Golden Bear Toys
|Industry||Toys, Baby & Pre-school products|
|Headquarters||HQs in United Kingdom|
Golden Bear Products Ltd. was formed in 1979 by John Hales and Christine Nicholls. Golden Bear operates from its headquarters in Telford, Shropshire and opened an office in Hong Kong in 2001.
The company has sold a broad range of branded products including Thomas and Friends, My 1st JCB, Charlie and Lola, Pingu, Noddy, Peppa Pig, Brum, Bob the Builder, Cars, Dora the Explorer, Hana's Helpline and Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom.
"My First Thomas & Friends" is a range of chunky plastic toys. The range started in c.1994, and was advertised for young infants who enjoyed the series. The models were safe for younger fans to play with, and included most of the major and minor characters from the TV Series.
The company also acquired the rights to sell the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville. In 2012 the company also launched a range of pre school vehicles under the brand name Go MINI which was officially licensed by BMW MINI. They also launched a range of Something Special toys featuring the popular BBC character Mr Tumble.
Buying direct from Golden Bear
In 2008, Golden Bear launched a new website (www.goldenbeartoys.com) where consumers can buy directly from Golden Bear online. This website features the whole catalogue, plus Special Offers, competitions and activities.
Golden Bear's Teletubbies doll of the character Tinky Winky generated controversy in 2000 because some claimed the doll said "I got a gun".
- Golden Bear Toys corporate website
- Golden Bear advert videos on YouTube
- Official Golden Bear Toys blog
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