EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
At the 2012 New York International Toy Fair, leading toymaker Mattel,
Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) will showcase its newest toys that transcend the
traditional playroom and deliver deeper ways for kids and families to
engage with their favorite brands including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®,
Monster High® and Fisher-Price®. From redefining toy-based storytelling
to leveraging age-appropriate technologies, Mattel's "brand portfolio"
puts the future of play in the hands of kids today.
Hot Wheels Apptivity Vehicles for tablets (Photo: Business Wire)
"Families want toys that fulfill a fun play experience while also
expanding children's imaginations in clever and exciting ways," says
Chuck Scothon, SVP, Marketing, Mattel's North America Division. "Our
iconic brands not only transcend generations, they extend beyond the
play room to deliver rich content on today's multiple entertainment
Technology: It IS child's play
Merging age-appropriate technologies and traditional play patterns,
Mattel continues to deliver meaningful content and innovative play at a
price point that maintains the integrity of a product. From integrated
digital cameras to toys that interact with tablets and smartphones, the
line between the two worlds continues to blur.
"Today's children do not differentiate between toy and device as
technology is expected in their favorite playthings," said Scothon.
"What Mattel brings to this convergence is a rich understanding of both
the art and science of play."
To complement its global powerhouse of brands, Mattel infuses play into
your tablet with something no one else can — the industry's top global
powerhouse brands combined with rich content for an immersive play
experience with Apptivity™. Featuring proprietary technology,
Apptivity™ allows kids to take a physical toy and safely play with it on
the screen of an iPad®.
Beginning with Hot Wheels Apptivity™ which lets kids take a 1:64
scale Hot Wheels car and race through three exciting game mode in May,
Mattel will introduce Apptivity™ to even the youngest
techies-in-training with Fisher-Price's® Laugh & Learn™
Apptivity™Monkey. The Laugh & Learn™ Apptivity™ Monkey is an
interactive plush learning toy for babies that also lets them enjoy
their very own apps on mom or dad's iPhone® or iPod® touch
device. Toddlers can squeeze monkey's hands and feet to interact with
the app, which teaches baby about colors, numbers, animals and much
more. Mattel will introduce Barbie®, Monster High®, WWE®, Angry Birds,
Cut the Rope™ and Fruit Ninja™ later in the year.
Combining fashion and photos with a simple click, Barbie® Photo
Fashion™ Doll is actually a digital camera and Barbie® doll's
tee-shirt serves as the canvas. Girls can showcase pre-loaded graphics
or take their own pictures and display them on Barbie® doll's tee. Girls
who loved Fijit Friends® will love the innovative nurturing play of Fijit
Friends® Yippits™. These dynamic dancing pets perform tricks when
played with so girls can nurture, teach tricks and discover the
spontaneous play that comes with the fun, unpredictability of Yippits™.
Preschoolers who want to take their favorite content on the go will
delight in the super-cool, kid-friendly Kid-Tough® Portable DVR
that connects directly to a TV and set top box to record children's
favorite TV shows. The Kid-Tough Portable DVR gives parents and
preschoolers the best of both worlds: parents can maximize TV content
they're already paying for at home and preschoolers can take their
favorite TV shows along for the ride — on road trips, flights, family
vacations — or wherever their adventures take them.
Customization and Collectability
When traditional toys incorporate a creative, customizable element —
imaginations run wild. From designing fashions to entire fashion dolls,
Mattel keeps the category engaging for girls of all ages. We know kids
love to collect, and this year, we are offering boys a cool, new take on
The Barbie® Design & Dress Studio™ comes with everything a
girl needs to create customized fashions for Barbie® including, cloth
dress templates, stencils, fabric markers and decorative stickers. For
the Monster High® fans who have been designing and sharing their own
creepy cool creations via UGC comes the Monster High®
Create-A-Monster Design Lab. Girls can assemble even more customized
Monster High® ghouls by taking "body parts" from the Create-A-Monster
kits or special Add-on Accessory Packs then placing them in the Design
Lab to apply any of the desired "skins."
