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It’s another sellout for Comic-Con – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

It wasn’t quite a record, but badges for next year’s Comic-Con still sold out rapidly Saturday morning. Fans, though, need not despair because there will still be one more sale this year. Badges for all four days of the July convention, plus the preview night, were gone in a little more than an hour in an online sale that was reserved for those who had attended this year’s Comic-Con. A…

Toys ‘R’ Us Bankruptcy Hangs Over Toymakers as Holidays Approach – Bloomberg

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

When Toys “R” Us Inc. filed for bankruptcy last month, it vowed to keep operating stores, boosting investor optimism that the impact on the biggest toymakers this holiday season would be limited. But with Hasbro Inc.’s weaker-than-expected sales forecast and Mattel Inc.’s revenue trailing projections — and both companies citing Toys “R” Us as a key reason — the retailer’s struggles are looming large with Christmas less than two months away. “We…

James Gunn Addresses “Silly” Marvel Vs. DC Raging Between Comic Book Fans – Deadline

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Director James Gunn is here to put a stop to the meaningless rivalry between Marvel and DC fans. In a series of tweets, the Guardians of the Galaxy helmer addressed and attempted to defuse the tense arguments between fanboys and fangirls about Batman V Superman and the competition between Marvel and DC. “Every time I mention anything DC, no matter what, my feed becomes an endless screaming match about BvS,” he tweeted. “You guys…

Mattel Earnings: Sales Plummet and its Dividend Disappears – Motley Fool

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

After enduring quarter after quarter of disappointing results, investors held out hope that toymaker Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) might finally begin to show signs that the turnaround it has long sought would finally begin to materialize. The company laid out a plan earlier this year at an investor day presentation to get things back on track and had slashed the dividend by 61% from $0.38 to $0.15 to finance some of…

Toys to go? Toys R Us rolls out curbside pickup – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE A new augmented reality app will allow young Toys ‘R’ Us shoppers to unlock activities around the store. USA TODAY Toys R Us curbside pickup could be a godsend for parents during the Christmas rush, and allow them to get toys on kids’ wish lists easily without dealing with crowd or lines in the stores.(Photo: Leon Neal, Getty Images) Need to buy a super hero…

Marvel’s Canceled Northrop Grumman Comic Leaked. It’s Bad. – Inverse

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Earlier this month at New York Comic Con, Marvel came under hot water when the publisher announced a partnership with Northrop Grumman, the fifth-largest military defense contractor in the world. The collaboration would have included a tie-in comic in which the Avengers team up with Northrop’s own superhero mascots, N.G.E.N. (pronounced like “engine.”) After the backlash at Comic Con, Marvel canceled the whole thing, but the first issue of the…

Lionsgate Exits Comic-Con HQ Niche Subscription Service, Transitions to Licensing Model (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Selling video subscriptions directly to consumers is hard — just ask Lionsgate. The studio is in the process of winding down the consumer business of Comic-Con HQ, the niche video service it launched in cooperation with Comic-Con some 18 months ago.  The studio will give up on selling subscriptions directly to consumers, and instead license existing Comic-Con HQ content to other platforms, Variety has learned from a source familiar with the…

Imax admits that ‘Inhumans’ partnership with Marvel didn’t go as planned – MarketWatch

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Imax Corp. is rethinking the investment it made in “Marvel’s Inhumans” that brought the show’s first two episodes to the big screen. The premium theater exhibitor reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings on Thursday, boosting shares more than 6% in intraday trade on Friday. But on the company’s quarterly earnings call, Chief Executive Richard Gelfond told analysts that in the future Imax…

Mattel Drops After Slump Deepens, Leaving New CEO Scrambling – Bloomberg

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mattel Inc.’s stock tumbled to levels not seen since the financial crisis after a surprisingly sharp sales decline, leaving new Chief Executive Officer Margo Georgiadis racing to overhaul the maker of Barbie and Fisher-Price. In the wake of the dismal results, which included a deeper net loss, Georgiadis vowed to increase the company’s cost-cutting plan threefold and suspend Mattel’s dividend. The payout to shareholders had already been slashed by about 60…

