Product Development

Zimpli Kids to utilise some UK production capacity for hand sanitiser

As an established UK manufacturer, Zimpli Kids has decided to quickly switch some of its UK production capacity to manufacturing high quality alcohol based hand sanitisers. Current demand for hand sanitiser has resulted in a shortage worldwide prompting Zimpli Kids to manufacture 60ml bottles of 62.5 per cent alcohol based …

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Opinion: Is the Wild West about to be tamed? – Fanattik’s Anthony Marks

Anthony Marks is MD of Fanattik a pop culture specialist, a gifts and collectibles licensee for 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, and Paramount Pictures. He talks us through why the days of the Comic Con counterfeiter may just be numbered As a self-confessed geek I have no problem admitting that I have …

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Nintendo helps LEGO reinvent its traditional building system with LEGO Super Mario

The LEGO Group and Nintendo have shed light on the teased partnership that got the rumour mills spinning at the start of this week with the reveal of a new building system that brings Super Mario into the physical LEGO world. Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based …

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Government to introduce tax on plastics in packaging in new Budget to ‘tackle scourge of plastic waste’

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has outlined the government’s plans to increase taxes on pollution, with the introduction of a new tax on plastic packaging. From April 2022, manufacturers and importers will be charged £200 per tonne on packaging made of anything less than 30 per cent recycled …

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Craft Buddy makes toy market debut with the launch of its Frameables range

The arts and crafts brand, Craft Buddy is expanding into the toy market with the launch of Frameables, its first product designed specifically for children. Frameables makes use of the firm’s popular Crystal Art format for a range of crafting products that have been designed to help children develop motor …

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Theo Paphitis’ #SBS Small Business Sunday partners with Autumn Fair for 2020

The online business community #SBS Small Business Sunday, founded by the entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, is once again teaming up with Autumn Fair for 2020, following a run of successful partnerships across 2018 and 2019. #SBS began in 2010 and has seen hundreds of small businesses tweet Paphitis every week to …

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Toy safety firm SGS to host free webinar on EU standards for electronic toys

The product safety specialist, SGS Services is to host an informative webinar session to explore the EU Standards and Regulations for electronic toys for the market today. In its aim to help toy manufacturers, importers and retailers ensure their electrical and electronic (EE) toys are safe and compliant for European …

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Consumer products development underway for Netflix’s newest pre-school series Buddi

Work is underway in the licensing efforts surrounding the newest early pre-school series to land on Netflix, Buddi – co-developed by the kids’ programming legend, Keith Chapman – with a consumer products programme led by the licensing expert Valerie Fry. Chapman – the much-loved name behind the likes of PAW …

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Opinion: The Easterly winds and why there’s plenty to be optimistic about – Steve Reece

This week’s industry opinion comes from Steve Reece, an expert toy and game industry consultant at Kids Brand Insight and Toy Team India. In this latest dose of industry insight, Reece talks us through why there’s still much to be excited about from the toy industry – once all of this blows …

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Toybox Labs signs deal with Beano Studios for 3D printed toys

The kids 3D printing platform, Toybox Labs, has licensed a cast of Beano Studios’ characters in a groundbreaking new deal that brings the first premium toys to the Toybox platform. The agreement means that kids and fans will now be able to download and print their favourite Beano characters from …

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