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Aurora World Partners with Arcola, Ill., Chamber of Commerce to Celebrate Raggedy Ann’s Centennial Anniversary
This year marks the Centennial Anniversary of Raggedy Ann, the iconic rag doll beloved by generations. Aurora World is celebrating this eventful occasion by launching new, special edition Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls and sponsoring Raggedy Ann’s 100th birthday celebration event in Arcola, Ill., home of Raggedy Ann’s creator.
The leading supplier of affordable, high-quality gift products and plush and a Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy licensee since 2011, Aurora World has introduced an original design, special edition Stars and Stripes Raggedy Ann and Andy specifically for the Centennial. The 16-inch dolls feature all-American apparel: white stars against a dark blue background, combined with red. The 100th Anniversary is noted on Raggedy Ann’s apron and Raggedy Andy’s cap.
“We’re delighted not only to make a broad range of treasured Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls available to consumers, but also to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime Centennial Celebration,” said Michael Kessler, Aurora World’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Aurora will launch additional Special Edition Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls throughout the year to celebrate this major milestone.
CJ Products Signs Licensing Agreement with Nickelodeon to Create PAW Patrol Pillow Pets® Plush
CJ Products, the creators of the iconic Pillow Pets® foldable plush, announced recently that it has finalized a licensing agreement with Nickelodeon to create Pillow Pets plush products featuring the adventurous rescue pups, Chase and Marshall, from the network’s number-one preschool series, PAW Patrol.
Through the licensing agreement, CJ Products will create 18-inch foldable plush Pillow Pets of Chase, the heroic German Shepherd and Marshall, the brave Dalmatian, for PAW Patrol fans to bring the community of Adventure Bay home with them.
“Each pup brings a unique personality and skill to the PAW Patrol team and we felt that our Pillow Pets were the perfect canvas to bring their personalities into the homes of the show’s fans,” said Jennifer Telfer, co-founder of Pillow Pets. “As the show’s popularity continues to grow among preschoolers, we hope to expand the line with additional characters.”
CJ Products Expands its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Licensing Agreement with New Pillow Pets® Plush
For more information on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pillow Pets, visit www.pillowpets.com.
CJ Products, the creators of the iconic Pillow Pets® foldable plush, announced recently the expansion of its licensing agreement with Nickelodeon Consumer Products to include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pillow Pets plush products.
CJ Products previously created uniquely shaped illuminating Dream Lites of the popular heroes in a half shell. The new licensing agreement will extend the line to include 18-inch foldable plush of Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello, which will be perfect for fans.
Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property.
“The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan base continues to grow with the recent live-action feature film and Nickelodeon’s hit animated TV series. Parents and children alike are able to have an emotional connection and bond with these characters,” said Jennifer Telfer, CEO of Pillow Pets. “We are excited to foster this relationship and turn these iconic half-shell heroes into cuddly plush.”
Wild Wings and Loon Lake Decoy Company Announce Alliance
Wild Wings, a leading publisher of wildlife and sporting art, is pleased to announce the addition of Loon Lake Decoy Company to its ever-growing family of nature-inspired art and home décor brands. Founded 25 years ago by Michael Lidgerding, Loon Lake Decoy Company produces highly-realistic, cold-cast and hand-painted reproductions of the award-winning artworks of wood-carver, Sam Nottleman. The company is best known for its full range of waterfowl sculpture including more than 50 designs that are immediately available and many more to be introduced in future years. The artworks of Sam Nottleman are widely respected and highly sought after by discerning decoy collectors, seasoned waterfowlers and dedicated conservationists across North America and beyond.
Inspired by a deep love for the outdoor lifestyle, Wild Wings was founded in 1968 to produce nature-inspired art of the highest-quality. Now representing more than 40 of North America’s most talented and diverse painters and sculptors, Wild Wings has a long history of producing top-selling art and the most personalized service in the trade. Effective immediately, Wild Wings will assume all manufacturing, sales and distribution functions for Loon Lake Decoy Company products. In addition to the newly launched line, Wild Wings also produces a wide range of art, gift and home décor products under the Wild Wings, Terry Redlin, Mill Creek Studios, Great Northern Art, Nature’s Window, and Bouquet & Company brands.
Wild Wings’ corporate headquarters are located in Lake City, Minnesota. For more information call 800-445-6413 or visit www.wildwingsdealers.com.
Precious Moments Awards License to
Aurora World, a leading supplier of affordable, high-quality gift products, has signed a licensing deal with Precious Moments, known worldwide for its heartwarming figurines of teardrop-eyed children, created to convey messages of loving, caring and sharing.
Aurora World has been awarded the worldwide rights for soft toys, soft dolls, all soft baby products and plush. Product will launch in 2016.
“The Precious Moments brand has been around since the 1970s and has touched hearts across the globe,” said Michael Kessler, Aurora World's senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. “It's exciting to know that Aurora World will soon contribute to helping consumers everywhere express their emotions and celebrate memorable moments.”