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Jakks Pacific to lead toy roll-out for SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog film in 2020

Jakks Pacific will lead the US and EMEA toy roll-out for Paramount Pictures and SEGA of America’s upcoming feature film, Sonic the Hedgehog. The California-based toymaker will launch a raft of action-packed play-sets and plush items across select territories, starting from January 2020. The launch will mark the first product …

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Britain’s independent department store Beales brings in refinancing advisers

One of Britain’s oldest department store chains, Beales, has brought in advisers to look at refinancing options in the midst of the high street’s crucial Christmas shopping period. According to SkyNews, the privately owned department store has turned to KPMG to lead a ‘quick-fire strategic review’ that could lead to …

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Bandai UK names Kirsty Mackenzie new head of marketing

Bandai UK has appointed Kirsty Mackenzie to the role of head of marketing following her promotion from marketing manager only this year. Mackenzie joined the Bandai UK team in 2018, having previously held marketing positions within the toy industry for 13 years. “Kirsty’s promotion is testament to her commitment and …

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Sound and visionary: How the Toniebox reinvented story time for the toy market

When FAO Schwarz launched its premiere UK destination within London’s Selfridges to the public just last month it was a carefully curated portfolio of partners with which the US retailer decorated its expansive floor of toys. Among them, was Tonies. A German outfit that has been performing particularly well across …

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The Toy Retailer of the Year Awards 2019 shortlist has been announced

The shortlist for the Toy Retailer of the Year Awards 2019 has been revealed, with finalists in categories spanning Independent Toy Retailer of the Year, Department Store Toy Retailer of the Year, Multiple Toy Retailer of the Year, and Online Excellence. The shortlist was decided upon by a committee of …

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Hamleys makes two-year plan for iconic London store refurb

London’s iconic toy shop, Hamleys, is to undergo a revamp that, according to CEO Darshan Mehta, will make the store the “toy retailing reference point in the world.” In an interview with The Guardian, Mehta made clear the company’s plans to implement a two-year revamp of the Regent Street location …

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No tariffs on toys this Christmas as US and China reach ‘preliminary trade agreement’

China and the US have struck a ‘phase one’ deal that will see billions of dollars in tariffs removed or delayed in the declaration of a preliminary trade agreement. A new wave of US tariffs on Chinese imports was due to take effect on Sunday, December 15. This has been …

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Fame in the final frontier: How YouTube is producing some of our biggest toy IP hits

While there’s little to suggest that Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was anything other than a satirical take on the mid- nineteenth century’s societal drug abuse, and certainly not a foreshadowing of the coming age of the social media platform, it’s with fresh doubt that I, myself, …

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Mothercare strikes five-year deal to sell products in Boots

Mothercare has struck a new deal to sell its products through the High Street retailer, Boots, in a bid to maintain its presence on the UK retail scene following its collapse into administration last month. Mothercare’s UK oprations – its stores and website – are set to close in early …

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Spring Fair encourages retailer sustainability with Power of One Transparency Award

Spring Fair is launching the ‘Power of One’ Transparency Award for its 2020 outing, part of a campaign to support and encourage retailers and their suppliers to make sustainable and eco-conscious changes. The show’s organiser Hyve Group is now extending the initiative to supply chain ethics with the Power of …

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