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Hornby Hobbies’ St Pancras pop-up is ‘just the start of major retail plans’

A pop-up Hornby Hobbies store located at London’s St Pancras station is just the first of many Hornby branded mini shops to be opening up in ‘high profile locations’ across the UK, the toy train and model specialist has confirmed. Speaking with ToyNews, the British heritage hobby brand has outlined …

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Toy and Game Conference 2019: Toy makers chase the billion dollar franchise, but retail leans on smaller companies

It was conflicting but not altogether left-field views that made up the discussion around the ‘State of Play’ between toy design, marketing and retail at last week’s Toy and Game Design Conference, as industry polars met on stage to talk about the ever-shifting dynamic. Fundamentally Children’s Dr Amanda Gummer chaired …

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Jazwares has reportedly made takeover bid for Jakks Pacific

Toymaker Jakks Pacific is said to have received a takeover offer from the owner of Jazwares amid a steep slide on its share prices this week. Reported by the LA Times and according to people close to the matter, Jazwares’ parent company, Alleghany Corp, made an offer to buy Jakks …

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Spin Master and TOMY among winners at 2019 Play Creators Awards

Spin Master, TOMY, and the team behind the Rubik’s Cage have been named among the worthy winners at this year’s Play Creators Awards – an award event for the toy design and inventor community held on the first night of Mojo Nation’s Play Creators Festival. Held at London’s Under the …

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Alpha Animation and toy and licensing personality Mark Slater-Hyndman passes away

Mark Slater-Hyndman, Alpha Animation’s UK and Ireland general manager, has died, having lost a long-fought battle with cancer. The much-loved industry personality was an active member of the licensing and toy community, notably his great work for the UK licensing fund-raising charity, The Light Fund, as well as the toy …

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Independent Toy Awards shows retail’s support of inclusivity but “there’s still a lot to do”

Among an extensive list of winners of this year’s Independent Toy Awards – the annual Awards voted for by the UK’s indie toy retail scene – praise has been handed to an evolving industry for its better adoption of inclusivity within the toy box. Comprising not only the usual industry …

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The nation’s toy retailers speak as the Independent Toy Awards winners are revealed

Marvin’s Magic, Winning Moves, Tobar, and Golden Bear are just some of the names to have picked up Gold in this year’s Independent Toy Awards, featuring among an extensive list of gold, silver and bronze finalists in a competition celebrating the best of the industry. Published by Toy Shop UK, …

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