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Funko launches its first board game to fans at San Diego Comic-Con

Funko has launched itself into the world of tabletop gaming, with the grand unveiling of its new board game at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Funkoverse. “It’s thrilling to finally share with fans the debut of Funkoverse, the first pop culture infused board game from Funko Games,” said Brian …

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Indie toy retailer Langleys to open second store in Chapelfield

The independent toy retailer, Langleys is opening a new store in the Chapelfield shopping centre this year, with the promise of ‘rivalling deals available on the internet.’ This will mark the second shop location for Langleys, an independent toy store that opened in Norwich some 140 years ago. Langleys currently …

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Toys R Us returns and its backers are ‘open to exporting the new model to Britain’

It’s been confirmed that the collapsed toy retail giant, Toys R Us is being revived just in time for the Christmas shopping period. The toy industry veteran, Richard Barry’s plans are looking to come to fruition, when Toys R Us returns to the US marketplace later this year, in a …

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Jazwares tapped as exclusive distributor for WowWee’s Pixie Belles

Jazwares has been tapped as the exclusive distributor of a ‘hot new’ range of interactive pet toys from WowWee, arriving in the shape of Pixie Belles. Billed as the “next generation of interactive toys,” Pixie Belles follow in the footsteps of WowWee’s best-selling Fingerlings, a brand that has has sold …

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European puzzles specialist Jumbodiset details James Galt merger

The European games and puzzles specialist, the Jumbodiset Group has merged with the British toy company, James Galt & Co to create what has been dubbed a ‘significant industry powerhouse.’ The move will strengthen the company’s international footprint and product output, as it marries two of the toy industry’s best …

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EU Commission investigates Amazon over independent seller data use

Amazon has found itself at the centre of an investigation led by the European Commission into the online giant’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers that use its marketplace to sell. The Commission has stated that Amazon, as both a product seller and a marketplace, appears to be using …

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Wow! Stuff’s Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak up for Licensing Awards 2019 Innovation award

Wow! Stuff’s Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak is up for its second award of the year, in less than three months of its last. Following its success in winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s annual Toy Awards 2019, the Cloak has been nominated as a finalist at The Licensing …

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Game of Thrones fans can now build their own alternative ending with Mega Brands’ toy line

The record-breaking HBO series, Game of Thrones has made its latest play for the toy aisles, through a strategic alliance with the construction toy specialist, Mega Brands. The two houses will now look to conquer the construction toy market with its official Game of Thrones Mega Construx range. Through this …

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The tech-focused July edition of ToyNews is online to read now

The tech-focused July edition of ToyNews has arrived and is available to read online, on your iPad, laptop or smart device now. This month’s issue is once again filled with exclusive interviews and features, kicking off with insight from some of the industry’s boldest thought leaders, and an exclusive analysis …

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Mental wellness card game Book of Beasties shortlisted in the Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards

A card game devised to promote the message of mental wellness, Book of Beasties, has been shortlisted for its second award, this time at the Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards. The Institute of Healthcare and Estate Management (IHEEM) has recognised the West London-based Book of Beasties in its annual awards, shortlisting the psychologist endorsed …

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