Jazwares takes first steps into pet toy market with Wham-O licensed toys for our furry friends

The global player in toys and licensing, Jazwares, is making new tracks in the pets market through a partnership with Anjar & Becker Associates that will see the firm launch a range of Wham-O licensed toys for our furriest of friends.

Scheduled to launch online and at brick and mortar retailers across the US next autumn, the new line will mark Jazwares’ first entry into the Pet Toy category, as the Wham-O products join upcoming pet costumes in building out the company’s pet product offerings.

Wham-O has produced some of the most recognisable and classic American toys like Frisbee, Superball, Hula Hoop, Slip ‘N Slide, Hacky Sack, and Boogie Board for nearly 75 years. Together with Jazwares, it is now bringing its roster of brands to a playful and durable range of pet toys.

The collection will include both traditional toys like balls, discs, tug toys, and plush, as well as new innovations in the pet space.

“Wham-O toys has been at the center of active play for families across America for decades and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help extend its iconic brands to new products for our four-legged friends,” said Michael Rinzler, executive VP/partner, Jazwares.

“As we continue to grow Jazwares offerings beyond our core toy and collectibles business, we look forward to bringing our innovative, quality approach to consumer products into the pet category.”

Jonathan Becker, president of Anjar Co, added: “We’re excited to partner with Jazwares to extend the iconic Wham-O brands into the Pet Toy category. Jazwares has a reputation of bringing creativity, innovation and quality toys to all their brands, and I’m confident that’s what they’ll do for the Wham-O brands for pet toys. This opportunity will benefit pets and their owners everywhere and encourage active play all day.”

Todd Richards, president of Wham-O, said: “Wham-O has long been associated with active play and carrying our brand over to the pet world seems like a natural extension of our brands’ image. Thanks to Anjar and Becker Associates, we at Wham-O are thrilled about this exciting partnership with Jazwares.”

This news continues Jazwares’ expansion into new product categories and follows on the heels of Jazwares’ recent announcement about its forthcoming entry into the costume segment.

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