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French dronemaker Parrot is grounding its toy drone business

The French dronemaker, Parrot has grounded its toy industry operations in a move that will see the outfit focus attention on governmental and commercial developments. The company has confirmed that it has stopped the production and development of any drone but the Anafi and its variations, and no longer has …

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“The toy invention scene is alive and kicking,” says Alpha Group’s VP of global product design, Darren Lee Phillipson

Each month, ToyNews picks on one industry bigwig to put through the ringer with a series of prying questions. This month, it’s Alpha Group’s vice president of global product design, Darren Lee Phillipson as we dig a little deeper into the toy design scene. How would you describe the current …

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MGA Entertainment squeezes out The Hangrees at San Diego Comic Con

Harry Plopper, Ninja Turdle, and Fartnite are just some of the almost-recognisable names to make up a cast of pop culture parody characters among a new MGA Entertainment toy line, devised ‘to bring the humour back into the toy industry.’ The Hangrees are billed as an ‘outrageous, slime collectable, pop …

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Metallica is launching into the puzzles sector… and nothing else matters

Zee Productions is continuing its mission to shake up the puzzles sector with the head-banging artwork of some of the most seminal heavy metal and rock albums the genre has to offer, this time turning to Metallica for an inspired new collection. The firm will now release the first four …

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Funko launches its first board game to fans at San Diego Comic-Con

Funko has launched itself into the world of tabletop gaming, with the grand unveiling of its new board game at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Funkoverse. “It’s thrilling to finally share with fans the debut of Funkoverse, the first pop culture infused board game from Funko Games,” said Brian …

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Indie toy retailer Langleys to open second store in Chapelfield

The independent toy retailer, Langleys is opening a new store in the Chapelfield shopping centre this year, with the promise of ‘rivalling deals available on the internet.’ This will mark the second shop location for Langleys, an independent toy store that opened in Norwich some 140 years ago. Langleys currently …

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Toys R Us returns and its backers are ‘open to exporting the new model to Britain’

It’s been confirmed that the collapsed toy retail giant, Toys R Us is being revived just in time for the Christmas shopping period. The toy industry veteran, Richard Barry’s plans are looking to come to fruition, when Toys R Us returns to the US marketplace later this year, in a …

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Jazwares tapped as exclusive distributor for WowWee’s Pixie Belles

Jazwares has been tapped as the exclusive distributor of a ‘hot new’ range of interactive pet toys from WowWee, arriving in the shape of Pixie Belles. Billed as the “next generation of interactive toys,” Pixie Belles follow in the footsteps of WowWee’s best-selling Fingerlings, a brand that has has sold …

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European puzzles specialist Jumbodiset details James Galt merger

The European games and puzzles specialist, the Jumbodiset Group has merged with the British toy company, James Galt & Co to create what has been dubbed a ‘significant industry powerhouse.’ The move will strengthen the company’s international footprint and product output, as it marries two of the toy industry’s best …

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