Following the stateside launch of Japanese animated series LBX (Little Battlers eXperience) on Nicktoons this past summer, Santa Monica-based Dentsu Entertainment USA has signed on three new licensing partners for the IP.
Targeting specialty retailers, gift and toy stores nationwide, the US-based LBX program is rolling out later this month and into December. On-board are Fifth Sun for boys apparel (SRP US$8.99 to US$59.99), Trends International for a line of LBX posters (SRP US$4.99 to US$9.99), and Zwyer Industries, which has created a hardcover art book (SRP US$25) featuring images from the animated series for sale at comic book stores nationwide and online.
Created by Akihiro Hino, LBX is set in the year 2050, when kids use mini-customizable robots to do battle. The series has met with ratings success in Japan, with more than 100 episodes airing on TV Tokyo. Dentsu has since adapted the series for US broadcast on Nicktoons, where it airs every Sunday at 10:00 am ET.