The Care Bears are making a comeback…to your t.v.

It’s those lovable, cuddly bears, making a comeback as your favorite animated T.V. show! Many popular cartoons from the 1980s have already made a huge comeback-Thundercats, the Smurfs, and Transformers, to name a few. Similarly, remakes of popular comic strips have been marvelously popular today, including the remaking of Captain America, Thor, and the Avengers into movies.

These cuddly characters first started out as an American Greeting card in 1981.  The Care Bears, like many other characters, are celebrating their 30th year anniversary! American Greetings plans to re-launch the newly animated TV Series much like they re-launched the Strawberry Shortcake series. They first launch the cartoon series. Then, if the audience likes the cartoons, they produce a line of plush toys the following year. To me, this seems like a brilliant idea. Why waste money on producing toys when no one likes the show to begin with?  This concept really seems to be working well for American Greetings, as the Strawberry Shortcake series are really solid and in no danger of disappearing anytime soon.

American Greetings is looking to target girls from ages 2-7 with the new Care Bears launch. They are also hoping to help parents reconnect with a brand that they may have themselves grown up with (I know I’m one of them) :)

Regardless, the Care Bears still exude great message of caring and sharing with one another. This could be one of the secrets behind their success, and why they are still hugely popular even after 30 years. Check out out Care Bears kids party supplies today.

Caring with the Care Bears

If you are thinking of a fun cuddly friend to curl up with for the holidays, look no further! The Care Bears are timeless furry friends that will never leave you alone.  The care bears were created in 1981 as part of American Greetings for use in their greeting cards, and are still going strong today.

Take for instance Grumpy Bear. Grumpy Bear is often always complaining about something and grumbling nonsense words to himself. However, beneath his rough exterior we suspect a genuinely caring bear with a kind heart.

Funshine Bear has a bright yellow sun for his belly badge and likes to bring the sunshine wherever he goes. He is the opposite of Grumpy Bear and treats everyone like a good friend.  He likes fun, games, and joking.

Then there’s Share Bear, who is purple and has curly hair.  She freely passes out hugs and carries around a bag of lollipops to-you guessed it-SHARE them!

Cheer Bear’s belly badge speaks for itself. With her rainbow belly badge and personality you can always count on her to give you a hug or cheer you up whenever you need it most.

Last but not least, Oopsy Bear is very clumsy and often says, “Oopsie!” when he runs into things, but his friends don’t hold that against him. He is unique in that he can draw what he happens to be feeling on his belly.

Go to AGKidZone to check out more about these awesome bears and play some cool games!

Ty’s Toy Box offers the Care Bears in a water-friendly mesh fabric, which is good for the bath, pool, and beach.

Another unique gift opportunity is the Care Bears Tenderheart Bear Canvas Wall Art. This is an unframed square design that measures 16″ x 16″.  You may also personalize this gift, up to 9 characters. Your little one will feel special with their name decorating this Wall Art design.  You will also find countless Care Bear knick knacks such as notes and party favors.  Don’t wait until it’s too late to order these for the holidays.  As Cheer Bear herself suggested, “We don’t need to huff and puff, let’s get it done.”

It’s a very Care Bears time of the year

care-bears-collageEverything old is new again, and the Care Bears are no exception. Yes, I remember them from my childhood—back in the Paleolithic Era, natch—and recently they’ve made a huge comeback. And why not? What’s not to like about colorful, cuddly teddy bears bringing a message and sharing and caring with friends? Nothing, that’s what. All of these “retro” toy lines coming back have staying power because kids love ‘em, and as a parent, it’s hard to argue with a cartoon promoting such great messages.

Did you happen to catch the Care Bears in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year? Yep, they were there! They did a bit of ice skating while Carly Simon sang. Not too shabby.

Psssst… there’s still time to order for Christmas! Visit the Ty’s Toy Box Care Bears Store for all of those hard-to-find Care Bears items you can’t get anywhere else. May I suggest the Bear Buddies DVD? It’s got eight never-before-seen episodes from the Adventures in Care-a-Lot Saturday morning show, and is a must-have for any Care Bears fan. And—of course—as you face down the days of holiday vacation, you may find the Official Care Bears Site has a few things to keep your little one busy. Just an idea.

‘Tis the season for all things Care Bears, and for all good things. Happy holidays from all of us here at Ty’s Toy Box!

Cookie Jar’s growing berry big

I remember thinking that “Cookie Jar” was a great name for a company dealing in kids’ entertainment. Cute, but not cloying. Evoking pleasant visions of a small treat. Perfect!

And, of course, I encountered them right here at Ty’s Toy Box, because Cookie Jar was becoming a household name on account of a little property know as The Doodlebops. Remember them? (Oh, I’m so funny.) And then, of course, they also own Caillou.

So it’s not that Cookie Jar wasn’t a real player, before now. Merely that they were… smallish. Maybe medium. But that’s all about to change. Not only is Cookie Jar merging with DIC Entertainment, now they’re acquiring some American Greetings properties as well:

[T]he children’s entertainment company will acquire AG’s evergreen properties Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears and Sushi Pack for $195 million.

As someone close to this decision might say, that’s a berry exciting piece of news.

(Okay, I’ll stop with the Strawberry Shortcake jokes. They’re just so easy!)

The transaction establishes Cookie Jar as one of the world’s largest independent children’s entertainment and education companies with ownership and licensing rights to some of the world’s most recognizable character brands, an animation library totaling nearly 6,000 half-hours of family programming, and strong capabilities in global merchandising and licensing.

Congratulations to Cookie Jar on the merger, the acquisitions, and on generally making expanding and thriving in licensing children’s entertainment properties look good!

Get ready for Black Friday at Ty’s Toy Box

Let me ask you a very simple question. I know—we all know—that you love your kids and want to get them the things they love. Of course. And naturally you’d like to save a little money in the process, too. But just let me ask you something:

Is there some reason you’d rather head out on the busiest shopping day of the year at o’dark thirty just so that you can fight the crowds and the traffic, vs. staying in and ordering cool stuff online from the comfort of your own home (and possibly while still in your jammies)?

That’s right.

For the first time, Ty’s Toy Box is making their Black Friday specials known a few days in advance so that you can plan your day accordingly. (I recommend a cup of coffee while you finish your shopping online, followed by something like a cinnamon roll as a reward for having gotten it all done early and under budget.) Read through; bookmark what you need; and then get ready to rock on Friday, November 23rd, 2007.

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