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Flair Just Play bolsters marketing team with appointment of Charlotte Rodgers

Flair Just Play has welcomed a new member to the marketing team in the form of Charlotte Rodgers who is taking up the role of marketing manager for the Just Play brands portfolio. Under her remit will be Just Play portfolio brands such as PJ Masks, Hairdorables, and Spirit Riding …

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Acamar Films launches monthly Bing magazine with Redan following successful one-shot title from Kennedy Publishing

Acamar Films has signed Redan Publishing to launch a new stand-alone monthly magazine for its popular animated IP, Bing. The move follows the successful launch of the one-shot Bing title from the UK’s Kennedy Publishing. Out now, Kennedy Publishing’s Everything Bing is a one-shot stand-alone magazine featuring activities such as …

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44 Cats season two to roll out globally on Nickelodeon this Q3

44 Cats, the popular children’s series from the European animation powerhouse, Rainbow, is ready to launch its second season to the global stage, making its debut on Italy’s Rai Yoyo channel this week. Pay TV partners Discovery Kids and Nickelodeon will begin broadcast of the second season to audiences across …

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The Source sees year on year growth in robotics toys as it eyes expansion into the wider toy sector

The gift, gadget, and games retailer The Source Wholsesale is expanding its range of educational and robotic toys following a year in which it saw a year on year growth of the category and having spotted a longevity of the market. A relative newcomer to the toy sector, The Source …

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Posh Paws launches its DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour plush line

Posh Paws has officially launched its latest licensed plush line, a new collection inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature film, Trolls World Tour. Scheduled to premiere here in the UK on April 13th this year, Trolls World Tour is the much anticipated sequel to the 2016 blockbuster hit Trolls, and …

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Matters of the mind: A look at the emerging wellness and mindfulness trend in toys

One of the noticeable trends to have emerged from this year’s Toy Fair season was the growing awareness around wellness, wellbeing, and mindfulness among children. Robert Hutchins takes a look at how the topic is casting off past misconceptions and finding credibility in the children’s sector At the start of last …

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Argosy Toys fights plans for development that will ‘obscure its shop from customers’

The owners of the Southend independent toy shop, Argosy Toys are going head to head with developers and their proposal to build a block of nine flats that ‘will obscure the shop’s popular advertising mural wall.’ Owner of the store have stated that should the plans by RG Airspace Developments …

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Extensive LEGO exhibition to make its UK debut at Leicester’s Highcross

An extensive LEGO exhibition is landing in Leicester next month, taking up residence in Hammerson’s flagship destination, Highcross, and marking a UK first for the show. Ryan McNaught’s Brickman Experience – the original of the Brickman’s four touring LEGO exhibitions – will showcase some of the world’s largest and most …

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Opinion: Peter Jenkinson and the sustainability of play

This week’s industry opinion comes from Toyologist and industry expert, Peter Jenkinson who talks us through his observations of sustainability in the toy industry following this year’s Toy Fair season. Without doubt the biggest effect on the planet over the past couple of years has been that of the Attenborough… …

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The Independent Toy Awards 2020 are now open for entry

The 2020 Independent Toy Awards, founded by the online directory Toy Shop UK, are now open for entry. Championed as unique within the industry for being the only awards voted for by the nation’s independent toy retailers who list themselves for free on the directory, the awards are open to …

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