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Hot Wheels and Barbie still lead Mattel’s Q2 growth as pre-school sees decline

Mattel might still be losing money, but things are looking far from over for the California-based toymaker who recently painted an optimistic picture with for its multi-year turnaround plans with its latest second quarter results. Net sales increased 2 per cent to $860.1 million compared to the $840.7 million in …

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Amazon unveils its top ten toys for Christmas 2019

Mattel’s Pictionary Air, John Adams’ Bank Attack Game, and Asmodee’s Harry Potter Dobble have been named among the family-favourites tipped to be Amazon’s best-sellers this Christmas. The online giant has released its own Top Ten Toys for Christmas this year, some 146 days out from the big event, with a …

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Moose Toys’ exclusive FAO Schwarz event sees Goo Goo Galaxy sell out in two hours

An exclusive launch event held at New York’s flagship FAO Schwarz toy shop for Moose Toys’ newest collectable line has been hailed a success, in which the new DIY slime toys sold out ‘within a matter of hours,’ according to reports from the store. Moose Toys is looking to maintain …

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Indie toy retailer Langleys to open second store in Chapelfield

The independent toy retailer, Langleys is opening a new store in the Chapelfield shopping centre this year, with the promise of ‘rivalling deals available on the internet.’ This will mark the second shop location for Langleys, an independent toy store that opened in Norwich some 140 years ago. Langleys currently …

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Toys R Us returns and its backers are ‘open to exporting the new model to Britain’

It’s been confirmed that the collapsed toy retail giant, Toys R Us is being revived just in time for the Christmas shopping period. The toy industry veteran, Richard Barry’s plans are looking to come to fruition, when Toys R Us returns to the US marketplace later this year, in a …

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EU Commission investigates Amazon over independent seller data use

Amazon has found itself at the centre of an investigation led by the European Commission into the online giant’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers that use its marketplace to sell. The Commission has stated that Amazon, as both a product seller and a marketplace, appears to be using …

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Craft Buddy sees ‘upbeat retailer reaction’ at UK trade open days event

Craft Buddy is celebrating the success of its sell-out trade open days event; a three day event that saw UK retailers flock to the company’s Buckinghamshire headquarters to get a first look at the firm’s newest ranges. According to Craft Buddy, visitors to the open days were “full of praise” …

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Oddbods is on “unbelievable growth trajectory” with slate of major global deals

The popular animated property, Oddbods is really ramping up its global activity this year, having just secured a major toy launch across Walmart Mexico, while stepping up its licensing game across Europe with the appointment of a new licensing agency in Planeta Junior. One Animation has taken steps to strengthen …

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Toy retail duo find success in Grantham with latest store opening

A toy retail double act and founders of the East Midlands Toy Company’s string of successful toy shops, has seen a strong start for its fourth and newest store to join its growing fleet. Wizard Toys became the latest site under James Colclough and Dave Westermen’s enterprise to open its …

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