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New hand & finger puppets boast advanced features

Suppliers of hand & finger puppets are adding electronic elements to keep up with competitors in the sector.

Hand and finger puppet makers in China are upgrading products to boost profitability amid heightened competition within the industry.

  
Finger puppet glove
  Yangzhou Lovetoys' model LT10Y102 is a polyester plush finger puppet glove.

As a subgroup of plush toys, the line accounts for only 10 to 15 percent of total shipments for the category. Sales reflected minimal growth in 2010 compared with larger stuffed play items, which showed a 15 to 30 percent increase. Suppliers attribute this trend to the growing demand for more innovative models such as electronic teddy bears.

Makers have been therefore offering high-tech versions. LEDs are fitted in some stuffed puppet heads. But as the selection is traditionally manipulated by hand, there is limited room for such features. Resultantly, most releases of this type are OEM-based, with few manufacturers spending on in-house development.

The majority of hand and finger puppets from China come in animal, human or cartoon designs. Variants for the palm are 20 to 30cm, while the latter are 8 to 12cm.

Models typically consist of a character head attached to a sleeve or finger cot. Innovative styles include a glove showing different figures per digit and finger puppet soft books.

Polyester is the primary material used in the line. Fleece, velboa, velvet and velour are among the common constructions. Available at more than 180gsm and with a 1.5 to 4.5mm pile, the popular textiles are 450 to 480gsm and boast a 3mm nap. Nonwoven fabrics and T/C are also utilized. Knitted acrylic can be incorporated in upscale designs.

Several releases have PP filling as well. These are generally $0.06 to $0.10 costlier than regular puppets. Current spending for the stuffing is $1,360 to $1,810 per ton.

Facial details such as the nose and eyes can be embroidered or in plastic. The first is usually done electronically, making it 10 times more expensive than attaching the synthetic pieces.

The key determinants of hand and finger puppet quotes are the materials and workmanship.

Low-end models are $0.25 to $0.40 and made of polyester fleece, velboa or velvet below 250gsm. Most come in animal or cartoon shapes with no stuffing.

Midrange variants go for $0.45 to $1.50. Releases adopt 250 to 280gsm polyester fleece, velboa, or regular, superfine or coral velvet. Some products contain filling and may be licensed designs.

High-end puppets utilize similar materials as in the midrange, except they weigh 380 to 480gsm. Polyester and polyvinyl velvet, kylin plush and knitted acrylic are available as well. The majority employs stuffing. Cartoon character models are typically branded.


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Hand puppet
Product gallery

High Hope Intl Group Jiangsu Native Produce Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd

Model: High Hope-1
MOQ: 800 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Hand puppet; pure polyester plush; 26x15cm; in various animal designs; PP bag packaging

  
Hand puppet


High Hope Intl Group Jiangsu Native Produce Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd

Model: High Hope-2
MOQ: 800 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Hand puppet; pure polyester plush; 26x15cm; in various animal designs; PP bag packaging

  
Hand puppet


Shanghai Oriland Group Plush Toys Mfy

Model: OT95794
MOQ: 1,000 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Hand puppet; lion design; polyester velboa; 20cm

  
Hand puppet


Shanghai Oriland Group Plush Toys Mfy

Model: OT95795
MOQ: 1,000 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Hand puppet; frog design; polyester velboa; 20cm

  
Finger puppet


Shanghai Oriland Group Plush Toys Mfy

Model: OT95796
MOQ: 3,000 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Finger puppet; polyester velboa; 10cm; in various animal designs

  
Hand puppet


Yangzhou Lovetoys Trading Co. Ltd

Model: LT10M05
MOQ: 2,000 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Hand puppet; monkey design; polyester plush; pure PP cotton filling; environment-friendly; 25cm

  
Hand puppet


Yangzhou Lovetoys Trading Co. Ltd

Model: LT10M055
MOQ: 2,000 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Hand puppet; pig design; polyester plush; pure PP cotton filling; environment-friendly; 20cm

  
Hand puppet


Yangzhou Lovetoys Trading Co. Ltd

Model: LT10M056
MOQ: 2,000 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Hand puppet; duck design; polyester plush; pure PP cotton filling; environment-friendly; 20cm

  
Finger puppet glove


Yangzhou Lovetoys Trading Co. Ltd

Model: LT10Y102
MOQ: 2,000 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Finger puppet glove; pets motif; imported polyester plush; pure PP cotton filling; environment-friendly; in various designs, sizes




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All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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