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The Entertainer hits 172 UK stores as it prepares to open new Bath location

The Entertainer, the fastest-growing, family-owned high street toy retailer in the UK, is to launch a brand-new The Entertainer store in Bath. The doors will officially open on Saturday, December 14 this year, in time for the Christmas rush. Located at 1 New Orchard St, the Bath shop will boast …

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Barbie Store Fashion Pop Up extends contract at Liverpool One

The Barbie Store Fashion Pop Up, an exclusively opened fashion store from Mattel situated at Liverpool One, has extended its tenancy until Christmas Eve this year. The destination shopping spot that features a wardrobe of Barbie themed and inspired apparel and accessories, as well as exclusive in-store lines was opened …

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The Independent Toy and Gift Show champions sustainability with Wooden Toys theme for 2020

Indie retailers with a love of toys are being encouraged to “join the independent revolution” by joining the industry for the sustainability-focused Independent Toy and Gift Show taking place in April 2020. Renowned for being a ‘trade show with a difference,” the Independent Toy and Gift Show will once again …

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Putting neutral into gear: What’s the toy industry doing for gender inclusivity?

After some 60 years of dominating the fashion doll market with its Barbie brand – not without its fair share of controversies just as much as its successes – Mattel finally drew a firm line in the sand on the topic of gendered play last month, when it launched Creatable …

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FAO Schwarz is building out a worldwide licensing programme with Global Icons

The iconic trans-Atlantic toy retailer, FAO Schwarz is growing its global licensing activity thanks to a new agreement with Global Icons that will look to build brand licensing collaborations across experiential, fashion, food and drink, and infant markets. FAO Schwarz is the world-renowned 150 year old toy store that recently …

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Putting the magic into Brighton: “We have to deliver the flipping best customer service we can”

Plucked straight from the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley and landed halfway up Brighton’s Trafalgar St., one of the city’s many centralised shopping destinations, resides Oliver’s Brighton, an olde world trinket store, dedicated to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter franchise. Your guide among its shelves upon shelves of officially …

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Argos launches competition to win Frozen II toy bundle by reindeer delivery service

Argos is celebrating the release of the highly anticipated Disney Frozen II in cinemas later this month, with the launch of a reindeer delivery service to bring the magic of the movie to life. As part of a new competition, avid Frozen fans could stand to win a Frozen II …

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The Dream Toys Top 12 Toys for Christmas has been revealed

Silver screen royalty is driving the must-have toy wish lists this Christmas, as Disney’s Frozen II and Toy Story 4 make this year’s Dream Toys’ Top 12 Toys list. Joined by perennial favourites like Barbie, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol, this year’s Top 12 Toys list – issued by the …

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Mamas & Papas implements pre-pack administration to close six shops

Mamas & Papas is to close six shops and cut nearly 130 jobs, having narrowly dodged falling into full administration earlier this week. The Huddersfield-based baby and maternity retailer collapsed into administration on Friday, but was immediately bought back by the other firms controlled by Bluegem Capital, the retailer’s private …

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Trunki teams with Halfords to launch first Balance Bike and Scooters range

Trunki has partnered with Halfords to launch its first range of Trunki Balance Bikes and Scooters, a new line that can be ridden, towed, folded and carried. Designed by Rob Law, the brains behind the original Trunki ride-on suitcase concept, the products are available exclusively at Halfords. The partnership was brokered …

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