Deal and Phenomenon of the Year
January 3, 2003
These awards are given as a way of reflecting on the events of the year and to draw some conclusions from them. We chose Jakks Pacific's acquisition of the Dragon Ball toy license as the Deal of the Year, and the divergent price trends in collectibles as the Phenomenon of the Year.
September 6, 2002
In spite of the obvious success that comic book-based films have had in Hollywood over the past year, and despite the fact that fellow AOL/Time Warner company DC Comics has an enormous roster of characters, Warner Brothers has been unable to pull the trigger and squeeze off another round in the battle of cinematic superheroes.
Cross-Development and Management Deal
August 14, 2002
Big Blast Entertainment, which holds media rights for Oni Press, and Circle of Confusion, a management company (Wachowski Brothers, Brian Michael Bendis, others) announced a cross-development and management deal.
Targetting the Adult Collector Market
August 7, 2002
Warner Brothers Consumer Products Division announced that McFarlane Toys has received the master toy license for the second and third installments of The Matrix Trilogy --- The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions -- as well as rights to the original Matrix film.
The Tick Couldn't Beat Fox, But It Clobbered N2
August 6, 2002
N2 Toys, the company that was largely staffed with ex-employees of the Cincinnati-based Kenner (after Hasbro acquired Kenner and eliminated 'redundancies'), is no longer in the business of manufacturing toys.