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Hasbro will start phasing out plastic packaging next year in mission to eliminate by 2022

Hasbro has detailed its plans to begin phasing out plastic from new product packaging, including elements like polybags, elastic bands, shrink wrap, window sheets and blister packs from 2020. The move will be part one of Hasbro’s ambition to eliminate ‘virtually all’ plastic packaging for new products by the end …

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Zimpli Kids partners with Pinkfong for Baby Shark Gelli Baff

Zimpli Kids has secured a licensing partnership with Pinkfong to bring its incessantly popular Baby Shark IP to the Gelli Baff portfolio. Based on the viral children’s song that in the past year has achieved global recognition, the Baby Shark licensed version of Zimpli Kids’ best-selling Gelli Baff range will …

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Zuru brings lawsuit to MGA Entertainment over surprise collectables scrap

Zuru has filed a lawsuit seeking damages against MGA Entertainment in a complaint that challenges the LOL Surprise maker’s efforts to eliminate healthy competition in the surprise blind-boxed collectables sector. The lawsuit is in reference to what Zuru and its wholly owned subsidiaries Creative Impact state is MGA’s attempt to …

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Spielwarenmesse readies for registration phase for this year’s ToyAwards

The registration phase for the Spielwarenmesse Toy Awards is due to get underway in just a matter of weeks, and the awards organisers are urging the industry to get involved in this year’s event. Registration will open on September 14 this year, while winners will be revealed at the opening …

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Evil Dead 2 rises again on Kickstarter with new campaign from Jasco Games

Tabletop game publisher Jasco Games is readying to resurrect the Evil Dead franchise with a Kickstarter campaign for a new Evil Dead 2 board game. Developed in collaboration with Lynnvander Studios – the licensing group for the Evil Dead 2 – the campaign is a new project to ‘bring the …

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Licensing International reveals 2019 UK Rising Stars

Executives at SEGA, TSBA Group, My Icon Story and Rocket Licensing have been named among this year’s list of nominees for the Licensing International 2019 UK Rising Stars Awards. Designed to recognise the talent among the industry’s junior  licensing professionals in the UK, a shortlist of six industry names has …

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Kellytoys reveals plans to build “full scale licensing programme” around Squishmallows

The collectable plush gift line, Squishmallows is making its move from toys into a full-scale, licensed character brand thanks to the launch of a new licensing programme, headed up by Kellytoy. The toy firm has tapped Evolution USA to manage the global licensing and brand expansion plans for Squishmallows as …

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KidsKnowBest explores: What does the ViacomCBS merger mean for kids’ entertainment?

The merger – or reunification – of CBS and Viacom makes perfect sense on paper. The deal brings brands such as Nickelodeon, Paramount TV, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS Network, and Showtime all under one roof, boasting a combined portfolio of over 140,000 TV episodes and 3,600 movies, according to ABC …

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Toymaster welcomes four new British Garden Centre outlets to its portfolio

The Toymaster buying group has added a slate of four new garden centres to its growing slate of Toymaster-branded branches, in a deal struck with British Garden Centres. Albrighton Garden Centre and Bridgnorth Garden Centre both in Wolverhampton join  Bressingham Garden Centre in Diss, and Wolseley Bridge Garden Centre in …

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Ravensburger opens floor to 3D designers with MyMiniFactory collaboration

The international board game giant, Ravensburger, has partnered with the London 3D content platform, MyMiniFactory to invite creatives to design new themes and figurines that can be used in an updated version of its popular title, Labyrinth. In a first of its kind IP licensing agreement, it is hoped that …

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