Retail

FAO Schwarz opens in Milan with dedicated FUNKO space

The first continental-European store of FAO Schwarz has opened in Piazza Cordusio, in the heart of Milan. Funko Europe has collaborated with FAO Schwarz to create a 14 sq m space within the store with iconic Funko touches and exclusive products. The Funko offering will be dialling up its endless categories …

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The Entertainer announces its biggest ever Santa’s Grotto for 2021

The UK’s fastest-growing, family-owned high street toy retailer, The Entertainer, has teamed up with Mattel to deliver its biggest ever Santa’s grotto experience this Christmas. Groups will be invited to Santa’s grotto digitally and will be given a virtual tour of his North Pole home. This will include the kitchen …

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Cartamundi seals WH Smith Travel deal for iconic Bicycle playing cards

The Bicycle brand of playing cards is now available in WHSmith Travel stores, highlighting the brand’s rapid expansion in the UK and putting the brand firmly on track to become the number-one playing card in the UK as well as the USA. Bicycle playing cards are the most widely used …

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Spin Master set to make waves with new Mermaid High fashion dolls and content series

Global children’s entertainment company Spin Master is making a splash with the debut of Mermaid High, a collection of fashion dolls with accompanying animated digital content and a vlog-style series. To introduce Mermaid High, Californian singer-songwriter Claire Rosinkranz will perform the Mermaid High theme song plus four of her own original songs on …

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Walmart Announces 2021 return of ‘Black Friday Deals for Days’

US retail giant Walmart has announced the return of its month-long savings event, Black Friday Deals for Days. This year, paying Walmart+ members will receive early access to online Black Friday events throughout November – an opportunity to shop all the same deals four hours earlier than the scheduled start times for all three events. “We continue …

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E-commerce platform OnBuy announces strategic partnership with Hermes

Online marketplace OnBuy.com has partnered with Hermes to offer both vendors and customers “seamless and trusted end to end service”. Founded in the UK in 2016 by Cas Paton, OnBuy has established itself in the eCommerce sector as a pure online marketplace that doesn’t compete with retailers, offering a “fair …

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The Retail Trust launches new fundraising appeal after demand soars by nearly 90%

Industry charity the Retail Trust has begun a fundraising appeal after demand for its services for retail workers rose by nearly 90 per cent due to Covid-19. It is calling on people to support the appeal by walking, running, swimming or cycling four miles, donating a minimum of £4 and …

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Have a creepy crawly Christmas: HEXBUG launches new additions to popular STEM toy range

Just in time for those festive wish lists, HEXBUG has made an upgrade to its collectable JunkBots range and added a host of new products to its Mobots and Micro Robotics Creatures ranges of creepy-crawly robotic toys. The latest products are: MoBot Speed Shot: RRP £24.99. Age 5+ HEXBUG Wasp: RRP £19.99. Age …

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EzyRoller appoints Evolving Sports as sole UK distributor

EzyRoller – the fun sit-down ride-on toy that “combines the control of a bike and the fun of a scooter”, has appointed Evolving Sports (EVO) as its sole UK distributor partner to the trade. Suitable for kids aged from 2 and up, the multi award-winning EzyRoller moves like a snake, …

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The LEGO Group launches RMS Titanic

The LEGO Group has revealed an authentic replica of the most famous ship of all time, the RMS Titanic. For the first time, fans can now recreate the luxury liner in detailed LEGO brick form, 110 years since it was launched in Belfast in 1911. The LEGO Titanic is one …

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