Media & PR

WiT elects nine members to its board of directors

Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WiT), a global nonprofit organisation and the industry’s preeminent voice for the advancement of women, today announced the election of nine members to its board of directors. “We warmly welcome these nine brilliant women, whose collective and diverse expertise and insights will bring critical …

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Thomas & Friends launches International Friendship Day Awards – with a little help from Aston Merrygold

One of the nation’s favourite celebrity dads – singer and musician Aston Merrygold – has teamed up with his three-year-old son Grayson to help launch the inaugural Thomas & Friends International Friendship Day Awards. The inspiring new awards scheme celebrates and commends the very best examples of friendship from young children …

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Character Group’s turnover up by 22% according to half-year results

The Character Group has published its results for the half-year ending 28 February 2022. The success of its current portfolio of products has resulted in a very strong first-half performance for the business. Turnover for the period increased by 22 per cent to £90.9m, with an underlying profit before tax …

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EXCLUSIVE: Sambro comes of age

It’s a milestone year for Sambro, with the Bury-based toy company celebrating 25 years in business and growth expected to hit nearly 40 per cent. CEO Paul Blackaby talks to ToyNews about what the next quarter century might bring, and why investing in Gen Z now will pay dividends later …

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TOYMASTER PREVIEW: Posh Paws

At the Toymaster May Show, Posh Paws will be unveiling its never-seen-before on-trend products across Jurassic World, Minions and DreamWorks’ most popular franchises, as well as offering a variety of exclusive show offers for Toymaster members across both its licensed and non-licensed properties. Gabby’s Dollhouse is the latest preschool sensation …

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TOYMASTER PREVIEW: One for Fun

It’s been a big year for One for Fun (previously H. Grossman Ltd) and its main brands, Tobar, Ozbozz and HGL, as well as its distribution brands, including Maisto, Bburago and Zuru. With Pushpoppers leading the way, 2022 sees the launch of more pocket-money lines that capitalise on the fidget …

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TOYMASTER PREVIEW: 8th Wonder

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, 8th Wonder excels in creating bespoke wooden and plush lines for various big brands. It’s safe to say the company has sky-rocketed in the licensing world since its initial launch into licensing back in the 1990s, with deals with Hey Duggee, Mr Tumble, Go …

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Moose Toys named one of the UK’s best workplaces

The UK’s best companies to work for based on employee feedback have been revealed for 2022, with Moose Toys proudly ranking among the best in Britain. Compiled by Great Place to Work, The UK’s Best Workplaces Awards were held at Tobacco Dock in London on 28 April, recognising the best businesses in …

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Spin Master reports strong Q1 2022 financial results

Spin Master has announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2022.  Toy revenue increased by $95.3 million or 37.3% to $350.9 million, driven by growth in all product categories, particularly Preschool and Dolls & Interactive and Wheels & Action. Toy Gross Product Sales increased by $102.8 million or …

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JAKKS Pacific reports highest Q1 net sales in 14 years

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. has reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. In summary:  Net sales were $120.9 million, up 44% compared to $83.8 million last year Highest Q1 net sales since 2008 Costume business more than doubled vs. Q1 2021 Net loss attributable to common stockholders …

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