Manhattan Toy® Announces a Groovy Girls® Licensing Agreement With Girls Scouts of the USA


March 7, 2007

Girl Scouts of the USA
Marion F. Swan
(212) 852-8012, mswan@girlscouts.org

Amy Cathey – Manhattan Toy
612.337.9610 or amyc@manhattantoy.com

New York, N.Y.— Minneapolis-based Manhattan Toy is teaming up with Girl Scouts of the USA, the world's preeminent leadership development organization dedicated solely to girls, to design a spirited, funky and confident line of Groovy Girls dolls and accessories — a widely acclaimed family of soft dolls that help girls celebrate personal style, diversity and the power of friendship — inspired by the Girls Scout mission to build girls' of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Hugh Kennedy, Vice President of Business Development with Manhattan Toy, said, "We're proud to partner with such a recognized and respected organization as Girl Scouts of the USA to extend our Groovy Girls brand in a manner that coincides with a mutual goal of building girls' courage, confidence and character. Combining Manhattan Toy's reputation for exceptional quality and innovative designs with the Girl Scouts' role as the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls will result in a collection of dolls and accessories that is sure to connect and inspire girls."

Manhattan Toy and Girl Scouts of the USA have entered into a three-year licensing agreement allowing Manhattan Toy to develop and market a collection of Groovy Girls dolls and accessories for the U.S. market with an anticipated launch date of fall 2007. The Girl Scout Promise and Law provide the inspiration for the initial doll premiere themes — honesty, respect, caring, friendliness, and courage — all color-coded and featuring an award/badge sash. Plans also include three special edition theme sets, doll uniforms and style accessories. All new products will be featured on groovygirls.com.

"We are very excited to be working with Manhattan Toy and their very popular Groovy Girls brand," commented Barry Horowitz, Vice President and General Manager, Girl Scout Merchandise. "This relationship is a perfect fit for our reputation as the organization for the grooviest girls in the world."

About Manhattan Toy
Manhattan Toy is a global marketer of toys that feature innovative designs to inspire imaginative play in today's kids. It distributes its products through more than 10,000 stores worldwide. For more information on its full collection, visit www.manhattantoy.com.  Manhattan Toy — Imaginations At Play!

About Groovy Girls
Since its introduction in 1998, the Groovy Girls brand has become one of the most popular toys for girls worldwide. Groovy Girls is an integrated brand providing products that reflect and appeal to a girl's sense of fashion and style as well as her many interests. What makes Groovy Girls different from other dolls and other licensed properties is a deeper more compelling message for both children and parents. Each Groovy Girls character has a unique, one of a kind look expressed in her hairstyle, skin tone and hip outfit — just like girls in real life! The brand encourages developing a girl's sense of self-identity and individualism, celebrates friendship and diversity and validates the fact that girls are important in the world. For interactive Groovy Girls play and parties, visit www.groovygirls.com.

About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent organization for and leading authority on girls with 3.7 million girl and adult members. Now in its 94th year, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to the Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.