Mattel Inc.

Mattel Inc.

October 08, 2009 14:56 ET

Mattel® Makes Holiday Shopping Stress-Free for Adults and Fun for Kids

New website helps ring in the fun with innovative, age-appropriate recommendations and product information on the must-have toys this holiday season

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2009) - Mattel Inc. (NYSE:MAT) -

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It's that time of year again - children are starting to make their holiday wish lists and parents are racing to get a head start with the shopping. To help overwhelmed Canadians stay hip to the coolest toys for kids this season, Mattel(R) has created, an easy-to-use holiday web site that is informative for parents and fun for kids. Starting today, Canadians can visit to explore the hottest toys this year for girls and boys of all ages at a variety of price points, including revitalized classics from Fisher-Price(R), Barbie(R), and Hot Wheels(R), as well as new favourites from Tyco(R), Polly Pocket(R) and Mattel Games.

"The holidays can be overwhelming at the best of times. We want to provide some relief for Canadian shoppers and give families more time to spend together over the holidays," says Reidin Goode, senior marketing manager, Mattel Canada Inc. "We created as a fun and easy information site for parents and children alike. Parents can learn about the hottest and most innovative toys this season and kids can create their own wish-lists to share with their family."

By visiting, Canadians can browse Mattel's extensive "Toy Store" toy catalogue or use the Toy Recommender to sort through suggestions for toys by age and gender and find gifts for kids who are often tough to shop for. The Toy Store includes over 60 great gift ideas, including classics that parents may remember from their own childhood such as the Fisher Price(R) Little People(R) toys as well as new, trend-setting, innovative gift ideas such as the Matchbox(R) Rocky the Robot Truck(TM). Shoppers can also view detailed information about individual toys including where they are available for purchase, helping to avoid any unnecessary trips to the crowded malls.

"Toy shopping can be a challenge especially during the holidays, but in today's tough economy, Canadians are particularly mindful of getting the most bang for their buck when purchasing gifts," explains Goode. "That is why Mattel is conscious of ensuring that we have a great assortment of gift ideas at a variety of price points. At it is easy to search for gifts for every budget."

Kids can also ring in the fun and get into the holiday spirit by ranking their most-wanted toys and creating a wish-list on the site. Once completed, they can then email their lists directly to family and friends or post them on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, so others can easily view the list and shop for the perfect holiday gift.

Kids can also have a great time playing the Save Toyland game that is included on the site. In the game, kids can search through four different levels for a variety of hidden holiday toys. All the toys featured are included as part of Mattel's hot holiday picks for 2009.

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About Mattel

Mattel, Inc., (NYSE:MAT) ( is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie(R), the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels(R), Matchbox(R), American Girl(R), Radica(R) and Tyco(R) R/C, as well as Fisher-Price(R) brands, including Little People(R), Power Wheels(R) and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. Mattel is recognized as one of the 100 Most Trustworthy U.S. Companies by Forbes Magazine and is ranked among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by CRO Magazine. Committed to ethical manufacturing practices, Mattel marks a 10-year milestone in 2007 for its ever-evolving Global Manufacturing Principles and focus on sustainable business practices. With global headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs more than 30,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Mattel's vision is to be the world's premier toy brands - today and tomorrow.

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