Shopkins

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Shopkins
Shopkins logo.png
Current logo for Shopkins
Type Figures
Inventor Paul Salomon
Company Moose Toys
Country Australia
Availability 2014–present
Materials Plastic
Slogan "Once you shop... you can't stop!"
Official website

Shopkins is a range of tiny, collectable toys, manufactured by Moose Toys. Based on grocery store items, each rubber figure has a recognisable face and unique name. The collectable toys (which are designated as common, rare, ultra rare, special edition, limited edition, and exclusive) also have lines of clothing, trading cards, and other merchandise.

The toy line began in July 2014.[1][2]

History[edit]

Shopkins was designed and developed by Moose Toys in Melbourne. Co-chief Paul Solomon credits his mother Jacqui Tobias, director of girls’ products, for the idea of Shopkins.[3] Moose Toys had success with their line of Trash Pack collectible figurines which were geared towards boys, but overall lacked a market for girls. Shopkins was produced initially as a similar product for girls—however, it appeals to both genders.[4][5]

Shopkins universe[edit]

Characters[edit]

Shopkins products

Shopkins figurines are roughly 1 inch in height and 1 inch in width, roughly the size of a United States Quarter. Each figurine has a face and its own name. They are distributed in bright coloured packaging with bubble letters.[6] Shopkins are based on grocery items such as a sweet apple named Apple Blossom, a chocolate bar named Cheeky Chocolate, a lipstick named Lippy Lips, and a chocolate chip cookie named Kooky Cookie.[7][8]

There are hundreds of Shopkins in the Shopkins World.[9] Shopkins are organized into categories such as Sweets or Bakery. Shopkins are collected and traded based on their rarity. Moose toys classifies the Shopkins degrees of rarity as Common, Exclusive, Limited Edition, Rare, Special Edition, and Ultra Rare.[10]

Books[edit]

Moose Toys launched a series of children's books about Shopkins including Scholastic's Shopkins: Welcome to Shopville.[11]

Collector cards[edit]

Moose Toys released their first trading card set in 2015.

Shopkins video[edit]

An animated film called Shopkins: Chef Club was released on DVD 25 October 2016 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to promote the sixth season of Shopkins toys. The movie had mostly positive reviews, although some reviewers had concerns at the overt consumerism.[12]

Web series[edit]

In August 2014, Moose Toys built brand awareness with their Shopkins short cartoon videos on their YouTube channel Shopkins world,[4] but it was the YouTube videos of consumers unwrapping and playing with the toy that helped bring the line to mainstream prominence.[13][14]

Shopkins Direct[edit]

As of May 2017, CultureFly LLC., a licensee of Shopkins/Moose Toys, began offering a subscription box with exclusive Shopkins accessories and merchandise.[15] Shopkins Direct is described as a quarterly/seasonal subscription service, featuring accessories, apparel, and other exclusive merchandise featuring Shopkins characters. Additionally, exclusive Shopkins have been distributed via Shopkin pop-up chain stores located in North America. Such contents include but are not limited to: plushies, lip balm, and limited-edition Shopkins.

Counterfeit Shopkins[edit]

Counterfeit Shopkins in packaging with "Funny Sweet" categories.

Counterfeit Shopkins began to surface around mid-2015, including those with "Funny Sweet" or "Shopkinsins" on the packaging, which can refer to Shopkins in colours which Moose Toys never officially produced, such as Boo Hoo Onion being in light blue and Chee Zee in orange. The arms and other parts might be broken, and the paint chips off easily. [16] A number of sellers on websites offer counterfeit Shopkins, which can include item pictures which have the "Shopkins" branding, most likely as a way to avoid the listing being taken away under intellectual property policies of the website and/or store.

Cases[edit]

Two factories in Yiwu producing counterfeit Shopkins toys were raided by local police in China in mid-2015,[17] and Moose Toys stated they will take legal action against anyone selling counterfeit Shopkins,[18] which included a chain of Thriftway businesses selling counterfeit Shopkins.[19]

Media[edit]

Shopkins served as inspiration for a design challenge on season 16 of Project Runway.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shopkins™ Is The Biggest Tiny Toy Crossing Retail Registers, With Season Two Characters To Continue Sales Momentum". PR Newswire. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "2015 to be a strong year for Shopkins". 
  3. ^ "Shopkins Inventor Among Toy Nominees". 
  4. ^ a b Nechamkin, Sarah (2015-09-22). "How Shopkins Became the Biggest Tiny Toy on the Planet". Racked. Retrieved 2017-07-10. 
  5. ^ Cam Lindsay (2015-08-27). "Shopkins the latest toy craze to captivate Canadian kids | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. Retrieved 2017-07-10. 
  6. ^ Lebar, Erin. "Girls (and parents) snapping up Shopkins, the latest collectible trend". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2017-07-10. 
  7. ^ Van Estrop, Chad (15 November 2014). "Christmas 2014: Best toys and gifts for boys and girls". Herald Sun. Retrieved 21 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "Moose Toys™ New Little Live Pets™ Birds Look and Sound Like a Real Pet Bird - Business Wire". 31 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Jill Thompson. "How Many Shopkins are there total". Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "ShopkinsWorld.com". Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Barnes & Noble. "Shopkins: Welcome to Shopville". Barnes & Noble. 
  12. ^ Jill Thompson. "Shopkins Chef Club Movie Reviews". Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  13. ^ Moose Toys (24 November 2014). "Shopkins™ Is The Biggest Tiny Toy Crossing Retail Registers, With Season Two... -- LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --". 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "CultureFly Announces Shopkins Direct". StreetInsider.com. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  16. ^ Moose Toys (12 August 2015). "The Official guide to spotting counterfeit Shopkins - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "Police Raid Chinese Toy Factory: Moose Enterprise and Local Police Seize Over 150,000 Counterfeit Shopkins Toys in China," PR Newswire, 31 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Moose Continues to Defend Against Counterfeit Shopkins," aNB Media News, August 25, 2015, Retrieved 16 January 2016
  19. ^ [http://www.leagle.com/decision/In%20FDCO%2020150813B45/MOOSE%20TOYS%20PTY%20LTD%20v.%20THRIFTWAY%20HYLAN%20BLVD.%20DRUG%20CORP. "Moose Toys Pty Ltd v. Thriftway BLVD. Drug Corp,[check quotation syntax] "] Legale Inc, Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  20. ^ http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/season-16/episode-9