Spin Master Reveals Its Own Surprise with Announcement of 2018 Collectibles Line Up
February 5, 2018

TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2018 /CNW/ – Spin Master Corp. (TSX:TOY; www.spinmaster.com), a leading global children’s entertainment company, is expanding its already successful line of collectibles with new characters, seasons and brands.

Flush Force creatures come from deep inside the bowels of Flushville and have been mutated by toxic sludge. (CNW Group/Spin Master)

According to the NPD Group, collectibles have been a leader of growth in the toy industry, primarily driven by blind packs. The NPD Group attributes a portion of the 14% category growth in 2017 to the international popularity of Hatchimals CollEGGtibles. Hatchimals CollEGGtibles launched in May 2017 and the line was expanded in December with the launch of Season 2. The brand continues to offer exciting new extensions at low price points with positive momentum heading into the 2018 launch of Season 3.

“Spin Master is at the forefront of the collectibles trend,” said Ben Gadbois, Spin Master’s Global President and COO. “Through innovation, compelling characters and strong storytelling, we continue to push the boundaries to develop unique ideas. In 2018 we are launching new themes within our globally recognized Hatchimals CollEGGtibles line, and we are excited with the recent launch of Flush Force and Tech Deck Dudes.”

Flush Force creatures come from deep inside the bowels of Flushville and have been mutated by toxic sludge. With 150 to collect, kids can now start their own gross gang of Flushies. To reveal whether they have a common, rare or ultra-rare figure under the toilet seat, all they must do is fill the toilet’s tank with water, shake it up and peel away the toilet cover. They may get a little wet while shaking, but that’s half the fun!

Tech Deck Dudes are a gnarly squad of collectible mini skaters rolling in from the awesome city of Dudesburg, a ridiculous place filled with even more ridiculous characters. With grungy style, cool personalities, and fierce smiles, Tech Deck Dudes are ready to hit the skate park. This line of collectibles is character driven with each Tech Deck Dude belonging to their own crew. From the Brainy Bunch, to the Ninja Squad to the Ghost Gang, there are 11 crews and more than 70 Tech Deck Dudes to collect in Series 1.

To extend the entertainment value beyond the reveal, episodes are available on Youtube for Hatchimals CollEGGtibles and Flush Force. Kids can hang with “Team Hatch” and further explore Hatchtopia while learning more about the common, rare and ultra-rare characters within CollEGGtibles Season 2. Beginning February 22, kids will be in for some wild, flushing action as the Flush Force characters burst out of the toilet in search of hilarious adventures.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles (MSRP: $2.99$19.99), Flush Force (MSRP: $2.99$19.99) and Tech Deck Dudes (MSRP: $2.99$9.99) are available now at retailers nationwide. For more information, visit www.SpinMaster.com.

*Source: The NPD Group/U.S. Retail Tracking Service/Dollar sales

About Spin Master
Spin Master (TSX:TOY; www.spinmaster.com) is a leading global children’s entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer®, Bakugan®, Meccano®, and 2017 Toys of the Year, Hatchimals®, Air Hogs® and PAW Patrol®. Since 2005, Spin Master has received 92 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 21 wins across a variety of product categories, including 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year, more than any of its competitors. To date, Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 success Bakugan Battle Brawlers and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master employs over 1,500 people globally with offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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