One of the strangest coincidences from my many years in the Doll Business: Ganz, GUND and Grumpy Cat!
I recently read the story below in the trade press about a recall. It caught my eye because, while walking Toy Fair last month, I happened to see the Grumpy Cat plush in the Ganz booth. As I had already been in the GUND booth (we carry a lot of GUND products), I knew that they also had a license to manufacture Grumpy Cat plush.
And I felt bad for GUND, because I think the Ganz recall for Grumpy Cat plush – a possible choking hazard because the eyes can come off – is going to affect consumer perceptions of GUND’s Grumpy Cat plush. (And of course I feel bad for Ganz… I’m sure they spent a small fortune to make their toys safe and meet CPSIA regs… it just goes to show that even the best designers and manufacturers can have something like this happen.)
But in the end, I think parents are going to remember ‘Grumpy Cat Plush,’ and not differentiate between Ganz and Gund. They’re both going to suffer for awhile.
Isn’t that a strange coincidence? Two famous Plush Doll companies, both have four letter names, both start with the letter ‘G,’ and both have a license to make Grumpy Cat plush!
Ganz Recalls Grumpy Cat Stuffed Animal Toys
GDA Staff — Gifts & Dec, March 19, 2014