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“The time to make toys responsibly is now,” says Junko’s Peter Rope

“It’s time to make toys more responsibly now, not in five or ten years’ time,” is the strong message to come from Peter Rope, the brains behind the eco-friendly arts and crafts construction toy brand, Junko. With the issues around the impact of single use plastics on the world around …

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“Very is our powerhouse” says CEO over ShopDirect rebrand

ShopDirect is rebranding to The Very Group this year, it has been declared by the group chief executive Henry Birch at this year’s Retail Week Live. Birch was talking at the opening day of the show which is currently taking place at the O2 Intercontinental in London, where he confirmed …

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The Entertainer partners Animaccord for Masha and the Bear spring retail campaign

High street toy retailer, The Entertainer has detailed its spring retail campaign for 2019, partnering with Animaccord for an exclusive Masha and the Bear initiative. The partnership kicked off this week, and will run until late April. Throughout the campaign, The Entertainer will bring branded Masha and the Bear display …

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Funskool’s exports to surge 50 per cent as Indian toymakers profit from US-China trade war

The Indian toy manufacturer, Funskool is eyeing significant growth for its export business this year, thanks to the launch of its newest facility in Ranipet, India. The firm, that manufactures its own toy brands from its headquarters in Chennai and distributes brands such as Hasbro, Disney and Takara Tomy across …

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1939 Games secures $3.6 million for digital collectable cards game

The indie game studio 1939 Games has just secured $3.6 million in funding to continue development of its digital collectable card game, Kards. A tech specialist with a passion for the history of WWII, Kards aims to bring an ‘authentic and premium experience to gamers,’ and can be played on …

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IKEA and Barnardo’s partner for Toy Stor-age points initiative

Swedish retailer, IKEA has formed an alliance with the UK children’s charity, Barnardos to encourage kids and families to donate their old and unused toys to those in need. Results of a recent survey carried out by the retailer reveal that British children play with only ten per cent of …

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Heidi gets a Playmobil makeover as toy firm details first licensed lines

The titular hero of the popular animated children’s series, Heidi, has found herself immortalised in Playmobil fashion, thanks to a licensing partnership between the toy brand and the series’ production studio, Studio 100. Studio 100 Media/m4e has signed an extensive licensing agreement with Brandstätter Stiftung for the worldwide rights – …

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Hit YouTube channel ChuChu TV makes play for toy space with Brandgenuity

The smash hit YouTube channel ChuChu TV is making its move for the toy industry, having named Brandgenuity its licensing agent for North America. The appointment was made by the digital brand’s master global licensing agent, Dream Theatre. Together, Dream Theatre and Brandgenuity have detailed their plans to expand the …

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Opinion: Is it game on for Panini and Topps this football season?

Greg Lansdowne is a freelance writer and communications professional, specialising in the collectables industry. An avid collector, his professional interest began when he wrote Stuck on You – The Rise and Fall of Panini Stickers in 2014. It’s a big year that lies ahead in the world of collectable trading …

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