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Opinion: In times of anxiety, I turn to board games and puzzles – Rachel Lowe

As ToyNews readies to celebrate the explosively exciting and ever-innovative board games and puzzles scene in its April issue – available to read online now – we give the floor to Rachel Lowe, MBE, as she delves into the reasons why in a time of global crisis, there’s a lot …

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ZAG bolsters its global licensing and merchandising team

The global independent animation studio, ZAG has appointed a robust team of experienced executives to expand the company’s licensing and merchandising business. Kirk Bloomgarden will serve as head of consumer products, Rebekah Belzer joins as senior director, licensing and merchandising, North America, and Eva Rodriguez will serve as director, Latin …

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Hexbug welcomes Gareth Jones as its new UK sales manager

Gareth Jones has joined Hexbug as the firm’s new UK sales manager, bringing with him some 30 years of experience in the toy and gift sector, as Hexbug continues to push forwards it plans to reinvigorate the brand with new product ranges. Prior to his appointment, Jones has most recently …

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Sponsored post – Aardvark Swift: The influencer marketing landscape is changing

Influencing shopping habits and purchasing decisions is the core of what retail marketing is all about. Over the last few years, there has been more focus on the role of influencers within marketing strategies.  Whether that be through unboxing videos, reviews or boosted brand visibility across social platforms; the influencer …

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MGA Entertainment promotes Martin J Elliott to chief financial officer as Stephen Schultz steps down

MGA Entertainment has promoted Martin J. Elliott to the role of chief financial officer effective immediately, succeeding Stephen Schultz who is stepping down but will maintain an advisory role at the firm until the end of the year. In his new position, Elliott will report directly to CEO and founder …

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Flair Just Play bolsters marketing team with appointment of Charlotte Rodgers

Flair Just Play has welcomed a new member to the marketing team in the form of Charlotte Rodgers who is taking up the role of marketing manager for the Just Play brands portfolio. Under her remit will be Just Play portfolio brands such as PJ Masks, Hairdorables, and Spirit Riding …

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Opinion: Peter Jenkinson and the sustainability of play

This week’s industry opinion comes from Toyologist and industry expert, Peter Jenkinson who talks us through his observations of sustainability in the toy industry following this year’s Toy Fair season. Without doubt the biggest effect on the planet over the past couple of years has been that of the Attenborough… …

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Disney boss Bob Iger steps down as chief executive as Bob Chapek is promoted

Disney boss Bob Iger is stepping down from his role as chief executive with the studio. Disney has said that it has appointed Bob Chapek – the man previously responsible for the company’s parks and products division – to replace the longstanding Iger. Having led Disney through several blockbuster acquisitions …

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Jens Nygaard Knudsen, inventor of the LEGO Minifigure dies aged 78

Jens Nygaard Knudsen, the inventor of LEGO’s iconic minifigures, has died at the age of 78. Nygaard Knudsen worked on creating the Danish toymaker’s popular mini characters – a design that has gone on to achieve global recognition and fandom – back in the 1970s, before the toy was launched …

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WIT unveils its 2020 Wonder Women Awards Winners at 16th Annual event during New York Toy Fair

Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT) revealed the winners of its 2020 Wonder Women Awards at a sold-out event over this year’s New York Toy Fair, marking the 16th Annual event for the group. The global organisation focused on advancing women working in toys, licensing and the entertainment, also …

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