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Isaac Larian’s Operation Pac-Man delivers 65,000 masks and face shields to US hospitals in its first week

Operation Pac-Man, the non-profit organisation created by MGA’s Isaac Larian to help fight the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, has delivered more than 65,000 masks and face shields to 40 hospitals across the US, and has successfully tested a new ventilator prototype and supported the 250-bed makeshift hospital in Los Angeles. …

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Gibsons calls out Amazon and eBay third-party sellers over product price inflation

Gibsons has urged families and consumers shopping for its ranges of games and puzzles to avoid paying the inflated prices certain items are being sold at on platforms like Amazon and eBay by sellers looking to unfairly capitalise on the growing demand for home entertainment amid the global lockdown measures. …

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VTech launches Learn Through This campaign to help parents and teachers educate kids from home

VTech Electronics North America has launched its own initiative to support families and children through this period of upheaval called Learn Through This; a campaign that uses its VTech and LeapFrog brands to support teachers and parents with tools for teaching kids at home. VTech and LeapFrog are offering resources …

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Fears surrounding pensions surface as Debenhams puts administrators on standby

With the accountancy firm KPMG on standby to handle an insolvency process, Debenhams has reportedly failed to make a top-up payment to its pensions scheme this month, meaning that around 10,000 members could be worse off if the company enters administration. On Friday, April 3rd, news emerged that the 242-year-old …

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Jazwares acquires Kellytoy and strengthens position in plush market

Jazwares has acquired a majority stake in Kelly Toys Holdings and Kelly Amusement Holdings, the award-winning manufacturer of plush toys in the US, in a move that will strengthen Jazwares’ position in the respective market. Kellytoys is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. The move will see Jonathan Kelly serve as …

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Spielwarenmesse strips Calculix of Startup ToyAward over IP infringement case

The international toy distributor, Calculix, has been stripped of its Spielwarenmesse ToyAward, following accusations that its winning product, the Calculix number bricks, was a direct rip-off of a toy line it had previously distributed on behalf of the company, Sumblox. This marks the first time in the history of Spielwarenmesse’s …

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MGA’s Isaac Larian launches Operation: Pac-Man to equip US medical workers and hospitals battling Covid-19

The CEO and founder of MGA Entertainment, Isaac Larian has launched a new initiative Operation: Pac-Man to bring supporter together to equip hospitals and healthcare workers with the supplies they need to protect themselves as the global fight against Covid-19 continues. The initiative has been launched following an increase in …

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Gibsons launches family game Rockpool to encourage ocean and beach conservation

Gibsons has launched a new environment-focused family game to encourage the message of conservation by encouraging players to collect shells and clean up rubbish from the beach before the tide comes in. Called Rockpool, the new title has been designed by Dave Wetherall of the UK independent games company, GGG …

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Hasbro to launch ‘stay at home’ product range as CEO Goldner reports ‘surge in demand for toys and games’

Hasbro has seen a surge in demand for toys and games amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company’s CEO Brian Goldner has told CNBC. The company boss has cited a ‘great demand’ in its products, underlining that “in fact, our supply chains are back up and running in China.” Shares of …

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The Independent Toy and Gift Show cancelled over coronavirus outbreak advice

The Independent Toy and Gift Show, scheduled to have taken place on April 21 to 22 has been cancelled due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak, the show’s organisers confirmed this morning. The move to cancel the show follows the latest Government advice surrounding travel, public gatherings, and social distancing issued …

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