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The Pokémon Company launches new video-game tie-in plush lines

The Pokémon Company International is ramping up activity for Pokémon fans ahead of the release of the new video games, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, through a unique tie-in featuring plush toys of characters featured in the games. For the first time, fans will be able to buy plush toys …

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Spacetoon brings big name toy brands to Riyadh Toy Festival

Hot Wheels, Barbie, Ricky Zoom and Our Generation were the order of the moment when Spacetoon revealed its portfolio of partner brands at this year’s Riyadh Toy Festival in Saudi Arabia. Spacetoon specialises in developing children’s entertainment for the Saudi Arabian market. It was at the Riyadh Toy Festival this …

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Frozen II, Nintendo and Disguise fuel 18 per cent sales growth for Jakks Pacific

Disney’s Frozen II, Disguise and the Nintendo license has helped Jakks Pacific to the strongest quarter in year on year sales the toymaker has seen in the past five years.  Net sales have increased 18 per cent to $280.1 million compared to the $236.7 million for the same period in …

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LEGO celebrates 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman with 1989 Batmobile

LEGO has unveiled the latest product in its ongoing partnership with Warner Bros and DC Comics with the launch of the brick recreation of the 1989 Batmobile. Based on the now iconic vehicle of choice from the classic film, this latest rendition of the Batmobile – a fine recreation of …

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Generation Media: Is it time for Netflix to be afraid?

As BBC iPlayer plans to overhaul its platform to compete with other major streaming services, Generation Media’s Lauren Coombs asks – should Netflix worry about the growing competition? At the time of writing this article BBC iPlayer had just announced that it was undergoing a dramatic overhaul to compete with …

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Entertainment One to open PJ Masks City theme park attraction in Italy

Entertainment One has secured a multi-year agreement with Leolandia, Italy’s leading theme park destination, that will see the launch of the world’s first PJ Masks City theme park attraction in 2020. Construction on PJ Masks City is already underway and the inauguration is set to take place next spring. The …

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Forbidden Planet to open Europe’s largest comic book and pop culture store in Glasgow

Forbidden Planet is to open the UK and Europe’s largest comic book and pop culture store when it opens the doors to its new Glasgow location this week. Following a successful 31 years on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, the pop culture and collectables specialist is relocating to Sauchiehall Street, where it …

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Jazwares to distribute YouTube channel FGTeeV-inspired toy line to UK retail

Jazwares has signed as the UK distributor for a new line of toys based on the popular YouTube channel, FGTeeV, landing at toy specialists this November before rolling out to mass market in January 2020. Developed by Bonkers Toys, the FGTeeV toy line is inspired by the YouTube channel of …

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A colour of magic: BBC Studios talks Bluey, Hey Duggee, His Dark Materials and Terry Pratchett

It’s with a great sense of betrayal to my own ambitions of a writing career that, sat opposite Rikesh Desai, BBC Studios’ licensing director, I am forced to admit to having read only one book by Terry Pratchett in my lifetime. Of the ‘at least 32 titles’ that the treasured …

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