Ravensburger acquires Thinkfun

Ravensburger AG has acquired Thinkfun, broadening the company’s portfolio of brands, along with Wonder Forge, acquired in 2012 and Brio, acquired in 2015.

Thinkfun, known for such games as Rush Hour, Zingo, Gravity Maze, and Laser Maze, was founded 33 years ago by Bill Ritchie and Andrea Barthello and will now become a subsidiary of Ravensburger North America.

Thinkfun will continue to operate as an independent brand from its Alexandria, Virginia HQ, while Ritchie will stay on as the company’s chief creative officer. ThinkFun will also retain company directors and staff.

“Ravensburger is the ideal partner to help us bring our games to even more families across North America and around the world,” said Bill Ritchie, co-founder and CEO of ThinkFun. “This will enable us to build upon our distinctive style and explore new and innovative product concepts, across multiple categories and for players of all ages.”

Ravensburger North America division offers products for all ages and spans key toy industry categories including puzzles, games, playsets, wooden toys, arts & crafts, and science kits.

Bambini Partners LLC acted as special advisors to ThinkFun Inc. in connection with this transaction.

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