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A sequel to tabletop gaming’s Gloomhaven has already reached $6m on Kickstarter

The internationally adored tabletop title, Gloomhaven, has got a sequel title now on Kickstarter, and it has just hit over $5 million in crowdfunding. Called Frosthaven, the new project is the follow up title to the tabletop title considered by many to be the best board game invented, delivering the …

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Smyths Toys to take up former Mothercare location in Chester

Toy store giant, Smyths Toys has found a means for expansion amid the ongoing pandemic, with confirmation that the retailer will be opening a new store in Chester. The family-run toy retailer is set to move into a unit previously occupied by Mothercare at Chester’s Greyhound Retail Park, building on …

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Wizards of the Coast brings Godzilla to Magic: The Gathering in groundbreaking deal with Toho Co

Wizards of the Coast has struck a groundbreaking new collaboration with Toho Co that will see the King of Monsters, Godzilla, make its debut in Magic: The Gathering this year. Godzilla will be joined by the other iconic monsters from the franchise, marking a special feature of the upcoming premiere …

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University Games makes move for outdoor market with Maranda Games takeover

University Games is expanding its North American reach with the acquisition of Maranda Games, the team behind popular US outdoor games including Ladderball and board games such as Sneaky Statues. The acquisition has placed University Games in the outdoor sector, a new product category for the games and puzzles specialist. …

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Ridley’s Games signs major new partnership with Disney for multi-title roll-out

The design-led gifting company, Wild + Wolf has signed a new partnership with Disney to bring a cast of popular Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars properties to its Ridley’s Games portfolio this year. Marking the first licensed range for the growing games brand, the product collection will consist of …

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Games and puzzles sales grow 240 per cent in the UK, as families turn to classic games during COVID-19 lockdown

Monopoly Classic, Cluedo, and Scrabble are among the traditional board games that UK audiences have turned to for home entertainment throughout the ongoing COVID-19 period of isolation, helping sales of board games and jigsaw puzzles grow by a staggering 240 per cent in this first quarter. According to the NPD …

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Hasbro launches Bring Home the Fun platform for kids and families staying indoors

Hasbro has detailed the launch of its Bring Home the Fun platform, a global initiative created in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and offering kids and families a platform of content to inspire play and activities while at home. Beginning today, parents and caregivers can visit BringHometheFun.com to explore family-focused resources, including …

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Alpha Group UK makes award-winning Super Wings learning resources available for home schooling

Alpha Group UK has been awarded recommended status by iChild for its Super Wings national pre-school campaign which ran during autumn winter 2019. As a support for parents, key workers and families balancing home schooling, the brand is now making the learning resources available for free download, during these unprecedented …

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Jazwares acquires Kellytoy and strengthens position in plush market

Jazwares has acquired a majority stake in Kelly Toys Holdings and Kelly Amusement Holdings, the award-winning manufacturer of plush toys in the US, in a move that will strengthen Jazwares’ position in the respective market. Kellytoys is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. The move will see Jonathan Kelly serve as …

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Toy sales surge in the US and UK indies ‘rally community spirit’ in time of COVID-19 adversity

Toy sales in the US have seen a surge amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest data from the global sales tracker NPD Group, who has cited a 228 per cent increase in sales of games and puzzles in recent weeks. A recent report from the firm indicates …

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