Law & Politics

Spin Master acquires Orbeez toy brand from Maya Toys

Spin Master has completed the acquisition of the award-winning Orbeez brand and other select brands from Maya Toys, bringing it and a raft of further IP into its growing Activities portfolio. Orbeez are squishy and bouncy water beads that begin as tiny seeds before growing to a round form when …

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Re:creation enters administration: “Business became unmanageable in extraordinary year”

Supplier issues compounded by a ‘softness in the market’ in what has been a particularly tough year of trading has forced the hand of the global toy distributor, Re:creation who entered into administration last Friday. Speaking with ToyNews, owner, Michael Lehrter, stated that it was a succession of hurdles thrown …

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West Design Products launches online consumer hub for arts and crafts community

West Design Products, the UK art and craft, education, toy, and stationery products specialist, has revealed a wholly new consumer content website, EverythingArtAndCraft.com. With curated content, including ideas, hints and tips, and blog posts, tutorials, videos and news, West Designs hopes that the new site will become a community destination, …

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The magic special Nov/Dec issue of ToyNews is ready to read online now

The November/December issue of ToyNews is ready to read in print and online via your smart phone or smart device now. In the spirit of the season, this month I’ve found myself subsumed within the magic of show business, diving into the magician’s hat for a look at a sector …

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Squishmallows sees “phenomenal sales” following ITV’s This Morning appearance

The popularity of the new collectable craze, Squishmallows, was cemented, according to the product’s UK distributor Innovation First, when the squishy toy line made its appearance on ITV’s This Morning and the show’s Best Toys for Christmas Gift Guide. The toy’s appearance helped to compound a “phenomenal year” of sales …

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Scottish independent Toy Hub to close after ten years in toys

The Dunblane-based independent toy shop, Toy Hub has announced its intentions to shutter its doors, following a ten-year “rollercoaster run of fun and frivolity. The family run business – owned by the husband and wife team Gerard and Helen Gourley – made the announcement via the shop’s Facebook page earlier …

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TV’s George Rainsford and Imogen Thomas pledge support to Spin Master’s Giant Charity Advent Calendar

TV’s George Rainsford and Imogen Thomas have pledged their support to Spin Master’s annual giant charity advent calendar event, taking place once again at London’s KidZania – an indoor city run by children. Teaming up with KidZania for the third year running, Spin Master is once again spreading a little …

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MGA to introduce biodegradable plastic and paper packaging to LOL Surprise in 2020

MGA Entertainment’s CEO, Isaac Larian, has confirmed the toymaker’s intentions to step up its efforts towards sustainability and fighting the plastic waste issue, by introducing a new biodegradable plastic to its LOL Surprise dolls by 2020. In an exclusive with CNN Business, Larian addressed the issue of plastic waste, stating …

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UK competitions watchdog CMA to probe Hasbro’s $4bn takeover of eOne

Hasbro’s $4bn takeover of Entertainment One is to face probing from the Competition and Markets Authority over whether the proposed acquisition would result in a ‘substantial lessening of competition’ under UK rules. It appeared that the bid was a done deal in all but its name when eOne and Hasbro …

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Which? calls out Amazon and eBay for unsafe toy product listings: ‘Passing the buck is unacceptable’

The consumer group, Which?, has become the latest to throw its weight behind the call for better regulations upon online marketplaces that allow the sale of unsafe or untested toys upon their platforms. In its most recent spotlight on online marketplaces, Which? found a number of products for sale on …

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