Retail

Pokémon’s 25th birthday celebrations continue with Selfridges toy-space takeovers

The Pokémon Company International has taken over part of Selfridges’ toy space in three UK stores. The pop-up activation, which launched on December 13 and will run until the end of January, forms part of the final celebrations of the yearlong celebration of the brand’s 25th anniversary. Special branded areas …

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Toys”R”Us to open US flagship store with two-storey slide and ice-cream parlour

WHP Global, the parent company of Toys”R”Us, is to open a new two-storey flagship store inside New Jersey retail centre American Dream. The store, set to open in mid December, will be the first US Toys”R”Us flagship store and will feature a modern two-level retail concept that spans 20,000 square feet. …

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Very Neko lands Disney Dumbo Funko Pop! exclusive  

Fans of Disney’s Dumbo can now register to get their hands on a limited-edition Dumbo Funko Pop!, exclusively at Very Neko.  The latest addition to the Funko Pop! range features the loveable circus elephant submerged in a bubble bath.   Priced at £12.99 and set to be released in March 2022, the unique Dumbo Funko Pop! is expected to be hugely …

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Orchard Toys announces European distribution agreement with Tomy

Leading educational games and jigsaws manufacturer Orchard Toys has confirmed a distribution agreement with Tomy to support its plans to expand the Orchard Toys brand within GAS, Belgium and France. Partnering with Tomy will ensure continued support of existing retail opportunities as well as the development of major businesses within …

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Black Friday footfall up, but high street loses out to shopping centres

According to retail experts Springboard, footfall across UK retail destinations rose by +2% last week from the week before. However, this was driven by shopping centres, which increased by +6.5%, and retail parks, which increased by +4.9%, while footfall in high streets declined by -1.5%. The latest insight from Springboard …

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Outdoor Toys acquired by Gartenhaus

3i Group plc has announced that A-Z Gartenhaus GmbH, a digital leader in garden homes, sheds, saunas and related products in northern Europe, has acquired toy retailer Outdoor Toys. As part of the transaction, 3i will invest c.€56m of additional capital. Founded in 2006 by James Owen and based in Wales, …

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shopDisney releases Encanto collection

The highly anticipated Disney movie Encanto – featuring original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda – was released on 24 November in cinemas, and fans can now take home a little of the movie’s magic with shopDisney’s latest collection. Encanto is the tale of a young Colombian girl (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz) who …

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Kevin the Carrot plush toys return to Aldi today

Aldi has announced the return of its fan favourite plush toy, Kevin the Carrot, and a host of new friends – including special guest Marcus Radishford. This year’s Aldi Christmas advert is a take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and follows the story of Christmas-hating Ebanana Scrooge, who is …

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Disguise’s Funko Pop! masks out in time for Christmas

Leading costume design and manufacturing company Disguise, Inc. has announced that its complete line of Funko Pop! Masks is available on Amazon just in time for the holidays. Disguise’s Funko Pop! Masks are oversized masks that capitalise on the iconic aesthetic of Pop! and feature top characters from leading licensors …

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Black Friday: nearly three quarters of a billion pounds of goods expected to arrive damaged

Nearly three quarters of a billion pounds’ worth of goods sold to Brits during the 2021 Black Friday period are expected to arrive damaged, according to new research from leading sustainable packaging supplier DS Smith. A third of Brits plan to take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday …

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