Kids II Acquires Rhino Toys and Taggies

Kids II, Inc., an infant and toddler products company, has acquired two companies, Rhino Toys and Taggies, enhancing the Kids II collection of forward-thinking products, the company said. The acquisitions were announced at the company’s The Mother of Invention Showcase of New Innovations in New York City last week.

Rhino Toys products, including the flagship product O-Ball, are designed to provide innovative, tactile, and high-performance play. Kids II plans to strengthen, reinvent, and add designs to the collection.

Taggies, originally created as plush security blankets with satin ribbon loops, has transformed into a lifestyle brand, offering its signatures blankets in new designs, plush toys, apparel, and accessories. Kids II will maintain Taggies quality while expanding the collection with new products.

Taggies and Rhino products are available in stores now, and more products under the Kids II umbrella are expected to debut soon.

Bright Starts Announces New Products, Honors Mom at NYC Event

Bright Starts, an infant brand under the Kids II family, revealed its newest products and also honored its 2011 Pink Power Mom in a special celebration at The New Museum in New York City last week.

Included in the new products were three additions to the InGenuity line: the washable Playard (SRP $139.99), the Sway Seat (SRP $119.99), and the Chair Top High Chair (SRP $54.99).

Bright Starts also introduced Having a Ball, its first-ever product line geared towards the six-to-36 month age range. The seven new toys all retail for under $49.99 and aim to engage toddlers in a fun combination of learning and ball play.

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Recall: Beado Handheld Bead Play Toys

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Agency, in collaboration with Rhino Toys, Inc., has issued a recall notice for Beado handheld bead play toys. The toy, which poses a potential choking hazard, can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Affecting approximately 5,500 units, the Beado toy’s adhesive may not be sufficient enough to maintain a connection between various plastic wires, which may cause the toy’s beads to fall off. The recall affects Beado handheld beaded play toys with the model number 1501 and the date code 02910 04323A. The product measures six inches in diameter, and contains four blue plastic “hubs,” six white plastic “wires,” and 12 multi-colored beads.

Products whose date codes differ from 02910, or have a black mark next to the 02910 date code with an inspection sticker, are exempt. For detailed examples, click here.

For more information, or to report a claim, call Rhino at 877-887-4433 Monday through Friday, 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Pacific Time.

Photo Credit: Rhino Toys, Inc.