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WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences launches ‘The Batman’ toys and collectibles

To mark the cinematic release of The Batman this March, WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences has launched its most robust Batman film product collection in over a decade – including a raft of licensed toys and collectables.  Collectable manufacturer McFarlane is offering The Batman, The Riddler and Catwoman figures, all …

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MGA and Zapf part ways with Neil Bandtock

MGA Entertainment and Zapf Creation has today announced that Neil Bandtock has resigned to seek new opportunities, following 15 months as the Managing Director for UK and Ireland. The company is thankful to Neil for his hard work over the past year, under extremely challenging circumstances for the industry, and …

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PMI to launch Brawl Stars toy line in summer 2022

Gaming-sector toy manufacturer and distributor PMI is to release a multi-territory toy line based on the hit gaming IP Brawl Stars, which will include collectibles, action figures, plush, stampers and more. The deal was agreed with Helsinki-based Supercell, makers of the Brawl Stars brand, and LINE FRIENDS, a global consumer …

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Wow! Stuff to debut ‘biggest blockbusters to date’ at London Toy Fair

Toy innovation company Wow! Stuff has confirmed its attendance at London Toy Fair, Olympia 25–27 January, and is set to unveil its ‘biggest blockbuster(s) to date’ at the show. Dawn Lavalette, Commercial Director, Wow! Stuff, announced: “We are supportive of the London Toy Fair. It’s the perfect platform to reveal to our …

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Toys and Games market to grow by USD 50.73bn, report predicts

The potential growth difference for the toys and games market between 2020 and 2025 is USD 50.73 billion, according to a report by global technology research and advisory company Technavio. The growth will mainly be driven by a rising middle class population with greater personal disposable income.  “Toys And Games Market by …

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5 e-commerce trends for 2022

E-commerce has had to change and grow to meet the demands of the new Covid-19 world, and it’s vital that online sellers look ahead and plan for what is to come. According to e-commerce experts Optiseller, there are five new e-commerce trends that will affect all online sellers in 2022, no …

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B2B marketplace Ankorstore reaches unicorn status with €250 M funding

Only two years after its launch, Ankorstore, the wholesale marketplace gathering 200,000 retailers and 15,000 brands across Europe, has reached unicorn status with a valuation of €1.75 billion. The €250M  Series C funding round was led by BOND and Tiger Global with the participation of Eurazeo and Coatue as well …

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Spielwarenmesse eG takes ownership of SPIEL

The Nuremberg trade fair and marketing services provider Spielwarenmesse eG has become the new owner of the the Internationale Spieltage SPIEL, the biggest public fair for board games in the world. SPIEL will continue to be held at the Essen exhibition centre and organised from Bonn by Dominique Metzler, its …

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2021 Toy Industry Awards winners to be unveiled online on 25 January 2022

The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) and Toy Retailers Association (TRA) have announced that this year’s Toy Industry Awards winners will this year be announced  online. The prestigious awards will be unveiled at Midday on Tuesday 25th January – the first day of Toy Fair 2022. This year’s announcement will …

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Spring Fair going ahead in February

Spring Fair has confirmed it will take place from 6–9 February 2022 in Halls 1–8 at NEC Birmingham. Registration is now live and visitors can visit www.springfair.com for the latest news, information on over 1000 exhibitors, up to date Safe & Secure guidelines and more. Julie Driscoll, Divisional Managing Director …

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