LL Cool J’s hip hop venture Rock The Bells will be rockin’ new merchandise at Walmart, thanks to a licensing deal with World of EPI.
Founded in 2018 by LL COOL J, Rock The Bells focuses on content, experiences, and commerce that honor the timeless elements of hip hop (MCs, DJs, breakdancers, graffiti artists, etc.) that drive mainstream culture today.
World of EPI (Entertainment, Publishing and Inspiration), a leading multicultural doll and toy manufacturer, has just announced a new master licensing partnership with Rock The Bells. Under that deal, beginning in Fall 2022 at Walmart, World of EPI will roll out Rock The Bells merchandise worldwide, including fashion dolls, role-play products, children’s costumes, fashion accessories and coloring books based on iconic hip hop styles and immersive global culture.
“The toy space is so important, and it’s time to see true representation in the toy aisle, both for the product choices kids have and from the companies that are making them,” said Rock The Bells VP of Commerce, Richard Morris. “Dr. Lisa and her team at World of EPI see the vision LL COOL J has with Rock The Bells, to create an incredible line of product reflecting the culture and authenticity of hip hop for global fans and to make it accessible to them, wherever they are and shop.”
The first wave due out later this year includes articulated hip hop-themed collectible dolls, dressed in iconic fashions and thematic adult coloring books, celebrating hip hop’s 50th Anniversary and the contemporary modern style from artist J. Pierce.
“To partner with Rock The Bells is a dream come true,” said Dr. Lisa Williams, World of EPI, CEO and Founder. “From day one, we’ve set out to create dolls of all ethnicities and skin tones, for all children and adults to see themselves reflected in the toys they play with. Adding the beats and rhythm of hip hop into the mix is another powerful way we can ensure Black and Brown children everywhere embrace their own beauty and build their confidence.”
“Further, as an American contemporary modern artist, J. Pierce stands for everything outside the box. He has found a passion in fine arts, product design and custom urban murals to touch people and their emotions. His use of colors and patterns makes his work unique and attractive to both-the young and the young at heart and will be amazing in our Rock the Bells coloring books launching at Walmart.”
Founded by Dr. Lisa Williams, World of EPI has been “committed to authentic representation to help children see their true beauty and brilliance.”
Through both proprietary brands including The Fresh Dolls and Positively Perfect Dolls, as well as licensed lines including Disney+ series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, their dolls feature unique sculpts and true-to-life characteristics, such as beautiful full lips, custom-blended skin tones, and more representative articulated bodies, hair textures and style.
The World of EPI’s concept of focusing on inclusivity and more realistic body images is hitting the right notes with many licensors. Just recently, Disney announced a collaboration with EPI for a diverse range of dolls.
World of EPI dolls can be found in stores across the globe, including giant retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Macy’s, and Walgreens.