Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

Spin Master launches programme to support toy and entertainment careers of underrepresented communities

Spin Master has launched a new programme to support the education and career advancement of individuals from under-represented communities across the toys, entertainment, and digital games spaces. Through the Spin Master Future of Play Scholarship, the global toy and entertainment firm has committed to investing up to $100,000 a year …

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Playmonster encourages kids to care for nature with My Fairy Garden summer campaign

Playmonster has launched a major marketing campaign for My Fairy Garden in recognition of the shift in mindset of modern parents now turning to wholesome toys and inspiring modes of play. Under the hashtag #Fairiesfornature, Playmonster is recruiting a team of mini brand ambassadors – or fairies – who will …

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Today’s the day… The Toy Trust Around the World in 80 Hours challenge gets underway

Teams and individuals from across the industry are triple checking their laces, supplies packs, and length of their cycling shorts this morning, as the Around the World in 80 Hours Toy Trust Challenge gets underway. Today marks the start of an 80 hour countdown, over the course of which, members …

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BargainMax.co.uk secures HSBC funding package to fuel ‘ambitious growth plans’ over the next year

The Manchester-based online toy and games retailer, BargainMax.co.uk has secured a seven-figure funding package from HSBC UK to support its ‘ambitious growth plans’ over the coming year. BargainMax has said it will use the funding to increase its product range and stock by over 60 per cent in the next …

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UK kids brand combining organic chocolate and sustainable puzzles grows business after funding success

The UK ethical toy and confectionery brand, PlayIn Choc, has surpassed its crowdfunding goal of £250,000 to scale up its business and bring its sustainable and organic products to wider audiences across the UK and global markets. PlayIn Choc is a genre-spanning UK start up that provides consumers not only …

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Mattel launches Barbie Loves the Ocean, its first range made from recycled plastic

Mattel has taken its latest step forwards in its mission for better sustainability across its product portfolio, with the launch of Barbie Loves the Ocean, its first fashion doll line to be made from recycled plastic. The launch is in line with the toymaker’s goal to achieve 100 per cent …

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Tonies looks to ‘revitalise children’s desire for the outdoors’ with Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five

Tonies has outlined its mission to ‘revitalise children’s desire to play outdoors’ this summer with the launch of its latest children’s audio story-telling figurine in the form of Timmy the dog from the popular Enid Blyton book series The Famous Five. The new Tonie arrives in time for families heading …

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Abu Dhabi retailer Tablez to launch 250 toy shops in India in next five years

The Abu Dhabi-based retailer, Tablez is investing heavily into the evolving India toy market with the planned launch of 250 new stores across the country in the next five years, as well as a significant rebranding of its current portfolio of toy shops in India. In 2017, Tablez secured a …

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My Garden Baby to ‘cultivate appreciation of nature’ in children as Mattel unveils new nurturing doll line

Mattel is taking new steps into the nurturing doll category with the launch of My Garden Baby, a classic baby doll with the mission of encouraging kids to cultivate an appreciation for nature and the world around them. My Garden Baby is a diverse collection of dolls featuring new colourways …

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Moonbug Entertainment partners with BBC to bring CoComelon, Little Baby Bum, Go Buster and more to BBC iPlayer

Moonbug Entertainment has landed a new partnership with the BBC that will see its portfolio of popular children’s shows, including CoComelon, Digley and Dazey, Little Baby Bum, Go Buster, and Playtime with Twinkle be made available across the UK on the BBC iPlayer. The deal marks the first partnership that …

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