltd., a privately held entertainment and leisure products company responsible for last year's line of successful Spice Girls singing and talking dolls. The joint venture, Yaboom Ltd., will develop, manufacture and market innovative high-tech consumer products, which will incorporate music and other intellectual property rights from popular recording artists. Utilizing a proprietary compression technology, MCD(TM), Yaboom's initial product offerings will include key chain music players and dolls, both with the artist's original music and complete songs.

Toymax also announced that Yaboom has signed its first licensing agreement with Britney Spears to manufacture and market entertainment products that incorporate her recordings. Launch products include a singing doll featuring the hit single "Baby One More Time", which will be available at retail locations nationwide in October. Additional cartridges featuring such songs as "I Will Be There", "You Drive Me Crazy", and "Born To Make You Happy" are also available. Yaboom is currently negotiating licensing agreements with
several other top recording artists.
Toymax & Street Life ltd form Yaboom    
Toymax International (NasdaqTMAX) today announced that it has agreed to form a joint venture with Street Life Ltd., a privately held entertainment and leisure products company responsible for last year's line of successful Spice Girls singing and talking dolls. The joint venture, Yaboom Ltd., will develop, manufacture and market innovative high-tech consumer products, which will incorporate music and other intellectual property rights from popular recording artists. Utilizing a proprietary compression technology, MCD(TM), Yaboom's initial product offerings will include key chain music players and dolls, both with the artist's original music and complete songs.

Toymax also announced that Yaboom has signed its first licensing agreement with Britney Spears to manufacture and market entertainment products that incorporate her recordings. Launch products include a singing doll featuring the hit single "Baby One More Time", which will be available at retail locations nationwide in October. Additional cartridges featuring such songs as "I Will Be There", "You Drive Me Crazy", and "Born To Make You Happy" are also available. Yaboom is currently negotiating licensing agreements with
several other top recording artists.

The joint venture also plans to launch a streaming website, Yaboom.com, in Spring 2000. The innovative website will enable consumers to download music into select Yaboom products utilizing the Company's MCD(TM) Audio Player in a highly protected and secured environment. Additionally, Yaboom.com will be interactive with certain Yaboom products, providing real-time audio/video
feeds of popular recording artists, including Britney Spears. Under the terms of the joint venture agreement, Toymax, through a
wholly-owned Hong Kong subsidiary, and Street Life will each own 50 percent of the newly formed company. Although financial terms were not disclosed, Toymax will account for the joint venture using the equity method.
Acquisitions    
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. is a toy and consumer products company that, since 1995, has been designing, developing, producing and marketing toys, leisure products and writing instruments for children and adults around the world. The company has become a top four U.S. player in the toys and leisure products sector through product development, licensing agreements and strategic acquisitions.

1995 - Founded
1997 - Acquired Remco, Child Guidance, Road Champs
1999 - Acquired Berk, Flying Colors
2000 - Acquired Pentech
2002 - Acquired Toymax, Go Fly A Kite, Funnoodle
2003 - Acquired Color Workshop, Trendmasters
2004 - Acquired Play Along Toys
2005 - Acquired Pet Pal Corp.
2006 - Acquired Creative Designs International
2008 - Acquired Kids Only Toys, Tollytots, Disguise

In 2012 JAKKS Pacific announced the successful negotiation of licences for The Dark Knight Rises and Spider-man, promoting new toy ranges at the New York and other International Toy Fairs.
Round 5's beginnings    
It's more of a collector's item as opposed to a toy said Lau, the president and co-founder of Round 5 Corp., a Markham-based company that makes collectible figurines of athletes involved in Ultimate Fighting Championship competitions.Lau's staple product is a six-inch plastic collectible with caricature type style. They have really big heads and really big fists, but the faces look very real.

Since starting up in 2007, the company's products are sold in more than 7,000 stores across North America. Lau expects unit sales to top one million in 2010.The 29-year-old's success earned him a Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur Award nomination.

Lau has been martial arts fan since 1999 and has trained in mixed martial arts for about three years.He met Randy Couture, a former Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler and UFC champion, through advertising work for combat sport content provider The Fight Network.Lau describes him as the Michael Jordan of ultimate fighting. If you have watched UFC, you have watched Randy said Lau. A brainstorming session between Lau and Couture resulted in Round 5. Lau knew nothing about toys or retail but family in China provided financing and brought him to Hong Kong where he had about three weeks to learn the trade.

