Strong sales performance for Spider-Man licensed toys, clothing, books, and many other products
Port Washington, NY, January 31, 2022 – According to The NPD Group, Spider-Man was the best-performing superhero license in the U.S. last year, with total consumer spending on Spider-Man licensed products across the industries that NPD tracks increasing 43% over 2020.
Driven in large part by anticipation of the December 2021 box-office release of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Spider-Man licensed product sales experienced strong sales performances across multiple industries, including toys, juvenile products, video games, apparel, fashion accessories, bicycles, entertainment, and books.
Sales of Spider-Man licensed toys increased 39%, versus 2020, led by products in the building sets and action figures categories, while sales for juvenile products, which includes items in categories such as furniture and travel, increased 61%. In video games, the most recent title for the license, “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales,” which was released in 2020, ranked as the sixth best-selling title overall in 2021.
Spider-Man apparel sales increased 139% in 2021, versus 2020. Backpack sales also experienced a boost; in fact, Spider-Man was the #6 best-selling license for children’s backpacks during the back-to-school season, but it ended the year in the #2 spot – lifted by fourth quarter sales. In the cycling space, Spider-Man ranked as the top-selling license for both children’s bikes and bike helmets in 2021.
According to NPD’s Subscription Video Track, nearly 20 million hours of Spider-Man content was streamed in 2021 across Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far from Home” accounted for nearly 40% of hours streamed. Spider-Man sales showed a strong performance on more traditional entertainment formats, with sales of Spider-Man book titles growing 43%.
“Spider-Man is a banner example of how film and entertainment content is fueling sales across apparel, and many other industries,” said Kristen Classi-Zummo, apparel industry analyst at NPD. “Consumers are engaging with more products and platforms than ever before to interact with their favorite licenses. Finding synergies and understanding this ripple effect should be a top priority for retailers and licensors.”