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Zimpli Kids secures US expansion with Jay At Play distribution partnership

Zimpli Kids is expanding its global reach as it makes a play for the US market through a new partnership with the international distributor, Jay At Play. Under the new relationship, Jay At Play will be introducing some new Zimpli Kids products to the US market through an innovative TV …

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Build-A-Bear and BBC Studios partner for Doctor Who Bear range

Build-A-Bear Workshop has built on its partnership with BBC Studios to launch a new Doctor Who range to its DIY bear-making and accessories line up. Inspired by the popular BBC series, the Doctor Who Bear features branded blue paw pads and a blue heart on his chest. The classic Time …

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New York Toy Fair: Discovery plans aspirational toy line for new adventure series Coyote Peterson: Brave the Wild

Discovery is developing a consumer products programme around the hit YouTube adventurer, Coyote Peterson, kicking off with the launch of a range of toy and aspirational play patterns for kids and families. Peterson is the star of YouTube’s most-viewed animal channel – Brave Wilderness – with more than three billions …

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Entertainment One is ‘figuring out which Hasbro brands to bring to screen’

Entertainment One is in the process of ‘figuring out which of Hasbro’s brands to bring to life,’ the company has stated following the toymaker’s $3.8bn acquisition of the content producer-distributor at the end of last year. Speaking at UK Screenings this month, Pancho Mansfield, eOne’s president of global scripted programming, …

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Funko to move operational base to ‘state of the art’ distribution centre in Coventry

Funko is relocating its operational base to a new ‘state of the art’ distribution centre located in Coventry, in the Midlands, in a move prompted by the firm’s continued ‘exceptional growth’ across the UK and Europe. Since it began trading in January 2017, Funko EMEA has seen significant expansion, with …

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Mark Hamill and Lena Headey lead all-star voice cast for Mattel’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Mattel Television and Netflix have revealed the cast of the upcoming Netflix anime series, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, a new series based in the iconic He-Man, Skeletor, Teela, and cast of classic characters. The series is being produced by Mattel Television with Adam Bonnett (Descendants), Christopher Keenan (Justice League, Batman …

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Bandai named exclusive Funko distributor across Japan

The Japanese manufacturer and toy licensee, Bandai, has been named the exclusive distributor for Funko products across Japan, in the latest global move from the pop culture specialist. Under the new deal, Bandai will take full control of the distribution channel in Q4 of this year, with the goal of …

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New York Toy Fair: Konami readies to showcase latest Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game line up

Konami Digital Entertainment is taking to New York Toy Fair, kicking off later this week and into next, with a new 2020 Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game line up. This year will see a swathe of staggered releases among the popular trading card game portfolio that will include duelling accessories, movie …

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Disney reveals toys and products line up for both Mulan and Onward

In a double whammy for the studio, Disney has revealed the consumer products portfolio for not one but two of its upcoming blockbuster movies, detailing the toy lines and licensed products line-up for both Mulan and its new animated feature film, Onward. Hasbro, Mattel, and Funko join the ranks of …

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Kids Insights continues global expansion with launch of Kids Insights Brazil

Kids Insights, the kids’ market intelligence specialists, and part of The Insights People, is continuing its plans for global expansion with the launch into its eighth market with the establishment of Kids Insights Brazil. The move marks the fourth continent to now house a Kids Insights unit, and will mean …

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