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Man bun alert! Mattel gives their Ken Doll a 2017 Diversity Makeover

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 in Consumer PR,FMCG,Kids PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Retail PR,Stunt Of The Day,Toy PR.

We all like a good makeover now and again, whether that means changing the colour or style of our hair, or updating our wardrobes to treat ourselves to a fresh look. Now, Mattel have decided to apply this same concept to Barbie’s Beau, Ken. Since the birth of Ken in 1961, his appearance has hardly shifted from the conventional characteristics of tanned, blonde and muscular. But in 2017, Mattel felt it was necessary to reform the limiting framework of Ken’s image. New and improved Ken now comes in 15 different variations, with three body types, seven skin tones and nine hairstyles. One version of Millennial Ken even has a man bun, while another sports some cornrows. Similarly, Ken’s new garments include skinny jeans, high-top trainers, and vibrant-coloured shirts and vests, in an effort to make him look more like the young men of today’s generation.

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Various celebrities have taken to twitter to comment on Ken’s new makeover; Emily Jashinsky specifically writing, ‘Does man bun Ken doll also come with a Soul Cycle membership, vintage record player, and 50,000 in student loan debt?’

Mattel’s revival of Ken’s appearance follows similar updates that the company made to Barbie last year, and now both characters represent a variety of body shapes and skin tones. Personally, I think this is a very effective way of making children more open to diverse appearances. Additionally, kids can be inspired by a wide range of styles through their favourite dolls, and no longer have to feel like they are confined to following one ‘fashionable’ look. With all these changes, we’re already anticipating the next phase of Ken’s evolution.

– @georgielmw

Easter campaign roundup: From a choco Cumberbunny to something a little cheesier

Posted on April 13th, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Experiential Marketing,Fitness PR,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,Gym PR,Health and Fitness PR,Kids PR,Leisure PR,Online PR,PR Stunt,PR Stunts,Roundup,snackfood PR,stuff we liked,Stunt Of The Day,Tourism PR,Travel PR.

The sun is still out, that daffodils are in bloom, the baby animals are slowly starting to emerge and we have a glorious four day weekend ahead of us. Isn’t Easter weekend wonderful. Now the only question is how to spend it? If you need any ideas of activities or gifts our handy roundup may come in handy as we have chosen our favourite quirky and fun campaigns for Easter.

Door service with a difference from David Lloyd

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With it being the long awaited four day weekend, everyone has plans. Whether it is spending a traditional Easter with the family, hanging out with friends or simply enjoying some me time the one thing that most of us will have in common is that we will probably be consuming more chocolate than we should. David Lloyd have come up with a great answer to shedding those few delicious chocolate filled extra pounds in the comfort of your own home with a tailor made workout routine lead by professional trainers straight to your door.

And now time for a different kind of chocolate bunny.

There is truly something for everyone this Easter. As a sweet surprise one of the infamous Playboy bunnies was seen in London sporting an entirely edible chocolate ensemble. This one is no Bridget Jones for sure! The blonde beauty was out to promote a special Playboy Adult’s only Easter hunt which I would imagine to be the most decadent hunt out there this weekend.

Benedict Cumberbunny!

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The beloved British actor has had his likeness immortalised in chocolate once more. But whereas we and Chocolatier Jen Lindsey-Clark made our Chocobatch in his original likeness Jen has now gone a step further and brilliantly Frankenstein’d his head onto a rabbit’s body for Easter. Now if only someone can recreate this and put his head on a chocolate penguin my year would be complete (or should I say Penwing Benedict?).

“Gorge” on Easter eggs in this glow in the dark hunt!

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Cheddar Gorge is undoubtedly a natural marvel in itself, having recently placed 5th in our Top Views of the UK national survey for the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S8. Now its beauty is being amplified with the placement of glow in the dark eggs for an Easter egg hunt the children (and grown-ups) will never forget.

Anyone up for a cheesy Easter weekend?

easter-2If there is one thing that could possibly surpass my love of chocolate it is cheese. In perhaps one of the more novelty campaigns of this Easter the “Cheester Eggs” are pure and simple. Created by food blogger Annem Hobson they are a solid lump of cheese lovingly moulded into the iconic Easter shape. What more could you want? You can order your Cheester Eggs here.

A grown up twist on an old tradition (also known as: put Gin in everything)

It has become a growing trend as Gin sales soar to incorporate our favourite tipple into new festive incarnations. First came the Gin and Tonic Christmas baubles, letting us all have a cheeky drink under the Christmas tree last year and now we have the Gin and Tonic infused Easter egg and truffles. How have we ever lived without these!

Happy Easter everyone!

-@gfpvincent91

 

 

Never “Lego” of your imagination: Lego brings children’s crazy creations to life

Posted on April 7th, 2017 in brand PR,Children's Brands PR,Consumer PR,creative publicity,FMCG,Kids PR,Leisure PR,Stunt Of The Day,Toy PR.

The wonderful people at the Lego Group have made a cloud that rains candy, after gathering a group of kids at their ‘Lego Playgroup’ and asking them “if you could build anything, what would you make?”. Of course these young, imaginative children  built something only dreams are made of; a rainbow cloud that rains candy!

Lego commissioned a group of Aeronautical Engineering students from Singapore Poly-Tech to make the kids dream a reality. The engineers build a drone-powered cotton wool cloud, which actually RAINED CANDY!

One student involved in the project said “I think as we grow up, we have this preconceived idea of what can and can’t be done, but as kids they don’t really have that., so they’ve got this boundless imagination”

The look of amazement that washes over the kids faces when they see their magical candy cloud float down is simply heart warming. Now if only we could order one for the office!

– @mckinleykearney

Mr Men and Little Miss become the new face of Royal Mail stamps

Posted on October 20th, 2016 in Book PR,Children's Brands PR,Kids PR,Retail PR,Stunt Of The Day.

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men, The Royal Mail have commissioned sets of collectible stamps displaying all your favourite characters from the series, including Mr Bump, Little Miss Sunshine and Mr Tickle.

Since 1971, the Mr Men and Little Miss series have sold over 100 million copies in 28 countries and are sure to be the ideal nostalgic companion for Royal Mail users. Roger Hargreaves’ son Adam, who took over the business after his father’s death in 1988, commented that his father ‘would be chuffed’ at the news and they hope that the stamps will ‘brighten up sending and receiving mail’.

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At 64p per stamp or £6.40 for the full set, full sell-out is expected quickly. The stamps will go on sale in Post Office branches nationwide and via the Royal Mail website for the next 12 months.

– @turnthq

Powerpuff Girls take on Dubai

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 in Children's Brands PR,creative publicity,Kids PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

Cartoon Network succeeded in attracting attention when it announced the release of a new series of The Powerpuff Girls.

Their clever plot to catch the eye of the people of Dubai was more effective than they could have anticipated- it even had people running in pursuit and pointing. To promote the return of the famous characters Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, 3 custom made drones were created.

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To the amazement of onlookers, these drones embarked on a scenic, aerial tour of Dubai. Their flight path included a low altitude trip over some of Dubai’s most iconic sights such as Kite Beach, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa.

In the video put out by Cartoon Network the Powerpuff drones zip through the air superman style to the theme tune of the famous cartoon.

Kids stared open-mouthed as they flew by, but the legendary trio caused the greatest stir amongst people who had been alive to witness them in action on screens in the 90s. In interviews those who had witnessed the Powerpuff girl’s fly through recounted nostalgic tales of great times spent watching the Townsville triplets. It is fair to say that after ten years of Powerpuff free TV we are glad to see them back.