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International Playthings Announces New 2009 Additions To the Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners Community

Parsippany, NJ (February 15, 2009) – International Playthings, LLC introduces several new Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners products for 2009, including new families, occupations, hobbies and playsets. Also, for the first time ever, Calico Critters will be debuting their first line of plush! The Calico Critters line is International Plaything’s wholesome, classic line of animal families and environments that give children the opportunity to experience pretend play with the detailed environments, characters, and ready-to-play sets.

“Over the years, the Calico Critters line has become more and more popular, with kids becoming more involved with the Cloverleaf Corners Community,” says Cyndee Dalton, senior product manager for International Playthings, LLC. “The 2009 additions to the Calico Critters line are relatable for children, whether they are a ballerina, if their mom is a nurse, or if it’s their first time visiting the dentist.”

In 2009, the Calico Critters line includes many new characters and playsets, as well as the exciting new line of Calico Critters plush. The new products include:

Britney Bunny’s Ballet Recital Britney Bunny’s Ballet Recital
Britney is preparing for her big performance in the annual Cloverleaf Corners Ballet Recital! She has spent weeks practicing and the whole town seems to be in the audience, including her friends and family. She has 3 beautiful dresses and can't decide which to wear. Which dress will Britney choose for her exciting night? The set includes Britney Bunny, 3 dresses, mirror and a ballet bar. Britney Bunny’s Ballet Recital, for ages 3 and up, retails at a MSRP of $21.99


 


Nurse Marjorie helps Morgan Mouse Nurse Marjorie helps Morgan Mouse
Nurse Marjorie loves taking care of all the children in Cloverleaf Corners! Today she is helping Morgan, who seems to have hurt her leg. Nurse Marjorie is putting a cast on Morgan's leg so that it can heal and she can feel better in no time! This set includes Marjorie Bunny in a nurse uniform and cap, Morgan Mouse in a dress, a wheel chair, stethoscope, leg cast, plastic needle, 2 packets of “medication”, blanket and a pair of shoes. Nurse Marjorie helps Morgan Mouse, for ages 3 and up, retails at a MSRP of $21.99.


 


Becky Beaver Visits the Dentist Becky Beaver Visits the Dentist
Critters always keep their teeth clean and healthy. Becky is going to see Ben the Dentist to get her teeth cleaned and make sure they are cavity free! The entire playset includes Ben Beaver the Dentist, Becky Beaver, reclining dental chair with spit sink, detachable chair lamp, swiveling stool, dentist tray on wheels, surgical mask, patient bib, 2 toothbrushes, 2 cups, 2 dental jars and 6 different dental tools. Becky Beaver Visits the Dentist, for ages 3 and up, retails at a MSRP of $21.99.


Hook a Duck Carousel
Critters love playing this fun game! The duck carousel spins as you turn the knob. Catch one of the ducks with the looped poles to win a great prize! This fun addition to the Calico Critters playset includes a “water” carousel, 8 ducks with hooks, 2 poles with loops and a prize sign. Hook a Duck Carousel is perfect for children ages 3 and up and retails at a MSRP of $17.99.

Costume Critters:
Create your very own Calico Costume Party with these Costume Critters! These adorable animal mascot costumes have amazing details and can be easily removed to fit other critter brothers and sisters.

Bunny and Chick Bunny and Chick
Simon the Squirrel Brother is dressed in a chick costume complete with a beak, wings, and a fluffy tail, while Cristy the Cat Sister looks adorable in this soft white bunny costume with 2 big ears and a cotton ball tail. Costume Critters: Bunny and Chick, for children ages 3 and up, retails at a MSRP of $22.99.


 

Frog and Lion Frog and Lion
Benji the Brown Bear Brother looks precious in a furry lion costume with a fluffy tail, while Polly the Polar Bear Sister is cute in a frog costume complete with “webbed” feet and hands. Costume Critters: Frog and Lion, for children ages 3 and up, retails at a MSRP of $22.99.


 

Calico Plush Calico Plush
A perfect addition to your Calico collection! Have tons of pretend play fun with these soft and cuddly, plush Calico Critters. Featuring Lauren Fisher Cat, Penny Petite Bear, Willow Cottontail Rabbit and Nibbles Norwood Mouse, each Critter comes with removable clothing and can easily be placed in a sitting position. Approximately 8” tall, these adorable plush critters are truly irresistible! Calico plush are perfect for children ages 3 and up. Each plush character retails at a MSRP of $12.99.

New Calico Critters Families and Twins

  • Furbanks Squirrel Family
  • Furbanks Squirrel Twins
  • Wilder Panda Bear Family
  • Wilder Panda Bear Twins
  • Bullrush Frogs
New Furniture Set and Accessories
  • Charming Chandelier
  • Let’s Clean! Household Appliance Set
  • New Master Bedroom
Please visit our booth at Toy Fair – booth #403.


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About Calico Critters
Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners are timeless, classic toys that delight children and promote wholesome family values. These award-winning miniature creatures and their life-like environments have inspired the imagination and creativity of countless children, while promoting healthy physical and cognitive development through pretend play. Calico Critter families are just like real families, and every mom, dad, sister and brother plays an important role in the Cloverleaf Corners community. More information on the individual characters, their stories, roles, relationships and environments can be found at www.calicocritters.com

About International Playthings, LLC
Since its inception in 1967, International Playthings, LLC has excelled in the delivery of innovative and entertaining products with integrity, superior play value and child developmental qualities to consumers. Over the course of its 40-year existence, International Playthings, LLC has grown to become one of the largest and most respected suppliers of quality products to the North American specialty industry.

A subsidiary of Epoch Company Ltd. affiliate company, International Playthings, LLC offers a comprehensive range of proprietary and distributed brands comprising a wide variety of award winning play things including games, infant toys, preschool toys, dolls, educational toys and activity toys. Additional information on International Playthings, LLC, its brands and individual products can be found at www.intplay.com.