Tag Archives: Games

Preschool series tackling depression and anxiety in kids eyes toys and games with Bulldog Licensing

The BAFTA-winning children’s television production house, Sixteen South has signed Bulldog Licensing as its global licensing agency for Odo, the new preschool series scheduled to premiere on Channel 5’s Milkshake this summer and KiKA later this year. Aimed at kids aged three to five, Odo is designed to teach young …

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Creative Play Awards 2021 now open for entries as the event returns for the 14th year running

The Creative Play Awards 2021 is now open for entries, recognising the best creative toys, games, books, and resources available for young children, and supporting learning through creative play. Despite the challenges of last year, the awards witnessed a record number of entries received in 2020, encouraging high hopes for …

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Claws and Effect | The continued expansion of Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens burst onto the scene in 2015 when it set records as the most backed game on Kickstarter to date. Six years later, the kittens’ explosion is still expanding with ten games to the portfolio and 45 countries on its roster. ToyNews talks to Exploding Kittens’ director of international …

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SoapBox Labs unveils new voice tech to enhance child’s play and interaction with smart toys

A team behind the development of safe and secure voice technology for children, SoapBox Labs, has unveiled new features to its tech that give kids a ‘more natural and frictionless’ way to interact with their games, apps, and smart toys using their voices. Until now, features such as Voice Activity …

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Gibsons to star in ITV’s Made in Britain, a behind-the-scenes series documenting the UK’s iconic brands

The independent jigsaw puzzle and board game company, Gibsons, is to play a starring role in this week’s episode of ITV’s Made in Britain, a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the country’s most iconic brands are made. Having been approached by the production company, Daisybeck Studios last autumn, the …

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Cartamundi lands John Lewis partnership for Shuffle Junior new range, Into the Wild

Cartamundi’s popular Shuffle Junior portfolio is expanding, with the launch of a new range of games under the Into the Wild banner, each designed to aid cognitive, fine motor, and recognition development in youngsters. The new range spans five different games that are each aimed at helping kids develop their …

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Stateside | US online retailer CAMP launches first e-commerce platform for children to shop

The US online retail, media, and family experience company, CAMP has launched the first e-commerce platform geared towards children, allowing kids to ‘shop safely online’ and spend cash given to them by their parents on presents to send to friends and family. Called Present Shop, the platform allows kids aged …

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Sales hot up for Vivid Goliath’s The Floor is Lava with numbers already outpacing last year

Vivid Goliath has witnessed ‘huge growth in sales’ this year for its latest children’s playground activity-turned family gaming title, The Floor is Lava, having seen a spike driven by the game’s latest celebrity Instagram endorsement. Launched for autumn/winter last year, The Floor is Lava was well-received across its retail channels. …

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Funko achieves record first quarter as net sales grow 38 per cent

Funko has seen record first quarter net sales increases across both its US and European markets, reflecting what the pop culture specialist has cited as ‘broad-based strength across geographies, products, and channels.’ Net sales grew 38 per cent to $189.2 million compared to $136.7 million in the first quarter of …

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World Book eyes toys, games, puzzles, and science kits move with JRL Group

The Chicago-based international book publisher, World Book, is looking is making its move into the toys, games, puzzles, and science kits space with the appointment of the brand licensing agency, JRL Group. Under the partnership, JRL Group will develop a strategic licensing programme that leverages the global recognition of World …

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