Ganz Press Releases

2014 Press Releases
GRUMPY CAT™ will meet new namesake Webkinz™ on opening day of Toy Fair

GRUMPY CAT™ will meet new namesake Webkinz™ on opening day of Toy Fair
TORONTO, February 6, 2014 –The world’s grumpiest feline, GRUMPY CAT™, makes her inaugral visit to NY Toy Fair when she appears at Ganz Booth 2923 on Sunday Feb 16. Grumpy Cat will be on hand to launch her new Webkinz plush and virtual character--the first celebrity to be so recognized on Webkinz World. read more

GRUMPY CAT™ attends two Ganz events during January Gift and Home Furnishings Market

GRUMPY CAT™ attends two Ganz events during January Gift and Home Furnishings Market
TORONTO, January 3, 2014 – The world’s grumpiest feline, GRUMPY CAT™, will be making two special exclusive appearances at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® to promote an extensive line of merchandise created by Ganz, including GRUMPY CAT plush, luggage tags, mugs, magnets, coasters, stationery, signs, candles, door hangers and T-shirts. read more

2013 Press Releases
Ganz and TCG Get GRUMPY (CAT)

Ganz and TCG Get GRUMPY (CAT)
TORONTO, September 26, 2013 – The world is getting “Grumpy”. In a deal with Grumpy Cat Ltd., Ganz and TCG have been granted the worldwide licensing rights to manufacture, distribute and market a line of consumer products bearing the likenesses of the social media feline sensation, Grumpy Cat™ and her brother, Pokey. read more

Ganz Acquires Noelle Brand of Popular Women’s Fashions, Accessories and Gifts

Ganz Acquires Noelle Brand of Popular Women’s Fashions, Accessories and Gifts
TORONTO, July 10, 2013 – Ganz, through a U.S. subsidiary, is pleased to announce it has acquired the Noelle brand, known for its popular women’s fashions, accessories, gifts and more. Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Noelle will continue to operate as a stand-alone company under its current management team, staff and operational infrastructure. read more

TCG and Ganz Form Strategic Partnership
TORONTO, May, 2013 – TCG and Ganz, two leaders in the world of children’s toys and games, have formed a strategic partnership that merges the expertise and consumer-focused approach to product of both companies. read more

The Mom’s Choice Awards® Names NAKAMAS™ and AMAZING WORLD™ Among Best in Family-Friendly Products and Media
TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2013 – Ganz is proud to announce that two of its’ popular kids sites, NAKAMAS and AMAZING WORLD, have been recognized as providing excellence in family-friendly fun. read more

2012 Press Releases

Survey says parents recognize technology benefits to connect as a famil but still struggle to keep up with the kids.
TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2012 – A recent survey conducted by ORC International* on behalf of the creators of Webkinz reveals that while nearly 50 percent of parents believe technology is a great way to connect as a family, the majority (70 percent) still struggle with keeping up with their kids saying it’s time consuming, expensive or endless. read more

The Webkinz Brand Expands with a Social Game on the iPad for Family-Friendly Fun On-The-Go
TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2012 Whether playing an online game, or video-chatting across distances, technology has become a catalyst for family time, changing the ways in which we interact. read more

Ganz Acquires Popular Midwest-CBK Gift, Holiday, Home and Outdoor DĂŠcor Brand
October 2012, Toronto, Canada — After launching 4 exciting new games for players of all ages, the new Ganz Ambassador program invites kids and their families to play and test the sites…and to tell Ganz Studios what they think! read more

Ganz launches 4 new Ambassador Programs
September 2012, Toronto, Canada — After launching 4 exciting new games for players of all ages, the new Ganz Ambassador program invites kids and their families to play and test the sites…and to tell Ganz Studios what they think! read more

