aNb Media News, September 16, 2014

Patch Products Acquired by Topspin Partners

Patch Products announced this morning that its founders, Fran and Bryce Patch, have sold the family business to Topspin Partners, a private equity firm.

“The growth Patch has seen in recent years is a result of its diverse, multi-category product line and its distribution in both mass and specialty retailers,” said Stephen Lebowitz, managing director at Topspin, in a statement. “We are excited to have found this outstanding company and are looking forward to supporting its management team and building upon its strong foundation.”

The Patch headquarters and management team, led by CEO Bob Wann, will remain in place, according to this morning’s announcement. Bob Wann said, “We are excited to have Topspin as our partner going forward. It was very apparent from all of our discussions that Topspin shares the same excitement and support for the strategic vision we have for Patch. This, combined with the additional financial resources that they can provide, will trigger further expansion and growth for Patch.”

TRU Announces Fabulous 15 Toy List

Toys “R” Us announced its Fabulous 15 toy list for this holiday season. The products are listed below in alphabetical order.

• Charmazing Color Me Up! from Wooky Entertainment
• Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa from Jakks Pacific (Tollytots)
• Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile from Just Play
• FurReal Friends Get Up and Go Go My Walkin’ Pup from Hasbro
• Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car from Mattel
• Imaginext Battle Rover from Fisher-Price
• LeapTV from LeapFrog
• LEGO Fusion Town Master from LEGO
• Little Live Pets Bird Cage Love Birds Double Pack from Moose Toys
• Max Tow Truck from Jakks Pacific
• Mutant Mania Mutant Masher from Moose Toys
• Skylanders Trap Team from Activision Publishing
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch ‘N’ Shout Leonardo from Playmates Toys
• Transformers Stomp & Chomp Grimlock from Hasbro
• Zoomer Dino (Onyx) from Spin Master

Target Announces Holiday Toy List

Target announced its holiday toy list. Target highlighted the toys by age and noted retail exclusives.

9 Months to 3 Years

• Little People City Skyway Playset from Fisher-Price
• Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Amazement Park Playset from VTech

4 Years to 6 Years

• Disney Frozen My Size Dolls from Jakks Pacific (Target exclusive) (available September 21)
• LEGO City Helicopter Transporter from LEGO (Target exclusive)
• Paw Patrol Look-out Playset from Spin Master
• FurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet from Hasbro
• Monster High Sweet Screams Ghoulia Yelps Doll from Mattel (Target exclusive)
• Zoomer Dino Boomer from Spin Master
• Barbie Fashion Design Maker from Mattel
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair Playset from Playmates
• Wubble Bubble Ball from NSI
• Kinetic Sand Island Fun Playset from Spin Master (Target exclusive)
• Doc McStuffins McMobile from Just Play
• LeapFrog LeapTV from LeapFrog
• Hot Wheels Super Loop Chase Race Trackset from Mattel

7 Years to 9 Years

• LEGO Friends Jungle Tree Sanctuary from LEGO (Target exclusive)
• Transformers Age of Extinction Stomp & Chomp Grimlock from Hasbro
• BOOMco. Rapid Madness Blaster from Mattel
• NERF Mega Thunderbow from Hasbro
• Razor A Lighted Wheel Kick Scooter from Razor
• Razor Crazy Cart from Razor
• nabi Tablets from Fuhu

Kids 10 and Up

• MiP Robot from WowWee
• Simon Swipe Game from Hasbro
• Skylanders Trap Team from Activision
• Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes from Disney Interactive
• Beats by Dre from Beats Electronics
• Xbox One Console from Microsoft
• PlayStation 4 Console from Sony
• Apple iPad from Apple
• Samsung Galaxy Tablet from Samsung
• Apple iPhone from Apple
• GoPro from GoPro, Inc.

Target’s Boutique Brand Toys

(most manufacturers of these private label items were not listed.)

• Our Generation 18-inch Dolls
• B. Woofer Hound Dog Guitar
• Nine-Piece Wooden Puzzle from Melissa & Doug
• Terra Wooden Horse Barn (Target exclusive)
• Stuffies Prancine the Unicorn
• Wooden Instrument Bench from Hape (Target exclusive)
• Craftabelle Pinboard Creation Kit (Target exclusive)
• Li’l Woodzeez Playsets (Target exclusive)
• Whimsy & Wonder Deluxe Pink Dress (Target exclusive)
• Wonderology Shake & Quake Volcano (Target exclusive)
• Mindware Marble Run (Target exclusive)
• Mooshka Flowerina Dolls from MGA Entertainment (Target exclusive)
• My Look Messenger Bag (Target exclusive)
• All Aboard 102-piece Train Set (Target exclusive)
• Magna-tiles Clear Colors 74-piece Set (Target exclusive)

Trending on TTPM: All Children’s Video Games

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