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...

Britains makes £10,000 donation to Farms for City Children charity

Britains – Europe’s oldest specialist in agricultural toys and collectables – continues to celebrate its 100 year anniversary by giving back to the industry, this time to the tune of a £10,000 donation to the educational charity, Farms for City Children. Founded in 1976, Farms for City Children offers school …

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WildBrain taps Moose Toys as mater toy partner for Strawberry Shortcake revival

WildBrain has partnered with Moose Toys to bring the 40 year old Strawberry Shortcake franchise to the modern day consumer, reigniting the brand with a ‘cool new look, and confident, savvy attitude for today’s kids’ in the form of a new animated series, and scented doll line. Having started out …

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Toynamics UK appoints Mark Morgan as new area sales manager for the south

Toynamics UK and Ireland has appointed Mark Morgan as its new area sales manager for the south of the UK, tapped to handle the sales for its popular portfolio of brands spanning Hape, Skip Hop, Timio, DinosArt, Nebulous Stars, and Nanoblock. Morgan joins the team with a wealth of experience …

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Hasbro taps Gabrielle Sims to head up softlines for its UK consumer products business

The well respected licensing executive, Gabrielle Sims is joining Hasbro’s UK licensed consumer products team as its new head of softlines business. She will bring her wealth of industry experience to the new role, garnered from her more than 15 years across some of the biggest agencies. Sims joins the …

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Arckit receives the first ever STEAM Stamp of Approval from The Toy Association and Good Play Guide

The Dublin-based toy company, Arckit has earned the industry’s first STEAM Stamp of Approval accreditation, courtesy of The Toy Association and The Good Play Guide, for both its Arckit GO Eco and Coastal Living construction kits. Having been put through a rigorous series of testing at the hands of trained …

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Fanattik names Get-Well Gamers its charity partner until end of 2022

The pop culture specialist, Fanattik, has named the gaming charity, Get-Well Gamers as its charity partner until the end of 2022. The partnership has been struck up as the firm’s means of ‘giving back to the community that has supported it since launch.’ Established in 2007, Fanattik has been developing …

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Masha and the Bear, PAW Patrol and Mr Bean land on the Tonies platform

Masha and the Bear, PAW Patrol’s Marshall and Skye, and the ever-popular Mr Bean are to become the latest characters to join the extensive family of children’s audio stories and content on the Tonies platform. In a series of new licensing partnerships with Spin Master Entertainment, Animaccord, and The Banijay …

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Immediate Media launches official Numberblocks Magazine

Immediate Media Co is launching an official Numberblocks Magazine, based on the popular preschool series that encourages kids to master their maths skills through animated adventures. The BAFTA award-winning Numberblocks sets out to help kids see how numbers really work, a core message that the new magazine will endeavor to …

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Spielwarenmesse supports start-ups and young innovators with new StartUp Area

Spielwarenmesse is supporting start ups and young companies from across the international toy space with the launch of a new StartUp Area to offer ‘an easy entry point to the world of trade fairs’ when the event makes its return in 2022. The new area will host both the Innovation …

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