Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc., announced today a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to manufacture, distribute and market a line of novelty and large scale figures and plush under its Creative Designs International (CDI) division, based on the DC Comics Super Heroes and Super Villains. CDI will launch the DC Comics product line in summer 2012 to coincide with the release of one of the most anticipated films of 2012, The Dark Knight Rises, as the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which is scheduled to open in theaters on July 20.
“We are confident that JAKKS will bring its trademark creativity to this new toy line inspired by the DC Comics Super Heroes and Super Villains,” said Karen McTier , executive vice president of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
The license includes the right to include in the new figures and plush line products based on many other popular DC Comics Super Heroes and Villains, including Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, The Joker and Darkseid.
“In bringing our own extensive expertise to the development and marketing of novelty figures, large scale figures and plush based on blockbuster action entertainment, JAKKS makes a real contribution to the ongoing excitement surrounding The Dark Knight Rises and the broader DC Comics pantheon,” said John Blaney, Executive Vice President of Marketing for CDI, a division of JAKKS Pacific. “We are particularly excited to introduce to our boy audience our 30” scale, multi-articulated Batman based on The Dark Knight Rises.”
The DC Comics and The Dark Knight Rises product lines from CDI will be available at major retailers in summer 2012.