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BLE 2019: Exploring the special relationship between toys and licensing

It’s a well established fact that the UK licensing industry is the second largest in the world, and the biggest in the Europe, with a value of $14.58bn in 2018, according to the latest figures from the global licensing industry body, Licensing International. That itself is a growth of 3.9 …

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Hamleys reveals its top ten toys for Christmas

Hamleys has turned to this year’s tech toy line-up to inspire shoppers to part with their Christmas shopping cash this season, unveiled what it predicts to be its top ten toys for the festive period this year. LEGO’s AR infused launch, LEGO Hidden Side tops the bill of this year’s …

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Chuggington: “With Alpha Group we’re bringing the series to life like never before”

Chuggington is making its comeback in 2020 as the brand and children’s TV series celebrates its tenth anniversary and its returning sixth series with an all guns blazing licensed product programme, kicking off with master toy partner, Alpha Group. Having acquired the Chuggington brand from Ludorum in December last year, …

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Hasbro reveals latest Star Wars toy line-up in Triple Force Friday YouTube event

Hasbro has lifted the lid on an extensive raft of new Star Wars in the run up to the Star Wars triple Force Friday event taking place on October 4th this year. The line-up was revealed via a global livestream event on YouTube, hosted by Warwick Davis, and starring a …

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French toymakers sign agreement to rid industry of gender stereotyping

Toymakers in France have drawn up a charter to rid toys and games of gender stereotypes, that the government has blamed for keeping girls from pursuing careers in maths, science and other STEM focused subjects. The charter for a ‘balanced representation (of gender) in toys’ was signed by the French …

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Universal Brand Development taps Warner Bros’ former VP of licensing, Paul Bufton

Warner Bros Consumer Products former VP of licensing and business development EMEA, Paul Bufton has joined the Universal Brand Development unit, taking on the role of vice president of consumer products for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Bufton joined Universal this past month and now reports directly to Vince Klaseus, …

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Green Board Games and Lagoon to be fully incorporated into Asmodee Group fold

Green Board Games is to be fully incorporated into the Asmodee Group fold, it has finally been confirmed, some months after the board game giant acquired the UK outfit’s parent company Searainbow Group back in April this year. Under the terms of the acquisition of the European and Asian publisher, …

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The Games & Puzzles and BLE special issue of ToyNews is online and on desks now

In a special games and puzzles and Brand Licensing Europe double-up, the latest issue of ToyNews has landed and is ready to read online, on your iPad, laptop or smart device now. Our games and puzzles coverage kicks off with an industry exclusive as ToyNews talks to Asmodee about the …

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PlanToys and Moluk triumph at London’s Junior Design Awards

Two of the international toy brands distributed here in the UK by LittleConcepts were championed at the Junior Design Awards in London this year, where both Moluk and PlanToys picked up wins in best toy categories. The Swiss brand Moluk won the prestigious Platinum award in the Best Toy Design …

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Sainsbury’s will close 125 stores but open plenty more with Argos branch moves planned

Sainsbury’s may be closing 125 stores across its portfolio of supermarkets, convenience stores and Argos branches, but will be opening even more across new locations in which its presence will make ‘a larger impact on the firm’s operations.’ The grocer has said that it expects to close up to 15 …

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