Spin Master has been granted a patent for a toy assembly with an extensible object, base, and extension mechanism. The mechanism drives the extension members towards extended positions, breaking the housing to expose the object. The power source consumes lost motion in the connection to extend the members further. 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 February 2024 was 86%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Extensible toy assembly with lost motion connection

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11918926B2) discloses an extensible object, such as a toy assembly, comprising a base, a first extension member, and a second extension member that can move between retracted and extended positions. The extensible object includes an extension mechanism with a lost motion connection and an extension mechanism power source. When in a home position, the extension mechanism drives the first extension member towards the extended position, consuming the lost motion in the connection. Once the lost motion is used up, both the first and second extension members are driven towards their extended positions. The extension mechanism includes various components like drums, extension drive cables, and rotatable members to facilitate the movement of the extension members.

Furthermore, the extensible object can take the form of a character, with the base representing the character's feet, the third extension member representing the torso, and the second extension member representing the head. The extension mechanism also includes a retraction drive cable to retract the second extension member. The patent also details variations in the positioning of the extension members, with options for coaxial or axially offset arrangements. Additionally, the extension mechanism power source can be an electric motor, providing the necessary energy for the extension mechanism to operate effectively. Overall, the patent outlines a unique and innovative design for an extensible object, offering a versatile and interactive toy assembly for potential commercial applications.

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