International Playthings Officially Sold to Epoch Company, Ltd.

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Grand Toys International Ltd. finalizes sale of International Playthings to Epoch Company, Ltd.

International Playthings, Inc. has officially been sold to an affiliate of Epoch Company, Ltd., a purchase that was finalized on Friday, November 14, 2008. Epoch Co. Ltd. is the creator of Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners, a popular product line currently distributed by IPI.

"We are looking forward to an exciting future for International Playthings under the new ownership," said Michael Varda, CEO of International Playthings. "After many years of success with Grand Toys, we are eager to pursue continuing and growing success with Epoch, especially as we move into the New Year," added Varda.

In conjunction with the finalization of the sale, IPI will become a Limited Liability Corporation, changing its name from International Playthings, Inc. to International Playthings, LLC. Additionally, the management staff that existed under Grand Toys ownership will remain unchanged.            

Epoch Company, Ltd. is a Japanese toy and computer games company, ranked as the third largest toy company in Japan. Founded in 1958, Epoch Company, Ltd. is currently headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

About International Playthings, LLC
Since its inception in 1967, International Playthings, LLC has excelled in the delivery of innovative and entertaining products with integrity, superior play value and child developmental qualities to consumers. Over the course of its 40-year existence, IP LLC has grown to become one of the largest and most respected suppliers of quality products to the North American specialty industry.

A subsidiary of Epoch Company Ltd. affiliate company, IP LLC offers a comprehensive range of proprietary and distributed brands comprising a wide variety of award winning play things including games, infant toys, preschool toys, dolls, educational toys and activity toys. Additional information on IP LLC, its brands and individual products can be found at


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