And you thought Pokemon was dead? 4Kids Entertainment's
The Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!money machines remain one-two on Time Warner's
Mind you, 4Kids only gets royalties on Pokemon licenses outside of Asia, and doesn't collect on Pokemon-related video games or trading cards, either.
Still, those who thought 4Kids was a one-trick pony might think again. For one thing, there's Yu-Gi-Oh!, which Rick Aristotle Munarriz drooled over last October. For another, those Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) are back in the mix.
The TMNT TV series has been licensed for broadcast internationally. In addition, Playmates' TMNT toy line contributed to the stellar third-quarter results, and new toys will be introduced in the fourth quarter. 4Kids released the turtles' first home video title in September.
Looking forward, 4Kids expects to receive royalty payments from Mattel
4Kids clearly has still other tricks up its sleeve, but if TMNT and Yu-Gi-Oh! aren't enough to convince you this is more than a Pikachu...