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Opinion: In times of anxiety, I turn to board games and puzzles – Rachel Lowe

As ToyNews readies to celebrate the explosively exciting and ever-innovative board games and puzzles scene in its April issue – available to read online now – we give the floor to Rachel Lowe, MBE, as she delves into the reasons why in a time of global crisis, there’s a lot …

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Mental wellness game Book of Beasties launches free home learning kit in partnership with author and explorer Tom Hart Dyke

The team behind the award-winning mental wellness games and resources for children, Book of Beasties, has developed a new curriculum-based home learning kit for parents and teachers to use during the ongoing school closure and isolation period. The kit – the brainchild of the developers of Book of Beasties: The …

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LEGO Group and LEGO Foundation pledge $50m to children in need and launches #letsbuildtogether in global fight against COVID-19

The LEGO Group and LEGO Foundation have joined forces to address the critical needs of children as the globe continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, including a $50m donation to kids most in need and the launch of the #letsbuildtogether campaign. The initiatives have been established to aid all children, …

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Sesame Workshop rolls out new content for its Caring for Each Other platform

Building on its launch last week of the Caring for Each Other initiative, Sesame Workshop is rolling out new content to help families stay physically and mentally healthy as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Today’s release on SesameStreet.org/caring includes animations on healthy habits, resources providing comfort, and activities that caregivers can …

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Spielwarenmesse strips Calculix of Startup ToyAward over IP infringement case

The international toy distributor, Calculix, has been stripped of its Spielwarenmesse ToyAward, following accusations that its winning product, the Calculix number bricks, was a direct rip-off of a toy line it had previously distributed on behalf of the company, Sumblox. This marks the first time in the history of Spielwarenmesse’s …

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Tabletop game Trekking the World closes in on £100k on Kickstarter

A project to deliver on a new tabletop title that will have players exploring the world is nearing completion, having secured almost three times its original goal on Kickstarter. While families and individuals across the globe are continuing to fight against the coronavirus pandemic through social distancing and self isolation, …

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Ricky Zoom revs up for debut on Channel 5’s Milkshake this April

Ricky Zoom, the newest animated pre-school IP from Entertainment One, is preparing to speed onto Channel 5’s multi-platform pre-school block, Milkshake, where is will air daily from April 20th this year. To crank up excitement around the show’s terrestrial launch in the UK, Milkshake! is supporting with pre-promotional on-air exposure …

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MGA Entertainment helps kids keep connected throughout social distancing with LOL Surprise BFF Pen Pal campaign

MGA Entertainment’s LOL Surprise is helping children remain connected with their friends and family while the world undergoes social distancing and school closures with the launch of its national BFF Pen Pal campaign. The campaign has been launched to help combat the feelings of separation by encouraging children who are …

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Surge in Disney+ subscribers amid global lockdown boosts demand for Hasbro’s ‘Baby Yoda’

The surge in subscribers to Disney+ amid global coronavirus lockdown measures has already provided a boost to Hasbro’s licensed toy sales, particularly, the global toymaker has stated, to the popularity of the ‘Baby Yoda’ character from the Disney original TV series, The Mandalorian. Demand for the character – officially called …

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Riverside Brands signs new licensing partners for Zuru’s Rainbocorns

Zuru’s popular Rainbocorns toy line is embarking on a new licensing programme under the guidance of Riverside Brands, the UK agency to have just signed a variety of new partnerships for the plush toy brand. The mystery surprise plush has risen to popularity recently, recognised for its reversible sequin hearts …

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