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Spin Master “on track to deliver top line growth for full year” despite dip in Q3

Spin Master remains ‘on track to deliver top line growth for the full year,’ it has said, despite a dip in its Q3 financials for 2019. The global children’s entertainment company has released the results for the third quarter, ended September 30, 2019, citing that the company has “made solid …

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Moo Like A Monkey: “To succeed on the high street we need to be more than a shop”

Charlotte Khan may be relatively new to the toy scene, having been operating her high street independent children’s shop, Moo Like a Monkey for little over 18 months now, but in that time, Khan and her shop have certainly made an impression on the independent retail scene. Just this month, …

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Mothercare to implement phased closure of all 79 UK stores

Mothercare made it official last night that administrators have been appointed to implement a phased closure of the retailer’s 79 UK stores, in a move that puts at risk some 2,500 jobs. A statement released just after close of business yesterday confirmed that Zelf Hussain, Toby Banfield and David Baxendale …

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Generation Media’s KidsCon makes return for 2019

Generation Media’s KidsCon is making its return for 2019, following the success of its inaugural event last year. The follow up event, KidsCon19 will take place at the Vue Cinema in London’s West End, where visitors will be treated to a morning exploring children’s screens usage, from mobile to cinema, …

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Bandai UK targets stocking-filler market with new collectables launch

Bandai UK is preparing to launch a raft of new collectable ranges and brand expansions ready to hit shelves in time for the Christmas gift-buying period. Through the launch, Bandai aims to provide premium and novel stocking-filler items this year. Freak Lab is a new in-house IP, joining the Bandai …

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Parents embrace ‘Phygital’ play as benefit to children’s future, says LEGO study

British parents are starting to embrace the benefits of digital play for their children, a new study by The LEGO Group has revealed, finding that almost half of parents believe their child’s problem-solving skills have improved as a result. In recent years, and amid the rise in the use of …

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Smart toy specialist Ojo hits Kickstarter to fund four new learning games

The smart toy specialist and STEM focused toy maker, Ojo, has taken to Kickstarter to crowdfund investment in a raft of four new games to “stimulate children’s curiosity.” In a single campaign running until November 25 this year, Ojo is looking to secure new investment in a portfolio of games …

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The BTHA names Kids Out official charity partner for Toy Fair 2020

The British Toy and Hobby Association has selected Kids Out as the Toy Fair 2020’s official charity partner. KidsOut works with Women’s Aid Federation refuges across the UK. The charity provides support, organises positive experiences, and gives toys to vulnerable children across the country who have escaped domestic abuse. For …

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Forbidden Planet to open Europe’s largest comic book and pop culture store in Glasgow

Forbidden Planet is to open the UK and Europe’s largest comic book and pop culture store when it opens the doors to its new Glasgow location this week. Following a successful 31 years on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, the pop culture and collectables specialist is relocating to Sauchiehall Street, where it …

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