BMI MERCHANDISE is attracting back-to-school attention with a 36-piece Angry Birds kit that includes 5” plush characters, keychains and rubber bracelets. Also new are Angry Birds sticker packs and 9” basketballs. Riding the wave of the Smurfs movie are new 7” and 13” plush and regular 144-piece and jumbo 72- piece crane mixes with 20% licensed product. Call (800) 272-6375.
COAST TO COAST ENTERTAINMENT is featuring a new Web special every week in its online store. One example is an online-only “buy 10 get one free” special for generic and Halloween plush, which brings the cost down to 99¢ apiece. Shipping is free on all merchandise. Call (800) 224-1717 or visit coastentertainment.com.
DISCOUNT PLUSH is shipping a brightly colored Halloween plush mix of witches, ghosts, scarecrows, monsters and more. Small plush (7”-9”) is $1.10 apiece and jumbo (12”-18”) $2.25 each. Kicking off football season are NFL plush bears sporting team hats and shirts in jumbo and small kits. They cost $2.29 and $3.99 per piece, respectively. Also new is Hello Kitty and Friends plush in 7”-8” and 12”-14” kits at $2.29 and $4.29 each, respectively. The small kit contains 250 pieces; jumbo plush ships in 100-piece lots. Visit discountplush.com.
IMPULSE INDUSTRIES is playing up the cute factor with its exclusive line of Belly Button Buddies plush. Designed by Impulse, the dozen cuddly, round navel-baring baby farm animals, including a chick, pig and cow, have collectible appeal. The 6” series is available 60-count cases, prepackaged as five complete sets of 12. Call (800) 446-7857.
PLAY TIME TOYS brings the Halloween spirit to cranes and redemption with an assortment of regular, medium and jumbo plush. Trick or treaters of all ages will be drawn to the endearing mix of monsters, bats and ghosts, among other critters themed to the holiday. Visit playtimetoys.net.
REDEMPTION PLUS is calling all football fans with a licensed plush kit for small cranes. Half of the mix’s 7”-10” bears are dressed in NFL team gear and half in generic football attire. The 100-piece mix averages $2.10 apiece. Also shipping are Halloween plush mixes featuring friendly and colorful jack-o-lanterns, black cats, ghosts and ghouls. Small Halloween plush comes 100 per kit, averaging $1.30 per unit; 50-piece jumbo kits average $2.50 each. Visit redemptionplus.com.
S&B CANDY and TOY CO. is shipping its back-to-school candy and toy kit, which it says is one of the best sellers of the year as “kid” traffic ramps up in retail stores. It features 30 different school-themed items, including rulers, notepads, four-pack crayons, stamp pads, pencils, erasers and alphabet tracers. Sweetening the mix are fast food gummies, Jujyfruits, Smarties, Laffy Taffy, Twizzlers, Zots and more. Call (800) 773-0531.
SURESHOT REDEMPTION has added a 100% licensed Hello Kitty & Friends assortment to its plush lineup. With generation-spanning appeal, the mix features the beloved white cat with red bow, along with pals Keroppi the frog, Chococat the cat, Badtz Maru the penguin and My Melody rabbit. It’s available in four sizes: 6.5”, 10.5”, 15.5”, and 20.5”. A 100% licensed 10.5” kit includes 24 pieces. Call (888) 887-8738.