12.12.2013

Ali’s Adventure Park from Planet Orbeez

Every child loves a little imaginative play. I know that my girls definitely fit in with that category. What better way than to have great imaginative play than with Ali’s Adventure Park.

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12.12.2013

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09.26.2013

Planet Orbeez Ali’s Adventure Park

Planet Orbeez Ali’s Adventure Park Have your kids started drawing up their holiday wish lists yet? I know, I know…it’s not even Halloween! And yet the Frontgate holiday preview catalog arrived in the mail today and we’ve already seen a TV commercial for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular about a zillion times. Because it’s harder to come up with gift ideas as my daughters get older, I’ve been making mental notes of “this is so cool’ conversations that I overhear from my 9-year-old. The tween years can be a challenge in so many ways, and gift-giving is no exception. Because my older daughter appears to have outgrown Calico Critters (sigh…), I wonder what type of playset can boost her imagination and keep her playing long enough to stay away from the iPad/DS/electronic gadget of choice. For those of you who can’t get your hands on a Rainbow Loom or who are in the market for a big-ticket item, journey on over to Planet Orbeez.

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09.26.2013

Orbeez Luxury Spa

Orbeez are tiny, hard pellets that grow into squishy, colorful balls when you add water. If you’ve ever wanted to stick your feet into a bowl of squishy Orbeez, the Orbeez Luxury Spa gives you that chance. It comes with 2,200 Orbeez and a large foot tub that accommodates an adult size 8 foot.

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09.26.2013

Planet Orbeez Adventure Park

The Planet Orbeez Adventure Park from The Maya Group uses the fun and squishy Orbeez beads and creates an entire Orbeez world with them. Before jumping into the Orbeez Adventure Park though, you’ll need to grow the Orbeez first. Orbeez come packaged as tiny, hard pellets that kids can place in water to make them grow into soft and squishy colorful balls.
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12.28.2012

Toy-making is serious business in Southern California

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When a toy designer’s young daughter becomes fascinated by the gel-like beads in a flower vase, there is only one conclusion to draw: “There has got to be a toy in here somewhere,” says Ron Brawer, a partner in the Maya Group and a toy industry veteran.

The fast-growing Torrance company has gone on to develop dozens of playthings based on those transparent polymer pellets. One of those toys, a modified water gun called the Xploderz XBlaster 200, was a finalist for the 2012 Outdoor Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry Assn. in New York.

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08.13.2012

Orbeez RC Ladybug Scooper

02.22.2012

Techie Toys: Orbeez adding Light Show & more – Listen to the interview!

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Interview with Sharon Cohen on all the new Orbeez products for 2012!

http://www.bootcamp.com/interview.jsp?interviewId=1097

02.22.2012

Orbeez Magic Globe – Best New Toys of 2012 by Parenting Magazine!


Orbeez Magic Light-Up Globe

How to describe this, besides wow? Well, think of it as an activity, a light show, and a surefire sleepover showstopper wrapped into one beautiful bundle of fun. To begin with, kids “grow” their Orbeez (don’t worry, it’ll make sense when you get it home), then pour it into the “magic” globe, add water, and illuminate. The swirling Orbeez, color-changing lights, and movement create a light show in the globe and on the ceiling. (Ages 5 and up; $14.99)

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/toy-fair-2012?view=home&pnid=530694

12.07.2011

Lauren’s Great Reaction to Orbeez Soothing Spa!

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We got this email and video from a customer!

Hi creators of the great Orbeez! My little sister, Lauren’s, 8th birthday was a couple days ago and all she wanted was Orbeez Soothing Spa.  She had been talking about it all the time and singing your theme song all around the house. Attached is her adorable reaction to opening the gift.  I hope you enjoy it, and let us know what you think!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKkTB6UhEA8

 

11.02.2011

Featuring Orbeez on MamaCheaps.com

Need an exciting gift for your tween or teen?

Check out the Orbeez Mood Lamp. Fun meets function with this product – and I can’t help but be reminded of my old lava lamp! This toy allows you to design your own real, working mood lamp in a few simple steps.

