Two companies with big U.S. lines of licensed products tied to geek brands have acquired new rights to sell products outside the U.S., they announced Monday: NECA for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and USAopoly for Star Wars and for some of its existing licenses.
USAopoly (The OP) and Disney Consumer Products UK announced plans to develop new Star Wars-themed games for European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) regions, beginning with a light strategy tabletop game. This will be the first time USAopoly has worked with the Star Wars license.
The agreement also grants USAopoly international distribution rights to some of its most popular titles from previous Disney partnerships, including Codenames: Disney Family Edition, Munchkin: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Edition and Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Gemstone Mining Game.
National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), parent company of WizKids, announced the expansion of its licensing agreement with Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). For the first time, NECA’s distribution agreement will include international markets, allowing the company to sell its TMNT action figures and collectibles to dozens of countries in Asia, Europe, and South America. NECA has held the TMNT license since 2016 and has produced a wide array of action figures, collectibles, and prop replicas, as well as TMNT HeroClix and Dice Masters games under its WizKids brand.