Spin Master has been granted a patent for a toy assembly that includes a housing and an inner object with a breakout mechanism. The mechanism consists of a hammer and an actuation lever, allowing the hammer to move between a retracted position and an advanced position to break the housing. The actuation lever can be pivoted to drive the hammer towards the advanced position. GlobalData’s report on Spin Master gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Spin Master, Intelligent toy robots was a key innovation area identified from patents. Spin Master's grant share as of September 2023 was 88%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A toy assembly with a breakout mechanism to break housing

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Spin Master Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11772002B2) describes a toy assembly that includes a housing, an inner object, and a breakout mechanism. The housing is in the form of an egg, while the inner object takes the shape of a bird. The breakout mechanism consists of a hammer and an actuation lever. The hammer can move between a retracted position and an advanced position, with the actuation lever being pivotal to drive the hammer towards the advanced position.

The toy assembly allows for interactive play as the hammer can break the housing, revealing the inner object. The hammer is actually a part of the inner object, adding to the surprise element. The actuation lever can be pivoted from a hammer retraction position to a hammer driving position, enabling the movement of the hammer. Additionally, the actuation lever can also be pivoted back towards the retraction position to allow for hammer movement in the opposite direction.

To facilitate the movement of the actuation lever, a cam and an actuation lever biasing member are included in the toy assembly. The cam is engaged with the actuation lever and has a stepped region on its surface. This stepped region causes the cam surface to drop away from the actuation lever abruptly during rotation, allowing the actuation lever biasing member to accelerate the actuation lever towards the hammer driving position. An electric motor is connected to the cam to drive its rotation, and all these components are housed inside the inner object.

The actuation lever is pivotable about a pivot axis, and the actuation lever biasing member engages the lever at a certain distance from the pivot axis. The actuation lever, in turn, engages the hammer at a larger distance from the pivot axis. This design ensures that the actuation lever can exert sufficient force on the hammer to drive it towards the advanced position.

Overall, this patented toy assembly offers an engaging and interactive play experience for children. The combination of the housing, inner object, breakout mechanism, and the inclusion of a cam and actuation lever biasing member allows for the surprise element of breaking the housing and discovering the inner object.

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