NICKELODEON AND FUNKO EXPAND MULTI-YEAR LICENSING DEAL
NEW YORK – May X, 2014 – Nickelodeon and Funko prepare to spread Turtle Power this summer, with the launch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed products. The new product line includes vinyl figures, mystery mini-figures; bobble heads and Hikari vinyl figures featuring series favorites, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, Splinter, Shredder, April O’Neil, Bebop, Rocksteady, and more. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles joins Funko’s roster of Nickelodeon licenses which includes an extensiveSpongeBob SquarePants product line.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is hotter than ever and we are so excited to expand our partnership with Funko to offer die-hard fans and collectors an opportunity to interact with their favorite characters from the iconic series with this cool stylized line of figures,” said Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toys and Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products
“Working with the team at Nickelodeon on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles projects has been amazing. They let Funko do what Funko does best, and that is create crazy, whimsical and cool items for the Turtles brand.” said Brian Mariotti, CEO of Funko.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles product line includes:
· Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series 2 Pop! Vinyl
Available this July, each super stylized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pop! Vinyl Figure will stand 3.75-inches tall and come in a window display box. Featured characters include: Bebop, Rocksteady, April O’Neil and Foot Soldier.
· Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hikari Japanese Vinyl Figures |
Available this July, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hikari is a highly collectible line of clear Sofubi vinyl inspired by Japanese Vinyl Figures. Each piece will be hand numbered and limited edition. Featured characters include: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo in various color ways.
· Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wacky Wobblers
Available this August, each Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wacky Wobbler will stand 7-inches tall and come complete with heads that bobble. Each Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wacky Wobbler will stand on a base with the character’s name. Featured characters include: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Splinter and Shredder.
· Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mystery Mini-Figures
Available this September, these 2.5-inch figures will come individually packaged in blind-box form with a 1/12 chance to get each stylized figure. Featured characters include: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Splinter, April O’Neil, Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady, Foot Soldier, Krang and Casey Jones.
Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiered Sept. 29, 2012 and was an instant hit, drawing almost 12 million viewers during its premiere weekend. Year to date, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ranked as one of the top five series across all TV with kids 2-11, reaching more than 23 million total viewers. Funnier and with more ninjutsu than ever before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles explores the companionship of four teenage brothers learning to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be. The series airs regularly on Nickelodeon, Sunday mornings at 11a.m. ET/PT.
Funko is a pop culture licensed-focused toy company located in Everett, WA. Funko currently holds more than 150 licenses including, but not limited to; Lucas Films, Marvel, Hasbro, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, DC Comics, NBA, Sanrio, and Disney. Funko’s Pop! Vinyl is the number one stylized vinyl collectible in the world with over 10.5 million units sold in the last three years.
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).