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Cardi B launches own fashion doll with new women-owned toy brand Real Women Are

The multi-platinum recording artist, Cardi B, has launched a limited edition fashion doll in partnership with Real Women Are, a new diverse and inclusive doll brand, in timed to coincide with Women’s History Month. Recognised as a female entrepreneur, Cardi B inspired and created the doll in her outspoken and …

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Bachmann Europe unveils Thunderbirds model kits and Natural History Museum dinosaurs

The European hobby specialist, Bachmann Europe, has detailed a slew of new licensed releases with the launch of its Spring catalogue that includes buildable models from the classic Anderson Entertainment IP, Thunderbirds, and a new Natural History Museum range of dinosaurs. Headlining the announcement, Bachmann has unveiled a range of …

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KidsKnowBest bolsters performance marketing division with slate of new hires

KidsKnowBest is bolstering its performance marketing division with a suite of new hires that will work to expand the agency’s paid media offering to deliver wider performance marketing campaigns. The creative agency – with its focus on the youth market – has welcomed a trio of new appointments in newly …

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Funko Europe named Licensee of the Year at 2021 Licensing International France Awards

Funko Europe was named Licensee of the Year at the 2021 Licensing International France Awards last week, where the pop culture specialist brushed shoulders with some of the toy and entertainment space’s biggest names, including LEGO and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. The annual event was held virtually as it brought …

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Toikido taps YuMe Toys for Among Us distribution across US, Canada, Europe and more

Toikido has struck a deal with the award-winning toy brand, YuMe Toys to distribute the official Among Us branded toy range across the US, Canada, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and Japan. The range, featuring plush toys, feature plush, capsules, costumes and seasonal items will be available to trade from May this …

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Hasbro scraps Cara Dune figures in wake of The Mandalorian’s Gina Carano firing

Hasbro has canned its plans to produce any more action figures of The Mandalorian character Cara Dune, after the actress Gina Carano was fired by Disney last week over a series of controversial social media posts. Reports that the toy maker was no longer approved to produce the character’s action …

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Toyish Labs ‘reimagines toy retail’ with Clixo store and workshop space to let kids ‘unleash their creativity’

The award winning toy studio, Toyish Labs, has opened its first retail and workshop space, making the firm – the team behind the origami-inspired Clixo toy range – a new hybrid of toy design entity and retail name, and setting the outfit off on its mission to ‘reimagine what a …

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Egmont Magazines is launching a new LEGO Explorer magazine this month

Egmont Magazines is launching a new LEGO Explorer magazine, a monthly publication designed ‘to build curious minds’ and inspire readers to design their own LEGO models and ‘unleash their creativity.’ The magazine has been developed by Egmont Publishing with the support of official LEGO designers and aims to combine the …

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TOMY International acquires Fat Brain Toys

TOMY International has completed the acquisition of Fat Brain Toys, a privately held developer, marketer and seller of children’s toys, games and gifts. TOMY International is a subsidiary of TOMY Company and is responsible for the North American, European, and Australian markets. Fat Brain Toys is recognised as one of …

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Hamleys to cut jobs at its iconic London store by a quarter as trade slump hits Regent Street

Hamleys has confirmed that it is cutting more than a quarter of its workforce in London as part of a redundancy programme draw up over the continued slump in footfall and trade at the hands of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The absence of tourists and holidaymakers coupled with the tightening …

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