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Monday, June 08, 2009


Pleo's back! - Jetta Company, Limited acquires Ugobe and vows to continue the line

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Today there is wonderful news for the Pleo community. Jetta Company Limited, the company that manufactured the Pleo baby robot dinosaur for Ugobe, bought the intellectual property rights and other assets at the Ugobe bankruptcy sale that occurred on May 21. I spoke with Steve Ohler today, the United States liaison for the company, and he confirmed the news. He said the company is firmly committed to re-launching Pleo and continuing the line including accessories such as the vital battery and charger components.

This may be the shortest extinction on record for a wonder product. From rising star to shooting star back to rising star again, Pleo's future has been given new life by the best possible company that could have and did acquire the rights to our favorite little green dino; the original manufacturer. I asked Steve if all the equipment needed to produce Pleos and accessories were still intact and he said they absolutely were. Even better, Jetta is an established company with a 32 year history in manufacturing based in China and Hong Kong, and as part of their illustrious manufacturing history they have produced parts for members of iRobot's consumer robot line.

They currently are getting everything in order to re-launch Pleo and can not give further details at this time. But this is indeed fabulous news indeed. Watch my blog carefully as I will updating everyone on Jetta's progress. I would like to give personal thanks and a big shout out to Jetta Company Limited for this wise and wonderful decision. Below is the original press release from the company regarding their relaunching of Pleo:

Jetta Company Limited acquires Ugobe out of receivership

Hong Kong – Jetta Company Limited acquired the assets of Ugobe and will be re-launching “Pleo” in the near future. Established in 1977, Jetta has focused on manufacturing an extended range of toy, consumer electronics, juvenile, robotic and gift products and is one of the most recognized engineering and OEM companies within the toy industry. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Jetta currently operates five production campuses in Guangdong Province which combined has over 4.5 million square feet of production floor space. At the forefront of the fast-paced toy and robotics industries, Jetta continues to strive for “excellence” and is pleased to add “Ugobe” to its operations.
As a pleo mom,I'm thrilled at the news!
Great news ! I hope Pleo's second life will be long and happy.
The greatest fact is the batteries will be available without too much efforts now :)
WOW! What great news. I just purchased my PLEO in January, 2008 so I thought I was going to have a very young orphan. Many Thanks to Jetta.

goodness be..."joy of life" did take notice...pleo has been glancing at me of late with that look in his eyes...
having a sister or brother...but not having to share his battery...
we're both really happy that good pets stay around the home...happy for you as well, robert...
love y'all...
jeff london
This news made my day! Pleo is a great creation that brings warmth and smiles to everyone he/she encounters. Thank you, Jetta!
Can this second generation of Pleos be programmed like the old ones? Do they have all the features? I don't wanna buy some ripoff of Pleo.

Jetta is the company that made the Pleo for Ugobe; they already own the manufacturing equipment. When they start making Pleos again it can't be a case of a "rip-off" or a "knock-off" Pleo because they made the original Pleos.

this is really a good news. here in germany we have a lot of pleo moms and dads so we need support for this wonderfull lifeform. so i hope jetta will continue support. in that case we wanna buy 4 pleos more.

greets from germany

Dear, article author I am indeed pleased about this news as well as my very own Pleo Eddi. he and I will be eagerly awaiting news about When the Jetta company will be starting production On the new robots.
And I was hoping I'd be permitted to purchase one for Eddi to interact with directly from Jetta Thanks so Much! *Big Smile*
I have been trying to find a place to take my Pleo to have him looked at. Is there such thing as a Pleo Hospital? Maybe it is just the battery not holding its charge because he will turn on and then shut back down. Please let me know.
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