Dr. Toy names Amazing World to Top 100 of 2012 and one of 10 Best High-Tech Toys of 2012
August 2012, Toronto, Canada — You’ve never seen a world like this before! This vibrant world is bursting with energy and more wacky characters than you can imagine. Wander through a kaleidoscope of colorful settings, make new friends and play hundreds of challenges and quests. read more

Introducing Nakamas™! The Future of Friendship
Friendship is the key to Nakamas™, our newest line of beautifully designed plush toys and our newest virtual world for girls. Each of the Nakamas plush toys wears a unique ‘handmade’ friendship bracelet and includes a collectible child size version of the matching friendship bracelet! read more

Introducing Amazing World™ a Wacky 3D Virtual World Where Creativity is Limitless
July 2012, Toronto, Canada—You’ve never seen a world like this before! This vibrant world is bursting with energy and more wacky characters than you can imagine. Wander through a kaleidoscope of colorful settings, make new friends and play hundreds of challenges and quests. read more

Introducing Tail Towns Friends™ from Ganz
June 2012, Toronto, Canada—Ganz believes 2012 is the year that the gift industry goes digital. With hundreds of millions of players worldwide engaging in social gaming (70% women*!), we’re introducing Tail Towns Friends™ on Facebook, a social game that invites women to plant, grow and design garden spaces with unique country retreats. read more

New Collections, New Programs for Gift Stores: Big Things Are Happening at Ganz!
June 2012, Toronto Canada—the world is changing and so are we! We’ve got lots of exciting new lines and great programs; we’ve grown our offerings with on-trend fashion accessories, customizable gifts and plush. read more

Webkinz leads the way in social gaming co-play!
MAY 16, 2012 - TORONTO, CANADA. Ganz, creator of Webkinz World™, the original kids' online world, is excited to introduce a game-changing innovation in family-friendly virtual fun: Webkinz Friends™ on Facebook. read more

Ganz Acquires Popular BEYOND A BAGÂŽ
JANUARY, 2012 - TORONTO, CANADA. Ganz has purchased BEYOND A BAGÂŽ, the stylish multi-use bag company started by traveler and entrepreneur Wendy Knecht. read more

The Caring Valley helps raise awareness for 4 new charities on Webkinz World site.
JANUARY, 2012 - TORONTO, CANADA. Webkinz World™ members now have the chance to learn about 4 new charities when they plant virtual trees in The Caring Valley™. Webkinz World, the leading children's online world, introduced The Caring Valley to help members learn about giving while they plant and play. Webkinz Foundation will be making donations to each charity. read more

2011 Press Releases
Webkinz World™ Teams up with Teen Jazz Sensation Nikki Yanofsky

Webkinz World™ Teams up with Teen Jazz Sensation Nikki Yanofsky to Support Breast Cancer Awareness in a New Campaign "I Dream in Pink"
TORONTO, ON (SEPTEMBER, 2011) - Ganz, the creator of Webkinz World™, is teaming up with teen jazz sensation Nikki Yanofsky to record a special version of "I Dream in Pink", as part of a wide-reaching campaign aiming to raise funds for breast cancer. read more

The Caring Valley welcomes 4 new charities to Webkinz World

The Caring Valley welcomes 4 new charities to Webkinz World
TORONTO, ON (SEPTEMBER, 2011) - Webkinz World™ members now have the chance to learn about 4 new charities when they plant virtual trees in The Caring Valley™. Webkinz World, the leading children’s online world, introduced The Caring Valley to help members learn about giving while they plant and play. read more

Webkinz World to tell kids to Go Outside and Play

Webkinz World to tell kids to "Go Outside and Play"
TORONTO, ON (SEPTEMBER , 2011) - Joining Nickelodeon's eighth annual Worldwide Day of Play initiative on Sept. 24, for the first time ever the Webkinz World™ site will 'shut down' from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST), encouraging kids to go outside and play. read more

