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Mojo Nation moves this year’s Play Creators Festival dates

Mojo Nation’s Play Creators Festival has been moved to one week earlier than previously announced, now kicking off in early September. The three day festival is designed to bring together some of the brightest design talent to share ideas, inspire creativity and help companies of all sizes and specialities uncover …

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Barbie strikes up new fashion and doll collaboration with BAPE

Mattel’s fashion icon, Barbie is continuing to roll out the 60th anniversary celebrations with the launch of a new apparel collaboration with the fashion brand, BAPE. The deal will roll out across Japan, UK, the US and France. Under the new partnership, three-limited edition BAPE x Barbie dolls with BAPE …

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Kickstarter project Solar City bankrupted as ‘CEO flees country’

The team behind a Kickstarter backed board game set in a sustainable future of 2035 has fallen into disarray following the disappearance of its president. Games Factory secured just over $95,000 in June last year for its tabletop title Solar City, a sci-fi board game that puts players in charge …

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New Fortnite Battle Royale collectables to be unveiled at Birmingham’s Insomnia Gaming Event

A swathe of new mini-figures and play-sets in the Fortnite Battle Royale Collection will be revealed to the public with a Battle Bus “airdrop” experience at the Insomnia Gaming Event in Birmingham this week. Visitors to the Fortnite Battle Royale Collection stand on Friday, April 19th will be the first …

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Lisle Licensing to grow new animated series 44 Cats in the UK

The international content and animation studio, Rainbow has tapped Lisle Licensing to grow its new music-driven animation, 44 Cats across the UK. The move has been billed as a “fantastic addition” to the Lisle Licensing portfolio as the firm’s director, Francesca Lisle looks to build out its portfolio of licensees …

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Tabletop tech? “We’re only scratching the surface”

Zai Ortiz and Nolan Bushnell are heavyweights in the world of film and gaming with a common goal; to deliver immersive storytelling through board games, the likes we’ve never seen before. That’s the aim of X2 Games, and that’s what its first release, St Noire is capturing with Amazon Alexa …

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Popin is bringing eco-friendly playgrounds into the home with new launch

A team of toy developers is launching a new eco-friendly indoor playground for children and families living in urban areas with limited space for toys and play. Popin has today released details of Popin Playground, an indoor playground made from recycled materials that expand into full-sized play equipment, and folds …

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The Good Toy Guide partners with Scandinavian Toy Institute in latest expansion

The Good Toy Guide is joining forces with the Scandinavian Toy Institute to bring its Good Toy certification and brand support to toy makers across the region. The new partnership will enable toy manufacturers to gain the Scandinavian body’s certification if their products carry documented play and learning values. An …

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Improving rights of children in toy-making business is regulator’s next mission

The Ethical Toy Program has made a move to advance the rights of children of migrant workers in the global toy industry through a new partnership with Save the Children. This new partnership will broaden well-being programmes to support migrant parent workers and launches a webinar series exploring innovation, opportunities …

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TIE calls out illegal traders and online platforms as fake toys top EU’s Safety Gate list of concerns

Fake toys have topped the list of concerns presented within a European report warning consumers about dangerous goods and products across the region. A total of 655 public alerts for toys were submitted on the Europe-wide warning system known as the EU Safety Gate last year, with toys from illegal …

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