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80% of global toy market ‘still not answering the call for better sustainability,’ says new whitepaper

Despite the increase in awareness and consumer demand for better sustainability within the global toy industry, a startling 81 per cent of the market remains unmoved by the call to improve their commitment to the cause. A new whitepaper produced to support the industry on its quest for sustainability has …

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Autumn Fair will be implementing Covid-19 status checks when doors open this September

Autumn Fair has introduced Covid-19 status checks for all attendees on arrival at the show this year, as it prepares to open its doors for the first time in 18 months since the pandemic hit, this September 5th to 8th. The show’s organiser has also updated its Safe & Secure …

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GP Flair names Julia Cake its new UK Country Manager

Julia Cake has been named the new UK Country Manager of the Surrey-based Flair PLC, following news that Simon Hedge is leaving his role as managing director this week. The former commercial director and manager of Magic Box UK brings with her 20 years of toy experience, having held previous …

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The London Toy Company reveals its first TfL train sets made from recyclable plastic

The London Toy Company has lifted the lid on its venture into new toy categories this year, with the launch of its Transport for London licensed train set and trains, all made from recyclable plastic. The new launch marks the first time that The London Toy Company has entered the …

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Mattel sees Q2 sales hit $1.03bn as EMEA growth outpaces the toy industry

The global toy maker, Mattel has seen its Q2 2021 net sales increase 40 per cent on last year, with particular success across EMEA where the firm’s growth has exceeded the industry by 11 percentage points. Mattel bosses have billed it ‘another exceptional quarter’ having witnessed ‘outstanding consumer demand for …

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Hasbro sees second quarter sales surge 54 per cent amid an “excellent Q2 2021”

Hasbro has seen its second quarter sales surge 54 per cent to $1.32 billion over what has been billed as ‘an excellent quarter’ with increases across its consumer products division and Wizards of the Coast and Digital Gaming segments. Revenues increased 54 per cent versus the second quarter of last …

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Crayola and OceanX | “We’re encouraging partnerships to have a profound impact on supporting our planet”

The global non-profit ocean exploration organisation, OceanX has expressed its hope that its new partnership with the children’s arts and crafts brand, Crayola, will inspire more collaboration between brands and conservation groups. The pair joined forces earlier this month to launch a new range of crafts kits to the US …

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Natasha Crookes steps down from BTHA role to launch PR and public affairs consultancy

Natasha Crookes, the director of public affairs and communications with the British Toy and Hobby Association, is stepping down from her role this October to set up her own PR and public affairs consultancy. Crookes first joined the BTHA in 2002 as Deputy Toy Fair organiser, taking over the head …

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Obituary | Peter Lockey, co-founder of The Puppet Company

It is with great sadness that ToyNews reports that Peter Lockey, co-founder and director of The Puppet Company, passed away on July 1st 2021, following a six month battle with a brain tumour. Founded by Peter and his wife, Sue, The Puppet Company was established in 2001 with the aim …

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China Shipping Crisis | The Entertainer urges consumers to get their Christmas shopping early

With shipping from China reaching a crisis point that has seen costs skyrocket to all time highs amid a shortage of containers within the global supply chain, the UK’s independent toy retailer, The Entertainer is making its message to the consumer clear. Costs, shortages, and delays have hamstrung companies across …

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