American Greetings Relaunches 80s Entertainment Brand, Madballs
American Greetings has announced Just Play as its fellow toy partner as it begins on a mission to relaunch the cult classic Madballs brand with a whole new line of collectables. For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, Madballs were one of the greatest things to come out of the 80’s. For this ninja, it was one of the dopest things a kid could have in school. It was like an underground traders market amongst my classmates. Good stuff right there.
These foam baseball shaped amazing pieces of work, grew in popularity and ended up having all sorts of spin-offs including comic books and even a cartoon series! Austin-based, Mondo art gallery put out their own high-quality vinyl Madballs figures up for pre-order on their website. These are exciting times for fans of the 80’s, first an actual depiction of a “Good Guy Chucky” doll and now this!
Check Out The Press Release Below:
American Greetings and master toy partner Just Play have joined forces to re-launch a new series and consumer products program based on the 1980’s brand, Madballs.
The classic brand will re-launch with a series of animated shorts, which are set to launch this fall, and has already secured a number of licensees to support its consumer product program.
Madballs’ new partners include Kidrobot for vinyl figures, collectibles, soft foam balls and limited editions items for this holiday season; Brunswick Bowling Products for bowling balls; Roar Comics for comics and graphic novels; Mondo Tees for additional collectibles; and Gourmandise for cell phone accessories in Japan.
Starting next spring, Just Play will launch a variety of products including classic and mini-collectible MadBalls, and will expand the line with play sets and accessories at retailers worldwide.
“We’re thrilled to bring back Madballs in a way that pays homage to fans of the original series and introduces new ways for today’s kids to engage with this exciting brand,” says Geoffrey Greenberg, co-president, Just Play.
Meanwhile, in the digital marketplace, American Greetings has secured a number of partners for the re-launch including Miniclip, who will add Madballs to their game “Agar.io” later this month; Las Maquinitas Studios for free-to-play games on iOS and Android devices; Neon Mob for digital trading cards; Bare Tree Media for digital stickers; and Playbrains, who will feature the classic Madballs in its combat game “Babo Invasion.”
“We know that brand equity just isn’t enough these days, so we’re proud to partner with Just Play and their strong track record of building great classic and modern brands,” says Sean Gorman, president, American Greetings. “We’re excited to re-introduce Madballs to fans, with a launch supported by ultra-fun, super-cool compelling content for a new generation.”