Character Development Toy Featured at LegoLand

July 01, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Joan Colvin
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Originates, Inc.™ to debut its first Character toy, the Character Building

Buddies™, at LEGOLAND® California and across San Diego County.

June 28, 2005

Originates, Inc.™ has released its debut product, The Character Building Buddies™. The patent-

pending toy will be available as a special edition at LEGOLAND® California on July 1, and at

select specialty toy stores throughout San Diego County.

The Character Building Buddies™ product is a parent/child interactive learning toy that

encompasses reading, imagination, character development and fun. This hot, new, patent-

pending product is debuting here in San Diego County and is sure to be a big hit nationwide. The

un-stuffed bear that is for purchase is incredibly soft and is stuffed (“brought to life”) by each child

as they fill the toy with six colorful pillow-like pieces. Each piece represents a character trait such

as courage, respect, responsibility, love and caring. An adorably written rhyming guide

accompanies the product and teaches the children about each character trait, as well as

illustrates how to stuff the bear. The bear stars in his own story, included in the

package, to teach the child about the character traits of love and caring. You can choose a boy

or girl version of the story. The stories star a prince or princess, the bear and a dragon.

They are very imaginative, fun and adorably illustrated to capture children’s imagination. The

un-stuffed bear, stuffing pieces, T-shirt to dress the bear, rhyming guide and story are packaged

in a deluxe clear back pack. Once stuffed, the bear fits perfectly in the back pack along with the

stories so the child can take the bear with them anywhere.

“As a parent, I was always searching for tools to help me teach my kids to be the best they can
be. Sure there are books that teach character, and so many toys on the market that my kids love,
but I have not seen any company bring these two elements together,” stated Joan Colvin,
Founder Originates, Inc. ”That is why I developed this product. Parents are much more aware of the importance of reading to their kids at an early age and are always searching for ways to teach their children to be the best people they can possibly be. What better way than incorporating a fun learning tool / toy that both parents and children will love. We want to make reading fun and an interactive teaching tool, and the Character Building Buddies™ product does just that. I have been working on this project for well over eighteen months, and am very excited to see it in the market. Originates, Inc. tag line and sole purpose is “bringing character to life”. We have a number of other projects in the works and will be releasing new versions of the Character Building Buddies™ later this year.”

The Character Building Buddies™, a “first of its kind” cuddly toy that teaches character, will be

available starting July 2, 2005 at Learning Express in Carlsbad, Thinker Things in Del Mar, and

Geppettos locations throughout San Diego County. A special edition of the product is exclusively

available at LEGOLAND California starting July 1. The Carlsbad-based theme park will be

having a special product launch. More details to come soon.

Originates, Inc. is a privately held company, based in Carlsbad, CA. The company was brought to life by its founder Joan Colvin in 2005, and develops character based interactive learning toys for children. Originates, Inc. is committed to developing an early love of reading and combining character into all aspects of its educational toys. Its tag line, Brining Character to Life demonstrates their commitment to character development.

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