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Spin Master’s COO and CIO step down in ‘senior leadership shake up’

Spin Master’s global president, chief operating officer, and board director, Ben Gadbois is stepping down from his role at the Canadian toymaker, effective immediately. He is joined by Bill Hess, executive vice president, global operations and chief information officer, in a series of leadership changes that Spin Master says is …

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Mark Hamill and Lena Headey lead all-star voice cast for Mattel’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Mattel Television and Netflix have revealed the cast of the upcoming Netflix anime series, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, a new series based in the iconic He-Man, Skeletor, Teela, and cast of classic characters. The series is being produced by Mattel Television with Adam Bonnett (Descendants), Christopher Keenan (Justice League, Batman …

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Spin Master is shaking things up for Etch A Sketch’s 60th year with major new collaborations

Spin Master is shaking things up for its iconic red-framed drawing toy, Etch A Sketch in 2020, as the crafty brand celebrates its 60th anniversary with a swathe of new collaborative projects. As part of its celebrations, Etch A Sketch has teamed with a number of other big names in …

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Mattel encouraged by ‘progress and momentum’ reflected in Q4 and 2019 results

With $4.5 billion in sales for its Q4 and full year earnings for 2019, Mattel has come out flat on the year prior, beating the expectations of industry and market analysts. For the US toymaker, Q4 revenue declined three per cent to $1.47 billion, reflecting the numerous challenges that the …

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EOLO Toys enjoys 32 per cent growth thanks to successful international expansion

International expansion for the outdoor toys specialist, EOLO Toys has helped the company to a 32 per cent growth over the course of the last year, setting the firm up for what it believes will be a promising 2020. The company has cited that among the common trends running through …

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Frozen II and Star Wars toy sales help Hasbro to Q4 growth as firm hits $1.43bn

Strong sales of Star Wars and Frozen II toys have helped Hasbro enjoy a three per cent increase in revenue, hitting $1.43 billion in sales in the fourth quarter. Despite the fallout felt from President Trump’s trade war with China, net income rose to $267.3 million in Q4, ended December …

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LEGO and PAW Patrol launch new audio content across Spotify, Amazon Music and other major streaming platforms

LEGO is launching a library of new audio content across the biggest music and audio streaming platforms of today, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Audible, Apple music, and Deezer. The new content will take the form of a series of audio plays set within LEGO’s worlds of LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Friends, …

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Kellytoy celebrates as global sales of Squishmallows surpass 50 million since launch

More than 50 million Squishmallows – the huggable plush line that was launched just two years ago – have now been sold across the globe, with ‘no signs of the demand slowing down,’ according to the product’s manufacturers. Kellytoy has detailed the success of the to line that has, to …

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Opinion: For the creator good – How the global toy industry is fostering talent and innovation

This week’s industry opinion comes from Steve Pasierb, CEO and Chairman of the Toy Association, and champion for the toy industry’s inventor, designer, and creative scene. He offers his insight on what the New York Toy Fair is delivering for the creative powers behind the industry.  Supporting global toy inventors …

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Pokémon soars at UK and German retail as both toys and trading cards ‘enjoy best year ever’

Sales of both the Pokémon Trading Card Game and toys from Wicked Cool Toys soared at retail across the UK and Germany throughout 2019, according to the latest figures revealed by NPD. The Pokémon Company has reported year on year sales that ‘continue to be substantially above the market average’ …

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