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Four decades later Richard Longmate bids farewell to Rainbow Designs

Rainbow Designs is bidding a fond farewell to its longest serving team member, Richard Longmate, who has announced his departure, after nearly four decades with the company. Longmate joined Rainbow Designs on July 1 1980 and has spent nearly 40 years supporting independent retailers in the East Anglia area. Starting …

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Cartamundi on track for global growth with United States Playing Card Company acquisition

Cartamundi is getting in on the New Year’s acquisition action, having detailed the completion of its incorporation of The United States Playing Card Company. The latest move from the Belgian playing card and game specialist is in line with its ongoing strategy to strengthen its role as a key player …

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TechUp powers up for CES 2020 with curated guest line-up for its Future of Play discussion

CES 2020 is just around the corner, and with it, some 170,000 tech-heads from around the world will descend upon Las Vegas, Nevada for the latest in the Consumer Electronic Show offering, packed with some of the most innovative technology from around the world. Which is precisely why TechUp, a …

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Rummikub celebrates 70 years with commemorative postage stamp in Israel

The popular family gaming title Rummikub has been handed national recognition of its cultural impact in its country of origin, Israel, where it has received its own commemorative, bespoke postage stamp. The new Israeli stamp features iconic tiles from the game first invented in 1950, including its much-loved Joker tile, …

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TOMY builds on Hide and Squeak Eggs range success with new lines ahead of Easter

TOMY Toomies, the award-winning pre-school and bath toy brand, is expanding its popular Hide and Squeak Eggs range for spring/summer 2020. Toomies Hide and Squeak Eggs have enjoyed a successful past 25 years on the market and in 2018 became the number one best selling item in its category in …

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Hasbro completes $3.8bn acquisition of eOne

Hasbro is kicking off the New Year in style, having officially closed its $3.8billion deal to acquire Entertainment One. The all-cash acquisition of the Canadian independent studio was first announced in August last year but was subject to approval by competition watchdogs owing to the strength that the now completed …

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Great British Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain lands toy range with Wilton Bradley

The Great British Bake Off winner, author, TV presenter, and now treasured British personality, Nadiya Hussain, has made her move on the toy space, thanks to a new partnership with Wilton Bradley. Under the new deal, Hussain and Wilton Bradley will release a range of kids cooking and baking sets …

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With 2.7bn downloads, SYBO’s Subway Surfers is named most downloaded mobile game of the decade

Subway Surfers looks set to end not only the year, but the decade on a high, as it is named the most downloaded mobile game of the decade by App Annie for its some 2.7 billion downloads. Closing out a banner year for SYBO and Kiloo, while setting the stage …

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Opinion: The power of the toy influencer in today’s industry

This week’s opinion comes from head of operations and events at the British Toy and Hobby Association, Majen Immink. She has successfully builds on the show’s achievements year on year, and has headed up its Influencer Day initiative. Influencers have become a core part of the toy industry, whether they’re …

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Pebble Gear secures Disney partnership for Frozen II and Toy Story 4 children’s tablets

Pebble Gear, a popular range of kids tablets developed by the tech specialist, Digital Goals, has just struck a new partnership with Disney to launch a range of Disney and Pixar animation themed children’s products for customers across EMEA. Available in February 2020, the range consists of a Disney and …

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