- Cloudco Entertainment brand Care Bears has partnered with Recur to create Care Bears Forever, an NFT collection and metaverse experience reflective of the popular bears and their personalities that will launch Aug. 4., according to a press release.
- Recur and Cloudco will release 10,000 profile pictures (PFPs) of the 10 original Care Bear characters that will serve as the key to entering the Care Bears Forever gameplay, which features challenges and mystery NFT prizes that can only be unlocked by collaborating with other users.
- Care Bears Forever celebrates the brand’s 40th anniversary and will also include never-before-seen bears. The partnership is one of several moves by the company to pay homage to Care Bears’ ‘80s roots while nodding to a younger audience.
Care Bears’ collaboration with technology company Recur, which designs and develops NFT experiences, signifies the brand’s efforts to stay relevant in the public eye as new concepts are introduced while still holding tight to its founding traits that older generations have grown to love. The brand appears be trying to encapsulate its positioning around togetherness with its approach to the metaverse.
Care Bear fans will be able to purchase NFTs of the original ten bears that were the brand’s claim to fame in the ‘80s. The collectible tokens allow users to enter Care Bears Forever, a community-focused metaverse experience where users can complete challenges and obtain mystery chest NFTs, but only through real-time collaboration. To unlock a mystery chest, users must submit their original NFT into a community challenge that will boost the “sharing meter,” and contents will only be revealed once the challenge is completed. Users can also purchase the chests from one another.
“Over the last 40 years, Care Bears fans have created an enthusiastic and engaged community that champions sharing, caring, and kindness. Our strong relationship with our global fan base allows us to explore new spaces and we are so pleased to see the positivity surrounding our entry to Web3. This is just the beginning,” said Robert Prinzo, Cloudco Entertainment head of global licensing in the press release.
The Care Bears brand has long taken to the digital space as a means to grow its audience, starting first in 1983 with its own TV special. Since then, it has continuously held a TV presence and most recently launched a 48-episode series last year on Cartoon Network and HBO Max. With a growing consumer interest in the metaverse, entering this space could present an opportunity for the brand to appeal to younger millennials and Gen Z, who are watching less and less TV.
Other nostalgic brands have taken a similar route. In June, Mattel announced its partnership with Cryptoys to launch Barbie and Hot Wheels inspired NFTs. Barbie also joined forces with Forever 21 to launch a limited-edition Barbie summer 2022 collection that is available in-store, online and on Roblox.
The partnership with Recur, which also helped launch a Hello Kitty NFT collection, joins several collaborations by Cloudco to celebrate Care Bears’ 40th anniversary, including a partnership with Wet n Wild earlier this year to create a Care Bears themed collection. The brand has also created additional digital ties in recent years through a partnership with The Sandbox to create a virtual Care-a-Lot Kingdom which now includes a voxelized Care Bears NFT collection that can be used in gameplay, according to a statement from The Sandbox.