The United States is stuck on Snoopy: Peanuts stickers sheets and other products hot sellers (1989)
“Snoopy is on a nice roll again,” said Connie Boucher, founder and chairman of Determined Productions, Inc., the licensing company for Peanuts products, which also handles products for the Beatles and Felix the Cat.
Several thousand Peanuts items already are on the market — everything from dolls to mugs to flea collars — with sales of an estimated $1 billion a year.
“Virtually any product category you can think of, we’ve either done or we’re thinking of doing,” said Ronald Nelson, vice president of Creative Associates, Schulz’s business managers.
Clothing accounts for between 20 percent and 30 percent of sales, followed by books (10 percent to 15 percent) and accessories and toys (15 percent).
Greeting cards and other items make up the rest. Peanuts greeting cards are Hallmark’s biggest sellers, according to the 65-year-old Schulz.
Overall, sales of Peanuts items are second only to Disney.
“You’d be astounded at the enthusiasm of Peanuts collectors,” said Schulz, who once resembled his round-faced Charlie Brown character.
“It’s like our worship of all kinds of heroes. If we like a certain cartoon character, why not have a replica of that character sitting on your desk?”
Charlie Brown may be a good man, but happiness — from a merchandising standpoint — is Snoopy, by far the most popular Peanuts character.
“I think there’s a lot of Snoopy in many of us — or in what we’d like to be,” said Lance Walsky, president of the United Stars division of J .G. Hook, a New York-based apparel maker that is launching a line of Snoopy clothing aimed at girls and young women this fall.
“Snoopy seems to be in control of every situation. He can be cool, vulnerable, a World War II flying ace or a hockey player,” Walsky said.