|Founded||June 19, 1930|
Margaret Evans Price
Rebecca D. Fisher
|Products||Baby toys, dolls|
|Revenue||US$1.07 billion (2020)|
|Owner||Independent (1930-1969); (1991-1993) The Quaker Oats Company (1969-1991)|
|Footnotes / references|
Fisher-Price (styled as fisher-price since 2019) is an American company that produces educational toys for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, headquartered in East Aurora, New York. The company was founded in 1930 during the Great Depression by Herman Fisher, Irving Price, Helen Schelle, and Margaret Evans-Price.
Founded in 1930 during the Great Depression by Herman Fisher, Irving Price, Price's illustrator-artist wife Margaret Evans Price, and Helen Schelle, the name Fisher-Price was established by combining two of the three names. Fisher worked previously in manufacturing, selling and advertising games for a company in Churchville, New York. Price had retired from a major variety chain store, and Helen Schelle previously operated Penny Walker Toy Shop in Binghamton, New York. Fisher-Price's fundamental toy-making principles centered on intrinsic play value, ingenuity, strong construction, good value for the money, and action. Early toys were made of heavy steel parts and ponderosa pine, which resisted splintering and held up well to heavy use. The details and charm were added with colorful lithographic labels. Mrs. Price was the first Art Director and designed push-pull toys for the opening line, based on characters from her children's books.
The mayor of Aurora, New York, supported Fisher by raising $100,000 in capital. In 1931, three of the four founders took 16 of their wooden toys to the American International Toy Fair in New York City and they quickly became a success. The first Fisher-Price toy ever sold was "Dr. Doodle" in 1931. (The same toy, in excellent condition, would be worth a considerable amount in today's collectibles market.) In the early 1950s, Fisher-Price identified plastic as a material that could help the company incorporate longer-lasting decorations and brighter colors into its toys. "Buzzy Bee" was the first Fisher-Price toy to make use of plastic. By the end of the 1950s, Fisher-Price manufactured 39 toys incorporating plastics.
During the 1960s, the Play Family (later known as Little People) product line was introduced and soon overtook the popularity of earlier toys. Herman Fisher retired at the age of 71 in 1969 and The Quaker Oats Company bought Fisher-Price the same year.
In 1991, Fisher-Price regained its independence from The Quaker Oats Company and became a publicly traded company. Two years later, in November 1993, Mattel bought Fisher-Price. A new management group set the company's focus on basic, infant and preschool products and began expansion into international markets. By 1997, Mattel decided to market all of its preschool products under the Fisher-Price name.
Fisher-Price has created approximately 5,000 different toys since the early 1930s. One of Fisher-Price's best-known lines is Little People toys, which includes people and animal figures along with various play sets such as a house, farm, school, garage and vehicles. The figures, which originally were wooden peg-style characters, are now molded of plastic and have detailed features.
In addition to Little People, some of the toys and toy brands that have remained popular for many years include Power Wheels, View-Master, Rescue Heroes, the Chatter Telephone, and the Rock-a-Stack. Other brands marketed under the Fisher-Price name over the years include Disney, Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and See 'n Say.
Fisher-Price also designs and sells infant care products and has begun developing electronic toys for preschoolers.
In 2009, Fisher-Price bought all toy rights to Thomas & Friends except for the Wooden Railway line. Through Mattel's 2012 acquisition of HIT Entertainment, which subsequently became a division of Fisher-Price, Mattel now owns the property outright. With this, toys based on Mike the Knight and Bob the Builder have been subsequently released.
On August 2, 2007, Fisher-Price recalled close to a million toys, including the Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street toys because of possible hazards due to the toys being coated in lead-based paint.
Rock 'n Play recall
Fisher-Price recalled all models of their Rock 'n Play sleeper on 12 April 2019. The product was introduced in 2009, and holds the sleeping baby in an inclined position. More than 30 infants have died while sleeping in a Rock 'n Play. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said these deaths occurred "after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances."
Years before the introduction of the Rock 'n Play sleeper, in the mid-1990s, the American Academy of Pediatrics' Back to Sleep campaign recommended that "babies should not sleep for long periods in inclined devices". In babies under one year old, dying during sleep is the leading cause of accidental death. The recommendation that babies sleep flat on their backs, in an empty crib, has cut this death rate in half.
The Rock 'n Play was designed 15 years after these sleep recommendations were published, and according to a Washington Post article, violated them. Fisher-Price sold the Rock 'n Play without first getting medical advice from more than one pediatric specialist, and without doing any real-world safety tests. They continued to sell it for years after the first deaths were reported.
