Sphero Cuts Staff And Number Of New Products

Posted: Jan 22 2018, 7:27am CST | by , in News | Toys

Sphero Cuts Staff and Number of New Product

Toy robot maker did not have a stellar Holiday season.

Sphero went from a robot ball toy to high profile Disney license toys in the past two years. The Star Wars and Cars app-controlled toys did not deliver the sales the company had planned. According to TechCrunch, the Colorado-based toy maker has cut staff by 50.

Sphero expanded its toy range quite dramatically in 2017 with the introduction of Star Wars R2D2, BB-9E, Spider-Man and Pixar’s Lightning McQueen and a Sphero Mini.

The Ultimate Lightning McQueen was especially ambitious. The app-controlled car has animated eyes and behaves like in the animated movies. The price-tag of $300 did though not appeal to most. Amazon has slashed the price of the Ultimate Lightning McQueen to $148.99. At this price, the robotic car is now the #1 bestseller in the RC Cars section.

Sphero is now turning away from licensing towards educational toys. STEM toys is a hot segment, and we will see many new STEM toys for 2018 at the Toy Fair New York. Sphero is not listed as an exhibitor.

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