FUNimation, which was recently acquired by Navarre Corp., has named Southern Island the master toy licensee for Case Closed, the popular anime series known as Detective Conan in Japan. Southern Island was also awarded action figure licenses for FUNimation’s Fullmetal Alchemist, Fruits Basket and Blue Gender.
Commenting on Southern Island, FUNimation Ent. president Gen Fukunaga notes, “They understand the charisma of dynamic anime brands like Case Closed, Fruits Basket and Blue Gender, and they recognize the strong cross over appeal that Fullmetal Alchemist brings to the mass market.”
The Case Closed, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fruits Basket and Blue Gender deals will see Southern Island develop highly articulated 6- to 8-inch action figures and deluxe 10- to 12-inch figure lines over the next four-years. The toy maker will also develop busts and statues for Fruits Basket and Blue Gender. Initial products for 2006 may show up in time for the American Int’l Fall Toy Show this October.
Case Closed follows the adventures of Jimmy Kudo, a teenage detective who is given an experimental drug that transforms him into a child. In his new pint-sized body, the sleuth is able to gather clues that the police are unable to see. He even adopts the name Conan in honor of Sherlock Holms creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.