He started with Couture and fighters Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes and Quinton Jackson.They now sell 35 figures, retailing in Canada for $14.99 and plan to boost that number to about 140 before 2012.In July, they signed a licensing agreement with the UFC and sales skyrocketed 700 per cent, said Lau. They've opened a Hong Kong office and plan to launch six new product lines by 2011.The U.S. is their main market, while Canadians account for 20 per cent of their sales.

It is not uncommon for Lau to get a call from a fighter asking when they can expect to be featured, or managers asking when the next product line is being produced. I find the athletes and their managers and industry people are actually bigger collectors than I am. They are fanatical.
About Round 5    
Round 5 is the premier manufacturer of officially licensed collectible figures based on the hottest sports and entertainment properties in the world. With a vast line of figures based on the most popular personalities in the sport of mixed martial arts and a new series of Bruce Lee-branded characters, Round 5 caters to a discerning market passionate about sports, entertainment and limited-edition collectibles. A Canadian company.

In 2007, brothers Damon and Barron Lau founded Round 5, naming the company in reference to the championship round of a mixed martial arts fight. Round 5 released their debut product line in 2008, which consisted of six-inch licensed collectible figures based on popular fighters and personalities from the sport of mixed martial arts and sold under the line “World of MMA”. Round 5 released a total four series under “World of MMA” before becoming a licensee of Zuffa, LLC, in late 2009. The line was then re-launched as “Ultimate Collector” under the Ultimate Fighting Championship brand. In 2011, Round 5 launched a line of licensed Bruce Lee collectible figures and toys and In 2012 launched a line of toys based off of Cut the Rope.
2010 Best Asia-Pacific Business Award goes to Round 5 Corporation.    
The brothers Damon and Barron Lau have been involved with mixed martial arts since they were kids. While working at their father's advertising company, Damon had an opportunity to meet mixed martial arts superstar: Randy Couture. After becoming good friends, they and the legend teamed up to form a business appropriately named Round 5.

It was during a brainstorming session where the two were talking about developing MMA related prodiucts, that Randy and the brothers Lau, came up with an idea about designing and manufacturing their first series of collectible Martial Arts figurines.

The brothers were a terrific team. Damon, with his sales and promotional skills managed to recruit Chinese manufacturers in Hong Kong to produce their collectibles, and brother Barron came up with the artistic designs. Patrick offered his advertising agency's resources and joined his sons on a quest to promote and market their products.

Large retailers like Walmart were one of the first to sign up to sell their figurines. Soon after, Round 5 acquired a licensing agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) which now gives them access to literally hundreds of Martial Arts celebrities.

After their success with Walmart and signing with the UFC, Jakks Pacific, one of the biggest toy manufacturers in the world, wanted in on the action and formed a strategic alliance with the Lau's and now, Round 5 has access to many untapped international markets!

Today, over six-thousand (6000) retail outlets in North America including Toys-R-Us, Target, K-Mart, Zellers, Best Buy and of course, Walmart, carry their product. And the popularity of their figurines doesn't seem to be letting up. Sales continue to increase worldwide.
About Odyssey Toys    
Odyssey Toys is a toy making company based in Westport, Connecticut in the United States. The company was formed in 2002 by Andrew Klein. It was purchased in March 2008 by HaPe International.
About Entertech    
Entertech was a subsidiary of LJN Toys which manufacturer water guns. Unlike the colorful designs of many of the simple hand powered pump water guns of that time, most of the Entertech water guns were manufactured from black plastics with a matte finish to resemble actual firearms. After Acclaim Entertainment purchased LJN in April 1990, they began phasing out toy manufacturing.
Exin info    
Exclusive Industrial SA (Exin) began in 1951 as a manufacturere of plastic utensils, small appliances and toys. During the 1950s Exin created educational toys. In the 1960s, Exin distinguished itself with the introduction of Scalextric, a set of tracks and elestric racing cars. Between 1966 and 1967, Exin acquired a plastics company on the brink of bankruptcy called Madel (Manufactures Delgado), located in San Martin de la Vega (Madrid) and begin manufacturing the Madelman line of action figures. Exin ceased operation in 1993.
About Amok Time    
ANDROIDZ    
Megamind    
Probots    
Monsters vs. Aliens    
Blue Man Group Instruments    
Ranking    
CLIQ    
About ToyShock    
Web Runner    
About Popco    
Battle Pit    
About Unimax    
About Basic Fun    
Update    
About Radica    
About Playhut    
About S-K    
Monster High Frankie Stein Doll    
Monster High Frankie Stein Doll    
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