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Former Mattel exec John Kimble joins Jakks Pacific

Jakks Pacific has appointed the former Mattel executive John Kimble as its new chief financial officer. Kimble will replace Brent Novak who was responsible for bringing Jakks Pacific through a recapitalisation process earlier this year. Kimble previously led the corporate development for Mattel. Jakks Pacific is currently valued at $29 …

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LEGO and Universal Brand Development unveil new Trolls World Tour sets

Universal Brand Development and The LEGO Group has unveiled a new line of construction sets inspired by the characters, scenes and musical genres from DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming Trolls World Tour. DreamWorks Animation’sTrolls premiered in theatres in 2016 and has since grown into a large scale, global entertainment brand. The highly …

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UK pop group Four of Diamonds celebrates LOL Surprise Winter Disco range

The UK girl band, Four of Diamonds delighted thousands of Christmas shoppers with a surprise Covent Garden performance over the weekend, part of the latest campaign from the leading toy brand, LOL Surprise. LOL Surprise and Four of Diamonds super fans were then treated to an afterparty experience for competition …

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LEGO unveils its Twelve Rebuilds of Christmas at London’s Savoy hotel

London’s famous Savoy Hotel is playing host to close to 400,000 LEGO bricks, making up the Danish toy company’s Twelve Rebuilds of Christmas initiative, a toy brick take on the famously festive song. A rewrite of The Twelve Days of Christmas, each line of the classic Christmas carol has been …

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Which? calls out Amazon and eBay for unsafe toy product listings: ‘Passing the buck is unacceptable’

The consumer group, Which?, has become the latest to throw its weight behind the call for better regulations upon online marketplaces that allow the sale of unsafe or untested toys upon their platforms. In its most recent spotlight on online marketplaces, Which? found a number of products for sale on …

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Little Tikes’ Little Baby Bum plush and roleplay range will hit shelves in January 2020

Little Tikes has lifted the lid on its new range of plush characters and roleplay toys based on the popular YouTube property, Little Baby Bum as the line readies to hit shelves in January 2020. The exclusive toy line will feature Twinkle the Star, Buster the Bus and a Sing-Along …

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Funko, Cardinal Games and Lanard Toys among partner portfolio for Jumanji: The Next Level

Lanard Toys, Cardinal Games and Funko have been named among a roster of new licensing partners for the action-adventure film franchise, Jumanji. The full announcement has been made this week by Sony Pictures Consumer Products, the merchandising unit of the global entertainment studio, as it prepares for the cinematic release …

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Spielwarenmesse 2020 finalises Toy Business Forum and TrendGallery speaker line-up

Toy market developments, coming retail trends and the onslaught of digitisation will all be up for discussion at the upcoming Spielwarenmesse toy fair next January as the show finalises it Toy Business Forum and TrendGallery line-up. A multitude of topics directly affecting the global toy business will be covered over …

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Ravensburger brings Minecraft to the tabletop space with new analogue game

Ravensburger has joined the tenth anniversary celebrations of the popular video game title, Minecraft, by bringing the best-selling gaming title to the tabletop space with its own analogue game. Developed in collaboration with Mojang, Minecraft: Builders & Biomes brings players together in a shared, in-person experience complete with mobs to …

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John Adams, Ravensburger and Posh Paws among UKMums.TV’s Mums Choice Awards winners

After months of testing by mums and their little ones the results of this year’s Mums Choice Awards have recently been revealed on the parental website UKMums.TV. The Mums Choice Awards are designed to give mums a clear insight into what products in the market are favoured by their peers. …

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