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Coronavirus: Delayed re-opening of China’s factories will ‘have big impact on global economy’

Further delay to the reopening of the Chinese factories closed for quarantine over the coronavirus outbreak has stoked fears over the impact to be had upon the global economy. Across China, various provinces have posted different dates for an extended shutdown of operations and factories as the coronavirus outbreak continues …

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New York Toy Fair 2020: Headstart International readies to launch its new sustainable plush line

The Australia-based global toy company, Headstart International, is preparing to bring its newest range of sustainable plush characters, Resoftables, to New York Toy Fair later this month. Resoftables is billed as a collection of ultra-soft plush animals, each produced from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles, ‘offering consumers an eco-friendly …

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Brazilian toy industry projected to hit six per cent growth after successful 2019

While the narrative of the UK’s toy scene reads more like a Stephen King novel than a Mills & Boon, right now, the international space is showing a resolve – and even growth – in the Brazilian market. According to the Brazilian Association of Toy Manufacturers – or ABRINQ – …

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Little voice: Why we should be shouting loud and proud about our sustainability efforts

This week’s industry opinion comes from Trudi Bishop, a long time member of the toy and licensing community and founder of Bee Licensing. She is a firm advocate of the sustainability movement across toys and licensing and a regular fixture of ToyNews with her leading opinion on the topic. Sustainability …

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Import Services “has business expansion on the horizon” as it partners with University Games and Little Birdy

The consolidated business between University Games and Paul Lamond Games has turned to Import Services to handle the company’s logistics, providing the firm with the “optimum route to market for imported product to the UK and Ireland, as well as continental Europe.” On the day that Brexit is finally delivered, …

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Toy Industries of Europe launches Play for Change Awards to recognise the positive impact of toys

Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) has launched its new concept, the Play for Change Awards, as a means to recognise toy makers that impact the planet and children’s lives in positive and inspirational ways. The awards will focus on environmental, societal and educational challenges with three categories: Sustainability, Empowerment, and …

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SuperAwesome raises strategic financing from the Microsoft venture fund M12

SuperAwesome, the kidtech platform which powers COPPA-compliant advertising and community for developers, content owners and brands, has raised a strategic financing round from M12, Microsoft’s venture fund and others. The company’s platform enables kid-safe advertising, video, community and parental consent functionality via a full set of tools for those working …

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Mattel details its next sustainability move through new Mega Bloks bio-plastics line

Mattel’s Mega brand, the company’s popular construction toy arm, is launching a new environmentally sustainable, bio-based plastics line. As part of the move, Mega Bloks will now feature three pre-school building sets in Polar Friends, Safari Friends, and Woodland Friends, all of which will be made from bio-based resins. The …

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Mattel to move Mega Bloks manufacture from Montreal to China and Mexico

Mattel is moving the manufacturing operations of its Mega Bloks brand from Canada to its facilities in Mexico and China in a move that will see it shrink its Montreal facility. The toymaker confirmed the move last week, citing that it will enable to company to better use the volume …

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Flair bolsters portfolio with Power Players master toy line

Flair is powering up its boy’s portfolio in summer 2020 with the addition of the Power Players master toy line. The collection created by Playmates Toys will include action figures, vehicles and role play accessories. Power Players is a new action-comedy animation series created by Zag. The new show shifts …

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