Space Race LLC Announces Funrise as the Global Master Toy Licensee for Hit Preschool Show Space Racers

Full Toy Line To Be Distributed Globally Beginning in 2018

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Funrise–Space Race, LLC, the global production company behind the popular and
award winning preschool television series, Space Racers®,
announced today that Funrise Toy Corporation, an industry leader in
innovation, manufacturing, and distribution of some of the most popular
children’s products, will be the global master toy licensee for the
popular, animated, preschool series, Space Racers. A full range
of preschool toys will hit shelves globally by fall 2018.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have found such a perfect partner in
Funrise,” said Michael Matays, CEO of Space Race, LLC, and Executive
Producer of Space Racers. “As Space Racers has gained
momentum and global exposure, we have seen ever-increasing demand from
kids who want to play and go on adventures with the Space Racers.
Our partnership with Funrise is a natural next step for
the development of this brand.”

Space Racers is a powerful emerging brand in space, STEM
education, and children’s play, and we couldn’t be happier adding them
to our portfolio,” said King Cheng, CEO of Funrise. “Every young child
is a scientist and these toys will help children to enjoy space play
with the Stardust Space Academy Cadets.”

The Space Racers brand has grown monumentally from 2015, the
launch year of the first season on public television and on Netflix, to
the current second season, which debuted in November 2016 on NBC
Universal’s Sprout network and is still gaining momentum today. Since
its Sprout premiere, Space Racers has consistently been one of
the top shows for children ages 2-11 on the network. Airing in over 130
countries across the globe and available in 25 different languages, its
STEM rich content is internationally recognized and applauded by parents
and educators alike.

About Space Racers®

Space Racers follows Eagle, Robyn, Hawk, Starling, Raven and
their fellow cadets as they explore the solar system and the universe.
Headmaster Crane, Professor Coot and other faculty members of the
Stardust Bay Space Academy guide the cadets on missions that cover
heliophysics, earth science, planetary science and astrophysics among
many science disciplines explained at a preschool level. The stunning
CGI animation plus authentic sounds and images from outer space provided
by NASA bring the richness of space and diversity of planetary
landscapes, as well as the characters, vividly to life for young minds.
Season Two, which debuted on NBC Universal’s Sprout in November
2016, focuses on some important emotional issues including bullying and
growing up with physical challenges, by introducing new Stardust Space
Academy cadets like brash transfer student Kite, and young Merlin, a
rocket born with one short wing. Space Racers Season One is
currently available on Netflix and the characters are available via the
Space Racers App for iTunes or Google Play (Android).

About Space Race, LLC

Space Race, LLC, based in New York, is the global production company
behind Space Racers and specializes in children’s programming and
educational entertainment. Space Racers currently airs in over 130
countries across the globe and is available in more than 25 languages.
Honors include numerous awards including the American Public Television
Programming Excellence Award, Parents Choice Awards and a Cynopsis
!magination Award. To learn more about Space Racers, visit

About Funrise

Founded in 1987, Funrise is an adventurous innovator and an industry
leader in the manufacturing and distribution of the most popular
children’s toys. Simply put…we create fun! Funrise is the manufacturer
of leading power brands such as TONKA®, Gazillion Bubbles®, Luna
Petunia™, Positively Perfect™, Sing-a-ma-Lings and Shelcore’s line of
pre-school toys, making their product offerings diverse and full of fun
for kids of all ages! Funrise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Matrix
Holdings Limited. Funrise U.S. headquarters are located in Van Nuys, CA,
with an office in Hong Kong, and additional showrooms in Minneapolis,
Bentonville, United Kingdom and Australia.


For Space Race, LLC:
Ben Austin, 914-236-4433
Funrise Toys:
Anne-Marie, 818-357-3696
Simpson Bughi, 818-883-2400