Sales of both Star Wars and Marvel toy lines slumped 20 percent in the 4th quarter of 2018.
Sales in the toy industry fell 2 percent last year as toy manufacturers endured their first Christmas without Toys R Us in more than 60 years. In the U.S., customers spent $21.6 billion on toys in 2018, less than the $22 billion shelled out for action figures, dolls and games in 2017, according to market researcher NPD Group.
Hasbro’s portfolio took a big hit in the quarter. Sales of franchise brands like Nerf, Monopoly, and My Little Pony, fell 8 percent and partner brands, which include “Star Wars,” “Frozen” and “Marvel” merchandise, slumped 20 percent in the fourth quarter.
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But, many will still be tempted to use Pablo Hidalgo\’s wholly discredited “wooden toy” excuse.
If they do, we’ll then have to remind them that toy sales have grown overall, except for Star Wars. We’ll also have to remind them, that Action Figure sales have increased by 10%, except for Star Wars.