For the first time, Hot Wheels® goes from vehicle to "spherical," with Hot
Wheels® Ballistiks™ creating new, outrageous stunts utilizing 1:64
scale cars. In today's world, consumers have come to expect instant
results, and this is no different for kids. Ballistiks quickly
transforms from a Hot Wheels vehicle into a ball and back again for
endless play experiences.
The Art of Story Telling
Which came first — the story or the toy? This year, Mattel can answer
"yes" to both. From adding characters to car play and a DVD to doll
play, content will continue to drive imaginations and fashion storylines
for both boys and girls.
Inspired by the real-life crew of Team Hot Wheels™ drivers who will star
in 20 webisodes in 2012, the Team Hot Wheels™ Double Dare Snare™
stunt set allows boys to race 1:64-scale Hot Wheels® side-by-side
down a twisty track, through a hair-raising loop and over a jump at the
edge of a steep canyon. This fall, Monster High™ and Universal Pictures
will release its first direct-to-DVD movie, Monster High™:
Ghouls Rule!, that features all of the beloved student bodies
and their quest to take back Halloween. Rooted in the dynamic
storytelling moments of the DVD, Monster High® will parallel the
launch with freaky fab fashion dolls Clawdeen Wolf®, Frankie
Stein®, Draculaura® and Cleo De Nile®. And after 10 years of
entertainment, Barbie® is coming out with her first "sea-quel™" and 23rd
direct-to-DVD title, "Barbie™: A Mermaid Tale 2."
Fisher-Price continues to bring to life the magic of children's favorite
programming through its longstanding licensor partnerships with Disney
and Nickelodeon and newly acquired HIT Entertainment, which includes
iconic brands Thomas & Friends®, Barney® and
Bob the Builder®. Children can recreate scenes from their
favorite shows and connect with beloved characters through imaginative
role play toys like Master Moves Mickey, Jake's Musical Pirate
Ship Bucky, Fantastic Gymnastics Dora, Come & Get Us!™
Counting UmiCar, Thomas & Friends® TrackMaster™ Risky Rails
Bridge Drop and Thomas & Friends® Steam ‘n Speed™ RC Thomas
to deepen their overall play experience.
Additionally, Mattel partners with entertainment powerhouses to bring
characters from the big and small screen to the toy box. This summer,
Batman in The Dark Knight Rises, from Warner Bros. Pictures, will fly
into theatres and toy shelves with dynamic action figures and vehicles.
For the first time, boys will be able to quickly transform their
character favorites with Batman The Dark Knight Rises Quicktek™
Figure Assortment for a play experience that happens at the speed of
a super hero. From Disney•Pixar's Brave, a new animated feature
about grand adventure set in the mysterious highlands of Scotland,
Mattel introduces the Brave Merida Doll, inspired
by the film's courageous young heroine with fiery red hair and spirit to
match. Twelve million viewers tune into the action-packed storylines of
WWE® programming each week and this year Mattel turns its Superstars
into mom-friendly WWE® Brawlin' Buddies™. These pillow
Superstars bring the ring home but keep the moves safe.
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Check out Fisher-Price on Twitter @FPToyFair and follow Mattel on
Twitter @MattelNews. Consumers can also visit www.MattelShop.com
for more information. Please note credentials are required to attend all
press events in the Mattel showroom.
Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) (www.mattel.com)
is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys
and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling
brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot
Wheels®, Matchbox®, American Girl®, Radica® and Hot Wheels® RC, as well
as Fisher-Price® brands, including Thomas & Friends®, Little People®,
Power Wheels® and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In
2012, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies
to Work For" for the fifth year in a row. Mattel also is ranked among
Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and
the "World's Most Ethical Companies." With worldwide headquarters in El
Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 28,000 people in 43
countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations.
At Mattel, we are "Creating the Future of Play." Follow Mattel on
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