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Hasbro turns to Voice technology for latest Monopoly edition

Board game fans will be able to hear the voice of Mr Monopoly for the first time ever, when Hasbro launches its new-audio driven Voice Banking edition of the popular title next month. A new, cashless spin on the iconic board game, Monopoly Voice Banking will come with a small …

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Connected Play Landscape grows 150 per cent as Collabsco reveals its 2019 outlook

The Connected Play Landscape is on a clear path of evolution, expanding a full 150 per cent (year to date 2018) to span upwards of 262 companies that now straddle the worlds of physical and digital play, according to research conducted by the tech-toy space specialists, Collabsco. One year on …

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Hasbro unveils The Lion King Mighty Roar Simba in its latest Disney collaboration

If you thought Hasbro’s Furreal range of doe-eyed animatronic characters couldn’t get any cuter, think again – because it’s only gone and pulled this little number off. The global toymaker has detailed a new partnership between its own Furreal brand and Disney’s The Lion King, to launch Disney’s The Lion …

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Play and Tech sector at heart of new direction for Autumn Fair 2019

Play and tech will be the topic of focus for the toy industry at this year’s Autumn Fair, as the show prepares to recalibrate and launch its new direction for 2019 and beyond. The NEC show will be unveiling a raft of new initiatives and changes this year, kicking off …

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Scalextric looks to redefine slot racing with newest tech advancements

Hornby Hobbies is looking to redefine the slot racing scene by launching the latest advancement in its Scalextric franchise. It’s called Spark Plug, and it may just be enough to reaffirm confidence in the connected play space. Spark Plug is an add-on device that works in tandem with a Scalextric …

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LEGO Boost and Star Wars partner for franchise first coding line

LEGO has unveiled the latest addition to its popular Star Wars, bringing the sci-fi franchise into its coding focused product line, LEGO Boost. This is the first time that the drag-and-drop LEGO Boost coding technology has been used in a LEGO licensed product, giving fans the chance to build three …

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Cozmo and Overdrive firm Anki ‘to lay off entire staff and close down business’

Anki, the robotics company behind the likes of Cozmo and Anki Overdrive is laying off its entire staff and shutting up shop, according to reports from The Verge and Recode. In a meeting on Monday morning, CEO of the US company, Boris Sofman told staff that all jobs would be …

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Panini’s new deal with Quidd “further establishes digital as mainstream way to collect”

Panini has reaffirmed its commitment to the digital collectables space via a new deal in the US that brings its NBA licensed trading cards and stickers to the popular Quidd app. The move, according to Quidd CEO and founder, Michael Bramlage, is a big step in “further establishing digital collecting …

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