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Ravensburger bolsters licensed jigsaw offering with Barbie 60th and School of Roars collections

Ravensburger has bolstered its licensed jigsaw puzzles collection this season, having secured partnerships with both Mattel to develop a line of Barbie 60th anniversary puzzles for the US market, and Atlantyca Entertainment to launch a new School of Roars line to Italy. The tabletop expert will produce School of Roars-branded …

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Mattel’s Richard Dickson joins esteemed keynote line-up at this year’s CHITAG Inventor Conference

Mattel’s president and COO, Richard Dickson will be joining a line-up of esteemed keynote speakers, including David Fuhrer, MD of BlueSquare Innovations, and Robert Fuhrer, owner of NexToy at this year’s CHITAG Inventor Conference. The Chicago Toy and Game Group has now detailed the 2019 schedule and speaker line-up for …

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LEGO and Ameet launch LEGO Books for “new chapter in children’s publishing”

LEGO has detailed the launch of LEGO Books, a new publishing imprint formed in partnership with the children’s book publisher Ameet. The new imprint, according to the Danish toymaker and its long-term Polish children’s publishing partner, will ‘encompass a new line of innovative playful reading experiences that capture the LEGO …

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Klein Toys of Germany prepares for UK stock holding with Import Services

Theo Klein GmbH has appointed Import Services as logistics partner, to provide retail supply chain services, from product sources in the Far East and Germany, to customers in the UK and Eire. With a significantly enlarged product portfolio, including popular brand names such as Barbie, Bosch, Braun, Electrolux, Hot Wheels, …

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Marianne James joins Hasbro as VP EMEA consumer products

The licensing industry’s Marianne James has been named the new vice president, EMEA consumer products at Hasbro. She will take up the position effective November 11 this year. James joins the global toymaker and children’s entertainment powerhouse from Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products, where she has served as vice president, licensing, …

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Posh Paws opens first Hong Kong showroom and office

Posh Paws is opening of its first Hong Kong showroom and office. The new showroom, situated in the heart of the business district of Mody Road, will give the company a base from which to operate its growing business, deal with suppliers and meet with customers. Alan Smith, Posh Paws managing …

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Smiffys grows its toddler and baby dress up portfolio with Spot

The dress up and party wear specialist, Smiffys is continuing to grow its pre-school collection, having just added the iconic Spot the Dog to its baby dress-up and licensed characters portfolio. Thanks to a deal brokered by Penguin Ventures, Smiffys’ new Fun with Spot dress up range will be designed …

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Topps taps pop professionals Just Funky to expand Garbage Pail Kids offering

The Topps Company has tapped pop culture specialists, Just Funky to develop a range of home goods and novelty products based on its retro revival Garbage Pail Kids brand. Starting in 2020, Garbage Pail Kids enthusiasts will be able to purchase a wide variety of home goods and novelty products …

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Interplay UK secures Disney partnership for Frozen II Face Paintoos

Interplay UK has secured a new partnership with Disney to launch a Frozen II licensed addition to its Face Paintoos brand. The product range will launch this month, ahead of the release of Disney’s Frozen II feature film, its much anticipated follow up to the 2013 phenomenon that was Frozen. …

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Jazwares acquires Wicked Cool Toys

Jazwares, a leading toy and consumer products company, has acquired Wicked Cool Toys Holdings. Headquartered in Bristol, Pennsylvania, WCT is a rapidly growing toy company that designs, develops, and produces licensed and owned properties, including plush, action figures, fashion accessories, and games. Judd Zebersky, chief executive officer and president of …

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