Shortage of cartoon JJ baby dolls due to supply chain chaos sparks Christmas panic

Shortage of cartoon JJ baby dolls due to supply chain chaos sparks Christmas panic

  • CoComelon YouTube star’s dolls run out of supply due to supply issues
  • The dolls are sold at chains like Argos and The Entertainer for around £ 40
  • But some are listed on eBay for as much as £ 79.99 amid shortages
  • Global shipping industry delays raise concerns ahead of Christmas










It is known to calmly sing educational songs to preschoolers – but cartoon baby JJ sparked panic among parents.

YouTube children’s show CoComelon star dolls top Christmas wish lists but lack resources due to supply chain chaos threatening to leave desperate parents on the hunt for much-needed toys and paying double the price.

Delays in the global shipping industry caused by the pandemic have combined with a shortage of heavy truck drivers to slow cargo deliveries around the world.

CoComelon is the second largest YouTube channel in the world – with 122 million subscribers – behind Indian music channel T-Series.

The CoComelon star’s dolls on YouTube top Christmas wishlists, but lack resources due to supply chain chaos, threatening to let parents pay double the price

The three-minute episodes feature JJ, his family and friends singing nursery rhymes and educational songs about everything from threading popcorn to decorating and washing hands.

Kids can sing songs with the interactive 12 inch doll, which can also be fed and dressed.

They are sold at chains like Argos, Smyths Toys, and The Entertainer and typically cost around £ 40.

However, some are listed on eBay for as much as £ 79.99 as buyers scramble for the popular figure.

Gary Grant, founder of The Entertainer toy chain, said: “CoComelon toys are the line most at risk of completely selling out. This was the first year we kept them in stock, so it was difficult to keep them in stock. ” estimate the amount of stock needed.

Delays in the shipping industry caused by the pandemic have combined with a shortage of heavy truck drivers to slow cargo deliveries around the world.  Pictured: Shipping containers in Suffolk

Delays in the shipping industry caused by the pandemic have combined with a shortage of heavy truck drivers to slow cargo deliveries around the world. Pictured: Shipping containers in Suffolk

“They’ve been incredibly popular, especially the interactive character JJ. We have another delivery coming in ten days and the next one won’t arrive on time – it looks like the 28th. ‘

JJ was named after Jay Jeon, founder of Treasure Studio, who created CoComelon.

The filmmaker collaborated with his wife, a children’s author, to launch CoComelon under the name ABCkidTV in California in 2006.

The videos started out as alphabet songs before expanding to nursery rhymes and original songs with the tagline “Be Happy and Smart”.

The brand is estimated to generate over £ 90million a year and was bought by global entertainment company Moonbug last year.

It has been described as the ‘Next Peppa Pig’, the cartoon show that spawned books, movies and a theme park in the New Forest visited by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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