(EMERYVILLE, CA – January 29, 2017) On the heels of a tremendously successful year that celebrated their 40th year in business, Folkmanis® Puppets unleashes a fresh batch of puppets for Toy Fair, February 18 – 21, at Javits Center in New York City. For “hands-in” fun, make sure to head to the Folkmanis booth #2835 to view and play with the newest puppets.
Highlights of the new collection are natural wonders full of fun and whimsy:
Hibernating imaginations awaken with the Folkmanis® STANDING BEAR puppet. Tall and alert with expressive eyes and a movable mouth for chewing or chitchat, this big bear is hungry for hugs! Ages 3+ MSRP $ $57.99
Resembling a cross between a guinea pig and a hippo, the Folkmanis® CAPYBARA puppet is a curiously cuddly creature! Animate the mouth and forelegs of this rotund rodent to imagine life in the wild. Ages 3+ MSRP $53.99
Flying in on wings of peace and love, the gentle Folkmanis® DOVE puppet conveys a universal message of hope. Movable head and wings make a flutter, taking your imagination to higher realms. Ages 3+ MSRP $27.99
Make story time something to cluck over with the Folkmanis® HEN puppet. With a feathery red-brown plush body and movable beak, this barnyard beauty will have everyone flocking around for creative playtime. Ages 3+ MSRP $59.99
Well-groomed and ready to play is the fetching Folkmanis® POODLE puppet. Clearly the best in show, this jet-black beauty is an elegant example of puppet perfection. Ages 3+ MSRP $45.99
Sweet and gentle, the Folkmanis® CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL puppet is the ideal lap dog. Animate mouth and forelegs to bring life to this chestnut and pearl colored pooch. Ages 3+ MSRP $35.99
Wildlife doesn’t get much cuter than the Folkmanis® ABERT’S SQUIRREL puppet. Gray and white with tufted ears and movable mouth and legs, this critter finds its home amongst the ponderosa pines. Ages 3+ MSRP $17.99
It’s not easy being green, unless you’re a Folkmanis® TOAD puppet. With a textured and warty plush body and wide open eyes, use your imagination to animate forelegs, mouth and even the tongue of this awesome amphibian! Ages 3+ MSRP $29.99
Folkmanis® Little Puppets are especially sized for children and have the same attention to detail that you have come to expect from Folkmanis® products. Burrowing straight to your heart, LITTLE BADGER is a perfect companion for story time or adventurous outdoor exploration. Ages 3+ MSRP $13.99
A mutt of distinction, the Folkmanis® DOG STAGE puppet wears a bandana and begs for attention with sad puppy eyes. Animate the paws and mouth with retractable tongue to bring this character to life. Ages 3+ MSRP $31.99
Toy trends come and go, but one thing remains true about traditional play: the best toys are those that actively engage a child mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. Play that is imaginative and unstructured, open-ended and versatile, care-free and fun, not only empowers children through their developmental stages but also creates long-lasting memories.
Folkmanis believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood, encouraging play and discovery to develop the skills necessary in life. The company has been making the most innovative and engaging specialty puppets in the world since 1976, delighting imaginations and winning nearly every industry, child development, and kid-tested award – many repeatedly. Most Folkmanis® Puppets are available at specialty toy and gift stores, including: science/nature museums, zoo and aquarium gift shops, thousands of independent toy and gift stores, and specialty retailers nationwide and in more than 15 countries around the world. Find Folkmanis® Puppets online at www.folkmanis.com.