New York, NY– May 9, 2011 — Can we fix it?™ Now we can! HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading providers of high quality children’s entertainment, has entered into an agreement with Red Toolbox, a new and innovative line of ergonomically designed tools and carpentry kits for kids, to develop a line of tools for children inspired by Bob the Builder™. The line, which will be appropriate for Bob the Builder’s preschool fans (age 3+) and completely functional, is meant to provide young children with the opportunity to work on their own build-it-yourself projects and imbue them with the same “Can We Fix It? Yes We Can” spirit that serves as the foundation of the beloved television program and overall brand. The products will make their trade debut at the National Hardware Show May 10-12 in Las Vegas and will be available at home improvement and mass retailers later this year. This is the first license for Red Toolbox.
The Bob the Builder Red Toolbox line offers a set of real tools specially designed to suit a preschool child's grip, accompanied by a selection of exciting projects for teaching and applying various skills. Specific items include hammers, goggles, gloves and helmets in bright colors featuring favorite Bob the Builder characters. In addition, Red Toolbox with market and manufacture kits where children can build wood replicas of Bob’s Machine Team including Scoop and Scrambler.
“We’re thrilled to offer preschoolers the opportunity to use the exact same real-working tools they see Bob using to build his projects,” said Stacey Reiner, Vice President, Licensing – US & Canada, HIT Entertainment Global Brands. “Red Toolbox offers a unique product line that will let kids build in real life alongside their family members, while empowering them to create projects and solve problems on their own.”
“Bob the Builder is a perfect fit for Red Toolbox products,” said Ami Rosenfeld, Founder and CEO of Red Toolbox. “We both share a similar philosophy that promotes teamwork, safety and problem-solving. Kids will love emulating Bob the Builder while they nurture their decision-making and fine-motor skills.”
Bob the Builder and his machine team are ready to tackle any project. As they hammer out the solutions that lead to a job well done, Bob and the Can-Do Crew demonstrate the power of positive-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and follow-through. Most importantly, from start to finish, the team always shows that The Fun Is In Getting It Done!
Bob the Builder was created in the UK in 1998 and made its US television debut in 2001. The show currently airs in over 240 territories and in 45 languages. It can be seen daily in the US on PBS KIDS and Sprout®. Episodes are also available for download through iTunes. For more information about Bob the Builder, and the Can-Do Crew please visit www.bobthebuilder.com.
About Red Toolbox
The Red Toolbox line features a variety of tools ergonomically designed to fit a child’s grip as well as original carpentry kits that kids and parents can create together, allowing them to spend valuable time together while learning new skills. The one-of-a-kind kits feature a level system, with each level increasing in complexity, allowing children to develop important cognitive skills and enhance their creativity as they advance forward. Red Toolbox products are currently available at Lowe’s stores nationwide and at Lowes.com. Additional information can be found by visiting www.red-toolbox.com.
About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Thomas & Friends™, Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™, Mike the Knight™, Pingu™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment’s Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™, Timmy Time™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations. HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, Sprout®. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Noelle Dong / HIT Entertainment PR
Jenna Thomas / Cohn & Wolfe for Red Toolbox