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Argosy Toys fights plans for development that will ‘obscure its shop from customers’

The owners of the Southend independent toy shop, Argosy Toys are going head to head with developers and their proposal to build a block of nine flats that ‘will obscure the shop’s popular advertising mural wall.’ Owner of the store have stated that should the plans by RG Airspace Developments …

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Extensive LEGO exhibition to make its UK debut at Leicester’s Highcross

An extensive LEGO exhibition is landing in Leicester next month, taking up residence in Hammerson’s flagship destination, Highcross, and marking a UK first for the show. Ryan McNaught’s Brickman Experience – the original of the Brickman’s four touring LEGO exhibitions – will showcase some of the world’s largest and most …

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Opinion: Peter Jenkinson and the sustainability of play

This week’s industry opinion comes from Toyologist and industry expert, Peter Jenkinson who talks us through his observations of sustainability in the toy industry following this year’s Toy Fair season. Without doubt the biggest effect on the planet over the past couple of years has been that of the Attenborough… …

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The Independent Toy Awards 2020 are now open for entry

The 2020 Independent Toy Awards, founded by the online directory Toy Shop UK, are now open for entry. Championed as unique within the industry for being the only awards voted for by the nation’s independent toy retailers who list themselves for free on the directory, the awards are open to …

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Asmodee Group is now opening its games portfolio up to interactive and video game developers

The Asmodee Group is doubling down on its licensing plans through a new strategy that will take the board game goliath’s portfolio of brands and IP into the interactive video games and digital games market. In the firm’s latest move, it is opening the floodgates to developers in the video …

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Sponsored content: OnBuy.com is revolutionising the global marketplace industry

Cas Paton is the CEO and founder of OnBuy.com. Here, he outlines how the company is disrupting the global marketplace industry, and why its unique approach benefits sellers. The online marketplace sector has come a long way since its birth in the 1990s. Services like Amazon and eBay were some of …

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Schleich UK unleashes its virtual Red Rabbits campaign across retailers this Easter

Schleich UK’s is unleashing a warren’s worth of virtual Red Rabbits across participating retailers in the UK and Ireland his Easter, as part of its latest retail initiative. The Easter campaign will be activated globally and is a digital upgrade from the successful 2019 Red Rabbit Campaign. This year’s event …

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Ravensburger North America unveils Disney Hocus Pocus, Disney Jungle Cruise, and Back to the Future board games

Disney’s bewitching classic, Hocus Pocus is making the leap from the library of seasonal favourites and into the world of tabletop gaming, as the IP joins a roster of newly revealed board games from Ravensburger North America this year. The 1993 fantasy comedy, starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker …

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Beano partners with World Book Day to support its Share A Million Stories campaign

Beano has partnered with World Book Day this March 5 to support its Share A Million Stories campaign for a special edition, one-off comic strip titled A Million Stories in One. The special strip sees Dennis reading and mashing up classic children’s tales to entertain Bea and Gnasher all in …

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Jens Nygaard Knudsen, inventor of the LEGO Minifigure dies aged 78

Jens Nygaard Knudsen, the inventor of LEGO’s iconic minifigures, has died at the age of 78. Nygaard Knudsen worked on creating the Danish toymaker’s popular mini characters – a design that has gone on to achieve global recognition and fandom – back in the 1970s, before the toy was launched …

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