Licensing Expo, the world's largest and most influential licensing industry event, has announced that Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit organization that works to provide epic costumes for youth wheelchair users, will be revealing a one-of-a-kind creation on site that will bring one young girl’s favorite character to life on the show floor.
The reimagined wheelchair, which will be revealed at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5 at Booth J170, was made possible with the contributions of Monster City Studios, a full-service design and fabrication company, and Kendall Walker, a young girl living with Spina Bifida.
Magic Wheelchair has built costumes for hundreds of families nationwide–free of cost–providing kids in wheelchairs unforgettable experiences.
“It brings us such pleasure watching the smile on each child’s face grow as they see their specialized wheelchair costume for the first time,” says Christine Getman, executive director, Magic Wheelchair. “Through working with various brands, we have been able to bring many children’s favorite characters to life, ranging from superheroes to unicorns, and spaceships to princess carriages. We’re thrilled to bring a Magic Wheelchair reveal to Licensing Expo, not only to meet more brands to potentially work with, but to show people the magic of our collaborative efforts.”
The Magic Wheelchair costume that will be revealed to Walker and her family on site at Licensing Expo was built by Monster City Studios’ creative artists, technicians, draftsmen and fabricators.
“We at Monster City love being able to bridge the gap between kiddos in wheelchairs and able-bodied kiddos,” says James Powell, vice president, design, Monster City Studios. “When an able-bodied child sees a kiddo in a Magic Wheelchair costume, they can’t help but interact, talk and play! For us, that’s when the Magic starts.”
Following the reveal, Walker will lead Licensing Expo’s Character Parade in her new creation. For more information on the Character Parade and other official Licensing Week 2019 events, see here.
Licensing Expo 2019 takes place June 4-6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
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