Recent bath toy designs boast novelty aspects, and improved visual appeal and balance.
China suppliers of bath toys are beefing up R&D initiatives to provide more innovative and value-added models.
Manufacturers are enhancing product features. The latest items incorporate flashing LEDs or musical ICs, which are turned on by a button.
Others may be squeezed or sensor-activated. Bath toys under the first classification are usually made of soft materials such as PVC. Meanwhile, models with sensors are able to respond to skin or liquid. The latter is often used to switch on LEDs.
The bath toys come in a range of designs, most of which are animal-shaped. Ducks, swans, elephants and aquatic creatures such as starfish, dolphins, seals and turtles are the best-sellers.
Novelty styles may be decorated with neckties, suits or eyeglasses. Products patterned after clients’ mascots are also popular. Vivid colors, including red, green, yellow and blue, are typically utilized for the line. Several releases employ transparent PVC.
Apart from appearance, factories consider the model’s structure. Among the floating toys, duck variants are widely manufactured as their shape is naturally more buoyant given the wide bottom and short neck.
In comparison, swan versions from Richforth Electronics Co. must be made with a thicker base to compensate for the longer neck and help lower the center of gravity.
PVC bath toys dominate
Bath toys from China are offered in PVC, rubber or ABS. The first is the primary input utilized as it is easy to form, can take any shape and allows for intricate details. Further, the plastic is available hard or soft.
In comparison, rubber is stiffer and more difficult to form. The amount of wastage during manufacture is also larger than with PVC. Meanwhile, ABS is widely used for electronic bath toys considering its natural rigidity and the manner of assembly.
Unlike the first two inputs, which are typically molded whole, ABS bath toys consist of two plastic-injected shells that are later sealed together. This allows makers to insert LEDs, ICs or other components easily.
But because the electronic parts are enclosed, batteries are not usually replaceable or rechargeable. As such, Shenzhen Jinlongxin Plastic Co. Ltd utilizes power cells with longer lives. Those in LED designs can run for three to six months.
Regardless of material choice, most suppliers use phthalate-free inputs and nontoxic paint. Shenzhen Jinlongxin adopts only those that are food-grade, considering the tendency of children to chew on objects.
Further, releases are designed with no detachable pieces or molded in one piece to limit choking hazards. Companies avoid creating small bath toys as well, regulating size to at least 5cm.
To prevent electrical conduction and water damage, factories seal the vital components twice. These parts are first enclosed in their own container before locking them in the outer plastic shell. In addition, finished bath toys are checked for compliance with EN 71, CE, RoHS and REACH.
The main determinants of price are the materials, size and function. Low-end variants are $0.20 to $0.50 and employ PVC. The models are 5 to 7cm and have no additional features.
Measuring 8 to 15cm, midrange items are $0.55 to $1.50. High-end versions are quoted between $1.55 and $3. They are 16 to 25cm. Both segments boast light and musical add-ons, and are available in ABS and PVC. Given similar functions and dimensions, releases in the first material are generally $0.015 more expensive than PVC kinds.
In the past six months, bath toy prices climbed 5 to 10 percent. This is mainly due to material costs rising 10 percent.
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