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Tickets to the Toy Industry Awards 2019 are available now

Tickets are now available for the Toy Industry Awards 2019 – the annual gala event that traditionally  follows the opening day of Toy Fair. Next year’s awards will take place on Tuesday, January 21 2020, starting at 6pm. The event has become one of the key dates in the industry …

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Ravensburger rolls out major marketing campaign for BRIO

Ravensburger has started rolling out its biggest ever marketing programme for the BRIO brand. Centrepiece to the multi-faceted campaign is the first TV advertising activity celebrating the BRIO World. The heavyweight broadcast campaign began at the start of November and will run throughout the countdown to Christmas. Two spots have …

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All 114 of the 2020 Toy of the Year Awards finalists have been revealed

The Toy Association has revealed the 114 toy and game finalists for the prestigious 2020 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Known as the “Oscars of the toy industry”, the TOTY Awards program recognises the top playthings on the market – from STEAM and innovative toys to dolls, action figures, …

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Mattel champions ‘boundary pushing toy lines’ for 12 TOTY nominations

Having received no fewer than 12 finalist nominations in the Toy Association’s 2020 Toy of the Year Awards, Mattel has put its 2019 success down to ‘pushing boundaries with the experiences it brings to the market.’ Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels and Jurassic World have been named among the Mattel brands …

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Trunki teams with Halfords to launch first Balance Bike and Scooters range

Trunki has partnered with Halfords to launch its first range of Trunki Balance Bikes and Scooters, a new line that can be ridden, towed, folded and carried. Designed by Rob Law, the brains behind the original Trunki ride-on suitcase concept, the products are available exclusively at Halfords. The partnership was brokered …

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West Design Products names Kent’s fastest growing business in MegaGrowth 50 list

The arts and craft, education, toy and stationery specialist, West Design Products has been named as one of Kent’s fastest-growing businesses in this year’s MegaGrowth 50 list. Organised and managed by the KM Media Group, businesses are ranked by increase in turnover over the last three financial years. Having previously …

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Marbel positions for growth with new UK headquarters and new team

The UK toy distributor, Marbel, has officially opened its new offices, following a relocation of its UK headquarters to Leicestershire. The new HQ opened its doors on November 4 this year. With the move comes a new team for Marbel, this includes customer service, marketing and finance staff all “ready …

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Games Workshop prepares for bumper 2019 with profits and sales already ahead of 2018

Profits and sales at Games Workshop, the tabletop gaming firm behind the global Warhammer franchise, are ahead of last year, signalling another bumper year for the UK company. According to the group, trading between September and early November has beaten the company’s performance for the same period last year, with …

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Fundamentally Children launches the Christmas Good Toy Guide 2019

Around 65,000 printed copies of the Christmas Good Toy Guide are set to be distributed across the UK over the coming weeks, via three channels, including The Sunday Times, NCT, and the Good Toy Guide testing network. This year’s distribution shows a 1300 per cent increase on the 5,000 distributed …

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Frozen II, Nintendo and Disguise fuel 18 per cent sales growth for Jakks Pacific

Disney’s Frozen II, Disguise and the Nintendo license has helped Jakks Pacific to the strongest quarter in year on year sales the toymaker has seen in the past five years.  Net sales have increased 18 per cent to $280.1 million compared to the $236.7 million for the same period in …

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