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Dunecraft recalls entire range of toy balls that expand in water over choking fears

A trio of expandable toy balls that can enlarge to up to 200 times their original size when placed in water, have been removed from Amazon over fears of choking came to light. The US-based company Dunecraft is recalling all of its Spider Balls, Water Marbles, ad Glow in the …

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Toys taken off tariff table until December as US revises its taxation approach

In yet another development for the dramatic trade war between China and the US, a delay has been placed on a second tier of tariffs caught up within Trump’s fourth tranche of taxation on Chinese goods, exempting toys until at least December 15 this year. The Office of the United …

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Konami to launch Bomberman and Contra board games with IDW and Blacklist Games

Konami Cross Media has signed new licensing agreements with Blacklist Games (in tandem with Kess Co.) and IDW Games to launch new tabletop gaming titles based on its video game IPs Contra and Bomberman. Launching to fans in the US next spring, Blacklist Games is developing a cooperative board game …

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Zuru to launch Tangle Pets to UK market this October

The global toy manufacturer, Zuru, has detailed a new extension to its popular Tangle range, with the introduction of Zuru Tangle Pets. The sensory fidget toy and accessory line will welcome the new addition as it launches to the UK market this October. Over the past two years, more than …

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Cartamundi turns to Import Services in search for “pre-Brexit edge”

The playing card and board game manufacturer, Cartamundi, has tapped up Import Services as its retail logistics partner for the UK and Ireland, while looking for a “pre-Brexit edge.” With historic Belgian roots, Cartamundi is particularly well known for producing playing cards and household brand games, with products manufactured at …

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Gibsons recognised with Investors in People Standard for commitment to staff

The independent British jigsaw puzzle and board game company, Gibsons, has been recognised with the Investors in People Standard accreditation for the firm’s own commitment to its staff. The family-owned business was founded in 1919 by the managing director Kat Gibson’s great grandfather, Harry Percy Gibson, and has been celebrating …

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After Hedbanz global IP acquisition, Spin Master is “creating new epicentre for game experiences”

Spin Master has acquired the global rights to the popular party game, Hedbanz and is already stepping up its international reach with the launch of a new Hedbanz App. The Canadian toymaker originally acquired the rights to Hedbanz for the US and Mexico back in 2011, helping the game become …

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Hasbro is stepping up brand licensing efforts in India for Nerf, My Little Pony and more

It would appear that Hasbro is stepping up its efforts in India, having appointed a local licensing agent in Black White Orange Brands to head up its consumer products programme. Under the partnership, Hasbro and Black White Orange will work together to build awareness and product roll out for the …

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Geek culture subscription box Loot Crate files for bankruptcy

The geek culture subscription box service, Loot Crate, which established an ecosystem in which pop culture fans were sent a surprise selection of merchandise each month, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to a report from the LA Times, the service had hit a rough patch over the last …

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