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Exploding Kittens creators launch own Burning Cat gaming convention

Remember Elan Lee and his Exploding Kittens card game? Yes, the one that set a whole load of new records on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter around three years ago? Well, the team behind this hit tabletop card game – and continued best-seller – has just detailed its plans to launch …

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Australian collectable toy range Boxed Warriors is going global in coming months

Boxed Warriors, a new animated series based on the Australian company Headstart’s range of collectable toys, is preparing for a global launch in the coming months, having already hit the heights of fame on its home ground. The series has already ranked as the leading show among kids aged five …

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Hip-hop culture brand Mass Appeal is on a mission to diversify the kids’ toy space

The US media and entertainment company Mass Appeal is looking to play a role in diversifying the toy box and evolving the state of play of the current pre-school space, turning its attention to developing toys with a hip-hop twist. Since the brand’s formation in 1996, Mass Appeal has made …

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Kate Gibson: “Taking on my role at Gibsons was a year of wondering ‘was I doing the right thing?'”

Each month, ToyNews picks on one industry bigwig to put through the ringer with a series of questions. This month, it’s Gibsons’ managing director, Kate Gibson What have the past 12 months been like over at Gibsons? It’s been a really strong past year, actually. We are delighted and I …

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Aurora World celebrates week-long YooHoo meet and greet on island of Herm

Aurora World, the company behind the globally successful YooHoo brand, is chalked its week-long May half-term holiday YooHoo meet and greet event up as a hit. The special event was held at a popular Channel Island tourist destination during the last school holiday. Scheduled from May 27 to 31, the …

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Mattel and DHX Media to launch Polly Pocket second season

DHX Media and Mattel have greenlit a 26-episode second season ofPolly Pocket, the popular animated series based on Mattel’s original micro-scale doll brand. On top of this, Universal Kids, part of NBCUniversal’s Entertainment and Lifestyle Group, has pocketed both seasons, and will begin airing season one in the US this …

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Egmont and LEGO partner on new kids’ magazine with a focus on STEAM learning

The UK children’s magazine publisher, Egmont has detailed the launch of a new LEGO title, boasting a STREAM focus to inspire young readers into topics across science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The title will combine the creativity of LEGO with Egmont Publishing’s editorial to introduce a playful and educational …

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Craft Buddy’s Crystal Art Card Kits receive Good Toy Guide recommendation

The expert team at Fundamentally Children, founded by child development psychologist, Dr. Amanda Gummer, has endorsed Craft Buddy’s Crystal Art Card kits, adding the range to the recommended products in its Good Toy Guide. Described as ‘painting by numbers with the added sparkle of crystals,’ the therapeutic benefits of Craft …

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Peppa Pig to make pop music debut with My First Album launch

Entertainment One has detailed the launch of a new Peppa Pig music album titled My First Album, marking the first of its kind for the popular pre-school character franchise. The music album is set to make a splash from July 19 this year and is available for pre-order from June …

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Mojo Nation reveals inaugural Play Creators Awards finalists

The toy and game design body, Mojo Nation has revealed the finalists of its inaugural Play Creators Awards, an event launched to celebrate the achievements of the toy and game designer community. The Awards will take place at London’s Under the Bridge on Monday, September 2, where R&D teams, freelance …

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