The Wait Is Over—It’s Hero Time!
Alli Matteo/Coyne PR (Playmates Toys)
Lauren McCabe (Cartoon Network Enterprises)
Toy Line from Playmates Toys Based on Cartoon Network's New Ben 10 Animated Series Available Now As A Limited Exclusive at Toys"R"Us®
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 6, 2017 — It's hero time! Playmates Toys announced today that its Ben 10 toy line is available now as a limited exclusive at Toys"R"Us® stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com. The entire Ben 10 toy line will become available at all other major retailers beginning in August. The toy line is inspired by Cartoon Network's fresh take on the beloved Ben 10 animated series, which premiered in the United States in April. The collection of fun-filled toys includes action figures, vehicles, playsets and role play items.
"Fans of Cartoon Network's new Ben 10 series will now be able to bring home the action-packed adventures seen in the show," said Karl Aaronian, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Playmates Toys. "The expansive toy line that we developed includes unique transformations, special features and technology to provide kids with an imaginative play experience where their favorite characters are brought to life."
The new Cartoon Network series is centered on fun loving, 10-year-old, Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen, and Grandpa Max as they travel throughout the country during summer vacation. Once Ben finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different heroic aliens, a world of extraterrestrial superpowers opens up to him.
"We're excited to introduce a new generation of fans to Ben 10, providing them with the opportunity to connect with the brand even further with the introduction of Playmates Toys' new toy line," said Pete Yoder, vice president, Cartoon Network Enterprises for North America. "The toy line captures the essence of the new series: action, excitement and all-around fun."
The toy line from Playmates Toys features the following:
- The Basic Action Figure assortment features a variety of 5-inch, highly detailed and articulated figures based on the show, including Ben Tennyson, the 10 different heroic aliens that he transforms into, and key villains from Season One.
- Other figure assortments include Deluxe Power Up figures with lights and sounds, and Giant 10-inch figures.
- The Rustbucket Vehicle & Playset, the main vehicle seen in the show, transforms into a 3-level playset that stands over 2 feet tall and is packed with action features, including an alien transformation chamber, plasma blaster, alien lab, and more.
- Rounding out the collection is role play, including both a Basic and Deluxe Omnitrix, allowing kids to transform into any one of Ben's 10 aliens, and Transform-N-Battle gauntlets and masks.
About Playmates Toys
With a history of over 50 years, Playmates Toys is today among the most well-respected and innovative marketing and distribution companies in the global toy industry with a proven history in the creation of imaginative products as well as the development and management of profitable, long-term brand franchises. Key brands include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Voltron Legendary Defender and Ben 10. From its offices in Hong Kong and California, Playmates designs, develops, markets and distributes its products in over 60 countries worldwide. Follow us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/playmatestoys.
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks' award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Mighty Magiswords, and We Bare Bears, as well as Rick and Morty on Adult Swim.
Cartoon Network is Turner's global entertainment brand and the # 1 animation network in the U.S., offering the best in original content for kids and families. Seen in 192 countries and over 400 million homes, Cartoon Network is known for being a leader in innovation with its approach to engaging and inspiring kids at the intersection of creativity and technology. Its pro-social initiative, Stop Bullying: Speak Up is an acknowledged and often-used resource for kids and adults looking for tools that can assist in dealing with the ongoing issue of bullying.
Cartoon Network is part of Turner, a Time Warner company that creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.