Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Playskool To Launch Long Awaited WotWots

Media Release

3 August 2009

Playskool To Launch Long Awaited WotWots Toy Collection

Preschool play experts, Playskool and the masterminds at New Zealand’s own Weta Workshop have combined forces to create the WotWots toy range, bringing to life the popular TV2 children’s show which launched in March this year.

From 2 September 2009, the highly anticipated SpottyWot and DottyWot toys will be available nationwide bringing to an end a long wait by thousands of Kiwi preschool fans of the show.

The collaboration marks the first time that global toy company Hasbro (owner of the Playskool brand) has collaborated with a New Zealand company to develop an iconic toy range.

Playskool brand manager Lesley Auchterlonie says “The WotWots is a wonderful, creative, colourful and educational television programme and Hasbro is thrilled to bring it to life for children with the new WotWots toy collection.”

“Playskool has taken Weta Workshop’s delightful designs and turned them into fun and engaging toys that encourage creative play,” Lesley adds.

“It has been exciting to partner with the creative genius of Weta Workshop on this project. We have worked extremely closely with Weta throughout the design process to ensure that all the toys are meticulously designed to the highest standards and ring true to the television characters.”

The WotWots show has been delighting television audiences in New Zealand since its launch in the 8.50am weekday slot on TV2 on 23 March 2009. The show also screens in Australia and the UK, where the toy range will also be available.

The show is the brain child of Academy Award winner Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop and acclaimed children’s author Martin Baynton of Jane and the Dragon fame. It focuses on the adventures of two adorable siblings from outer space, SpottyWot and DottyWot, who come to explore Planet Earth in their steam-powered spaceship and land themselves in the middle of a zoo. The inquisitive pair scoot around in hover chairs and delight in discovering and mimicking the exotic animals that they discover.

Preschoolers can meet the WotWots characters at the Auckland Zoo on 29th August between 10.30am and 1pm. Activities will include WotWots story sessions, screenings, a WotWots-inspired craft area, an activity trail around the zoo and great spot prizes. The WotWots toy range will be on display.

The WotWots toy range launches in New Zealand and Australia on Wednesday 2 September and, in New Zealand, will be available at The Warehouse, Farmers, Kmart, Toyworld and all good toy retailers nationwide.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Postnatal Depression: 'The Thief That Steals Motherhood' - Alison McCulloch

Post-natal depression is a sly and cruel illness, described by one expert as ‘the thief that steals motherhood’, it creeps up on its victims, hiding behind the stress and exhaustion of being a new parent, catching many women unaware and unprepared. More>>


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Health: New Zealand's First ‘No Sugary Drinks’ Logo Unveiled

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks logo” has been unveiled at an event in Wellington... It will empower communities around New Zealand to lift their health and wellbeing and send a clear message about the damage caused by too much sugar in our diets. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news