Media & PR

Interview: Vivid’s Emma Weber – ‘Our responsibility is to represent the world our consumers live in’

With the launch of the Headstart range of Love Diana Fashion Dolls and Far Out Toys Collectables, met with the ongoing success of this year’s launch range of Vet Squad animal dolls and play-sets, Vivid is readying itself for a bumper year in the dolls and play-sets sector in 2021. …

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Disney invests heavily into streaming as it details new Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar content slate

UK Disney fans could be forgiven for thinking it was Christmas morning as they woke up to the news that the entertainment studio had detailed a raft of some 35 new television series, including ten from Marvel, ten based in the Star Wars universe, new Pixar animations, as well as …

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Sony to purchase anime entertainment powerhouse Crunchyroll from WarnerMedia for $1.175bn

Sony Pictures Entertainment has reached an agreement with AT&T to purchase its Crunchyroll anime business – a direct-to-consumer service within the WarnerMedia segment – for a proposed $1.175bn. Under the deal, Crunchyroll anime will fall under Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc and Sony Music Entertainment Inc’s Funimation Global Group, a giant …

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Marvin’s Magic to host special Christmas live show over Facebook and YouTube

On a mission to give everyone a touch of magic this Christmas season, Marvin’s Magic is to a host special Marvin’s Magic Live event this Sunday, December 13th via a live-stream over Facebook and YouTube. The show will run from 6pm to 7.30pm and promises to be a ‘live celebration …

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Logic games and puzzles are on the rise as Smart Toys & Games sees sales double over 2020

The puzzle and logic game specialist, Smart Toys and Games is ushering in a new era for the gaming market, having seen sales double over the course of 2020 for its portfolio of cognitive-thinking games and puzzles. The Sussex-based toy firm has told ToyNews that while a year of social …

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Barbie celebrates Britain’s youngest Olympian, 12-year-old skateboarder and surfer Sky Brown

The 12 year old professional skateboarder and surfer, Sky Brown, has been unveiled as the latest Barbie Role Model as the iconic fashion doll brand revealed its new, one-of-a-kind doll created in her likeness. Toy maker Mattel chose to immortalise the young sportswoman to highlight the boundaries that she has …

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Home Help: How the pandemic has seen toy companies transition into support networks for families

Demand for toy brands to act beyond their products and offer supporting services to parents and families is tipped to continue into 2021 and beyond, as companies across the industry continue to transition into resources and networks for their audiences. The evolution of the traditional toy company has become part …

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BBC One embraces Zog, The Gruffalo, and the animated worlds of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler this Christmas

The Oscar-nominated production company, Magic Light Pictures is bringing the animated worlds of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler to BBC One in a series of exclusive idents this Christmas. The festive collaboration will feature idents of Zog, Princess Pearl, and Sir Gadabout, as well as The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s …

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Dad’s Choice Awards 2020 reveals its winners and Highly Commended and Commended

The Dad’s Choice Awards has revealed its winners and highly commended and commended companies for its 2020 awards programme, one that laid witness to ‘more entries than ever before’. With the clock now ticking down to Christmas Day, the Dad’s Choice Awards aim to offer inspiration to parents unsure of …

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Chess, anyone? Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit has unlocked an international resurgence

Like the best set traps in the now famed Sicilian Defence, Netflix has given us perhaps the resurgence that no one saw coming. Chess is in vogue.  There’s no need to read that again, it’s a phrase that will be repeated throughout this coming feature: chess, thanks to the roaring …

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