June 21, 2006 |
Jakks Pacific Inc. said it won the exclusive right to develop Pokemon toys in North America. Financial details of the agreement with Pokemon Co., a Nintendo Co. affiliate, weren't disclosed. The first action figures, stuffed animals, TV games and pool toys based on the Japanese creatures will debut in January, Malibu-based Jakks said. Jakks, which has more than doubled its annual revenue and net income since 2001, is moving into a market that was controlled by Hasbro Inc., the world's No.
May 16, 2003 |
The buzz may have receded somewhat. But for every fresh wave of preschoolers showing up for recess, there will presumably be more and more Pokemon creatures to collect and trade unto eternity. (The press notes say there are 251 "confirmed" varieties of Pokemon.) The Pokemon craze at its peak may have created at least two generations of crazed collectors and traders.
April 4, 2002 |
Miramax Films, which specializes in edgy art-house movies, has acquired the theatrical, home-video and television distribution rights to the next two "Pokemon" movie sequels in North America and all international territories outside Asia. The movie firm, owned by Walt Disney Co., also has first crack at distributing future animated "Pokemon" films. Distribution rights to the first three "Pokemon" movies were licensed to Warner Bros.
April 2, 2002 |
4Kids Entertainment Inc., which licenses children's products and television shows, said fourth-quarter profit fell 74% as revenue from Pokemon declined. Net income fell to $2.2 million, or 16 cents, from $8.54 million, or 65 cents, in the year-earlier quarter. Sales fell 47% to $10.2 million from $19.2 million, the New York- based company said.
November 22, 2001 |
Tykes who just can't go anywhere without their Pikachu will appreciate Nintendo's Pokemon Mini, a tiny game machine featuring a batch of six simple and amusing games. The mini-machine features a joy pad, plus A and B buttons similar to Game Boy Color.
May 15, 2001 |
Two years after Pokemon swept across America--inundating homes with saccharine-cute yellow Pikachus, ensnaring children with endless supplies of trading cards and sending frazzled parents in search of sanctuary--the next Japanese craze is coming. It's called Yu-Gi-Oh, and if its rise in Japan is any guide, it could soon be sparking riots, lawsuits and financial crisis in America too.