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Monster High movie musical coming to Nickelodeon in 2022

Mattel and Nickelodeon have announced the start of production on a live-action TV movie musical based on the iconic Monster High franchise about the children of famous monsters and creatures. The feature-length TV movie will begin shooting this month in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and is slated to premiere in …

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Sales of Cartamundi’s Shuffle Junior Into the Wild range benefit animal charity

Cartamundi’s award-winning Shuffle Junior Into the Wild range is supporting internationally renowned animal conservation charity The Aspinall Foundation. The board and card games producer has been donating 7.5% from all sales into retail from its Into the Wild collection to the charity since 1 October 2021. Donations generated from the range – …

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Exploding Kittens relaunches fan-favourite ‘Happy Salmon’

Exploding Kittens, the hit tabletop game creator, has announced the relaunch of popular fast-paced card game Happy Salmon, recently acquired from North Star Games. Designed by Quentin Weir and game developer Ken Gruhl, who has since joined the Exploding Kittens team as a Senior Game Designer, Happy Salmon has been …

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Fred Rogers Productions signs Jada Toys as master toy licensee for Donkey Hodie

Award-winning children’s entertainment company Fred Rogers Productions has named Jada Toys the master toy licensee for Donkey Hodie, the new puppet series from Fred Rogers Productions and Spiffy Pictures. Licensing Street, recently appointed as licensing agent for the brand, facilitated the partnership. The new agreement with Jada Toys, which follows closely on the heels of …

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Shortlist for The Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards revealed

The Toy of the Year Awards are frequently referred to as the “Oscars” of the industry, and now the nominations for 2022’s prizes have been revealed. The TOTY 2022 voting process includes input from not only consumers, but also members of The Toy Association, retailers, journalists, bloggers, and academics. Voting …

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Barbie and Mondo partner on new ‘clean beauty’ role-play make-up line

For the first time, Mondo Toys and Barbie are venturing into clean beauty – cosmetics containing ‘green’ ingredients – with a sustainable line inspired by Barbie to help children have fun at playtime. The new range includes a Barbie’s kitten bag concealing a pink lipstick, a Barbie-sized backpack that turns …

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Brits most likely to do all their Christmas shopping online, new global data reveals

A survey commissioned by mobile app experience company Airship of more than 9,000 global consumers has exposed key shifts in consumer behaviour, with regional and generational differences that may indicate retail’s future. Conducted in partnership with Sapio Research, the survey polled more than 9,000 consumers across major markets in Europe, …

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Sue Perkins hosts ‘At Your Leisure’ podcast from The LEGO Group and Global Player

A new podcast from The LEGO Group, aimed specifically at adults, launches today exploring the world of celebrity hobbies, pastimes and passions. What hobbies keep the stars entertained? What pastimes have these famous faces nurtured since childhood or picked up over lockdown? Comedian, broadcaster and author Sue Perkins is here to find out in At …

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Ferly appoints United Smile as master toy licensee for Momolu & Friends franchise

Ferly, the Finnish animation, publishing, and licensing studio, has appointed United Smile as the master toy licensee for Momolu & Friends, a property developed and co-produced by Yellow Animation, Atmosphere Media and DGA. Launched in 2020 and led by Josue Rosenzweig, former joint venture partner and executive at Hasbro, United Smile is …

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Disney launches Christmas campaign in support of Make-A-Wish, including new animated ad

Disney has released a new festive advert to mark the start of the Holiday season. ‘The Stepdad’ is a three-minute animated tale about family togetherness and the power of storytelling. A sequel to last year’s ‘Lola’, which celebrated festive traditions passed down generations, the short film forms part of Disney’s …

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