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The Outdoor Playtime Awards expands to accommodate “overwhelming response”

With just a month to go before the The Outdoor Playtime Awards 2019, organisers have expanded its play space to accommodate the “overwhelming influx of entries.” Response to the awards highlights what has been cited as a ‘solid start to the year’ for the outdoor toy category, that has been …

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Scalextric looks to redefine slot racing with newest tech advancements

Hornby Hobbies is looking to redefine the slot racing scene by launching the latest advancement in its Scalextric franchise. It’s called Spark Plug, and it may just be enough to reaffirm confidence in the connected play space. Spark Plug is an add-on device that works in tandem with a Scalextric …

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Action toys surge 195.5 per cent for Spin Master but Q1 sales still suffer decline

Spin Master has seen a surge in sales growth of its boys action and high tech construction  category by 195.5 per cent, thanks to franchises such as How to Train Your Dragon, Monster Jam and the relaunch of Bakugan. The segment ended its Q1 trading period at $49.4 million, while …

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Character Group remains optimistic for 2019 trading as revenues grow to near £60m

The Character Group has seen operating profits for the past six months grow £1 million to £5.9 million, while revenues approach £60 million. The Oldham-based firm said it has delivered a strong first half performance with directors ‘optimistic about progress the business will make over this calendar year.’ The revenue …

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A Girl for All Time brings crowdfunding platform in house in industry first

A Girl for All Time, the company behind the award-winning dolls designed to portray moments in history is looking to switch up the crowdfunding scene, by bringing efforts in house. In what is recognised as an industry first, the company is trialling a crowdfunding initiative that is shunning platforms like …

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Goliath and Jakks Pacific among CHITAG’s newest advisory board members

The Chicago Toy and Game Group has welcomes a tranche of new members to its esteemed Advisory Board, with names from across some of the world’s biggest players in the toy and game community. The organising body behind toy and game industry events during Chitag Week has named Adi Golad, …

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Peaky Blinders is now getting its own board game from Just Games

Sit down Arthur, Grace has got something to… play. Yep, that’s right – there’s a Peaky Blinders board game heading to town and it is scheduled to hit shelves this October, allowing fans fo the show to follow in the footsteps of the notorious Shelby family. The title itself is …

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Character Options’ Philip Richardson to retire after 31 years of service

After 31 years representing Character Options to retailers in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Philip Richardson has announced his intention to retire from the role at the end of August this year. Speaking on behalf of the company, and also on a more personal level, Joe Kissane, managing director, Character …

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The Beano is launching into the pocket money toy space with RMS International

The iconic British kids’ brand, Beano is launching into the pocket money toys space, thanks to a new partnership with toy, activity and gift specialist RMS International. The new range will be aimed at kids, particularly boys, aged six to ten years old and will include a raft of toys …

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eOne launches new PJ Masks album

Entertainment One has unveiled details of a new digital album launch for its hit preschool animated property, PJ Masks. The new album, entitled Heroes Forever, will be released in English language only. The new release follows the success of the brand’s first album  PJ Masks – Here We Come, which was released …

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