Add water to your Orbeez (comes with 1,500 of them!) and watch them grow before your eyes. When Orbeez have swelled to full size, fill the Mood Lamp and illuminate it! The LED lights change colors and the Mood Lamp magically lights up and changes color. This product will not only entertain kids as they put it together, but add to the decor of their bedrooms.

The Orbeez Mood Lamp also comes with a 16 page full color activity book.

Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Price: $20

10.21.2010

Orbeez on TV

Check out this Orbeez newspiece on a Fox News Station. Thank you AC Moore for being a great partner.

http://ow.ly/2XoaF

09.21.2010

Toys “R” Us Names Orbeez Magic Maker a Hot Holiday Toy

Orbeez Magic Maker is a Hot Holiday Toy

It’s an exciting day for the Orbeez team! We just found out Toys “R” Us included the Orbeez Magic Maker on its Hot Holiday Toy list. This announcement comes less than two months after we launched the Orbeez brand. We are thrilled and honored to be included along with some huge names in the toy industry.

Excerpt below from Toys “R” Us Press Release,  read the complete announcement from Toys “R” Us here: http://ow.ly/2HEpO

From Baby’s First Christmas to Big Kids, the 2010 Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List represents the top new toys for 2010 in each age group:

5 to 7 Years

Magic Orbeez Maker from Maya Group
By filling the Magic Orbeez Maker with water and placing up to 300 Orbeez inside at once, children can watch as these unique orbs, which start off tiny, grow to more than 100 times their original volume! As the Orbeez transform into wet, wacky, soft, squishy and bouncy orbs, kids can float them through hoops and then cascade them down a spiral ramp into a collection tray. From there, playtime is endless as kids can brew up their own concoctions or use the included activity booklet and 2,500 Orbeez to find dozens of fun ideas. No batteries required. Ages 5 years and up.

08.18.2010

Orbeez™ Magic Maker is Best-Selling Activity Toy at Major Retailers

Orbeez Magic Maker is a Hot Holiday Toy

Hot New Toy Line Arrived in Stores Two Weeks Ago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Huntington Beach, CA, August 18, 2010 – The Orbeez Magic Maker has quickly become one of the top-selling toys in advance of the holiday season.  Less than two weeks after the brand-new Orbeez line arrived at stores, the Orbeez Magic Maker has reached the #1 spot in the activity toys category, prompting retailers to try and secure additional inventory in advance of the holiday season. The popular new Orbeez magically grow 100 times their original volume in water. The versatile properties of Orbeez—they are soft, squishy, wet, bouncy and beautiful—provide creative play for boys and girls.

“We are very excited — our key retailers just informed us that the Orbeez Magic Maker is the best-selling toy in the activities category thus far this season and a top-selling toy overall,” said Ron Brawer, a partner in the Maya Group, which makes Orbeez. “We are doing everything we can to produce enough Orbeez Magic Makers for the upcoming holiday season.”

The Orbeez product line, including the Orbeez Magic Maker, Orbeez Stack ‘ems, Butterfly, Peace Sign, Flow ‘n Show, and Orbeez Color Pack provide limitless play possibilities. Every Orbeez product comes with a 16-page full-color activity booklet. Products range from $5.99 – $24.99 and are designed for children ages 5 and up. They are available at Target, Toys R Us, Amazon and Kmart.

You can find information about Orbeez at: www.orbeezone.com, www.twitter.com/orbeezone and www.facebook.com/orbeez.

About Hobbeezone/The Maya Group

The Maya Group (which owns Hobbeezone) was founded to bring safe, high-quality and innovative toys to the market—toys that amaze, wow and dazzle long after the packaging has been opened. The company is dedicated to finding new, cool technologies and applying them to play patterns tested to create enjoyable and continued play.

