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BOSSA NOVA ROBOTICS’ PENBO AND FRIENDS BRAND WELCOMES SKYLEE, AN ENCHANTING ADDITON TO THE POPULAR LINE

Following Strong Holiday Sales of Penbo, Leading Robotics Brand Geared Towards Girls Introduces New Lovable, Interactive Companions, Skylee and Penbino

NEW YORK – February 13, 2011 - Bossa Nova Robotics’ Penbo and Friends line, the fastest growing robotics brand for girls ages 4-7 years old, once again captures the hearts of young girls with the introduction of Skylee and Penbino at the 2011 American International Toy Fair in New York City, February 13 through 16 at the Javits Center (Booth #3259). The newest member of the Penbo and Friends family, Skylee is a fun-loving dragon that wins children over with her flapping wings and chatty personality while offering girls a magical and interactive play experience synonymous with the brand.

The Penbo and Friends brand made its debut in 2009, with the introduction of Penbo, a loveable, interactive Penguin. Brought to ‘life’ through sound and touch, Penbo melted the hearts of young girls nationwide eager to love and nurture their very own Penguin robot. This popular penguin became one of the must-have toys of the 2010 holiday season. ‚The combination of robotics, nurturing, interactivity and great design made Penbo a successful item last holiday season,. said Christopher Byrne, content director of TimeToPlayMag.com (aka The Toy Guy®). ‚Retailers couldn’t keep the lovable penguin on shelves, which is why I predict that Penbo fans will, without hesitation, add Skylee to their holiday wish lists when the product hits shelves in the fourth quarter.

Since the introduction of the Penbo and Friends line, Bossa Nova has offered young girls adorable robotic companions to nurture and love. Bossa Nova roboticists work to ensure that Penbo’s Friends offer the same magical play experience, as each character ‘comes to life’ with touch and responds with words of excitement. This year, Penbo’s new best friend Skylee and younger sibling Penbino interact with their owners and each other. Able to recognize one another they will dance and sing together when nearby.

The 2011 Penbo and Friends line includes:

SKYLEE
(ILOVEROBOTS/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $59.99/Available: Fall 2011)
Penbo the Penguin has a new best friend—Skylee, a dragon who will enchant children everywhere with her magical abilities. Watch as Skylee flaps her dragon wings in response to a child’s touch or responds with words of excitement to a child’s greeting. Skylee is incredibly outgoing, and she loves to play games whenever she can. Like Penbo, each Skylee comes with a very special surprise—a tiny, cuddly and equally engaging Bebe—a dragon baby who pops out of Skylee in her own egg. Skylee always wants to be near her Bebe, so place them close by and watch Skylee nurture her tiny Bebe by rocking her back and forth and singing sweet lullabies to her. That’s just where the interactivity starts, though! Skylee and Bebe are able to recognize when a Penbo or Penbino is nearby, and together, they dance and sing the day away.

PENBINO
(ILOVEROBOTS/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2011)
Penbino is the irresistibly adorable new addition to the Penbo and Friends line of interactive toys. Like her older sibling, Penbo, little Penbino sings, dances and engages young kids with her magnetic personality. The real magic of Penbino is visible when she reacts to the way kids touch her, carry her and even talk to her—Penbino just loves to have conversations with kids in her native tongue of Penguish! Penbino also really looks forward to spending time with her own family. Just place her near Penbo, Skylee, or Bebe, and she’ll burst into song and dance!

PENBO
(ILOVEROBOTS/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $59.99/Available: Now)
Penbo is a lovable, interactive and waddling penguin with her baby. She responds to touch with blinking eyes, flapping wings, and cooing sounds. This adorable penguin robot comes with a surprise: she lays an egg! When the egg is opened, out comes Bebe - a tiny baby penguin that will chirp and communicate with its mother. Mommy listens to Bebe and responds in her own Penguish language! When the child places Bebe in Penbo’s pouch the two sing to one another while the mom dances with joy. Penbo plays five fun games with you and Bebe including tag, hide and seek and peek-a-boo. In 2011, Penbo will be available in two new colors, with Bebes being offered in additional colors as well.


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About Bossa Nova Robotics
Bossa Nova Robotics is a Pittsburgh PA-based company and spinoff from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. Through the creation of dynamic personal robots, the iloveRobots brand showcases the growing relationship between technology and children, as each toy allows for endless excitement through interactive play. Recently, Bossa Nova has expanded their focus and vision, creating a product that showcases the convergence of a toy and the world of virtual gaming. For more information about the iloveRobots brand, please visit www.iloveRobots.com