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Toy Company Forecasts Shortage of Pool Watermelons

  (May 19, 2017)
Toy Company Forecasts Shortage of Pool Watermelons

PlaSmart Inc., a Canadian-based, international distributor that selects products that are smart, simple, and fun predicts a Watermelon Ball® shortage this coming summer. Watermelon Ball® is the ball that's designed to look, feel, and behave like a watermelon in water.

Sales have skyrocketed since PlaSmart signed a license agreement with creator, Jeff Larson, in November, 2016 to market Watermelon Ball® worldwide. “There is no way we could have foreseen the excitement Watermelon Ball® would generate," says PlaSmart CEO Tim Kimber. “Our current inventory is committed and, despite shipments that are on the way, we expect that demand will continue to outpace availability."

Kimber adds, “We are looking forward to seeing a further spike in interest on June 13th when Watermelon Ball® will be highlighted on The Grommet's Today's Launch. According to The Grommet's website, “A Grommet is an innovative, unique product that is created by a Maker with a story to tell." Watermelon Ball® inventor, Jeff Larson, will be standing by online throughout the day to tell his story and respond to questions and comments.

About Watermelon Ball®
Many people will remember playing watermelon ball, using real watermelons, at summer camp or in backyard pools. Watermelons are nearly neutrally buoyant; first sinking in water and slowly rising to the surface. This characteristic makes them ideal for playing all kinds of water games.

Unlike most balls that are inflated with air, Watermelon Ball® is filled with water. Designed to look, feel, and behave like a watermelon in water, Watermelon Ball® allows players to dribble, kick, bounce, pass, and intercept under water. Watermelon Ball® is extremely durable and stands up to repeated intense use; features that were sorely missing with watermelon fruit.

Watermelon Ball® History
The development of Watermelon Ball® began in 2004 with a group of college students who frequently got together to play a swimming pool game that used real watermelons. The intensity of play caused the watermelons to crack, and sometimes accidentally smash. Concerned that they were making a “pretty good mess," as well as spending a lot of money on watermelons, one student (Watermelon Ball® creator, Jeff Larson) designed a ball that behaved like a watermelon, but could withstand intense play.

The watermelon ball sessions continued using the tough new Watermelon Ball® and competition became more fun than ever. In fact, the artificial Watermelon Ball® allowed for increased strategy, dribbling the ball on the bottom, and passing up to ten feet underwater. And, without the danger of cracking or smashing, Watermelon Ball® could even be bounced off pool walls to teammates.

“My friends and I had a ton of fun playing the game with real watermelons in college. When I came up with the new ball and saw how much better it made the game, I realized I had something that could change how people play in the pool," says Jeff Larson. I love seeing people get introduced to the game, play it, love it, and become passionate about it."

About PlaSmart Inc.
PlaSmart Inc. is a Canadian-based, global toy distributor that selects products that are smart, simple, and fun. It seeks out interesting, one-of-a-kind toys that meet its 'smart and simple' philosophy and avoids toys that are difficult to understand or operate. PlaSmart's products include multiple award-winning toys and games, including the ever-popular Original PlasmaCar®, a mechanical marvel powered by the cleanest and most inexhaustible energy source, kid power; The Original DoodleArt® adult coloring kits; and Smart Mat™ multi-purpose play mats. PlaSmart's products are available on five continents and in more than sixty countries. For more information visit PlaSmart's website.

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