@Hasbro Invites You to Discover a New World Full of Treasures with HANAZUKI
January 17, 2017

New Entertainment Brand Launching Globally on YouTube and the YouTube Kids App Takes Fans of All Ages on a Spirited Adventure to a New Lunar World Full of Treasures, Emotions, and Colorful Characters

PAWTUCKET, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new world of characters joins the Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) portfolio this year with the launch of HANAZUKI, a story-driven lifestyle brand that invites audiences to discover a new, visually stunning and far-off moon galaxy full of treasures, surprises, emotions, and a colorful cast of friends at the heart of it all. Hasbro’s newest entertainment franchise-brand-in-the-making debuts with the Company’s first ever animated digital series, HANAZUKI Full of Treasures, premiering on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app January 12th.

HANAZUKI, a spirited young moonflower, is at the center of this bold new galaxy where she embarks on an unpredictable hero’s journey to save her moon from dark forces that threaten to destroy it. Through this adventure, she meets new friends, and discovers a world full of surprises and new feelings, ultimately learning that her ever-changing moods prove to be quite powerful.

The HANAZUKI brand is inspired by whimsical character creations originating out of Amsterdam and being brought to life by Hasbro through a rich and immersive storyline focused on the power of embracing how you’re feeling, no matter what your mood.

“We couldn’t be happier that our beloved HANAZUKI inspired Hasbro to further develop the colorful cast of characters and create such a unique and dynamic new world full of surprises and magical mayhem,” said Niko Stumpo and Hanneke Metselaar, local Amsterdam artists and original creators of HANAZUKI. “It’s been incredible to see Hasbro evolve the HANAZUKI brand into so much more through vibrant storytelling, toys, and beyond.”

“In working closely with Niko and Hanneke, we were inspired by the spirit of Hanazuki and identified her as a strong, multidimensional and relatable heroine,” said Samantha Lomow, senior vice president, Hasbro Brands. “Within her effervescent world, we’ve developed a unique story that encourages audiences to embrace their ever-changing emotions and celebrate them in a uniquely empowering way. We know audiences will fall in love with Hanazuki and her magical and eccentric world.”

Produced by Hasbro Studios in collaboration with Titmouse Studios, the HANAZUKI Full of Treasures animated digital series transports viewers into a distant galaxy full of colorful moons, and a mysterious dark force that threatens this new world. The story follows the adventures of HANAZUKI as she discovers she possesses a great power that is revealed when she expresses her many moods, which just may be the key to saving the entire galaxy. As she explores her lunar world, HANAZUKI meets strange and humorous characters along the way, including spirited bunny-like creatures called HEMKAS, a sleepy moon child known as LITTLE DREAMER who delivers daily treasures, the self-appointed sheriff of HANAZUKI’S moon, DAZZLESSENCE JONES who sparkles and shines while making sure law and order is preserved, the aptly named SLEEPY UNICORN, and more.

The series will feature 27 11-minute animated episodes released throughout the year timed to the full moons. The first nine episodes are available now and can be viewed on the Hasbro YouTube page and in the YouTube Kids app.

The HANAZUKI brand will include several other ways for fans to express and embrace their moods alongside HANAZUKI, with a digital app launching in April and branded consumer product offerings throughout the year. A HANAZUKI toy line inspired by the series will launch in June at select retailers and nationwide in August featuring over 175 collectible treasures and figures, plush items, and a stylish Bluetooth-enabled and app-connected wearable, enabling kids to share and express their moods, just as HANAZUKI does in the animated series.

To learn more about the HANAZUKI brand, visit Hanazuki.com or connect with HANAZUKI on Instagram to discover her treasure-filled world.

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

About YouTube Kids

The YouTube Kids App is the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind. The App makes it easier for kids to find videos on topics they want to explore and is available for free on Google Play and the App store.

Daniel Pickett

Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since.

In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features.

He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced.

In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com.

Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s
“Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com,
Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official
Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many
others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows.

But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.

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