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Muppet dolls coming to theme parks nationwide

Courtesy of Nanco/Nancy Sales
October 20, 1999

The Jim Henson Company has signed a licensing agreement with Nanco/Nancy Sales Company, Inc. to produce a new line of toys featuring the Classic Muppet characters that will be distributed to the Amusement Park Industry. Nanco will manufacture a line of plush dolls ranging in size from 7" to 41", with rubber basketballs, skateboards, and "Slinky Pets" completing the line. Available in early 2000, the toys will be distributed as prizes in Amusement Parks as well as carnivals, arcades and crane machines, throughout the United States.

"We will be servicing a new distribution channel which is perfectly suited for this property," commented Mike Petren, Vice President of the Amusement Division of Nanco/Nancy Sales Company. "The Jim Henson Company and the Muppet characters have provided us with heartfelt fun and laughter for decades, and whereas the Amusement Industry revolves around family oriented fun, the strategic combination of the two will be phenomenal."

"We feel that the toys Nanco is developing for this program will appeal to all lovers and fans of the Classic Muppets," said Richard Oren, Product Manager of Toys in the Licensing division of The Jim Henson Company. "The quality of their product and the level of service they provide to their customers make Nanco a perfect partner for this exciting new venture."

Nanco/Nancy Sales Co., Inc. is a third generation family business, which has been in continuous operation for over 62 years. An industry leader, the company develops and distributes an extensive product line to Amusement and Tourist Resort destinations worldwide. The company is headquartered in Chelsea, Massachusetts.



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