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Flair and British Astronaut Helen Sharman reveal winners of Spirograph Young Designer of the Year Awards

The UK distributors of Spirograph, Flair Plc, has revealed the results of its Spirograph Young Designer of the Year Awards at a private event in London on May 29th. The event was marked by the appearance of the first British Astronaut, Helen Sharman CMG OBE who, alongside Flair’s own Nicola …

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Spin Master is partnering with UK SuperCamps for summer-long Kinetic Sand initiative

The hit sand brand, Kinetic Sand, is partnering with SuperCamps this summer to launch an initiative bringing hours of hands-on creative and imaginative play to children across the UK. Kinetic Sand activities will run in all of SuperCamps’ more than 60 venues throughout the summer holiday season, reaching thousands of …

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Tactic Games to ramp up UK presence in gifts and games with Elmer Marketing

Tactic Games has appointed Vicki Marler-Hausen’s Elmer Marketing to manage its trade and consumer activity, as the company looks to raise awareness of its growing games and gift portfolio this year. With a host of new games being released throughout 2019, including Speedy Beedy, Mud Party, Doodle Doo and the …

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Profit growth of 51 per cent sees Trunki making further gains in Europe

Magmatic, the company behind the popular Trunki brand, has increased profits by 51 per cent and made further gains across Europe, according to its latest set of accounts. The Bristol-based company, founded by Rob Law in 2006 and known for its children’s ride-on suitcase, has seen earnings (EBITDA) rise to …

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Global retail sales of licensed products hits $280.3bn for 2018 but toys take a dip

Global retail sales of licensed merchandise and services hit $280.3 billion in 2018, a 3.2 per cent increase over the $271.6 billion generated in 2017, according to results of the fifth Annual Global Licensing Survey, released today by Licensing International. Licensed toys suffered a 2.1 per cent decline in sales, says …

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Hasbro to revive Micro Machines with Wicked Cool Toys as master toy partner

Hasbro has appointed Wicked Cool Toys as the global master toy licensee for the ’80s and ’90s nostalgia brand, Micro Machines, in a move to revive the retro line for today’s kids. Wicked Cool Toys’ portfolio already includes original IP as well as the master toy licenses for top brands …

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Playmobil partners with Warner Bros. for Scooby-Doo play-sets

Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA has struck upon a new deal with the international toymaker Playmobil to bring its popular Scooby-Doo franchise into the Playmobil fold. The leading toy manufacturer has secured the worldwide rights for Scooby-Doo core and the new Scooby-Doo theatrical motion picture, set to be released in …

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LEGO to launch Despicable Me building sets in 2020

Universal Brand Development, Illumination and the LEGO Group have detailed the further expansion of a licensing partnership to launch a collection of Despicable Me LEGO building sets in 20202. The partnership with the record setting Despicable Me franchise has been drawn ahead of the relase of the upcoming feature film, Minions: The Rise …

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Paddington to hit the stage with new live show in 2020

Copyrights Group and Rockefeller Productions have partnered to bring Paddington, the star of children’s books and both big and small screens, to the stage in a new live show. Launching in 2020, the stage will target a pre-school audience and will feature, for the first time, Paddington on stage in …

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Hit video game title Sea of Thieves is getting its own role-play tabletop title

Sea of Thieves, the hit video game title from the same team that created N64’s Goldeneye masterpiece, is the latest from the digital realm to undergo the tabletop gaming treatment. Mongoose Publishing has been appointed the task of translated the popular MMO title into a role-playing tabletop title, and is …

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