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Surprise results at Funko as Q4 2019 financials take 8 per cent dip

In a surprise turn of events in the narrative of the pop culture specialist, Funko has detailed lower than expected net sales of $214m in its preliminary fourth quarter 2019 results. The company reported its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 this week, showing that it …

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Cat catapulting game Fantasticats taps into clear gap in the market for low-tech innovation, says Vivid

The combined might of Goliath and Vivid believes it has tapped into a gap in the market for innovative, low-tech play with the launch of its new Fantasticats brand. According to the firm, the cat-catapulting toy was a major hit with visitors across this year’s European toy fairs, drawing in …

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Pokémon soars at UK and German retail as both toys and trading cards ‘enjoy best year ever’

Sales of both the Pokémon Trading Card Game and toys from Wicked Cool Toys soared at retail across the UK and Germany throughout 2019, according to the latest figures revealed by NPD. The Pokémon Company has reported year on year sales that ‘continue to be substantially above the market average’ …

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Bulldog Licensing prepares for surge in demand for Match Attax as Euro 2020 draws closer

As the country prepares for Euro 2020 this summer, a surge of confidence surrounds Topps’ latest Match Attax trading cards line that, according to the brand’s licensing agent Bulldog Licensing, is sure to see a stark rise in popularity as the tournament draws closer. Bulldog Licensing is the UK outfit …

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Sponsored Post – Aardvark Swift: A Toy Fair retrospective

When visitors result to sitting on the floor of a café, by my estimation, that’s a pretty good barometer of the footfall of a convention. From this account then, Toy Fair 2020 was another successful show for the industry. As an event, it’s one that we here at Aardvark Swift …

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Annual Toy Fair Trolley Dash sees over 4,000 toys donated to KidsOut

More than 4,000 toys were collected by volunteers taking part in Toy Fair annual charity trolley dash this year, the event that now traditionally marks the end of London’s industry show. Hundreds of exhibitors donated toys and products during the 16th annual Toy Fair Trolley Dash, as volunteers paced the …

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Rubik’s Cube and Marvin’s Magic form magical partnership for 40th anniversary of the world famous puzzle

Rubik is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the world’s most popular puzzle – the Rubik’s Cube – with a magical new partnership, teaming up with none other than Marvin’s Magic to present an innovative new line. Called Rubik’s Box of Magic Tricks, the new collection is presented in a giant …

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Asmodee Entertainment welcomes games marketing veteran Alexander Thieme to the division

Asmodee Entertainment has bolstered its booming licensing division with the appointment of the 20-year marketing and licensing veteran of the games industry, Alexander Thieme to the role of licensing manager. Thieme joins from Games Workshop and will be focusing on European licensing opportunities across Asmodee game brands such as Catan, …

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Ginger Fox finds success in Taskmaster and US expansion as it gears for big 2020

The licensed gifts, games, and toys specialist, Ginger Fox has highlighted the success of its new Taskmaster Board Game, as well as the expansion of its US business as major contributors to a strong 2019 for the firm, despite the challenges faced by much of the UK market. Speaking with …

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Pyramid International talks pop culture, fandom, and its Spring Fair 2020 offering

If there’s one thing Pyramid International – part of The Art Group – knows how to do well, it’s licensed giftware, an attribute that has carried the firm well over the past 12 months, and helped it maintain its position of strength throughout the choppy waters of 2019. It’s possibly …

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