Basic Fun! acquires Playhut

Published on: 2nd October 2018

Toy company known for innovative popup play structures to become part of Basic Fun!’s growing portfolio.

Basic Fun!, the Florida-based toy and novelties company, has announced the purchase of all assets of Playhut, the California toy company that produces the award-winning EZ Twist line of indoor and outdoor play structures. Founded in 1982, Playhut has introduced many innovative products that aim to enhance imaginative and educational play. The company’s renowned EZ Twist design system revolutionized indoor and outdoor play by allowing for instant setup and convenient foldaway storage of lightweight popup environments including playhouses, tents, tunnels and games.

Jay Foreman, CEO of Basic Fun!, commented: “We believe that Playhut is the brand of choice for indoor and outdoor play structures. The company is well known for innovation and quality by consumers, retailers and licensors. It ran into serious trouble navigating the challenging retail environment between the bankruptcy of Toys R Us and the fight at retail between brand and price. It’s our mission to reinvigorate Playhut and return the brand to its position as the leader in this very important micro category within the kids’ products space.”

Basic Fun! has made the acquisition and rehabilitation of classic and iconic toy brands – including its name sake Basic Fun!, Uncle Milton, K’Nex and now Playhut – part of its business model. The company is in the midst of a robust growth strategy designed to build scale and sustainability through organic growth and acquisition.


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