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Egmont Magazines is launching a new LEGO Explorer magazine this month

Egmont Magazines is launching a new LEGO Explorer magazine, a monthly publication designed ‘to build curious minds’ and inspire readers to design their own LEGO models and ‘unleash their creativity.’ The magazine has been developed by Egmont Publishing with the support of official LEGO designers and aims to combine the …

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TOMY International acquires Fat Brain Toys

TOMY International has completed the acquisition of Fat Brain Toys, a privately held developer, marketer and seller of children’s toys, games and gifts. TOMY International is a subsidiary of TOMY Company and is responsible for the North American, European, and Australian markets. Fat Brain Toys is recognised as one of …

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Thames & Kosmos bolsters its science kits lines with Terrain Walkers and Kids First Coding & Robotics

Thames & Kosmos has bolstered its popular range of Science Kits, welcoming the Terrain Walkers to its best-selling Engineering Makerspace brand, and the arrival of the Kids First Coding & Robotics lines. “The Terrain Walkers are the latest addition to our immensely popular Engineering Makerspace range,” said Jo Drage, sales …

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Recycled plastic plush toys Shore Buddies eye global distribution with Kids International Marketing

Shore Buddies, the first plush animal range to be made from 100 per cent recycles plastic bottles, has named Kids International Marketing as its exclusive sales partner as the Californian business looks to grow its international sales portfolio. Based in San Diego, Shore Buddies has made it its mission to …

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Craft Buddy lands major toy retail partnerships in Germany in time for key Christmas shopping season

Craft Buddy is eyeing European expansion having secured a new retail partnership with two of Germany’s biggest toy retailers, Muller Handels GmbH and ROFU Kinderland Spielwarenhandels. The move sees the firm’s flagship Crystal Art brand become available in all 500 Muller stores, and 95 ROFU outlets ahead of Christmas. “In …

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Hamleys to cut jobs at its iconic London store by a quarter as trade slump hits Regent Street

Hamleys has confirmed that it is cutting more than a quarter of its workforce in London as part of a redundancy programme draw up over the continued slump in footfall and trade at the hands of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The absence of tourists and holidaymakers coupled with the tightening …

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LEGO Super Mario and Kindi Kids top Tesco’s top ten toys for Christmas 2020

LEGO Super Mario has done it again,  cracking another retailer’s top ten toys for Christmas 2020, as the supermarket giant, Tesco reveals its own predictions of the wish list winners this year. Alongside the popular Nintendo and LEGO collaborative building set, toy vehicles and play-sets that “entertain children for longer”, …

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Big Potato teams with Shut Up & Sit Down to launch Don’t Get Got special Kickstarter project

The Shoreditch-based board game and party games publisher, Big Potato has joined forces with the team at the pop culture reviewers Shut Up and Sit Down, to release their own version of the secret-mission party game, Don’t Get Got. A new Kickstarter campaign for the project launched on Friday, October …

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Funko names former Hasbro senior director Malcolm Ottley its new VP of sales for EMEA

Funko has appointed the former Hasbro senior director, Malcolm Ottley to the role of vice president of sales for its EMEA business, where he will take on a major strategic role heading up the outfit’s sales department. A toy sales veteran, Ottley joins the unit from Hasbro, where he spent …

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Pop culture retailer Geek Retreat to open 100 new stores across the UK amid rise of the gaming scene

The UK’s geek culture retailer, Geek Retreat, has detailed its plans to open 100 new stores on high streets across the country over the space of the next two years, part of its own plans to ‘breathe new life into town centres.’ The move follows the rapid rise in the …

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