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Isaac Larian’s Operation Pac-Man delivers 65,000 masks and face shields to US hospitals in its first week

Operation Pac-Man, the non-profit organisation created by MGA’s Isaac Larian to help fight the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, has delivered more than 65,000 masks and face shields to 40 hospitals across the US, and has successfully tested a new ventilator prototype and supported the 250-bed makeshift hospital in Los Angeles. …

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Bossing It: “My work to tackle unsafe toys is the most rewarding” – BTHA’s Natasha Crookes

Each month, ToyNews finds an industry bigwig to put through the ringer with a series of prying questions. This month, it’s BTHA’s director of public affairs and communications, Natasha Crookes Firstly, well done on the recent half marathon and money raising (over £2,000) for the ToyTrust. What compelled you to …

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LEGO gives closer look at LEGO Super Mario launch as pre-order opens on first sets

A few very eventful weeks after the grand unveiling of the latest collaboration, LEGO’s Super Mario licensed range is now available to pre-order, kicking off with the Adventures with Mario Starter Course. The new LEGO Super Mario product line features an interactive LEGO Mario figure that collects coins in real-life …

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Bargain Max launches arts and crafts competition for kids at home through lockdown

The UK online toy retailer Bargain Max has launched a nation-wide competition to look for the very best arts and craft talent from babies, toddlers and children. The initiative is part of the retailer’s move to engage with and provide entertainment for kids and families stuck at home during the …

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The Insights People launches SnapSurvey for quick fire market data and insight

The kids, parents, and family market intelligence specialists, The Insights People has launched its new SnapSurvey service, a platform that enables brands to get answers and insight-led analysis on the kids and parents’ demographic within 72 hours. The platform has been created to deliver data and insight to clients in …

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Gibsons calls out Amazon and eBay third-party sellers over product price inflation

Gibsons has urged families and consumers shopping for its ranges of games and puzzles to avoid paying the inflated prices certain items are being sold at on platforms like Amazon and eBay by sellers looking to unfairly capitalise on the growing demand for home entertainment amid the global lockdown measures. …

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Funko Games: “The future of gaming? Things are going to get weird”

Jay Wheatley, general manager of Funko Games has a simple vision of the future of tabletop gaming as it continues to push boundaries and draw in new audiences, and that’s that things are going to ‘get weird.’ It’s an idea that strikes a particularly sweet chord with the man now …

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Marvin’s Magic broadcasts daily magic shows for kids via Facebook Live

Marvin’s Magic has moved its jaw-dropping showmanship into the world of online entertainment, providing kids and magic fans with a daily dose of magic broadcast via its Facebook Live page. Designed as a means to offer entertainment, and a bit of light relief from the gloom surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 …

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Asmodee releases free Print and Play boardgames for families to keep playing through lockdown

Asmodee has released a set of free downloadable board games as part of its new Print and Play initiative, allowing families without access to the physical games to be able to continue their love of gaming throughout lockdown. The online portfolio of games available to download includes the likes of …

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Silvergate’s Octonauts makes a splash in Latin American and the Middle East

Silvergate Media’s pre-school animated series, Octonauts, is making a splash in new markets with recent broadcast deals that bring the award-winning show to audiences in Latin America and the Middle East for the first time. In a deal brokered byPanaderia, Mexico’s TV Azteca has acquired the broadcast rights to Los Octonautas, marking the …

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