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Conflicted and terrified | Toy retail and gaming events approach ‘Freedom Day’ with caution and confusion

With Government plans full steam ahead to lift all Covid restrictions on July 19th, despite evidence of rising cases, the discordantly named Freedom Day has left toy and game communities at odds with the change in approach to health and safety this summer. This week has seen major events in …

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Licensing Expo Virtual details ‘most robust educational agenda to date’ ahead of next month’s online event

Retail education, sustainability clinics, and a keynote from senior executives from Warner Bros. Consumer Products make up just a fraction of the agenda for this year’s Licensing Expo Virtual, taking place August 24th to 26th in an online format. Celebrating 40 years… yes, 40, of connecting IP owners with retailers, …

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Watch | Full trailer for Netflix’s final Transformers installment War for Cybertron: Kingdom lands

The full trailer for the third and final part of Netflix’s animated Transformers series, Transformers: War for Cybertron: Kingdom has landed. War for Cybertron: Kingdom introduces a line up of characters from the popular Beast Wars spin-off as the race to locate the missing AllSpark leads Optimus Prime, the Autobots, …

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Willi Zapf, former Zapf Creation owner, passes away aged 83

With great sadness, the Zapf Creation team shares the news that the company’s former owner Willi Zapf passed away on 30 June 2021 at the age of 83. In a statement issued this morning, the Zapf Creation team said that “Willi will be remembered as a committed and optimistic entrepreneur …

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Thames & Kosmos | “Tech and gadget toys continue to rise in popularity”

With demand for STEM and science kits still unabating, driven by parents keen to deliver their children an educational alternative to screen time and a lift in interest in all things to do with space exploration among young audiences, Thames & Kosmos is primed for continued growth here in the …

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Nerd is the word | The Insights Family explores the UK’s booming Kidult market

Jurassic Park and Transformers mash-ups, LEGO sets exploring themes of travel, history, science – and iconic worlds of science fiction, of course – and a healthy gaming scene that simply continues to expand and capture new audiences; the toy space is no longer one bound by age restrictions. Here, The …

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Rocket Licensing | “There’s real opportunity to make retail an experience and destination again”

Article from ToyNews sister title, Licensing.biz For those of the industry who tuned into the special licensing panel discussion at this year’s London Book Fair, albeit in its digital format, you’d have caught Rocket Licensing’s join managing director, Rob Wijeratna waxing lyrical on the virtues of Eric Carle’s The Very …

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Sustainability in Licensing | The Insights Family: “Kids are becoming leaders in sustainable consumption”

Children’s consumption habits are changing and a new generation of consumers are looking to become leaders in shopping sustainably, is the message to emerge from day one of two of this week’s Sustainability in Licensing Conference. An opening presentation given by The Insights Family’s chief product officer, Jonathan Watson, highlighted …

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Moose Toys launches Akedo Ultimate Arcade Warriors its next ‘global action franchise mega hit’

Moose Toys is delivering a knockout new launch this summer and its ‘biggest boys’ launch to date’ with the arrival of Akedo – Ultimate Arcade Warriors, a battling action figure series that will launch with a new animated series, a licensing programme managed by WildBrain CPLG, and a special tournament …

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Disney confirms it’s in ‘consultation with group of UK Stores’ over closures

Disney has confirmed that it is holding consultations with an initial group of stores in the UK about their closure in its first official acknowledgement of speculation that all but its flagship London store was to shut up shop in the UK. Rumours have been circulating that Disney has been …

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