Ganz (toy company)
|Industry||Manufacturer / Importer|
|Founder(s)||Samuel Ganz and children Jack, Sam and Miriam|
|Headquarters||Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada|
Webkinz Jr. Webkinz friends, Nakamas, Amazing world
Ganz is a Canadian company best known for distributing plush animals and collectibles. More recently it is known as the manufacturer of Webkinz, the toy with an interactive virtual-reality Internet site.
The success of Webkinz Pets and other like items helped the fortunes of the Ganz family who then decided to start The Webkinz Foundation. The Webkinz Foundation is a charitable organization that focuses on supporting children's programs worldwide and provides the company with valuable marketing and tax benefits.
Founded in 1950 by Holocaust survivors Samuel Ganz and his sons Jack Ganz and Sam Ganz, it was called Ganz Bros. Toys Limited and was well known to generations of Canadians who had the products in their home. They were major carnival suppliers and manufactured many products in their own factory. A private company with headquarters just north of Toronto in Woodbridge, Ontario, it is now run by Sam and his son Howard. Ganz is known as a user of Ty's copyrighted TyTips fabric, which is on several of the older Webkinz.
Ganz produces several toy lines, such as Tubby Tummies, Webkinz, Bears, and many more.
Webkinz: The best-selling line of plush animals with a secret code that unlocks an online world to explore. These are designed for children from ages 6–12. Since their launch in 2005, the Webkinz line has made Ganz grow in value, popularity and awards for an amazing interactive online site. Webkinz plush toys can be fond around the world. In May 2012, Ganz added their first Facebook Beta Game called Webkinz Friends where players can design and create their own towns and complete challenges and tasks along the way.
Webkinz Jr: A line of plush animals made with soft material. They are designed for children from ages 2–5. The site, similar to Webkinz, features an interactive online world where kids can play and learn.
Tail Towns: A site similar to Webkinz, but for ages 13+. You can access Tail Towns through the purchase of a Tail Towns Figurine. It was supposed to be released in March 2011 as a regular website, but instead opened on Facebook as a beta game called Tail Town Friends. Tail Towns Friends is similar, but unique in its own way to that of Webkinz Friends.
Heritage Collection: A plush line that features a variety of stuffed animals designed by Ganz, ranging in new and vintage styles.
Soft Spots: A line of small plush animals with soft, fuzzy material and will make a sound if squeezed.
Tubby Tummies: Large pot-bellied plush, ranging in designs of teddy bears and other animals.
Nakamas: Nakamas are relatively new plushes made by ganz. They have long, skinny limbs and are aimed towards younger users.
Amazing World: Amazing World is an all new 3D world where players can play with their Zings and decorate their land given to them in the game as well as complete tasks along the way. Plush toys and figurines compliment this new world of exploration and imagination. There is also a Beta Game on Facebook called Amazing World Friends that is very similar to that of Tail Town Friends and Webkinz Friends.