LIMA announces 2018 Licensing International Awards nominees

Published on: 29th March 2018

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) has finalised the ballot for the 2018 International Licensing Awards.

A total of 132 nominees from 16 countries were named and will vie for the awards. A record 42% of this year’s nominees originate from outside the US – a 68% increase from last year – demonstrating the increasing international reach of the awards programme.

LIMA President Charles Riotto, commented: “This is a banner year for the LIMA Licensing Awards programme. We received a record 700 submissions, which truly reflects the broad scope of licensing from around the world. The prestige – not to mention the sense of competition – is greater than ever and we are excited to see it all play out at the Awards Ceremony at Licensing Expo.”

Voting will be open to all LIMA member companies in April. Winners will be announced at the LIMA Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, 22nd May, during Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

The following is a selection of some of this year’s nominees:

Character / Toy Brand

L.O.L. Surprise! – MGA Entertainment
Nickelodeon Slime – Nickelodeon
Paddington – Vivendi / The Copyrights Group
Pusheen – Pusheen Corp. / Fluid World Limited
Rube Goldberg – Rube Goldberg / Brand Central
Shopkins – Moose Toys / The Licensing Shop

Film / Television / Entertainment – Animated

Ali the Fox – Beijing Dream Castle Culture
Boonie Bears – Fantawild Animation
Paw Patrol – Spin Master / Nickelodeon
Peppa Pig – Entertainment One
PJ Masks – Entertainment One
Rick and Morty – Cartoon Network
Super Wings – Alpha Group

Toys / Games / Novelties / Role-play: 0 – 12

Bonkers Toys – toy line
Cra-Z-Art – Nickelodeon Slime kits
Headstart – Tickle Me Elmo
Just Play – Disney Junior Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery
Toynami – Tulipop blind box figurines
Wicked Cool Toys – Teddy Ruxpin

Toys / Games / Novelties / Role-play: 13 plus

Funko – Rick and Morty Funko Pop!, action figures, apparel, and more
Hasbro – Star Wars: The Black Series Poe Dameron Electronic Helmet
Jazwares – Roblox product range
Kidrobot – Andy Warhol art toy collectibles
McFarlane Toys – Five Nights at Freddy’s construction sets
Spin Master – Jumanji board game
The Lego Group – Lego Star Wars BB-8


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