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New York Toy Fair 2020: Wicked Cool Toys to unveil Micro Machines Super Van City

Last year, Hasbro appointed Wicked Cool Toys as the global master toy licensee for the ’80s and ’90s hit brand, Micro Machines. This year, Wicked Cool Toys has revealed a first look at the brand’s new Super Van City. Available from autumn this year, Super Van City is the cornerstone …

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Marvel makes Kickstarter debut with powerful new project from CMON and Spin Master Games

Click the link and watch the money pour into this Kickstarter project before your very eyes, because for the first time, Marvel has taken to the crowdfunding platform to launch a new tabletop title. Developed by the team of experts at CMON, the project is called Marvel United, a game …

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Zuru highlights commitment to outdoor toys sector with Bunch O Balloons refresh

The award-winning toy manufacturer, Zuru, has underlined its commitment to the outdoor market this year, via a brand refresh for its popular Bunch O Balloons range. A successful global brand that has been awarded Top Outdoor Selling Toy for the last four years, Zuru has rejuvenated its Bunch-O-Balloons brand for …

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Coronavirus: Delayed re-opening of China’s factories will ‘have big impact on global economy’

Further delay to the reopening of the Chinese factories closed for quarantine over the coronavirus outbreak has stoked fears over the impact to be had upon the global economy. Across China, various provinces have posted different dates for an extended shutdown of operations and factories as the coronavirus outbreak continues …

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Kellytoy celebrates as global sales of Squishmallows surpass 50 million since launch

More than 50 million Squishmallows – the huggable plush line that was launched just two years ago – have now been sold across the globe, with ‘no signs of the demand slowing down,’ according to the product’s manufacturers. Kellytoy has detailed the success of the to line that has, to …

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Opinion: For the creator good – How the global toy industry is fostering talent and innovation

This week’s industry opinion comes from Steve Pasierb, CEO and Chairman of the Toy Association, and champion for the toy industry’s inventor, designer, and creative scene. He offers his insight on what the New York Toy Fair is delivering for the creative powers behind the industry.  Supporting global toy inventors …

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Mojo Nation launches first published title that will ‘teach anyone to invent board games and think creatively’

Aspiring toy and game inventors – or anyone with a flair for the creative – are going to want to take note, because Mojo Nation has just released its first published title that asserts it can teach anyone to invent a board game. Called The Snakes & Ladders of Creative …

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Sustainability is a “personal priority” for MGA boss as LOL Surprise Terracycle programme is extended to new countries

MGA Entertainment has extended its partnership with the international recycling company TerraCycle to include nine new countries in which its LOL Surprise Recycling efforts will be active. Under the expansion of the global project, MGA’s TerraCycle campaign will now reach Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, and the UK. …

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Kidicraft kicks off Spring Fair 2020 with first domestic jigsaw puzzle range

Spring Fair is in full swing for the puzzles specialist, Kidicraft, who has just launched its first range of domestic jigsaw puzzles with an assortment of 500-piece and 1000-piece puzzles. Puzzle images are from the Howard Robinson collection and include Flight of Fancy, Beneath the Waves, and Early Morning in …

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Mattel takes new strides towards diversity with latest Barbie Fashionistas line-up

Mattel has taken new strides towards diversity representation and inclusivity within its Barbie Fashionistas line with the release of a tranche of new additions to the line. A Barbie doll with no hair joins a line up that now includes a Barbie doll with vitiligo, a doll with a gold …

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