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Pudgy Penguins expands Pudgy Toys line to 3,100 Walmart stores, including 30 exclusive toys, demonstrating growth from digital NFTs to tangible consumer products through royalty payments via OverpassIP.

Nationwide Expansion

Pudgy Penguins, known for its digital NFT collection, is scaling up its retail footprint with an expanded toy collection available in Walmart, the major U.S. retail chain. As of February 20, 2024, Pudgy Penguins has announced that its line of Pudgy Toys will be stocked in an additional 1,100 Walmart stores, making the toys accessible in a total of 3,100 Walmart locations across the country. This move marks a significant expansion following Pudgy Penguins’ initial launch in 2,000 Walmart stores in September 2023.

Exclusive Toy Collection

The new rollout will feature 30 unique Pudgy Toys, including the Lil Pudgys Igloo Collectibles and Action Figures, which are exclusive to Walmart. The toys aim to bridge the gap between digital and physical play, each accompanied by a QR code that unlocks digital traits and collectibles within Pudgy World, an online game based on the Layer 2 blockchain, zkSync Era.

NFT Community Engagement

Pudgy Penguins’ integration of blockchain technology extends to its community of NFT holders through OverpassIP. This platform allows NFT holders to submit their digital assets for licensing and receive royalties from the sale of the corresponding physical toys. “The expansion into additional Walmart locations, alongside exclusive toy offerings, underscores the enduring appeal of Pudgy Penguins characters,” said Luca Netz, CEO of Pudgy Penguins. OverpassIP, still in its Beta phase, represents a pioneering approach to digital asset licensing and community engagement, signaling a shift in how NFTs are leveraged for real-world utility.

The Pudgy Toys line, produced by PMI Kids’ World, was a top seller on Amazon across three categories and received Toy Insider’s Top Summer Toy award in 2023. The line’s price range is between $2.99 and $11.97. Enhanced packaging designs and the introduction of a Blind Box Collection Series for plush toys are among the latest updates to the Pudgy Penguins brand.

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