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Panini is launching a Tour de France sticker album as famous yellow jersey turns 100 this year

The race is on for collectors to become King of the Sticker Album this summer as Panini prepares to launch its first Tour de France sticker album. The news was wonderfully first reported by the French newspaper, Le Journal du Dimanche, which detailed promotional posters featuring the defending champion Geraint …

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Amscan International welcomes Allison Moore back to role of licensing manager EMEA

Balloon and dress up manufacturer, and supplier, Amscan International Ltd has welcomed Allison Moore back to the role of licensing manager EMEA. Moore previously worked at Amscan from 2001 to 2010 within its marketing and product management arm. During that time, Moore was responsible for managing the product lifecycle for …

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Robert Mann makes his return as Orchard Toys bids farewell to Mary Watson

Orchard Toys has appointed Robert Mann to the role of export sales manager, marking the industry exec’s return to the toy space after a four year spell working as an international business consultant. Mann comes in to replace Mary Watson, who after 19 years with the company, is stepping into …

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LEGO reveals new Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame sets

LEGO has detailed the launch of its new LEGO Avengers Super Heroes range, in collaboration with the upcoming Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, which is in UK cinemas from April 25th. The new range of LEGO builds consists of five sets that offer builders from the age of six and older the opportunity …

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Whirligig gets in on online toy reviewing trend with its own toy testers

Independent toy shop, Whirligig is looking to tap into the online toy reviewer trend as it begins the hunt for toy testers to try out new products before it sells them. The successful applicant will be tasked with trying out games, puzzles and activities that the shop is considering adding …

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Hit kids’ series and toy line Larva embarks on licensing programme with Riverside Brands

Riverside Brands is continuing to grow its roster of clients in the children’s entertainment space, having picked up the popular animated property, Larva. Created by South Korea’s TUBA, Larva follows the comic capers of Red and Yellow, two cheeky larvae who live beneath a city storm drain. Since launch, Larva …

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“The outpouring of local emotion has been astonishing”: Rachel Lowe on the last days of Portsmouth’s U-Need-Us

Growing up, much of the renowned board game and puzzle designer Rachel Lowe’s childhood was set to the backdrop of Portsmouth’s U-Need-Us joke and toy shop. Some years later, Lowe found herself to be one of the 96 year old shop’s best-loved suppliers. This month, U-Need-Us closed its doors for …

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Debenhams shareholders ‘backing Mike Ashley as CEO’

Sports Direct has been contacted by shareholders in Debenhams, expressing their support for the appointment of Mike Ashley as its CEO, the company has said. The sports goods chain has also stated that the same shareholders have been in contact regarding the protection of their interests in the department store …

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The Entertainer partners National Autistic Society for World Autism Awareness Week

The family-owned high street toy retailer, The Entertainer is partnering with the UK charity, the National Autistic Society to support World Autism Awareness Week which takes place this week (April 1st to 7th). Over the course of the week, The Entertainer’s Quiet Hour will run each morning for the first …

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Posh Paws named EMEA plush partner for kids comedy series Sunny Bunnies

CLPG has signed the soft toy specialist Posh Paws to develop a range of plush for its children’s CGI-animated comedy series Sunny Bunnies for fans across EMEA. Posh Paws will be producing a range of feature and standard plush toys, infant plush and cushions featuring the popular Sunny Bunnies characters …

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