Zuru Signs Global Deal with Bunch O Balloons

BunchOBalloonsZuru has signed a global exclusive deal with Bunch O Balloons, which raised close to $1 million through the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.

Bunch O Balloon’s design allows for 100 water balloons to be filled in less than 60 seconds. The balloons are also self-tying, eliminating the step of tying regular balloons.

“We chose to work with Zuru because of their vast global network, marketing ability, and their expertise in automating production,” says Josh Malone, the creator of Bunch O Balloons. “They have an ability to work quickly, and much like us, are a family-run business who are incredible people to work with, and we are excited to be moving forward with them.”

Bunch O Balloons will be hitting the U.S. market next spring.

Saban’s Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger Joins 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Oct7.SabanFans will see the all-new legendary Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger at the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November. The Power Ranger’s debut at the parade will mark the first-ever Power Ranger balloon.

The parade will air nationwide on November 27 from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones.

CPSC Issues New Report on Toy Safety System Effectiveness, Shows Recalls Are Down

CPSCDuring the past five years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have stopped more than 9.8 million units of about 3,000 different toys that violated applicable standards. These products never made it onto store shelves and were kept out of consumers’ homes.

In recent years, the CPSC has created a robust toy safety system by requiring testing by independent, third party laboratories around the world; enforcing stringent lead and phthalates limits for toys; and stopping violative and dangerous toys at ports. This fiscal year, CPSC issued only 31 toy recalls, none of which involved a lead violation. This compares with 172 toy recalls in fiscal year 2008 (19 of which were due to excessive lead); 50 recalls in 2009 (14 for lead); 46 recalls in fiscal year 2010 (3 for lead); 34 recalls in 2011 (4 for lead); and 38 recalls last year (3 for lead).

Overall, toy-related deaths involving kids younger than 15 decreased from 19 in 2010, to 17 in 2011, and 11 last year (based on reports to date). The majority of toy-related fatalities last year were attributed to riding toys, including tricycles and nonmotorized scooters. For kids younger than 15 years old, non-motorized scooters were also the category of toys associated with the most injuries last year. Frequently, these injuries involved lacerations, contusions, and abrasions to the kid’s face and head. [Read more...]

Animal Planet Unveils Swimmers, Shaped Balloons that “Swim” Through the Air

Animal Planet announced Swimmers, the first animal-shaped metallic balloons that are controlled by a remote control. The balloons are intended for indoor use and come in both a shark and clown fish design. Spanning more than four feet long, the balloon “swims” as it floats through the air. It can be easily collapsed for storage when not in use. Swimmers, intended for ages 8 and up, retails for $49.99 at Toys “R” Us.