RC2 Corporation

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The RC2 Corporation, a division of Japan-based Takara Tomy, is a toy design, marketing, and distribution company headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, United States. Founded in 1992.

Company and history[edit]

RC2 markets brands such as The First Years and Lamaze.[1][2] Its Learning Curve Brands subsidiary is dedicated to infant and preschool merchandise.

The company went public in 1997.[3] In 2005, they signed a deal with Marathon Media to produce a line dolls of Totally Spies!. [4] By 2006, 91.8 percent of RC2’s products were made in China.[3] In 2007, the company made headlines after it was forced to recall 1.5 million Thomas & Friends wooden toy trains after they were found to contain excessive amounts of lead.[3][5] The toys involved in the recall had been manufactured in China.[3]

RC2 was acquired by Takara Tomy in 2011.[6]


  1. ^ RC2 company website, "About Our Key Brands and Licenses", accessed 19 June 2010.
  2. ^ "RC2 Corporation", The New York Times, "Corporation News", accessed 19 June 2010. Archived January 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d David Barboza and Louise Story, "RC2's Train Wreck", The New York Times, June 19, 2007 (accessed 19 June 2010).
  4. ^ Toy maker RC2 to sell line of Totally Spies fashion/action dolls, Kids Today, October 14, 2005 (accessed 02 February 2016).
  5. ^ "RC2 recalls more toy trains due to lead paint". Reuters. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  6. ^ Kachi, Hiroyuki. "Tomy Buys Toy Train Line". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2015-12-16.