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Don’t miss out on the ToyNews Games & Puzzles issue

Don’t forget and don’t miss out on your chance to feature in the Games and Puzzles focused issue of ToyNews this April, by getting in touch with the team today. ToyNews will once again be returning to the tabletops to dive into the ever-compelling and ever-growing board games and puzzles …

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AR toy that blends virtual and physical kawaii pet care launches on Kickstarter

Melbot Studios is taking to Kickstarter from this week to launch its new project to bring virtual and physical pets colliding together in a collection of kawaii pets that is akin to blending Pokémon with Tamagotchi, while making use of AR technology. Called Melbits POD, the new launch is a …

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Universal Pictures will make new releases available for On Demand immediately

Current movies from the Universal Pictures stable, including the upcoming family film, Trolls World Tour, will be made available on demand at the same time they hit the theatres that remain open during the coronavirus pandemic, NBCUniversal has confirmed. The new policy collapses the traditional theatrical window as the film …

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Zimpli Kids to utilise some UK production capacity for hand sanitiser

As an established UK manufacturer, Zimpli Kids has decided to quickly switch some of its UK production capacity to manufacturing high quality alcohol based hand sanitisers. Current demand for hand sanitiser has resulted in a shortage worldwide prompting Zimpli Kids to manufacture 60ml bottles of 62.5 per cent alcohol based …

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Licensing Expo postponed until August for “time to regroup and protect the health of the community”

Licensing Expo, which was originally scheduled to be staged in May 2020, will now be held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 11-13, a move that has been forced owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made and detailed at the end of last, as a result …

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Horrid Henry to launch new publishing lines starting with audio content on Spotify, iTunes, and Audible

Novel Entertainment is launching a new publishing line based on the original stories from its award-winning animated TV series, Horrid Henry. First out of the gate, and aimed at the Horrid Henry audience of kids aged seven to 11, new content will take the form of audio dramatisations from Novel …

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Opinion: Is the Wild West about to be tamed? – Fanattik’s Anthony Marks

Anthony Marks is MD of Fanattik a pop culture specialist, a gifts and collectibles licensee for 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, and Paramount Pictures. He talks us through why the days of the Comic Con counterfeiter may just be numbered As a self-confessed geek I have no problem admitting that I have …

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The Entertainer suspends all in-store toy demos and character visits amid coronavirus pandemic

The family run toy store chain, The Entertainer has temporarily stopped in-store toy demonstrations and costume character visits in its own measures agains the continued spread of COVID-19. The news has emerged as high street retailers and shopping centres begin to implement safety measures across the UK, including in Norwich’s …

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Intu warns it could go bust following a loss of £2bn in 2019

Intu, the owner of some of the UK’s biggest shopping centres, has said there are doubts that it can survive unless it raises extra funds, following its reported loss of £2bn in 2019. The firm – the owner of Manchester’s Trafford Centre and Lakeside in Essex – has said it …

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