Hasbro and Mattel have announced that they have entered into multi-year licensing agreements to create co-branded toys and games from some of their most popular brands including Barbie and Transformers, which correlate to the upcoming movie releases.
Hasbro will create Barbie-branded Monopoly games launching in fall 2023. Mattel will produce Transformers-branded UNO games, slated for release later this year, and Transformers-branded Hot Wheels vehicles, set to debut in early 2024.
Hasbro and Mattel are launching this collaboration against the backdrop of two major theatrical releases this summer, with Hasbro’s Transformers: Rise of the Beasts from Paramount on June 9, 2023, and Mattel’s Barbie from Warner Bros. on July 21, 2023.
“We are excited to pair some of the most popular brands together for the first time,” said Nick Karamanos, Senior Vice President of Entertainment Partnerships at Mattel. “This collaboration features world-class IP, celebrates the timeless appeal of these brands, and creates unique play opportunities for fans.”
“With the major theatrical releases of the Transformers and Barbie movies in summer 2023, we’re excited to bring brand-new play experiences to fans, families, and movie and toy lovers all around the world,” said Casey Collins, President, Global Licensed Consumer Products & Business Development. “Working with iconic brands in pop culture truly showcases our strategy in action, as we continue to expand our product experiences for audiences everywhere.”
Per Circana, Barbie, Hot Wheels, UNO, and Monopoly are the top-selling brands globally in their respective categories of dolls, vehicles, and board games.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is directed by Steven Caple Jr. and stars Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback. Synopsis: Returning to the action and spectacle that have captured moviegoers around the world, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a ‘90s globetrotting adventure with the Autobots and introduce a whole new faction of Transformer – the Maximals – to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons.
Barbie is directed by Greta Gerwig and stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
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