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Asmodee to build board game worlds into novels with new Aconyte Books arm

The global games publisher, Asmodee has created its own fiction imprint under the name Aconyte Books. The division will be publishing novels based on a number of the firm’s best selling game properties. As part of its mission, Aconyte will also be actively pursuing licenses for third-party tie-in fiction, with …

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Jazwares details Angry Birds toy line as Rovio sees Q1 financials lift off

Jazwares has detailed its new Angry Birds toy line, scheduled to hit shelves this July, three months ahead of the cinematic release of The Angry Birds Movie 2. This new toy line follows Jazwares’ appointment as global master toy partner for Rovio Entertainment, who has just posted its own first …

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Kidicraft magics up Harry Potter 3D puzzles in new Warner Bros partnership

Kidicraft has been handed the exclusive distribution rights to a range of Harry Potter themed 3D jigsaw puzzles for both the UK and Republic of Ireland. The move comes as Warner Bros Consumer Products continues to roll-out licensing partnerships for its blockbuster Wizarding World of Harry Potter franchise, that now …

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Mattel sales buoyed by Barbie, Hot Wheels and Jurassic World as infant declines

Barbie, Hot Wheels, Jurassic World and the excitement around this year’s Toy Story 4 release have helped Mattel to better than expected first quarter financials, with smaller losses and improved gross margins. While net sales dropped three per cent to $689.2 million the fall in sales was less than expected, …

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Panini’s new deal with Quidd “further establishes digital as mainstream way to collect”

Panini has reaffirmed its commitment to the digital collectables space via a new deal in the US that brings its NBA licensed trading cards and stickers to the popular Quidd app. The move, according to Quidd CEO and founder, Michael Bramlage, is a big step in “further establishing digital collecting …

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LEGO launches new bricks to help visually impaired children learn Braille

LEGO is launching a new line of bricks to help blind and visually impaired children learn to read Braille in a new pilot programme from The LEGO Foundation. The LEGO Braille Bricks product is aiming to be inclusive, meaning sighted teachers and students can use the bricks together with visually …

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Sainsbury’s and Asda merger blocked by CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority, the UK’s competition watchdog, has blocked Sainsbury’s and Asda’s £10bn merger. The body blocked the move by the UK grocery giants after finding that it would lead to increased prices in stores, online and across petrol stations. The CMA said that it believed shoppers would …

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UK marketplace OnBuy puts discounting at centre of business strategy

The UK online marketplace, OnBuy.com, is revamping and enhancing its OnBuy Deals segment, highlighting the move as the “latest bold step in its plans to disrupt the marketplace giants,” like eBay and Amazon. The platform is ‘completely overhauling’ its Deals page and changing the way in which deals are featured …

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Teletubbies to make big screen debut with Vue Entertainment singalong screening

DHX Brands has teamed up with Vue Entertainment in the UK for a special Teletubbies singalong screening, called Teletubbies Songtime at the Cinema. From June 7th this year, families and young Teletubbies fans will be able to chime along to the popular cast of characters in a 60 minute show …

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