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Kidicraft magics up Harry Potter 3D puzzles in new Warner Bros partnership

Kidicraft has been handed the exclusive distribution rights to a range of Harry Potter themed 3D jigsaw puzzles for both the UK and Republic of Ireland. The move comes as Warner Bros Consumer Products continues to roll-out licensing partnerships for its blockbuster Wizarding World of Harry Potter franchise, that now …

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Panini’s new deal with Quidd “further establishes digital as mainstream way to collect”

Panini has reaffirmed its commitment to the digital collectables space via a new deal in the US that brings its NBA licensed trading cards and stickers to the popular Quidd app. The move, according to Quidd CEO and founder, Michael Bramlage, is a big step in “further establishing digital collecting …

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Gaming sector pulls in $1bn in backer pledges on Kickstarter since 2009

Gaming has been big business for Kickstarter for some time now, but this week the crowdfunding platform revealed some rather impressive figures. As a collective sector, gaming has now brought in over $1billion in donation to creators since 2009, with pledges made by some 3.2 million people who have backed …

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USAopoly strikes first Star Wars deal with Disney

The board game and puzzle publisher, USAopoly has finally got its hands on the Star Wars license, thanks to a nw partnership with Disney Consumer Products that will see the company launch a raft of themed games into Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The initial Star Wars line-up from …

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Transformers and Magic: The Gathering help Hasbro shake-off the Toys R Us effect

The Transformers franchise and the tabletop phenomenon Magic: The Gathering have helped Hasbro to first quarter profit as the global toymaker’s revenues exceed forecasts. Net revenues have jumped two per cent from one year ago to hit $732.5 million, marking the first of such increase in six consecutive quarters. The …

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Spin Master wins Bakugan patent case against infringing Chinese company

Toymaker and children’s entertainment company, Spin Master has won its patent case against the Chinese firm Suzhou Hongstu Film Animation over its Bakugan property. The Canadian toy firm succeeded in its claim that Hongstu had infringed Spin Master’s Bakugan patent with its derivative Sky Warriors toys. In September 2017, Hongtu launched …

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LEGO launches new bricks to help visually impaired children learn Braille

LEGO is launching a new line of bricks to help blind and visually impaired children learn to read Braille in a new pilot programme from The LEGO Foundation. The LEGO Braille Bricks product is aiming to be inclusive, meaning sighted teachers and students can use the bricks together with visually …

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Walls Ice Cream gets its own puzzle as Gibsons details latest releases

Gibsons is launching seven new jigsaws this season, looking to the current demand for nostalgia in the puzzling space as the company itself celebrates its own 100th anniversary. The puzzling company is celebrating Britain’s love of Walls ice cream this summer, with a look at the famed brand’s rich history …

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PS4’s bestselling God of War gets tabletop treatment in new card game

The 3.1 million best-selling PS4 title, God of War is making its way to the realms of tabletop gaming, thanks to the efforts of the card and board game specialist, CMON. God of War: The Card Game follows the 2018 reboot of the PlayStation franchise and sees players take control …

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Dangerous toys ‘could flood the UK’ after Brexit if EU Safety Gate system is blocked, says Which?

Dangerous cars, electrical goods and toys could flood into the UK after Brexit unless the government reforms the current “failing” safety enforcement system, the consumer group Which? said today. The group has said that UK consumers will be ‘vulnerable to delays in spotting and dealing with unsafe products’ if access …

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