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Asmodee leads gaming sector growth amid tricky year for toys

Asmodee has taken its place on the podium as a leader in sales of the board gaming sector, having been highlighted as the driving force behind one of the UK toy and games’ industry’s only growth categories this year. The past 10 months have not come without their challenges for …

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The French connection: How Le Toy Van is getting it right in pre-school

Le Toy Van enjoys that it’s a small company based in the British county of Surrey, but competing on a global scale with some of the biggest names in the toy industry today. Almost 25 years into its gig, it very much plans on keeping things that way. There’s no …

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Entertainment One posts a £43.9m loss in Q1 financials

Entertainment One has revealed a £43.9 million loss in the first quarter of the year, according to the latest financial reports surrounding the Peppa Pig owner. The reports have emerged just a matter of days before Hasbro puts its takeover offer of £3.3 billion to a shareholder vote. The toymaker …

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Zuru launches Rainbocorn Big Bow Surprise its ‘biggest Rainbocorn to date’

Aiming to take the surprise unboxing genre to a new scale, Zuru has launched a limited run of its Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise, the company’s ‘biggest Rainbocorn to date.’ The exclusive launch will feature ‘a host of surprises in a giant golden egg,’ and will stand at 13 inches high …

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Mattel to launch six-week Barbie Store Fashion pop-up at Liverpool One

Mattel is gearing up for the opening of a six week Barbie Store Fashion Pop-Up in Liverpool One this weekend, debuting limited edition clothing and accessories for kids and adults. A range of Barbie dolls will also be available at the pop up, including Barbie Fashionistas, Barbie Career Dolls, and …

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Opinion: One Dear World’s Winnie Mak on fighting prejudice from the toy box

It’s true that Britain is a brilliant and beautiful melt- ing pot of diversity. But walk into any regular high street toy shop, and you’d be hard pushed to find that diversity represented on the shelves. This was the challenge my husband Rafael and I faced, when we searched for …

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SuperZings and LOL Surprise magazine publisher shortlisted in PPA Independent Publisher Awards

DJ Murphy has been shortlisted for Independent Publishing Company of the Year at the annual PPA Independent Publisher Awards taking place next month. Currently celebrating its 70th year in publishing, DJ Murphy boasts a portfolio of popular children’s titles, including toy-inspired licensed publications such as SuperZings and LOL Surprise. Over …

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Now it’s Just Play in reported take over talks with Jakks Pacific

Jakks Pacific is reportedly nearing a sale to the rival toymaker, Just Play in a bid backed by the private equity firm Cambridge Partners, according to people close to the subject. Reports suggest that Just Play is in exclusive talks to buy Jakks Pacific in a deal worth 80 cents …

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Strong response to Toy Fair Dallas new branding, initiatives and products

Thousands of toy professionals descended on The Toy Association’s Toy Fair Dallas last week, which debuted the show’s new name, new initiatives, and, of course, new products from toy manufacturers for 2020 as well as key drivers for Christmas 2019. Held from October 2 to 4 in Dallas, Texas, the …

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Petit Collage “becoming favourite among British parents” in bumper year for award wins

It’s been quite the year for the eco-friendly children’s toy and gift brand, Petit Collage, who has racked up no fewer than nine wins across several prestigious trade and consumer product awards in 2019, setting the team up for a strong Christmas performance. Falling in under the Wild and Wolf …

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