Collectors among our readers may want to pay attention, as toy company JAKKS Pacific have signed a deal to distribute Nintendo toys and costumes worldwide. Franchises in this deal include Mario, Donkey Kong, and most interestingly, The Legend of Zelda.
Read on to find out more!
COO of JAKKS Pacific Jack McGrath stated the following regarding his new partnership with Nintendo:
“Nintendo is a classic brand rich in content that appeals to today’s kids, parents and collectors alike and we are excited to partner together to bring their video game heritage to life in the toy aisle. We are looking forward to expanding our top-tier roster of properties through this comprehensive licensing deal, which covers a wide array of category rights for almost all Nintendo properties, and for nearly all worldwide territories.”
Vice president of licensing for Nintendo of America Steve Singer commented:
“We are eager to offer, a robust and comprehensive line up of products to satisfy our fan base and generations of Nintendo enthusiasts. This partnership with JAKKS Pacific affords us tremendous opportunity to grow the presence of our iconic brands at retail.”
Sounds exciting! Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a while before we see what’s in store. Costumes will arrive in time for Halloween this October, while the toys won’t be ready until Spring 2014.
Looking on their website, JAKKS currently covers toy ranges from some big brands, including Disney, Marvel, and The Dark Knight Rises. With a track record like that, it seems as though Zelda toy and costume ranges could be in good hands.