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The London Toy Company teams with Wow! Stuff and Warner Bros to launch Harry Potter plush

The London Toy Company has collaborated with the teams at both Wow! Stuff and Warner Brothers to develop its first range of plush toys based on the ever-popular Harry Potter franchise. The firm, who rebranded from High Resolution Designs this year, already specialises in the development of ultra-realistic and iconic …

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Women In Toys appoints Delanie West as its first Diversity and Inclusion Chair

Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment has appointed Delanie West to its board of directors as the organisation’s first Diversity and Inclusion Chair. In her role, West will be leading the team’s efforts to cultivate diversity, inclusion, and belonging as critical priorities across its global community. The drive will commence …

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Rubies and Bristol Novelty to merge operations in forward looking response to Covid-19

Rubies Masquerade and Bristol Novelty have detailed the merger of its operations and office functions in a forward looking move to house all of its products under one banner as the industry begins to shake itself off from lockdown. It comes, the firm has stated, as companies the world over …

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Moose Toys’ hit doll line Kindi Kids lands bag and stationery items with Blueprint Collections

Moose Toys popular toy brand Kindi Kids is building out its licensing programme thanks to a new partnership with Blueprint Collections to launch a range of licensed bags and stationery items. In a deal brokered by Kindi Kids’ licensing and merchandising representative, Bulldog Licensing, the new licensed range will include …

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Intu’s Trafford Centre is seeking a buyer as lender pressure ammounts to auction plans

Intu’s Trafford Centre is seeking a buyer, according to reports from Sky News and the Retail Gazette, after the shopping centre owner filed for administration earlier this year. Recognised as the UK’s fourth-biggest shopping centre, Trafford Centre has drafted in PJT Partners and CBRE to oversee the sales process. Located …

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DreamToys 2020 will go digital this year due to Covid-19 impact on the UK

The Toy Retailers Association and DreamToys committee today announced, DreamToys 2020 will take place as a digital event this year. “Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, it is not possible to hold a large-scale physical event to announce the DreamToys list,” commented Gary Grant, chair …

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UK retail sales lift 3.2 per cent but provides ‘little cause for optimism’, says BRC

UK retail sales have risen 3.2 per cent for July, the British Retail Consortium has confirmed, but suggests that the lift should provide ‘little cause for optimism’ as many high street shops continue to struggle. On a total basis, sales increased by 3.2 per cent in July, against an increase …

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The Umbrella Academy Card Game Kickstarter campaign hitss 100 per cent funding within one hour of going live

A Kickstarter campaign to launch a new card game based on the hit comic-series-turned Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy has sailed past its crowdfunding goal and is now on track to hit £200,000 in pledges. Developed in partnership between Dark Horse Comics and Studio71 Games, the new games aims to …

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Scottish board game outfit Taxi Game sees sales surge as it readies five new launches for 2020

The Scottish outfit of developers behind the board game Taxi Game has witnessed a sales surge ‘eclipsing even the national increase in board game sales,’ thanks to an increase in demand for the entertainment medium by families spending more time together at home. The business has seen its best quarterly …

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Basic Fun partners with UK’s Dogs Trust in Pound Puppy money raising campaign

Basic Fun is partnering with the UK’s dog welfare charity Dogs Trust for a money-raising initiative that will donate a portion of the proceeds of every Pound Puppy sold at retailers. Established in 1891, Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 14,300 dogs each …

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