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Rainbow Designs to distribute full The Adventures of Paddington toy range

Rainbow Designs has renewed a licensing contract with The Copyrights Group that will see the pre-school and plush toy specialists continue to develop its product line Paddington. Paddington has been part of Rainbow’s portfolio for several decades and 2020 will see not only the continuation and growth of the prestigious …

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Licensing International welcomes 2020 Young Professionals Network Committee

Licensing International welcomed its newest members of the 2020 Young Professionals Network Committee at its UK Winter Warmer event at the Ivy Club in London last week. The event unveiled its four new members, while honouring its outgoing members of the 2019 committee with a party sponsored by HKTDC and …

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Casdon launches new website in time for Christmas

Casdon is readying itself for the New Year, by launching a new website in time for Christmas, showcasing the company’s collection of role-play toys and licensed lines. The new site hosts new branding and easy to navigate icons under the renowned titles of Little Helper, Littler Shopper and more, allowing …

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Rising revenues and narrowing losses makes good news story for Hornby

Narrowing losses and rising revenues make for a good news story for Hornby’s latest financials, as reported by the toymaker on Thursday this week. The hobby specialist made a loss of £2.5 million before tax in the six months to September, the lowest since 2014. Meanwhile, company revenues were up …

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Generation Media raises over £2,500 for The Toy Trust through another successful KidsCon

Generation Media descended upon Leicester Square’s Vue cinema in full force this week to host KidsCon 2019, an event that raised over £2,500 for The Toy Trust. The morning was designed to appeal to the audience of marketing professionals from across a host of industry’s, looking to communicate effectively with …

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SweetDreamers celebrates Ewan the Dream Sheep success at Mother & Baby Awards

SweetDreamers, the baby and toddler toy specialist, is celebrating the recent success of its popular Ewan the Dream Sheep at this year’s Mother & Baby Awards. The sleeping aid took home Gold for Best Baby Toy at the awards ceremony, organised to highlight the best brands in the baby and …

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Flair’s Meet Leo Messi is ‘dream come true’ moment for nine year old football fan

Flair was busy making the dreams of one nine year old football fan come true last week, sending the lucky competition winner on a trip to Barcelona to meet the football legend, Lionel Messi. Organised in partnership with Tigerhead, Flair’s Meet Leo Messi competition ran as part of the global …

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Bandai to distribute McFarlane Toys collector action figures to UK and Ireland

Bandai UK has secured the distribution of the McFarlane Toys product range for the UK and Republic of Ireland markets, marking an interesting new move for the toy company into the collector action figure market. McFarlane Toys has become an industry leader, recognised by many for redefining the standards within …

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LEGO acquires independent ‘eBay for LEGO fans’ BrickLink

In a surprise announcement, The LEGO Group has acquired BrickLink, a third party LEGO re-selling website founded back in 2000. BrickLink is essentially eBay for LEGO related items, giving fans a platform to sell and purchase the iconic Danish building brick. The site was founded almost 20 years ago by …

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Toys R Us makes US comeback official with first store opening

Toys R Us made its comeback official with the soft launch of a new retail destination at the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in New Jersey, US this week. The new-look Toys R Us store – boasting some 6,000 square feet – has scheduled its grand opening for this Saturday. …

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