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Universal Brand Development and LEGO unveil first Fast and Furious LEGO set

The LEGO Group and Universal Brand Development have unveiled the first LEGO set to be inspired by the global blockbuster franchise, Fast & Furious with the LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger. The new build is a 1,077-piece replica of the film franchise’s fearless street racer Dominic Toretto’s 1970 Dodge Charger …

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Mattel launches a free online resource for parents and children, Mattel Playroom

Mattel has detailed the launch of the Mattel Playroom, a new, free online resource that features activities and content from across the company’s portfolio of brands, designed to encourage kids to keep playing while handling school closures, social distancing and self isolation measures. American Girl, Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, and …

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The Games and Puzzles April issue of ToyNews is available to read online now

As the Games and Puzzles issue of ToyNews makes its way to readers up and down a country turned on its head by the current COVID-19 pandemic, there’s an old saying I like to turn to in times like these: ‘You don’t know resilience until you’ve put a magazine to …

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Opinion: In times of anxiety, I turn to board games and puzzles – Rachel Lowe

As ToyNews readies to celebrate the explosively exciting and ever-innovative board games and puzzles scene in its April issue – available to read online now – we give the floor to Rachel Lowe, MBE, as she delves into the reasons why in a time of global crisis, there’s a lot …

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Mental wellness game Book of Beasties launches free home learning kit in partnership with author and explorer Tom Hart Dyke

The team behind the award-winning mental wellness games and resources for children, Book of Beasties, has developed a new curriculum-based home learning kit for parents and teachers to use during the ongoing school closure and isolation period. The kit – the brainchild of the developers of Book of Beasties: The …

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LEGO Group and LEGO Foundation pledge $50m to children in need and launches #letsbuildtogether in global fight against COVID-19

The LEGO Group and LEGO Foundation have joined forces to address the critical needs of children as the globe continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, including a $50m donation to kids most in need and the launch of the #letsbuildtogether campaign. The initiatives have been established to aid all children, …

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Sesame Workshop rolls out new content for its Caring for Each Other platform

Building on its launch last week of the Caring for Each Other initiative, Sesame Workshop is rolling out new content to help families stay physically and mentally healthy as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Today’s release on SesameStreet.org/caring includes animations on healthy habits, resources providing comfort, and activities that caregivers can …

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Spielwarenmesse strips Calculix of Startup ToyAward over IP infringement case

The international toy distributor, Calculix, has been stripped of its Spielwarenmesse ToyAward, following accusations that its winning product, the Calculix number bricks, was a direct rip-off of a toy line it had previously distributed on behalf of the company, Sumblox. This marks the first time in the history of Spielwarenmesse’s …

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Tabletop game Trekking the World closes in on £100k on Kickstarter

A project to deliver on a new tabletop title that will have players exploring the world is nearing completion, having secured almost three times its original goal on Kickstarter. While families and individuals across the globe are continuing to fight against the coronavirus pandemic through social distancing and self isolation, …

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Mattel takes up arms against COVID-19 as it focuses production on face masks and PPE

Mattel has become the latest toy company to join in the fight agains the deepening COVID-19 pandemic, dedicating a slice if its production line to face masks in order to meet the urgent demand for medical supplies in the US. In a post across social media, Mattel’s president and COO, …

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