Ganz presents the I Dream in Pink campaign benefiting breast cancer awareness

Ganz presents the I Dream in Pink campaign benefiting breast cancer awareness
TORONTO, ON (SEPTEMBER , 2011) - Webkinz World's wide-reaching October 2011 campaign to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer will embrace both virtual and real-world elements. read more

Introducing the Ganz Parent Club

Ganz Parent Club: a great new online property!
TORONTO, ON (SEPTEMBER , 2011) - Ganz announces the Ganz Parent Club, a new way for parents of Webkinz World™ members to earn KinzCash™ and exclusive Webkinz™ items for their children. read more

Ganz acquires Danielson Designs

Ganz Acquires Danielson Designs
TORONTO, ON (AUGUST , 2011) - Ganz today announces it has purchased Danielson Designs, the popular gift and home dĂŠcor company located in Trinidad, Colorado. read more

Adventure Park - A Whole New Way to have Fun in Webkinz World!

Adventure Park - A Whole New Way to have Fun in Webkinz World!
TORONTO, ON (JULY, 2011) - Webkinz World™ has a new neighborhood, where members with Adventure Series pets can go on quests, complete challenges and explore! read more

Children’s site Webkinz World™ is awarding unique virtual bunnies

Children’s site Webkinz World™ is awarding unique virtual bunnies
TORONTO, ON (MARCH, 2011) - In what may be a first for virtual worlds, popular children’s site Webkinz World™ is awarding unique virtual bunnies in conjunction with HOP, the upcoming family comedy from the creators of Despicable Me. read more

Webkinz Pets in Gift Bags honoring 83rd Academy Awards

Webkinz Pets in Gift Bags honoring 83rd Academy Awards
TORONTO, ON (FEBRUARY 24, 2011) - Webkinz Signature™ pets are part of the sought-after gift bag handed out at the Red Carpet Style Lounge in honor of the 83rd Academy Awards. read more

2010 Press Releases

Webkinz World Accounts Will no Longer Expire!
DECEMBER 22, Webkinz World® has a very special gift for their millions of members—their Webkinz accounts will no longer expire!read more

Webkinz World puts Kinzville on the Map!
DECEMBER 8, 2010 WebkinzÂŽ today launches the first phase of an exciting site revamp, unveiling for the first time a map of Kinzville. Webkinz World will never be the same!read more

The Caring Valley welcomes 5 new charities to Webkinz World
DECEMBER 1, 2010 Webkinz World® members now have the chance to learn about 5 new charities when they plant virtual trees in The Caring Valley™. Over $1.3 Million dollars has already been donated to child-focused charities...read more

New Webkinz Song Releases on iTunes, Proceeds Benefit Breast Cancer Charities
OCTOBER 1, 2010 WebkinzÂŽ, the original and most successful plush toy with an online world, is today releasing the October Pet of the Month song for sale on iTunesÂŽ - with proceeds of sales being directed to breast cancer charities...read more

Popular Kids' Site WebkinzÂŽ goes Mobile with new iPhone Games!
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 - Webkinz, the original and most successful plush toy with an online world, has leapt out of the browser and into the mobile space on the popular iPhoneÂŽ, iPodÂŽ touch and iPadÂŽ platforms. read more

Webkinz World meets the 'real world'!
JUNE 30, 2010 - For the first time ever, WebkinzÂŽ vans will be criss-crossing the United States in July and August, bringing the magic of Webkinz WorldÂŽ to kids everywhere. read more

A whole new way to play...in 3D
JUNE 23, 2010 - Webkinz World now has Hamster Power! Mazin'™ Hamsters are the newest residents of the popular kids' online world. Discover an engaging, vibrant 3-D habitat where hamsters build and explore mazes, race, roll and zoom. read more

2009 Press Releases

Webkinz Signature™ pets: lifelike appeal with virtual-world excitement!
2009 - Ganz is proud to showcase our Webkinz Signature™ and Endangered Species Edition Signature pet collections. These beautifully detailed pets are larger and more realistic than regular Webkinz® pets... read more