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Britains makes £10,000 donation to Farms for City Children charity

Britains – Europe’s oldest specialist in agricultural toys and collectables – continues to celebrate its 100 year anniversary by giving back to the industry, this time to the tune of a £10,000 donation to the educational charity, Farms for City Children. Founded in 1976, Farms for City Children offers school …

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Toynamics UK appoints Mark Morgan as new area sales manager for the south

Toynamics UK and Ireland has appointed Mark Morgan as its new area sales manager for the south of the UK, tapped to handle the sales for its popular portfolio of brands spanning Hape, Skip Hop, Timio, DinosArt, Nebulous Stars, and Nanoblock. Morgan joins the team with a wealth of experience …

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Hasbro taps Gabrielle Sims to head up softlines for its UK consumer products business

The well respected licensing executive, Gabrielle Sims is joining Hasbro’s UK licensed consumer products team as its new head of softlines business. She will bring her wealth of industry experience to the new role, garnered from her more than 15 years across some of the biggest agencies. Sims joins the …

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University Games welcomes account manager trio to the sales team ahead of Autumn Fair

University Games and The Lagoon Group are strengthening their successful sales team to the tune of three with the appointment of Stephen Woodman, Kim Steward, and Sally Irwin. The triple hire has been made ahead of Autumn Fair next week. Woodman (pictured left) joins the outfit as account manager for …

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The Toy Project partners with Attic Self Storage on weekly toy collection service for London’s children in need

The London based self-storage company, Attic Self Storage, has partnered with the children’s charity, The Toy Project to run a weekly toy collection service across the UK’s capital to encourage families to donate their unwanted toys to children in need. The initiative has been stoked in a move to offer …

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Playmonster’s Bob Wann among four industry icons to join the Toy Industry Hall of Fame

Playmonster’s CEO, Bob Wann has joined a line-up of esteemed toy industry names – including Jim Pressman, the former president of Pressman Toy Corporation, and the creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, the late Johnny Gruelle – to be inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame. This year’s list …

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Women in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment welcomes six new Board members

Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment has elected six new members to its Board of Directors for 2021, with executives from the likes of Mattel, ViacomCBS, and Warner Bros joining the board. Four candidates were elected in January 2021 to serve their first term. Amy Thompson, EVP and chief people …

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The LEGO Foundation and KIRKBI offer $15.7m to support children in Haiti and Afghanistan

The LEGO Foundation and the LEGO Group’s owners, KIRKBI have offered up 100 million Danish Kroner – the equivalent to $15.7m – to support vulnerable children in Haiti and Afghanistan with partners Unicef, the UN Refugee Agency, and Education Cannot Wait. Through the pledge, 30 million DKK will go to …

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Obituary | Former national account controller at MV Sports, Stuart Crawford

It is with great sadness that ToyNews reports that the popular industry figure, Stuart Crawford passed away on Thursday, August 19th, aged 69, following a prolonged and debilitating illness. Having worked for over 40 years in the toy industry, Stuart retired from his role at MV Sports in 2019 following …

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Obituary | Those Licensing People founder and MD, Russell Dever

The vivacious and engaging founder of licensing agency, Those Licensing People, Russell Dever (aged 62), passed away on 11th August having sadly taken his own life after a long battle with depression. Renowned for his passion in children’s entertainment and content, his affection for the genre led him to found the …

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