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Sunday, February 10 2013 18:27

[UPDATED] Toy Fair 2013: HELLO KITTY explosion imminent - NECA & SANRIO team up for all-new toys... #TF13

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TFUPDATED with some prototype shots (2/11/13): Straight from the American International TOY FAIR in New York comes word that Sanrio and NECA have announced a licensing agreement "to produce games, collectibles, toys and novelty items featuring HELLO KITTY and other Sanrio characters." Translation: There's more Hello Kitty stuff bound to show up in my daughters' rooms here at Rock Father HQ in the months ahead.

NECA makes some great items (stuff that Daddy loves - GREMLINS, ROBOCOP, etc.), so I'm anxious to see what they'll do with Hello Kitty.

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PROTOTYPE PACKAGING 

"We are honored to be part of such a beloved brand with such a rich history. So many fans, our team included, have loved Hello Kitty from the beginning, and we're thrilled at the opportunity to work with Sanrio to serve these loyal fans"Joel Weinshanker, President and COO of NECA.

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PROTOTYPE MINI-GAMES

NECA adds that "the new Hello Kitty line will cater to long-time collectors, with action figures and statues, high-end lamps, calendars, tea sets, vintage carrying cases, and more, as well as various tabletop games, plus a HeroClix miniature gaming collection from NECA's games subsidiary WizKids."

Products will begin hitting stores this summer. 

Are there any toys that YOU are excited for? Share your thoughts below! Stay tuned to The Rock Father for more news from Toy Fair 2013 as I have it! LIKE me on Facebook for updates!  

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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