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International Playthings Announces Exciting Additions to Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners

Parsippany, NJ (February, 2012) - International Playthings, LLC introduces several new Calico Critters products for 2012, including new families, ready-to-play sets, homes and more. The Calico Critters line is International Playthings' wholesome, classic line of animal families and environments that give children the opportunity to experience pretend play with detailed atmospheres, characters, and ready-to-play sets.

"It's another exciting year for the Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners. Our new product introductions continue to promote wholesome family values," says Cynthia Dalton, Senior Brand Manager for International Playthings, LLC. "The new home and families allow children to expand their own worlds and provide more opportunities and outlets for creative, imaginative play."

The new products for 2012 include:

Oakwood Home The Oakwood Home features three spacious floors to fill with critters and accessories! Unlike other homes, the third floor is removable and can be used to expand the play space of the first floor. Children can also flip over this floor to reveal a green grass side and create a beautifully manicured yard outside of the home! The Oakwood Home comes complete with a balcony and two movable ladders so critters can access each floor. The Oakwood Home measures 11 ¾" long x 8 ¾" deep x 15 ¼" tall; is for children 3 years and up, and retails at MSRP $64.95.

Motorcycle & Sidecar Now Calico Critters can ride around Cloverleaf Corners in style! The Motorcycle & Sidecar includes Marvin and Maggie Mulberry Raccoon, goggles, eight bumper stickers, two driver licenses, two maps, magazine, motorcycle manual and club membership card. It also features two helmets and two motorcycle straps for safety. With two compartments for storage, spinning wheels and steering, this motorcycle is sure to delight critter and child alike! For ages 3 and up, the Motorcycle & Sidecar retails at $39.95.

Apple & Jake's Ride 'n Play This ready-to-play set comes with everything needed for a fun time outside! Bunny Gwyneth takes Apple and Jake for a ride around Cloverleaf Park in their new push car and tricycle. Set includes Mother Bunny Gwyneth, Baby Bunny Apple, Baby Squirrel Jake, tricycle with basket and rotating wheels, car with rotating steering wheel and tires, two attachable push handles, watering can and shovel. MSRP $19.95

Rainbow Nursery A new addition to the Baby's World of Cloverleaf Corners is the Rainbow Nursery. This is a perfect place for critter babies to learn and have fun! It features a rainbow roof, balcony, music room, reading room, and play room with a fun slide! With over 30 accessories including toys for the critters, it is sure to bring a world of fun to a baby's world! MSRP $49.95

Triplets! New for 2012 are triplets! These critters are fully poseable, with arms, legs and head that turn! As with all critters, their clothing is removable. Each triplet is approximately 1 ¾" tall. There are three new sets: Spotter Meerkat Triplets, Fuzzy Penguin Triplets and Tuxedo Cat Triplets. Each triplet set retails at MSRP $12.95.

New Calico Critters Families and Twins

Silk Cat Family Mother Holly runs the Cloverleaf Corners Dance Studio with her husband. She teaches ballet and tap to young critters. Father John is an amazing ballroom dancer and has won several competitions with his wife. Sister Susie loves to go camping and often swims in the nearby lake while Brother Samuel spends most of his time playing tennis with his friends. MSRP $19.95

Silk Cat Twins Kenny loves listening to music and eating ice cream. Cleo likes going to the park and playing on the baby swings. MSRP $7.95

Buckley Deer Family Mother Tabitha is a famous artist in Cloverleaf Corners and even has her own Art Studio! Father Devin runs the Cloverleaf Corners Art Studio with his wife and enjoys bowling with his friends. Baby brother Oscar likes to color and make mini clay cars. Sister Fawna loves painting pictures of flowers and playing the piano. MSRP $19.95


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About Calico Critters
Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners are timeless, classic toys that delight children and promote wholesome family values. These award-winning miniature creatures and their life-like environments have inspired the imagination and creativity of countless children, while promoting healthy physical and cognitive development through pretend play. Calico Critter families are just like real families, and every mom, dad, sister and brother plays an important role in the Cloverleaf Corners community. More information on the individual characters, their stories, roles, relationships and environments can be found at www.calicocritters.com. They can also be followed at www.facebook.com/CalicoCritters.

About International Playthings, LLC
Since its inception in 1967, International Playthings, LLC has excelled in the delivery of innovative and entertaining products with integrity, superior play value and child developmental qualities to consumers. Over the course of its 40-year existence, International Playthings, LLC has grown to become one of the largest and most respected suppliers of quality products to the North American specialty industry.

A subsidiary of Epoch Company Ltd., affiliate company International Playthings, LLC offers a comprehensive range of proprietary and distributed brands comprising a wide variety of award winning play things including games, infant toys, preschool toys, dolls, educational toys and activity toys. Additional information on International Playthings, LLC, its brands and individual products can be found at www.intplay.com.