TOMY INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR LIMITED-EDITION JOHN DEERE REPLICA
Dec. 31, 2018
Source: TOMY International news release
Oak Brook, Illinois -- TOMY International, a leading global designer, producer and marketer of toys and infant products, announces a one-time opportunity to own a massive, intricately detailed John Deere 1:16 Scale S780 Combine developed as part of the ERTL Collectibles farm toys brand. TOMY, under its ERTL Brand, is offering fans and collectors a unique opportunity to get in on this limited production run via a pre-order program at John Deere Dealerships across the U.S. and Canada. To enhance collectability, the tooling for this replica will be permanently destroyed after initial production.
For more than a century, America's fascination with big machines has made John Deere a household (or farm-hold) name. The mighty life-size combine-weighing in at 45,745 pounds-is known as the workhorse of the Midwest. Now for the first time ever, ERTL Collectibles is offering a once-in-a-lifetime replica, exclusively available for pre-orders at John Deere Dealerships.
"We truly value our John Deere collectors and our relationship with them and wanted to give these fans a special opportunity to own this rare replica that's also a true piece of art," explained Bill Walters, Senior Vice President at TOMY International. "We want to be clear about something: once we finish production, that is it. The tooling will be destroyed and those lucky collectors who jumped on the opportunity will be the only ones in the world to own these limited-edition replicas."
Measuring approximately 30 inches long by 14 inches wide by 12.4 inches tall and weighing more than 25 pounds, the John Deere 1:16 Scale S780 Combine features all die-cast body panels, die-cast rims and soft tires. It also has a moveable die-cast feeder housing, die-cast grain bin and a pivoting die-cast unloading auger. It has an opening cab door and includes a 712C corn head and 730FD draper head.
For the John Deere 1:16 Scale S780 Combine to go into production, TOMY must meet a minimum threshold of 5,000 pre-orders. Orders must be placed at local John Deere Dealerships. To find the closest John Deere Dealer, consumers should visit:
https://dealerlocator.deere.com/servlet/country=US. Fans must act quickly as pre-orders need to be in before February 20, 2019. If the goal is met, the product will go into production in Spring 2020.
About TOMY International
TOMY International (www.tomy.com) is a leading global designer, producer and marketer of a broad range of innovative, high-quality toys sold to preschoolers, youths and adults under the TOMY and Ertl brands as well as products for parents, infants and toddlers marketed under the The First Years, JJ Cole Collections and Boon brands. TOMY International also markets its products under popular licensed properties such as John Deere, Ricky Zoom, WWE, Sonic the Hedgehog, Nintendo, Sanrio, Thomas the Tank Engine, Lamaze, Disney Baby properties including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Princesses, Cars, Fairies and Toy Story, and other well-known licenses. TOMY International's mission is to make the world smile. TOMY International reaches its target consumers through multiple channels of distribution supporting more than 25,000 retail outlets throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia.