Plus Surprising Price Point Trends
March 18, 2002
Two #1 products repeated in February, a testament to the strength of some recent releases and the weaker competition scheduled for this normally weak month.
Retail Division Not Affected
March 14, 2002
A spokesperson for Wizards of the Coast has confirmed to ICv2 that the company has laid off 50 employees today at its headquarters in Renton, Washington.
Mall Kids Driving Book Numbers Up
March 10, 2002
All three of the largest US manga publishers told ICv2 that sales are booming for manga trade paperbacks.
Check Out the Mix
February 27, 2002
January is a transition month in the pop culture products business, with the first week or two typically showing strong post-Christmas sales, followed by slowing traffic as the winter doldrums set in. But there was a lot of activity in pop culture stores this January, with especially strong releases in the comic category.
Plus Lots of other CCG Products
February 16, 2002
A visit to the Wizards of the Coast section of the Hasbro Building at this year's New York Toy Fair leaves no doubt that WotC will be very busy in 2002.
Some Big Gains and Declines
January 29, 2002
U.S. sales for mid-sized comic publishers were a mixed bag in 2002, with big increases and decreases the norm according to our analysis of circulation and dollar data from the last two years.
Outbids DIC and Nick for Saturday Morning
January 23, 2002
4Kids Entertainment, the company that packages Pokemon , Yu-Gi-Oh , and Cubix, outbid both DIC Entertainment ( Sailor Moon ) and Nickelodeon for the four-hour Saturday morning block.
Anime and Toys from the Latest Japanese Craze
January 23, 2002
Nelvana, the Canadian-based distributor of children's programming and products, has acquired the rights to the latest Japanese toy craze, Beyblades , as well as to the anime series the toy tops have inspired.
Lord of the Rings, Comics Strong Sellers
January 16, 2002
In the midst of a recession and in the wake of the economic turmoil created by the 9-11 attacks, the pop culture retailers surveyed by ICv2 reported strong sales in December. Let's take a look at some of the categories...
First Products To Ship in March
January 2, 2002
Upper Deck has announced that it has acquired the license to produce and market the English language version of the Yu Gi Oh CCG , the game that took off when Pokemon declined in Japan.