Contact:  Sheliah Reynolds

For Orbeez/The Maya Group

sreynolds@resonatecomm.com

(720) 289-4739

08.05.2010

Brand-New Orbeez™ Activity Toys Available Online and in Stores Nationwide

Commercial Debuts Saturday, August 7 during Nick’s True Jackson Special

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Aug. 5 — Hobbeezone, Inc., part of The Maya Group, today announced the arrival of its brand-new line of creative activity toys, Orbeez™, at major online outlets and mass retailers nationwide. Available now at Toy ‘R Us stores and online, Target, Kmart and Amazon.com, Orbeez magically grow 100 times their original volume in water. They are wet and wacky, soft and squishy, bouncy and beautiful.

The Orbeez product line, including the Orbeez Magic Maker, Stack ‘ems, Butterfly, Peace Sign, Flow ‘n Show (a Toys R Us exclusive), and Orbeez Color Pack provide limitless play possibilities. Boys and girls love Orbeez because of the amazing transformation from tiny bead to marble-size orb, cool “squish” factor, bounciness, bright colors and endless fun possibilities. Parents love Orbeez because they are safe, versatile, and easy to store and clean up.

Every Orbeez product comes with a 16-page full color activity booklet. Products range from $5.99 – $24.99 and are designed for children ages 5 and up. They make great anytime, back-to-school, birthday or holiday gifts.

“The reception to Orbeez has been phenomenal – Orbeez look, transform and feel like nothing else out there in toyland,” said Sharon Cohen, product brand manager for Orbeez. “I’ve yet to meet a kid who isn’t fascinated by them.”

Additionally, Orbeez will make its national TV debut on Saturday, August 7 with a just-released TV commercial on Nick. It will air during the True Jackson, VP “True Magic” special at 8 p.m. PT/ET. Consumers can get a sneak peak on YouTube: www.youtube.com/orbeezone

Orbeez also provides information and ideas for kids and parents on its website, on Twitter and via Facebook. You can find Orbeez at: www.orbeezone.com, www.twitter.com/orbeezone and www.facebook.com/orbeez.

About Hobbeezone, Inc.

Hobbeezone, Inc. was founded to bring safe, high-quality and innovative toys to the market – toys that amaze, wow and dazzle long after the packaging has been opened. The company is dedicated to finding new, cool technologies and applying them to play patterns tested to create enjoyable and continued play.

Media Contact:

Sheliah Reynolds

For Hobbeezone, Inc./Orbeez

sreynolds@resonatecomm.com

(720) 289-4739

2012

Magic Light Up Globe

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The Magic Light Up Globe  has been awarded the PTPA Winner’s Seal of Approval.  PTPA Media is North America’s largest parent community, with over 40,000 volunteer parent testers.

2012

Magic Light Up Globe

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The Orbeez Magic Light-up Globe by the Maya Group was awarded a Best in Play award by Parenting Magazine during the recent American International Toy Fair in New York.

2012

Mood Lamp

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The Orbeez Mood Lamp has won A Parents’ Choice Classic, Fun Stuff Award Winner

2012

Orbeez Soothing Spa

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The Orbeez Soothing Spa was named an Honors Winner in the Toys Category

2010

Orbeez Wins Coveted Award

Orbeez Magic Maker is a Hot Holiday Toy
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The Magic Orbeez Maker has been awarded the PTPA Winner’s Seal of Approval.  PTPA Media is North America’s largest parent community, with over 40,000 volunteer parent testers.
10.21.2010

Orbeez on TV

Check out this Orbeez newspiece on a Fox News Station. Thank you AC Moore for being a great partner.

http://ow.ly/2XoaF

09.09.2010

How are Orbeez Made?

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If you’ve seen our commercial, you can imagine how we create Orbeez!

The ingredients of Orbeez are mixed together in a large vat. At this stage they are liquid. Under the vat is huge sieve. Drops of the mixtures drop through the sieve into a hug vat of oil. They harden upon touching the oil. The droplets are then dried and packaged as toys. It’s very important to keep your Orbeez dry before you grow them. Even if they are exposed to humidity they begin to swell.

Orbeez have many interesting properties—they grow, they bounce, they roll and they are beautiful.

