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Founded in 1945, in a garage workshop, by Harold Matson and Ruth and Elliot Handler, Mattel (a combination of the letters of their last and first names,) is now a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and games. It was listed on the New York Exchange in 1963 as a public company and now has 4 subsidiaries: Fisher-Price, Mega Brands (Mega Bloks), HIT Entertainment and Mattel Playground Productions.
The 1950s significantly saw its initial collaboration with Disney, uniquely product placing its toys on the Mickey Mouse Club TV show and Ruth’s creation of Barbie. The late 70s saw the launch of their brand Hot Wheels with the 80s and 90s bringing strategic acquisitions including Corolle S.A., Corgi Toys, International Games Inc., Fisher-Price and Tyco Toys. The Company also renewed strong relations with the Walt Disney Company as well as acquiring the Nickelodeon Licensing Agreement. Brands available from Mattel’s nominated UK nursery wholesaler, Baby Brands Direct include: Fisher-Price, Mega Bloks, Barbie, Thomas and Friends, and toys in Disney licences including Frozen and Cinderella.
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Baby Brands Direct became an appointed wholesaler of Mattel brands in 2009 and has been distributing its baby and nursery products to the independent retail sector since. It is a valued supplier for the wide spectrum and variety of high quality branded and licenced toys and nursery goods it provides. The Company is appreciably the Number 1 Toy Company in the UK holding 10.8% market share (source NPD YTD Nov 2014). Retailers can have confidence in the industry giant’s position, particularly with its statement, “At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play.”
As a worldwide supplier, Baby Brands Direct has made it convenient for retailers to stock on brands and items that they often have scarce or no access to locally. For instance, Babymoov has introduced innovative inflatable bathtub, perfect for parents looking for a comfortable, safer bath for their baby. From mats that tell you when the water is too hot to T bars that help hold the baby in place. You can choose from the Earth Friendly Baby range offering organic shampoos, body lotions, baby wipers, massage oil and bubble bath. Hooded towels have been a growing hit among retailers and parents.
Our partners, Munchkin, have introduced a line of bath time ducks to help parents check the temperature of their baby’s bath, doubling as fun, exciting toys for baby to play with while in the tub. Our range of bath inserts and supports are designed to make bath time easier for parents. We have made available a range of bath time accessory products, from the practical Tommee Tippee and Beaba who are providing you with baby scissors and combs to nail clippers and nose aspirators.