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Smiffys appoints Kerry Logistics as the UK fancy dress business eyes further international growth

Kerry Logistics has secured a global supply chain contract with the UK-based family-owned fancy dress business, Smiffys. As part of the contract, the Hong Kong headquartered logistics company has set up a new central distribution centre for Smiffys in Ningbo, a key port and industrial hub in east China’s Zhejiang …

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Mattel finds strength in BTS, Barbie and Toy Story 4 amid Q3 financials

The K-Pop sensation, BTS has helped Mattel to a positive third quarter result, after the launch of the band’s own doll line helped gross sales in the international segment grow by ten per cent. The pop outfit was joined by other strong performing licenses in the Mattel portfolio, including Barbie, …

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Zuru launches 5 Surprise Dino Strike to the surprise blind box range

Zuru has introduced a new dinosaur-themed collection to its 5 Surprise range, bringing dinosaurs to its ‘blind-bag’ collectables range with 5 Surprise Dino Strike. The new launch includes five layers of dino surprises to collect, build, swap and battle. 5 Surprise Dino Strike combines the blind unboxing experience with classic …

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The BTHA launches Toy Fair Tips video series to help you make Toy Fair 2020 a success

The BTHA has released a new video guide series offering its most incisive tips for making the upcoming Toy Fair season a success for exhibitors and visitors. Just a few months out from London Toy Fair 2020, when the UK and international toy industry will descend upon London Olympia for …

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Boppi and Harry Potter LEGO tipped in Tesco’s top ten toys for Christmas

Boppi the booty shaking Llama has topped Tesco’s top ten toys for Christmas list, the supermarket giant’s own prediction of what the best selling toys will be this year. Boppi is joined on the grocer’s list by big hitting items such as the LEGO Hogwarts’ Clock Tower from Harry Potter, …

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Aldi opens own online toy shop ahead of shoppers’ big Christmas spend

Aldi has opened its own online toy shop ahead of the major Christmas shopping season, offering online shoppers a dedicated portal to the retailer’s toy range. The digital destination is offering products from across its collection, including traditional wooden toys, ride ons, a whole host of games, as well as …

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Spielwarenmesse champions 2020 event for first time exhibitors

Spielwarenmesse is “definitely the place to be for first-time exhibitors,” is the message that the international toy fair organiser is promoting ahead of its 2020 event next January and February. Tapping into the international toy industry scene, Spielwarenmesse will welcome around 70,000 buyers and retailers to its halls over the …

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The Toy Association to induct industry-defining trio into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame

The founder and CEO of Playmates, Thomas Chan, the man responsible for founding Little Tikes, Thomas G Murdoph, and the late Harry Kislevitz, founder of Colorforms Corporation, are each to be inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame this year. The individuals were nominated for induction and voted on …

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Northern Irish toymaker Paddy Pals looking to build business in the UK

A traditional toymaker in Northern Ireland is on the path for international recognition having seen steady success for its range of hand-made, gifting and souvenir teddy bears across the US, Canada, and Australia. Paddy Pals has detailed its plans to grow its traditional toy making business via a network of …

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Boris Johnson named among top pop culture costumes for Halloween in Beano survey

Clowns to the left of him, Jokers to the right, British PM Boris Johnson has found himself slap bang in the middle of a poll of the ghastliest figures of the 21st Century and Halloween dress-up favourites by UK children, according to a new survey conducted by Beano. In a …

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