09.03.2010

The Science of Orbeez — More About Superabsorbent Polymers

Orbeez are superabsorbent polymers. They are used in the food, diaper, floral and farming sectors because of their ability to absorb large amounts of liquid. We saw the fantastic potential for creative, open-ended play with superabsorbent polymers and developed our line of Orbeez activity toys to harness the fun factor!

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09.01.2010

Orbeez go Green

Orbeez are superabsorbent polymers. Their amazing absorption capacity also makes them ideal for environmental cleanup, turning large amounts of liquids into a solid that can be more easily disposed of. They are used effectively to clean up oil and gasoline spills.

What would you do with Orbeez? We would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Please send us your best ideas, photos and videos. We’ll feature some of our favorites on this blog, on Facebook, or even in a new activity booklet included with every Orbeez activity toy product! Please share your ideas here.

08.31.2010

What Can I Do with Orbeez?

Every day, we get great questions, ideas and suggestions from kids and their families. Here are some answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. You can find more in our FAQs section.

Q: What do you do with Orbeez once they are grown?

A: All of our products come with a 16 page full-color activity book, which contains 8 game ideas as well as illustrated instructions for displaying Orbeez using household objects. In addition each toy comes with a Play ‘n Display Tray, which can be used for playing games or making designs. The best part is that kids come up with their own games and uses for Orbeez.  You will find plenty of ideas and suggestions on this blog.

Q: Can we use Orbeez to hydrate flowers?

A: Yes, Orbeez give off small amounts of water and can be used in place of water to hydrate flowers. We recommend placing a small amount of water in the bottom of the vase.

What would you do with Orbeez? We would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Please send us your best ideas, photos and videos. We’ll feature some of our favorites on this blog, on Facebook, or even in a new activity booklet included with every Orbeez activity toy product! Please share your ideas here.

08.30.2010

How to Keep Your Orbeez Hydrated

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When you spend time outside in the hot weather, you lose water quickly. That’s why it’s so important to stay hydrated. Orbeez are like the human body. They require a lot of water to stay in top condition. Orbeez absorb more than 100 times their original volume in water. That’s why they are so much fun! They feel squishy because they hold a lot of water.

Orbeez will dry out over time if they are left in an open container. If they sit out in the sun, they will dry out and shrink in less than a day.

We recommend storing your Orbeez in an airtight container out of the sun. A plastic food storage container with a lid that seals works well. Our Orbeez Stack ‘Ems toy includes colorful containers with lids for display and storage. Orbeez will stay round and squishy for weeks when stored properly.

If your Orbeez dry out, just add some water and give them time to rehydrate.

Also, we do recommend using clean drinking water, and bottled water for best results. Make sure you use cold or warm water, not hot or boiling.

What would you do with Orbeez? We would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Please send us your best ideas, photos and videos. We’ll feature some of our favorites on this blog, on Facebook, or even in a new activity booklet included with every Orbeez activity toy product! Please share your ideas here.

08.19.2010

Recycle Your Orbeez

Did you know Orbeez can be recycled? That’s right. Orbeez feel squishy because they retain so much water. That makes them perfect for your plants!

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07.20.2010

Meet Orbeez™ – Magically Grows in Water!

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Thank you for visiting the Orbeez website and blog. We’re so happy you are here!

So, just what are Orbeez? They’re creative new activity toys you can bounce, build, design, display, flick, race, soak, show, stack and squish! As we say…”Soak ‘Em, Squish ‘Em, Show ‘Em!” The fun of Orbeez is as unlimited as your imagination.

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07.17.2010

Grow ‘Em

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You won’t believe your eyes when you see your Orbeez grow to full size!

Orbeez really do grow to 150 times their normal volume. How do they do it? We’re glad you asked. Read More…

07.16.2010

Soak ‘Em – How to Grow Orbeez

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Orbeez arrive in small, plastic containers. They’re colorful and tiny. When you first see them, it’s hard to believe that they grow to the size of marbles!

The special safety design of our containers prevents spills and access by small children. When you’re ready to grow Orbeez, just shake out the amount you need into a bowl of clean drinking water. Read More…