The Licensing Expo, hosted at the Mandalay Center in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest licensing expo bringing together the biggest brands under one roof. This year the exhibit had a ton to offer with a bit of everything for everyone, regardless of fandom or interest. In all the excitement, Collider’s own Steven Weintraub took some pictures of what’s in store for franchises like Godzilla, Nastyand CC.
One of the expo’s biggest exhibits was, appropriately, centered around the fire-breathing sci-fi horror monster Godzilla. The oldest franchise in the world, Godzilla was originally brought to the public in the 1950s by one of the most renowned Japanese filmmakers of the 20th century, Ishiro Honda. Godzilla went on to spawn 36 movies and countless TV shows, video games, and books. Images from the exhibit offer a glimpse of some of the collectibles that Godzilla booth displayed featuring a themed Monopoly, a vinyl copy of Godzilla: Age of the Show soundtrack from 1954 to 1975, several collectible figurines, and even a Godzilla whey protein to help build monster-sized muscles.
Another of the sprawling Japanese booths featured a collage of images from Tsuburaya Production Ultraman of the Ultra series. Ultraman is a superhero from a technologically advanced planet who was, originally, nearly identical to humans. There was a bunch of Ultraman television series and miniseries, as well as films, video games and comics.
With only a black backdrop and a solitaire ‘W’ outlined in green Elphaba, the next two-part Nasty the films were unveiled to fans at Licensing Expo. Although few actors have yet been announced, the director John Chuit is (boobies rich asian) adaptation of the hit Broadway play is already creating buzz in its pre-production phase. With stars Cynthia Erivo playing the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, Grammy-winning Elphaba Ariana Grande playing her opposite, Galinda, fans can’t wait to see their favorite Broadway numbers brought to the big screen. In order to keep the maximum of Gregory Maguireand iconic Broadway duets such as “For Good” and “Defying Gravity” in movies, Chu chose to split the story into two feature films. Both are slated for release on Christmas Day 2024 and 2025. The film is expected to begin production in June.
The photos also include a first look at Difuzed’s stylish DC backpack. The Batmanfeaturing Robert Pattinson as Gotham’s Dark Knight. The backpack features an embossed rubber bat emblem as well as matching side stitching as a subtle nod to the DC hero while still maintaining enough subtlety for everyday use. The backpack is designed for functionality as well as style, made with premium quality materials.
Moxie & Co. posted images of the adorable mischievous Eloisea series written by Kay Thompson set in the 1950s about a precocious little girl who lives high up in the Plaza Hotel in New York City with her ever-patient nanny and pug dog and turtle, Weenie and Skipperdee. Moxie & Co. are now representing the children’s series and their presence at Licensing Expo could hint at more in the works of six-year-old Eloise and her British nanny, aptly nicknamed Nanny, who was played by Julie Andrews at a time Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmas.
The Licensing Expo is officially over for 2022, but online offerings are still running online until June 3. Check out the rest of our exclusive images below.