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Toy Industries of Europe launches Play for Change Awards to recognise the positive impact of toys

Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) has launched its new concept, the Play for Change Awards, as a means to recognise toy makers that impact the planet and children’s lives in positive and inspirational ways. The awards will focus on environmental, societal and educational challenges with three categories: Sustainability, Empowerment, and …

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SuperAwesome raises strategic financing from the Microsoft venture fund M12

SuperAwesome, the kidtech platform which powers COPPA-compliant advertising and community for developers, content owners and brands, has raised a strategic financing round from M12, Microsoft’s venture fund and others. The company’s platform enables kid-safe advertising, video, community and parental consent functionality via a full set of tools for those working …

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Playmobil, Silverlit, and Cranio Creations named among ToyAwards 2020 winners at Spielwarenmesse

Five winners were revealed at this year’s ToyAwards, held at the Opening Show of the 71st edition of the Spielwarenmesse last night. Playmobil, Gollsnest & Kiesel, Silverlit Toys, Cranio Creations, and ESM Visions were each celebrated at the show where they were presented with the coveted ToyAwards in recognition of …

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Science4You picks up ToyAwards 2020 nomination for sustainable line Green Science

Science4You has been nominated for this year’s Toy Awards for Green Science, the first environmentally friendly, plastic free, ecological and biodegradable scientific toy. The Flagship product leverages on an ecologically conscious approach and – according to its UK distribution partner, Vivid and Goliath Games –  is set to be one …

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Board gaming continues to dominate Kickstarter as sector grows 6.8 per cent

Kickstarter’s tabletop gaming category has grown more than 6.8 per cent over the past 12 months to total $176.5m pledged to successful campaigns on the crowdfunding platform. The result has contributed to yet another year in which the sector has dominated the Kickstarter platform and paid a major contribution to …

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Spielwarenmesse reveals this year’s ToyAwards shortlist of finalists

Spielwarenmesse has released the shortlist of finalists for this year’s upcoming ToyAwards, spanning five categories that will each be presented at the Opening Show of the 71st Spielwarenmesse this week. For this year’s awards, 422 exhibitors entered a total of 772 innovations. In the digital preliminary round, the registered products …

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Chris Isitt steps down from VP and MD role at Rubie’s as firm welcomes Peter Warton

Chris Isitt is stepping down from his role as vice president of EMEA and Australia and managing director of Rubie’s Masquerade by the end of next month. Over his 22 year tenure with Rubie’s, Isitt has helped to build its international team as well as oversee major licensing portfolio acquisitions …

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The Pokémon World Championships is coming to London for the first time

The Pokémon World Championships is coming to London for the first time in its history in a move that underscores the continued popularity of the Pokémon brand here in the UK. The Pokémon Company International has now confirmed that thee Championships will be held at ExCeL London from August 14th …

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Spin Master lines up global licensing agreements for portfolio spanning Hatchimals, Bakugann Toca Life and Tech Deck

Spin Master has entered into strategic agreements with three international licensing agents in order to build out consumer product campaigns across its portfolio of brands, including Hatchimals, Bakugan, Toca Life, Zo Zo Zombie, Etch A Sketch, and Tech Deck. The global toy company has tapped WildBrain CPLG for EMEA, Tycoon …

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Mask-arade championed by shoppers as firm takes home the Feefo Gold Trusted Service award

Mask-arade has won the Feefo Gold Trusted Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by customers. Trusted Service is awarded to businesses that use Feefo to collect reviews and insights from their customer base. Businesses meeting the high standard – based …

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