Current brands and products
- Bright Beats
- EZ Play Railway
- Imaginext (2002–present)
- Laugh & Learn (2000–present)
- Little People (update of the Play Family line) (1959–present)
- Loving Family Dollhouses and accessories
- Mega Bloks (2014–present)
- Minions: The Rise of Gru (Imaginext only) (2020–present)
- Power Wheels (1985–present)
- Quizard the Learning Wizard
- Rescue Heroes (1997–present)
- Rainforest Jumparoo
- Smart Toy
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (Imaginext only) (2020–present)
- Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go related products (2021-present)
- Think & Learn
Baby Gear products
- Baby bouncers
- Baby monitors
- Baby swings
- Booster seats
- Car seats
- Entertainers & activity centers
- High chairs
- Infant seats
- Play yards
- Rainforest Collection
- Tubs & potties
Historic brands and products
- Adventure People
- All Grown Up related products (2004-2006)
- Alphabet magnet board
- ALVINNN! and the Chipmunks related products (2015-2020)
- Amazing Animals
- Arthur (Powertouch, Pixter and Easy Link only) (2002-2009)
- Baby Gymnastics
- Baby Looney Tunes related products (2002-2004)
- The Backyardigans related products (2004-2012)
- Barbie (Smart Cycle, Pixter and vehicle toys only) (2004-2017)
- Barney related products (2000-2006, 2018, and 1993-1999 (Moved from Playskool))
- Bear in the Big Blue House related products (1998-2004)
- The Berenstain Bears related products (1985-1992)
- Between the Lions related products (2000-2002)
- Blaze and the Monster Machines related products (2014-2020)
- Blue's Clues related products (1998-2004, 2007) and Blue's Room related products (2004-2007)
- Bob the Builder (Original) (Easy Link and Smart Cycle only)
- Bob the Builder (2015 reboot) related products (2015-2018)
- Brilliant Basics
- Butterbean's Cafe related products (2018-2020)
- Chatter Telephone
- Bing related products (International only)
- Bubble Guppies related products (2011-2017)
- Cars related products (Shake N Go, Spiral Speedway, and Geotrax only)
- Cars 2 related products (2011-2017)
- Clifford the Big Red Dog (Powertouch, Computer Cool School, Easy Link, Pixter and View Master only) (2002-2009)
- Cleo & Cuquin related products (International only)
- Construx building toys
- Corn Popper
- The Croods related products (2013-2014)
- Computer Cool School
- Cyberchase (Pixter only) (2002-2006)
- Dance Baby Dance!
- DC Super Friends (Smart Cycle, Trio, Hero World and Imaginext only) (2009-2021)
- Digital Arts And Crafts Studio (2007-2009)
- Disney Princess related products (2002-2006)
- Doodle Pro (changed name from Magna Doodle)
- Dora the Explorer related products (2000-2017) and Dora and Friends related products (2014-2017)
- Dragon Tales related products (2000-2004)
- Easy Link Internet Launch Pad (2007-2009)
- ESPN related products (2004-2009)
- The Fairly Oddparents (Powertouch, InteracTV, I Can Play Piano and Pixter only) (2004-2007)
- Favorites of Nick Jr. (2015-2017)
- Fimbles related products (International only)
- Finding Nemo (Disney Baby only) (2013-2017)
- Flip Track (replaced in 2002 by GeoTrax, still compatible with GeoTrax)
- FP3 player
- Fun 2 Learn
- Fusion Crew
- GeoTrax (2002-2011)
- Go Diego Go related products (2005-2011)
- Go Jetters related products (International only)
- Guess with Jess related products (International only)
- Handy Manny related products (2006-2013)
- Hero World (2010-2013)
- Higglytown Heroes related products (2006-2009)
- Hot Wheels (Trio, Smart Cycle and Pixter only) (2004-2014)
- I Can Play Guitar
- I Can Play Piano
- InteracTV (2004-2007)
- It's a Big Big World related products (2006-2009)
- iXL (2010-2012)
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates related products (2011-2017)
- Jimmy Neutron (Powertouch, InteracTV, I Can Play Piano, and Pixter only) (2004-2007)
- Jolly Jumping Jack crib toy
- Julius Jr. related products (2013-2017)
- Jungle Junction related products (2009-2012)
- Jurassic World (Imaginext only) (2015-2018)
- Kid Tough Electronics
- Knows Your Name
- The Koala Brothers related products (2004-2009)
- Krypto the Superdog related products (2004-2007)
- Kung Fu Panda 2 related products (2011-2012)
- LazyTown related products (2004-2009)
- Learn Through Music (2002-2005)
- Learn Through Music Plus (2005-2007)
- Little Bill related products (2000-2002)
- Little Einsteins related products (2006-2010)
- Little Mommy (Baby dolls and their various accessories)
- Lunar Jim related products (International only)
- Baby Smartronics
- Little Superstar
- Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted related products (2012-2013)
- Mickey Mouse related products (1975-2004), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse related products (2006-2017) and Mickey and the Roadster Racers related products (2017-2020)
- Mike the Knight related products (2011-2017)
- Miracles and Milestones
- Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends related products (2005)
- Monster Jam (Pixter only) (2002-2006)
- Monsters University (Imaginext only) (2013-2015)
- Movie Viewer
- The Mr. Men Show related products (2009-2010)
- Nickelodeon Knows Your Name (2009-2012)
- My Friend Dolls (Mikey, Becky, etc.)
- Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends related products (2004-2009)
- The Muppets related products (1975-2004)
- Ni Hao, Kai-Lan related products (2007-2012)
- Ocean Wonders
- The Octonauts related products (2012-2017)
- Oreo Matchin Middles Game
- Peppa Pig related products (2013-2017, all moved to Character Toys)
- The Penguins of Madagascar (Smart Cycle and iXL only) (2010-2012)
- Pixter (2000-2007)
- Planes related products (2013-2015)
- Play Family
- Pocket Rockers
- Power Rangers (Imaginext only) (2015-2018)
- PowerTouch Learning System
- Purr-tenders (1987–88)
- The Puzzle Place related products (1996-1999)
- PXL-2000 camcorder
- Rainbow Rangers related products (2018-2020)
- Read With Me DVD
- Rolie Polie Olie related products (1999-2004)
- Roly Poly
- Scooby-Doo (Imaginext, iXL, Smart Cycle, and Pixter only) (2004-2020)
- Sesame Street related products (1974-2011, (all moved to Hasbro, and 1993-1997 (moved from Tyco))
- Shake 'n Go! (2005-2017)
- Shimmer and Shine related products (2015-2020)
- Shrek Forever After (Smart Cycle and iXL only) (2010-2011)
- Smart Cycle (2007-2017)
- Smart Shopper
- Snap 'n Style Friends & Fashions
- SparkArt Creativity System
- SpongeBob SquarePants related products (2004-2007)
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Imaginext only) (2015-2017)
- Star Station Entertainment System (2004-2007)
- Storybots related products (2018-2020)
- Sunny Day related products (2017-2020)
- Super Why (View Master and Computer Cool School only) (2009-2010)
- Talk-to-Me books with record "discs" built into the pages
- Team Umizoomi related products (2010-2015)
- Teen Titans (Pixter only) (2004-2006)
- Teen Titans Go (Imaginext only) (2017-2020)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Vehicle toys only) (2012-2017)
- Thomas & Friends (Original) related products (2009-2021, moved from Learning Curve)
- Toots the Train
- Toy Story 3 related products (2010-2017)
- Toy Story 4 related products (2019)
- Trio (2009-2014)
- Trip Junior (2010-2013)
- VeggieTales related products (1998-2004, moved to Blue Box Toys in 2005)
- View-Master (1939-2020)
- View Master Super Sounds (2006-2009)
- Waybuloo related products (2009; International only)
- The Wiggles (Easy Link and View Master only) (2002-2009)
- Winnie the Pooh related products (1998-2007, 2011-2017) and My Friends Tigger & Pooh related products (2007-2011)
- Winx Club (Pixter only) (2004-2006)
- Wonder Pets related products (2008-2012)
- Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! related products (2008-2010)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! (Pixter only) (2004-2006)
Starting in the 1980s, seven games which carried the Fisher-Price name were developed by GameTek for the PC and the Commodore 64, only six of which were published. In 1990, three of these titles were ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System:
- Fun Flyer (1984) (made but never shipped)
- Firehouse Rescue (1988)
- Little People Bowling Alley (1989)
- School Bus Driver (1989)
- My Grand Piano (1989)
- Perfect Fit (1990)
- I Can Remember (1990)
Titles developed by Davidson & Associates include:
- Fisher Price ABC's
- Fisher Price 123's
- Fisher Price Sing Alongs: Barnyard Rhythm and Moos
- Fisher Price Dream Dollhouse
- Great Adventures Castle
- Great Adventures Pirate Ship
- Great Adventures Wild Western Town
- Puddle Books Series
- Learning in Toyland
- Ready for School Toddler
- Ready for School Preschool
- Ready for School Kindergarten
- Ready for School 1st Grade
Other titles published by Fisher-Price include:
- Great Adventures Pirate Ship (1998)
- Time to Play Pet Shop (1999)
- Big Action Construction (2001)
- Big Action Garage (2001)
Other Fisher-Price products
Other Fisher-Price products include Activegear for families on the go, books, software, car travel accessories, footwear, infant carriers, music, eyeglasses and videos.
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