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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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Mattel sees return of investor confidence with $600m bond sale

Mattel has sold $600 million in bonds to refinance the toymaker’s existing debt, following a halt to transactions earlier this year when an anonymous complaint drew attention towards the firm’s discrepancies in its accounting and internal controls. Mattel completed an internal investigation in late October and pledged to strengthen its …

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PlayMonster secures Spirograph brand in major acquisition of Kahootz Toys

The US toy firm PlayMonster has acquired the assets of the arts and crafts toy company Kahootz Toys, including licensed rights to the iconic Spirograph and Play-Doh. The move has been cited as the latest big step in solidifying PlayMonster’s growth as a multi-category toy and game company. Through the …

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DreamWorks Animation drops new trailer for Trolls World Tour

Universal has dropped the latest trailer for the upcoming feature film, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, the awaited sequel to 2016’s original Trolls film. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprise their roles as Poppy and Branch as they discover that they are one of six different Troll tribes scattered over …

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The Insights People named Global Market Research of the Year

The kids’ market intelligence outfit, The Insights People, has been named Global Market Research of the Year by the International Trade Council during its International Go Global Awards ceremony. The ceremony took place on October 23 2019 in Chicago where The Insights People was recognised as the most comprehensive and …

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Mothercare staff denied redundancy pay as UK retailer collapses

Staff at the collapsed UK retailer Mothercare will receive nothing in redundancy pay, it has emerged, as the business made clear its plans to enter administration just weeks ahead of the Christmas season. Workers have instead been advised to apply for statutory redundancy by visiting the Government’s website. This follows …

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