|Formerly||The Playskool Institute (1928-1938)|
|Type||Subsidiary of Hasbro|
|Founded||July 26, 1928|
|Headquarters||Pawtucket, Rhode Island|
Milton Bradley Company (1968–1984)
Playskool is an American company that produces educational toys and games for children. It is a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., and is headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The last five letters of the brand name are a sensational spelling of "school".
The Playskool Institute was established by Lucille King in 1928 as a division of the John Schroeder Lumber Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. King, an employee at the company, developed wooden toys to use as teaching aids for children in the classroom. In 1935, the Playskool Institute became a division of Thorncraft, Inc., and established offices in Chicago, Illinois. In 1938, Playskool was purchased by the Joseph Lumber Company, where Manuel Fink was placed in charge of operations. In 1940, Fink, along with Robert Meythaler, bought Playskool and established the Playskool Manufacturing Company.
In 1943, Playskool bought the J.L. Wright Company, the manufacturer of Lincoln Logs. In 1958, Playskool merged with Holgate Toys, Inc., a wood product manufacturer based in Kane, Pennsylvania. In 1962, they purchased the Halsam Company, a producer of wooden blocks, checkers, dominoes, and construction sets. In 1968, Playskool became a subsidiary of Milton Bradley; both companies were acquired by Hasbro, Inc. in 1984.
After the acquisition, Playskool began operating out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island as a division of Hasbro. In 1985, Playskool released a line of infant products under the Tommee Tippee brand name, including bibs and bottles. Many Hasbro products targeted at preschoolers were rebranded with the Playskool name, including Play-Doh and Tonka. Playskool also began licensing toys from other designers, creating licensing agreements to manufacture Teddy Ruxpin, Barney, Arthur, Teletubbies, and Nickelodeon branded products. Hasbro also began licensing the Playskool brand name to other vendors, manufacturing a number of products under the Playskool name, including books, baby care supplies, video games, and children's apparel.
Playskool produces many lines of educational toys and games for children. Playskool's signature brands and toys include Mr. Potato Head, Tonka, Alphie, Weebles, Elefun, Sesame Street toys, and Gloworm.
Playskool creates products for newborn to preschool-aged children; products like the Kick Start Gym, Step Start Walk 'n Ride, and the Tummy Time line are aimed at developing the motor skills of babies. Several toys, like Playskool's Pipeworks, Go Go Gears, and Busy Basics lines, were created to allow children to express creativity. Playskool also produces several dolls and action figures, including Dolly Surprise and Kota the Triceratops.
During the 1970s, Playskool also released a toy series named "Familiar Places" which included several toy buildings along with vehicles and toy people, including a McDonald's restaurant, Holiday Inn hotel and Texaco gas station.
Playskool heroes toys feature characters from various properties in a scale more suited for younger children. These figures are similar to Imaginext.
These properties include:
Playskool brands include:
- Baby Einstein
- Bob the Builder
- Chuck and Friends
- Cool Crew
- Definitely Dinosaurs
- The Furchester Hotel
- George Shrinks
- Glo Friends
- In the Night Garden... (2007-2010s)
- Jurassic Park Junior (2015)
- Jurassic World Dino Tracker
- Marvel Super Hero Adventures
- Mister Frosty
- Mr. Potato Head
- Moon and me
- Poppin' Park
- Power Rangers (2019-Present)
- Sesame Street
- Seven Little Monsters
- Star Wars Galaxy Heroes
- Star Wars Jedi Force
- Talk 'n Play
- Transformers: Rescue Bots (2011-Present)
- Wheel Pals
|Our toys make good friends||(1970s)|
|Feeling good about the Playskool years||(1985–1992)|
|What will they think of next?||(1992–1997)|
|Wanna play with us?||(1997–1999)|
|Come and Discover!||(2000–2001)|
|Here I Come, World!||(2001–2002)|
|Playskool Plays Kool||(2002–2004)|
|When Play Comes First...||(2006-2007)|
|Believe in PLAY||(2007–2009)|
|More Than Play||(2009–2011)|
|P.S. It's Playskool||(2011–2012)|
|This School Rocks!||(2012–present)|
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