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Jazwares prepares for UK launch of Nanables this month

Jazwares is readying for the UK launch of its new collectables line, Nanables, this month, scaling down one of the year’s biggest trends with a series of nano-sized characters. Each highly-detailed dwelling includes two unique Nanos with built-in hangouts; on a balcony, inside a doorway or other special places, unique …

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Spin Master sees product sales soar 42.8 per cent across Europe

Spin Master has seen product sales increase an impressive 42.8 per cent across the European market, building a solid quarter for the Canadian toymaker. Bakugan, DreamWorks’ Dragons, Monster Jam and a return to growth for PAW Patrol have helped fuel a successful selling period for Spin Master, who has seen …

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Amazon unveils its top ten toys for Christmas 2019

Mattel’s Pictionary Air, John Adams’ Bank Attack Game, and Asmodee’s Harry Potter Dobble have been named among the family-favourites tipped to be Amazon’s best-sellers this Christmas. The online giant has released its own Top Ten Toys for Christmas this year, some 146 days out from the big event, with a …

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PlayMonster taps industry vet Richard Gill for VP International role among global expansion plans

PlayMonster has welcomed toy industry veteran, Richard Gill to its line-up of specialists, tapping the former co-owner of McGill Assocs for the role of VP International – or Chief Explorer Monster. Gill brings over 30 years of experience to his new role, and will use that to develop and lead …

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Epoch strengthens its Aquabeads unit with industry brand specialist Kim Nicholls

Epoch Making Toys has strengthened its arts and crafts brand, Aquabeads with the appointment of Kim Nicholls as its new brand manager. Nicholls joins the firm from her previous role at Vivid Toy Group, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the toy industry that she will utilise in …

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Vote for the top character and toy brands of the past year in the Licensing.biz Powerlist 2019

ToyNews’ sister title, Licensing.biz is bringing its popular Licensing.biz Powerlist back for 2019, celebrating the top 100 most influential brands across the character and entertainment, brands and lifestyle, art and design, and sports licensing sectors. With the return of this annual celebration of the hottest brands and licenses within the …

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PhatMojo named master toy partner for Paddington’s new TV series and third film instalment

Copyrights Group has named PhatMojo its new master toy partner for Paddington across the US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand. Under this new partnership, PhatMojo will create product ranges tied into all new media content being developed for the popular children and family IP, including the new TV series …

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Spiel des Jahres success for Asmodee UK with Just One and Wingspan among winners

It’s been another successful Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) awards for the board game giant, Asmodee UK this year, who has seen not one but two of the titles it distributes take home the accolade that is to board gaming what the Academy Award for Best Picture is …

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Moose Toys’ exclusive FAO Schwarz event sees Goo Goo Galaxy sell out in two hours

An exclusive launch event held at New York’s flagship FAO Schwarz toy shop for Moose Toys’ newest collectable line has been hailed a success, in which the new DIY slime toys sold out ‘within a matter of hours,’ according to reports from the store. Moose Toys is looking to maintain …

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