So, I guess they could not call them cupcakes and thus the name Petcakes came to mind! Pretty darn slick if you ask me. The genius who thought this one up really knew what would make a little girl happy and I guess there are little boys out there that might like the Forest animals better than the puppy ones.
They have a Special Offer going on right now that is a really good deal if your child is really into the Petcakes: Buy (4) or more PetcakesR Collectibles plush toys and receive the PetCakesR Collectibles Minis - 4 pack FREE you only pay an additional $1.99 shipping and handling.
My collection that I got was the Forest Collection, Series 2 Limited Collection and the two I received to review was Bamboo Berry the Panda and Roco Coco the Raccoon. They are really cute, fun little toys that can easily go with you on trips because you just push their little heads down and then they won't take up alot of room. Your children will spend, we hope, a good bit of time playing with them while you are driving to your destination.
I am always happy to see old fashion type toys and animals hit the market because we have started programming our children to think that computers and T.V.'s are more fun to play with and I really think it is better for them to have toys that they can imagine things and play make believe and have their toys do fun, wonderful, magical things instead of letting a computer game tell them what to think and do.
I grew up in a time when we had Barbie dolls and Ken dolls and I would play for hours having them meet and go places and fall in love and have a wedding and then later children. You make up your own stories as you go along and it keeps your mind occupied and constantly coming up with new beginnings and endings. That why I think the Petcakes series and other toys that they have on their site are so important.
You can get them starting at 12" all the way up to 4 feet tall! Amazing! These wonderful toys are made by a company called Well-Made Toy Manufacturing Corporation. Now, see, I would have thought the company would be called some pet name or something, so it just goes to show you don't know everything!
So, as you can tell, this is a puppy collection of the cutest Petcakes! Then there is the Series 1 mini collection of Petcakes that are only 1 1/2 inches tall. The kids will love it! But the cutest thing about all the Petcakes is that the top of their heads look like frosting on a cupcake, hence, the name Petcakes!
Fred Catapano started out in 1966 with a $1,000 loan, two sewing machines and a passion for creating soft playthings. By 1968, Well Made Toy Manufacturing Corporation was in business and Catapano was actively involved in the creating, manufacturing and selling of plush toys and rag dolls. Today, Well Made Toy has offices and design staff in New York, Hong Kong and China, and boasts the most extensive line of soft rag dolls in the business.Please take the time to go and read the rest as it is an interesting story. I am fascinated by history and what makes people come up with or dream about inventions that turn into goldmines or an awesome idea and so I like to recognize every person behind the company that started it all.
Since the Company's inception, Catapano has personally been involved in the creation of a wide range of best-selling stuffed animals, plush characters and soft rag dolls, known and loved the world over. Catapano was the originator of the famous Tattle Talk Friends line, dolls who repeat everything someone says in their own voice. More than 40 years later, Catapano continues to add his insights and creativity to groundbreaking new products, including the 2010 introduction of PetCakes, sweet plush pets with frosting hats each nestled in its own cupcake wrapper pet bed! Catapano has been a member of the Toy Industry Association for over 30 years.
I realize it takes up a little more space but I believe each company owner/inventor deserves the spotlight for just a moment while we sit here in awe of what possessed them to think of this idea, or at least I do anyway. It makes me feel like a part of the bigger picture when I understand how things became what they are today. I hope in my quest to find these interesting tidbits that I help you broaden your horizon just a little at a time!
Watch their YouTube video on Petcakes or check them out on Facebook.
You can contact them by mail or phone:
52-07 Flushing Avenue, 2nd. Floor
Maspeth, NY 11378
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.