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Mattel’s Hot Wheels Infinite Loop mobile game will draw older fans back to the brand

Mattel’s digital arm is looking to tap into the collectors market with the launch of its first over 16s mobile title, Hot Wheels Infinite Loop, a game that – hopes the firm – will draw nostalgic fans back to the physical toy range. Mattel Creative has spent the past 18 …

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Tobar Trading puts retail arm Hawkins Bazaar up for sale

Tobar Trading has begun the process of seeking a buyer for both sides of its retail arm, Hawkins Bazaar, declaring that both its online and bricks and mortar operations will be on the market. The move was detailed this week by David Mordecai, CEO of Tobar Trading and comes at …

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One Dear World celebrates inclusivity with crowdfunding campaign for six new disability dolls

The creator of the multicultural soft toy doll range, One Dear World, has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to grow the current collection to include six new inclusive disability dolls. Frustrated by the lack of diversity among the dolls available, Winnie Mak who originates from Hong Kong and is now …

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Ghostbusters is making its return to the toy scene with major new Hasbro partnership

Ghostbusters will be strutting back on to the toy scene next year in preparation of the franchise’s return to the big screen in summer 2020, thanks to a new partnership between Sony Pictures Consumer Products and Hasbro. Under the terms of the agreement, Hasbro will create a wide variety of …

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Hasbro will move ‘significant portion’ of eOne toy business in-house, following $4bn purchase of Peppa Pig owner

Hasbro will look to move a ‘significant portion’ of Entertainment One’s toy business in-house, following its £3.3bn acquisition of the British studio and majority share owner of the Peppa Pig brand. The US toy maker agreed to the purchase of eOne this week, marking a major strategic step by Hasbro …

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Hasbro will start phasing out plastic packaging next year in mission to eliminate by 2022

Hasbro has detailed its plans to begin phasing out plastic from new product packaging, including elements like polybags, elastic bands, shrink wrap, window sheets and blister packs from 2020. The move will be part one of Hasbro’s ambition to eliminate ‘virtually all’ plastic packaging for new products by the end …

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Zimpli Kids partners with Pinkfong for Baby Shark Gelli Baff

Zimpli Kids has secured a licensing partnership with Pinkfong to bring its incessantly popular Baby Shark IP to the Gelli Baff portfolio. Based on the viral children’s song that in the past year has achieved global recognition, the Baby Shark licensed version of Zimpli Kids’ best-selling Gelli Baff range will …

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Zuru brings lawsuit to MGA Entertainment over surprise collectables scrap

Zuru has filed a lawsuit seeking damages against MGA Entertainment in a complaint that challenges the LOL Surprise maker’s efforts to eliminate healthy competition in the surprise blind-boxed collectables sector. The lawsuit is in reference to what Zuru and its wholly owned subsidiaries Creative Impact state is MGA’s attempt to …

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Spielwarenmesse readies for registration phase for this year’s ToyAwards

The registration phase for the Spielwarenmesse Toy Awards is due to get underway in just a matter of weeks, and the awards organisers are urging the industry to get involved in this year’s event. Registration will open on September 14 this year, while winners will be revealed at the opening …

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Evil Dead 2 rises again on Kickstarter with new campaign from Jasco Games

Tabletop game publisher Jasco Games is readying to resurrect the Evil Dead franchise with a Kickstarter campaign for a new Evil Dead 2 board game. Developed in collaboration with Lynnvander Studios – the licensing group for the Evil Dead 2 – the campaign is a new project to ‘bring the …

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