TOY FAIR DAILY: Fisher-Price links with Chorion

Firm signs as master toy for new animated property, The Octonauts; New product slated to launch in the UK and France in 2011
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Categories included in the deal are plush, musical talking toys, vehicles, play-sets, accessories, bath and role play toys, electronic learning aids and more.

The Octonauts is an animated action adventure series for pre-schoolers aged three to five. CBeebies, TF1 and ABC Australia have all pre-bought the series and will launch the show in 2010.

The toy range is currently planned for 2011, following the broadcast debuts of the show.

Chorion chairman Waheed Alli commented:: “From the first time Fisher-Price saw The Octonauts, they had a clear vision for the toy line. 

“We are delighted to once again be partnering with a world-class category leader who has brilliant plans for our newest property.”

Kevin Curran, senior vice president and general manager, Fisher-Price Brands added: “At Fisher-Price, our business is founded on the principles of providing innovative, high quality, exceptional value toys that enrich childhood experiences.

“We look forward to bringing our expertise to development on this fun new property.”

The Octonauts follows a team of adventure heroes who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea. In a fleet of aquatic vehicles, they rescue sea creatures, explore incredible new underwater worlds, and always save the day before returning safely home.

Executive Produced by writer Stephanie Simpson and Chorion’s SVP creative Kurt Mueller, the series (52 x 11’ plus 1 x 22’ special) is currently in production and will be making its international debut in Cannes.

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