The genesis of the partnership began with the realization that parents often find themselves at a crossroads when it comes to choosing either traditional toys, wooden toys, or feature-driven plastics. A meeting between Kids II and Hape led to the development of toys that tap info the affinity for classic, nostalgic toys, by infusing the wooden toys that Hape is known for with Magic Touch features developed by Kids II. The result is a mix of modern and classic that embraces music and creativity.
“With the rising consumer demand for natural wood products and the high-value parents place on music as a universally enriching part of play, Kids II and Hape saw an opportunity to blend those elements together, giving parents everywhere a reassuring and balanced play experience for their children,” says Dave Calhoun, president of Kids II.
Last year, the companies launched their first collection of nine co-designed, co-developed, and co-branded toys. With the initial line on track to hit $20 million in sales this year, the companies entered into an official joint venture to develop even more products, with a second collection of co-branded Baby Einstein toys set to hit retail in October.
#WeKnowPlay: @Kids2Co and @Hapetoys are teaming up for a joint venture that will bring even more co-branded Baby Einstein toys to kids everywhere. Classic wooden toys by Hape, infused with musical tech from Kids II. Learn more: https://t.co/f5O1sfOryi pic.twitter.com/6cgXMQmAK2
— The Toy Book (@ToyBook) August 1, 2019
The new line will include the Magic Touch Mini Piano, Tiny Tambourine, Magic Touch Ukulele, Magic Touch Xylophone, and the Magic Touch Curiosity Tablet, which plays more than 150 melodies.
“With Kids II’s application of cap touch technology and a similar approach to design, we knew it was the right partnership to pursue our shared goal to create an elevated yet accessible segment of high-quality toys that encourage curiosity through genuine open-ended play,” adds Peter Handstein, founder and CEO of Hape Group.