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Angry Birds lands on Netflix with new animated series scheduled for 2021

Rovio Entertainment has struck a new partnership with Netflix and CAKE that will see a new animated series Angry Birds: Summer Madness land on the streaming platform next year. Based on the world of Angry Birds, the run of 40 new 11 minute episodes will debut in 2021 and take …

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Coronavirus will slow but not scupper LEGO’s plans for 80 brand store roll out across China this year

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic will not scupper plans to roll out 80 new brand stores across China, the LEGO Group has insisted, despite the impact the virus has had on supply chains, its LEGOLAND parks and global offices. Speaking with the Asia Times, the Danish toymaker has underscored its design …

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Rachel Lowe to develop new puzzles, board games and card games for Beano

Award winning board game designer, Rachel Lowe has joined a brace of new licensing partners to develop and launch a new range of official Beano consumer products this year. The prolific board game creator has signed with the popular children’s property to develop, produce and market a collection of Beano …

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The Independent Toy and Gift Show explores September dates for its 2020 return

Following its announcement last week that this year’s The Independent Toy and Gift Show which was to be cancelled, organisers are now exploring the opportunity to host the show later this year, in September. Originally scheduled for its usual April slot on Tuesday, 21st and Wednesday 22nd next month, the …

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LEGO resurrects classic pirate building set in latest LEGO Ideas launch

LEGO has turned back the hands of time and looked to yesteryear for the resurrection of one of its most popular themes from way back when, with the announcement of its latest set to emerge from its LEGO Ideas platform, Pirates of Barracuda Bay. The latest announcement is one of …

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Minions: The Rise of Gru movie release date put on hold as France enters lockdown

Illumination and Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru has been moved from its global release slot of late June and early July owing to the deepening COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown in many countries across the globe. The move was spurred by the current lockdown in France that incorporates Illumination’s …

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Empowerment, sustainability, wellbeing, and licensing: Kids Insights launches first Global Toys and Games Report 2020

Kids Insights has issued findings from its first Global Toys and Games Report 2020, the first in a series of studies focusing on the macroeconomics shaping toys, industry trends, and developments in advertising and marketing today. Among the key findings of the report – the first in a series of …

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The Toy Trust cancels the 2020 Toy Trust Activity Day

The Toy Trust has announced its decision to cancel this year’s annual Toy Trust Activity Day. The move has been made in accordance to Government advice amid the deepening COVID-19 situation across not only the UK, but the world, and its impact on the UK toy industry. The Toy Trust …

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ZAG bolsters its global licensing and merchandising team

The global independent animation studio, ZAG has appointed a robust team of experienced executives to expand the company’s licensing and merchandising business. Kirk Bloomgarden will serve as head of consumer products, Rebekah Belzer joins as senior director, licensing and merchandising, North America, and Eva Rodriguez will serve as director, Latin …

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Gibsons launches family game Rockpool to encourage ocean and beach conservation

Gibsons has launched a new environment-focused family game to encourage the message of conservation by encouraging players to collect shells and clean up rubbish from the beach before the tide comes in. Called Rockpool, the new title has been designed by Dave Wetherall of the UK independent games company, GGG …

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