There will be an initial release in autumn 2015, followed by a full range of toys and collectables in 2016.
The company has secured an exclusive manufacturing and marketing deal with Wombles Copyright Holdings Ltd for the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Mike Batt said: “Vivid were our first choice for our master toy deal and we’re delighted that they share our vision. We’re aiming very high in terms of quality with the TV series, and we’re sure the toy range will be just as classy and delightful to a wide range of children.”
Mary Wood, marketing director at Vivid, said: “We’re extremely excited to be working with Mike Batt and his company on The Wombles. Endorsed by families who remember the original phenomenon, The Wombles has a gender-neutral appeal with instant brand recognition. As well as the nostalgia behind the brand, the relaunch will target a new generation of fans, widening the appeal.”
To start raising awareness in the toy industry, Orinoco visited the Toy Fair 2015 trade show at Olympia in London. See some photos from Twitter and Facebook below.
- Toys ‘n’ Playthings: Vivid goes underground, overground, Wombling free
- Toy World: Vivid secures Wombles toy deal
- ToyNews: Vivid secures Wombles toy deal
- Mail Online: Toys are going retro! The Wombles, the Clangers and Danger Mouse to return in 2015
— iRMG – Thunderbirds (@IRMGuide) January 20, 2015
— Energy PR (@EnergyPR) January 20, 2015
— aces-laces (@aceslaces1) January 20, 2015
— UKToyCollector1977 (@UKToyCollector) January 20, 2015
Nearly fell off my chair with excitement as a womble walked by. Remembered it's not a real womble :( #toyfair15
— Advocate Art (@advocateart01) January 20, 2015
Orinoco, wombling free @toyfair2015 pic.twitter.com/Xisosx0U8z
— Toy World Magazine (@toyworldmag) January 20, 2015
— Over40andaMumtoOne (@minnowmep) January 20, 2015
Meeting my heroes – Toy Fair fun and games! pic.twitter.com/IZT7HQb5NU
— Nick Roberts (@NickRobertsIDM) January 20, 2015
— Andy Gardener (@overtimer) January 20, 2015
This guy brings back memories. Remember you're a Womble!
— Silverstream TV (@SilverstreamTV) January 20, 2015
'I'm pretty sure that Womble is stalking me.' -Something you might find yourself saying while visiting #toyfair15
— Claire Brown (@2short4thisride) January 20, 2015
— SBYKE UK (@SBYKEUK) January 20, 2015
— Genevieve Dexter (@genevievedexter) January 20, 2015
Had a great time at London Toy Fair yesterday – especially meeting Orinoco Womble and the Clangers!
— Skylark Learning (@SkylarkLearning) January 21, 2015