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Preschool market is stronghold amid economic strife, says Le Toy Van

Le Toy Van is enjoying a flying start to the year in the stronghold preschool market that ‘has not yet been impacted’ by any kind of economic situation. Speaking to ToyNews, the preschool specialist has reported on items from its 2019 portfolio selling out, even before entering the country,’ and …

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Kickstarter project Solar City bankrupted as ‘CEO flees country’

The team behind a Kickstarter backed board game set in a sustainable future of 2035 has fallen into disarray following the disappearance of its president. Games Factory secured just over $95,000 in June last year for its tabletop title Solar City, a sci-fi board game that puts players in charge …

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New Fortnite Battle Royale collectables to be unveiled at Birmingham’s Insomnia Gaming Event

A swathe of new mini-figures and play-sets in the Fortnite Battle Royale Collection will be revealed to the public with a Battle Bus “airdrop” experience at the Insomnia Gaming Event in Birmingham this week. Visitors to the Fortnite Battle Royale Collection stand on Friday, April 19th will be the first …

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UK’s OnBuy sees toy orders surge 270% year on year

The UK-owned marketplace, OnBuy.com has seen toy orders increase 270 per cent this year on the same Q1 period in the year prior. The surge in numbers of toy orders highlights the platform’s growing success on the online scene, with year to date sales now 13 per cent higher in …

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Lisle Licensing to grow new animated series 44 Cats in the UK

The international content and animation studio, Rainbow has tapped Lisle Licensing to grow its new music-driven animation, 44 Cats across the UK. The move has been billed as a “fantastic addition” to the Lisle Licensing portfolio as the firm’s director, Francesca Lisle looks to build out its portfolio of licensees …

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Smyths Toys launches free Egg Hunt this Easter

Smyths Toys Superstores has detailed its Easter initiative that offers children the chance to take part in a free Easter Egg Hunt in all of its stores nationwide. The event will take place on Saturday, April 20th from 9am. Kids will be able join the hunt with a variety of …

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Tabletop tech? “We’re only scratching the surface”

Zai Ortiz and Nolan Bushnell are heavyweights in the world of film and gaming with a common goal; to deliver immersive storytelling through board games, the likes we’ve never seen before. That’s the aim of X2 Games, and that’s what its first release, St Noire is capturing with Amazon Alexa …

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Popin is bringing eco-friendly playgrounds into the home with new launch

A team of toy developers is launching a new eco-friendly indoor playground for children and families living in urban areas with limited space for toys and play. Popin has today released details of Popin Playground, an indoor playground made from recycled materials that expand into full-sized play equipment, and folds …

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Debenhams boss expected to step down now refinancing is in place

The boss of Debenhams, Sergio Bucher, is expected to step down, having played his role in refinancing the struggling department chain at the hands of its lenders. A source close to the Bucher has suggested that ‘having stayed on to get the refinancing in place,’ he thinks now would be …

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