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Magic Light Pictures secures another award win for animated adaptation Zog

Magic Light Pictures’ animated adaptation Zog has scooped the International Emmy in the Kids Awards Best Animation category at this year’s International Emmy Kids Awards. The most recent accolade follows Magic Light’s win in the same category at the International Emmy Kids Awards in 2018 with Revolting Rhymes, and marks …

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Asmodee Entertainment stikes deal with Dark Horse Comics to develop tabletop art book series

Asmodee Entertainment is secured a new partnership with Dark Horse Comics to create a series of licensed art books for three of the tabletop gaming titan’s leading gaming properties. Under the new deal, Dark Horse has tapped into Asmodee’s portfolio of over 300 gaming IPs to curate a collection of …

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Melbot Studios secures Kickstarter funding for AR kawaii pet care toy in 24 hours

Melbot Studios has joined the Kickstarter elite, having secured 100 per cent of its target funding in just 24 hours of its Melbits campaign going live on the crowdfunding platform. The Spanish tech toy studio took to Kickstarter last month with a project to bring virtual and physical pets together …

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Universal Brand Development and LEGO unveil first Fast and Furious LEGO set

The LEGO Group and Universal Brand Development have unveiled the first LEGO set to be inspired by the global blockbuster franchise, Fast & Furious with the LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger. The new build is a 1,077-piece replica of the film franchise’s fearless street racer Dominic Toretto’s 1970 Dodge Charger …

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Mattel launches a free online resource for parents and children, Mattel Playroom

Mattel has detailed the launch of the Mattel Playroom, a new, free online resource that features activities and content from across the company’s portfolio of brands, designed to encourage kids to keep playing while handling school closures, social distancing and self isolation measures. American Girl, Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, and …

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The Games and Puzzles April issue of ToyNews is available to read online now

As the Games and Puzzles issue of ToyNews makes its way to readers up and down a country turned on its head by the current COVID-19 pandemic, there’s an old saying I like to turn to in times like these: ‘You don’t know resilience until you’ve put a magazine to …

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Opinion: In times of anxiety, I turn to board games and puzzles – Rachel Lowe

As ToyNews readies to celebrate the explosively exciting and ever-innovative board games and puzzles scene in its April issue – available to read online now – we give the floor to Rachel Lowe, MBE, as she delves into the reasons why in a time of global crisis, there’s a lot …

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Mental wellness game Book of Beasties launches free home learning kit in partnership with author and explorer Tom Hart Dyke

The team behind the award-winning mental wellness games and resources for children, Book of Beasties, has developed a new curriculum-based home learning kit for parents and teachers to use during the ongoing school closure and isolation period. The kit – the brainchild of the developers of Book of Beasties: The …

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LEGO Group and LEGO Foundation pledge $50m to children in need and launches #letsbuildtogether in global fight against COVID-19

The LEGO Group and LEGO Foundation have joined forces to address the critical needs of children as the globe continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, including a $50m donation to kids most in need and the launch of the #letsbuildtogether campaign. The initiatives have been established to aid all children, …

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Sesame Workshop rolls out new content for its Caring for Each Other platform

Building on its launch last week of the Caring for Each Other initiative, Sesame Workshop is rolling out new content to help families stay physically and mentally healthy as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Today’s release on SesameStreet.org/caring includes animations on healthy habits, resources providing comfort, and activities that caregivers can …

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