Sweet Suite 2016

DEMDACO, OneCoast Form Strategic Partnership

DEMDACODEMDACO has entered into a strategic partnership with OneCoast.

Effective January 1, OneCoast will create a new sales division that will be exclusively dedicated to selling DEMDACO products. This is not an acquisition or merger of the two companies. OneCoast will be representing DEMDACO’s product to independent retailers throughout the gift industry. It will also focus on developing the independent and specialty retail channel for DEMDACO in the US and Caribbean. [Read more...]

Nintendo Partners with Universal Parks & Resorts for Theme Park Attractions Based on Nintendo Games and Characters

NintendoNintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts will bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks, with experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters, and worlds. Through the partnership, Nintendo will be expanding the reach and popularity of its characters and intellectual property.

The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s best-known characters and games. More details will be announced in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams work to create specific concepts.

Build-A-Bear Workshop to Join Lalaloopsy’s Super Silly Fifth Anniversary Party

Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar CookieMGA Entertainment is partnering with Build-A-Bear Workshop to offer Lalaloopsy dolls in honor of the brand’s Super Silly Fifth Anniversary Party. Starting in August, Lalaloopsy fans will be able to build four of the eight original Lalaloopsy characters—Crumbs Sugar Cookie, Jewel Sparkles, Peanut Big Top, and Mittens Fluff “N” Stuff—and personalize their creation with accessories in Build-A-Bear Workshop stores. [Read more...]

My Gym Locations Nationwide to Feature Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Line

FisherPriceMy Gym Children’s Fitness Center has joined forces with Fisher-Price to launch a special child development initiative featuring the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages product line. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages technology allows for level adjustment of activities, songs, phrases, and more to suit each developmental stage.

Select My Gym locations nationwide will participate in the initiative, which is designed to engage growing children with learning content within My Gym environments. Three Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages toys will be integrated into My Gym classes, including the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Smart Stages Train, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair, and the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Crawl Around Car.

Fisher-Price Enters Global Collaboration with Shakira and The Barefoot Foundation for Best Possible Start Campaign

shakiraIn a global partnership centered on early childhood development, Fisher-Price Inc. has partnered with singer Shakira—who is also a mother and philanthropist—and the Barefoot Foundation to create a web series for moms and co-develop a new line of babygear and toys.

The program targets millennials, who make up 80 percent of today’s first-time moms. The collaboration, which is focused on sharing opinions and recommendations with other moms, kicks off today with a 12-part web series featuring Shakira’s personal reflections on what her baby has taught her about herself. Other topics include the importance of early childhood development, looking at the world through a child’s eyes, facilitating milestones, and her hopes for raising a future philanthropist.

Segments also celebrate babies’ activity and growth, as well as Shakira’s own parenting journey from a very personal mom-to-mom point of view. The series will be distributed exclusively over digital to 23 countries at one time, delivered via branded social channels and supported with paid media. The content will live within a microsite, which will contain product information on her First Steps Collection, the new Babygear, and infant line of toys Fisher-Price co-developed with Shakira.

Fisher-Price Shakira First Steps Collection Kick & Play Piano Gym

Available in the U.S. exclusively at amazon.com as well as fisher-price.com, Shakira’s introductory spring line of co-developed Fisher-Price baby gear and toys will include the following: [Read more...]

Lego and Shell to Part Ways After Decades-Long Partnership

Lego.ShellOn Thursday morning, The Wall Street Journal reported that Lego is ending its co-branding relationship with Royal Dutch Shell. The move follows pressure from environmental group Greenpeace, which targeted the decades-long partnership in an online video and petition.

Since the 1960s, Lego has built play sets branded with the Shell logo, including Shell filling stations, tanker trucks, and Shell-sponsored racing cars. These have been sold at Shell gas stations and other retailers that carried Lego sets.

In July, Greenpeace circulated an online petition calling for Lego to sever ties with Shell, which it has accused of operating recklessly in exploring for oil in the Arctic. The group released an online video, Lego: Everything Is Not Awesome, which depicts an Arctic wonderland made of Lego bricks that is flooded with spilled oil, and asks viewers to sign the petition urging Lego to sever ties with Shell. According to Greenpeace, the video has garnered more than a million signatures to date. [Read more...]

TIA and JPMA Enter Information-sharing Partnership

tia_logo[1]The Toy Industry Association (TIA) and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) have entered into an information-sharing partnership to better provide safety and product information to their respective customer pools.

jpma_newestlogoAs of September 7, the organizations are working together to “provide trusted and timely information on a wider variety of topics to families with kids of all ages,” according to Joan Lawrence, TIA vice president of standards and regulatory affairs.

Mattel and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Partner Up to Share the Play

logo_Mattel logoMattel and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) have entered into a toy and game donation program to provide children with greater access to play. Called Share the Play, for every online order placed by consumers at Mattel’s online toy stores, Mattel will donate a toy to BGCA. Through the program, up to 250,000 toys will be distributed to BGCA’s nationwide network of 4,100 Clubs.

From now through December 31, every qualifying order made online at mattelshop.com and fisher-pricestore.com will result in a toy donation to BGCA. Mattel will donate a minimum of 200,000 toys to BGCA through the program, with a goal of 250,000 toy donations to the organization.

The donation program builds on a successful multi-year partnership between Mattel and BGCA.

Toys “R” Us and Hull FC to Partner on Match Day and Support Programs

A new partnership launched between Toys “R” Us and Hull Football Club (Hull FC) will see the latter’s family area of the team stadium’s West Stand become known as the Toys “R” Us Family Area, with toy giveaways at every game from both Toys “R” Us’ and Hull FC’s mascots.

Toys “R” Us will also officially partner with the club’s grassroots engagement program, known as Fanbassadors, with special offers for young fans at schools and junior clubs, as well as discount vouchers and toys for Hull FC season pass holders. In addition, Toys “R” Us will become included in the club’s official playing and replica shirts.

The partnership will also see community links forged by the Toys “R” Us store at Kingston Retail Park in Hull, including visits from the players and mascots, as well as support for on-going community and charity work.

Reeves International to Distribute Basic Concepts’ New Summer Lines

ReevesInternationalReeves International has partnered with Basic Concepts to distribute three new collections of water blasters, air gliders, and themed activity kits in the U.S. this summer. These items will be available in both the mass and specialty markets.

The Aero Force line includes the Aero Force Glider, which has precision wing design and technological components designed by an aerospace engineer to maximize flight time. Meanwhile, pre-pressurized water cartridges for Hydro Force blasters never lose water pressure, letting kids back into their games faster.

Basic Concepts’ In a Minute blind bags guide kids through the art of quick magic tricks, science kits, building kits, and gags.