IMC Toys paves the way as a leader in the industry with its groundbreaking, new Over-The-Top (OTT) platform that combines content with e-commerce. Setting the Kitoons OTT platform apart from other streaming services, and making it the first of its kind from a toy brand, is its ability to suggest products based on the video being watched and drive viewers directly to retailers.
Set to launch in late June, the platform will initially feature over 150 high-quality videos from top IMC Toys brands like Cry Babies Magic Tears, VIP Pets and Bloopies and will be the premier destination for new custom content. While watching, viewers have the opportunity to learn about products related to the video and add them to a COPPA compliant wish list, with parents having the ability to place orders through purchase links.
“The launch of our own OTT platform is a monumental moment for IMC Toys,” said Raquel Roca, Corporate Communication Manager, IMC Toys. “Our goal is always to provide the best possible experience for our consumers and this platform takes a holistic approach - conveniently providing everything from content, to product information, to purchasing ability all in one place.”
Kitoons OTT will be available through Smart TVs, mobile, tablets and web. As the platform rolls out, fans can look forward to even more features like interactive activities and content which will serve as the launching pad for new characters from the Autumn Winter 2021 line up.
As part of the launch celebration, Cry Babies and Cry Babies Magic Tears will be back on Kitoons and on shelves with a whole new look! The Cry Babies have been reimagined in two new lines, Cry Babies Dressy Collection and Cry Babies Kiss Me Collection, that include upgraded features for a more lifelike appearance, including:
● Real rooted hair
● Trendy, changeable, fabric outfits and shoes that allow you to mix and match for added fun and imaginative play
● Realistic sparkly eyes
● Soft, lightweight feel, making it even easier for kids to take Cry Babies on the go
The Cry Babies still cry real tears so kids can enjoy the nurturing play that makes the dolls so popular. Cry Babies Kiss Me Collection takes that play pattern to the next level with an extra-special, deluxe detail. Cry Babies Kiss Me Collection dolls stop crying when fed from their baby bottle OR by receiving a sweet kiss on the cheek that also makes them blush!
The new features and dress-up play pattern are something that fans can also see woven throughout the Cry Babies Magic Tears Storyland Dress Me Up Series and the Cry Babies Magic Tears Storyland Storyhouse Series. Each character in the series comes in a special vessel that also holds a variety of special accessories - including a complete fabric outfit and matching shoes.
Not only are the new Cry Babies Magic Tears dressed to impress, they also cry real tears! Feed your doll with the baby bottle and press her belly and watch her cry.
Sue Barratt, IMC UK Country Manager, IMC Toys, said: “The appeal of animated content for children is huge, and the adventures of Cry Babies on Kitoons are a massive hit with children. Our range of dolls really brings the characters alive and into the real world, so children can play out the adventures themselves. We’re excited for the brand’s innovative new Kitoons OTT platform, and new-look A/W character dolls that link to the content and enhance the nurture play value for children”.
The two series will be supported by custom content on Kitoons OTT platform and YouTube channel which has billions of global views. Fans can follow the adventures of the Cry Babies Magic Tears Storyland Dress Me Up Series as they cross a rainbow into a magical new world, where they meet dressmaker Scarlet (aka Little Red Riding Hood) and embark on a variety of adventures alongside the rest of the Cry Babies Magic Tears Storyland Storyhouse Series characters.
Cry Babies Dressy Collection and Cry Babies Magic Tears Storyland Dress Me Up Series will launch at the end of July, retailing for £29.99 and £14.99 respectively, with all lines rolling out throughout AW 2021 at major retailers.