Marvel’s Canceled Northrop Grumman Comic Leaked. It’s Bad. – Inverse

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Earlier this month at New York Comic Con, Marvel came under hot water when the publisher announced a partnership with Northrop Grumman, the fifth-largest military defense contractor in the world. The collaboration would have included a tie-in comic in which the Avengers team up with Northrop’s own superhero mascots, N.G.E.N. (pronounced like “engine.”) After the backlash at Comic Con, Marvel canceled the whole thing, but the first issue of the…

Marvel’s Canceled Northrop Grumman Comic Leaked. It’s Bad. – Inverse

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

Earlier this month at New York Comic Con, Marvel came under hot water when the publisher announced a partnership with Northrop Grumman, the fifth-largest military defense contractor in the world. The collaboration would have included a tie-in comic in which the Avengers team up with Northrop’s own superhero mascots, N.G.E.N. (pronounced like “engine.”) After the backlash at Comic Con, Marvel canceled the whole thing, but the first issue of the…

Mattel shares hammered as Barbie maker suspends dividend – New York Post

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

Shares of Mattel sank to their lowest since the 2008 financial crisis on Friday after the Barbie maker suspended its dividend and warned it would miss forecasts for revenue this year. The toymaker was the second in a week to report trouble with existing plans from the bankruptcy of major retailer Toys‘R‘Us and analysts said Mattel’s streak of sales declines could now persist into 2018. Performance across top brands Barbie,…

Mattel shares get hammered as Barbie maker suspends dividend – New York Post

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

Shares of Mattel sank to their lowest since the 2008 financial crisis on Friday after the Barbie maker suspended its dividend and warned it would miss forecasts for revenue this year. The toymaker was the second in a week to report trouble with existing plans from the bankruptcy of major retailer Toys‘R‘Us and analysts said Mattel’s streak of sales declines could now persist into 2018. Performance across top brands Barbie,…

Mattel suspends dividend after dismal sales – CNNMoney

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

Toy maker Mattel saw its sales pummeled by the bankruptcy of one of its biggest customers, Toys ‘R’ Us. The company said on Thursday that it suffered a 13% sales decline worldwide — 22% in North America.

Mattel Sales Plummet As Toys R Us Bankruptcy Takes Its Toll – Fortune

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

Mattel, the maker of Barbie, Fisher Price, and Monster High toys, saw global sales fall 13% in the third quarter from a year ago, a decline CEO Margo Georgiadis largely blamed on the bankruptcy of its largest retailer Toys “R” Us. Mattel reported $1.56 billion in third-quarter net sales ended Sept. 30. Analysts had expected net sales of $1.81 billion. Mattel reported lower-than-expected sales in nearly every toy brand and…

Toys to go? New curbside pickup service at Toys ‘R’ Us stores – The Journal News | LoHud.com

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Big-box toy store Toys ‘R’ Us says it plans to keep its 1,600 stores and online shop well-stocked despite filing for bankruptcy protection. USA TODAY The Toys R Us on Route 4 in Paramus has designated Drive Up Pick Up parking spaces.(Photo: Joan Verdon) Need to buy a super hero doll super fast? Or to pick up a new baby stroller without taking the baby…

American Girl dolls are dying, and taking Mattel with them – MarketWatch

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

For Mattel Inc., nearly everything that could have gone wrong in the third quarter did go wrong, including a stark decline in sales for one of the toy maker’s most iconic brands, American Girl dolls. Mattel’s American Girl Brands led sales declines for the company. Worldwide gross sales for the division, which offers American Girl-branded products directly to consumers, were…

New ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Trailer Reveals More About Our Runaways and the Pride – Marvel (press release) (blog)

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

‘Marvel’s Spider-Man,’ ‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,’ and even more exciting reveals! Marvel fans at New York Comic Con were treated to one surprise after the other during the Marvel Animation panel. Hosted by SVP, Animation & Family Entertainment Cort Lane, fans got exclusive sneak peeks of unaired episodes, special guest appearances, and more. “Marvel’s Spider-Man” is in its first season and the audience was treated to a sneak peek…