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Zavvi brings LEGO Adults Welcome pop-up store to the Trafford Centre 

Online retailer Zavvi and the LEGO Group have teamed up to open an exclusive pop-up store for adults at the Trafford Centre in Manchester, running from 9 December 2021 until 1 February 2022. The store, located on Upper Peel Avenue (opposite the Apple store), will contain a broad selection of the best LEGO products for the festive season. Zavvi will be showcasing LEGO sets from four key passion points – Gaming, Entertainment, Art …

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Spielwarenmesse podcast: an interview with Hape founder Peter Handstein

With the Nuremberg Toy Fair just weeks away, the Spielwarenmesse team have released their latest podcast. This time the subject is Hape (aka Toynamics), leading manufacturer of wooden toys sold in over 60 countries. Owner Peter Handstein has been committed to the issue of sustainability since he founded the business …

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‘Bluey’ toys to launch in Italy and Greece following series’ debut on Rai Yoyo and ERT

Produced by Ludo Studio and co-commissioned by BBC Studios and ABC Children’s, the much-loved global-hit animation Bluey will make its free-to-air debut on 27 December in Italy on Rai Yoyo, the public broadcast service’s preschool channel. The series will also air on ERT in Greece. BBC Studios will also launch a new …

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Ravensburger launches Pokémon Labyrinth in US market

Award-winning games publisher Ravensburger has announced the US release of Pokémon Labyrinth. Previously released in Europe, Pokémon Labyrinth combines two globally popular brands, both celebrating anniversaries in 2021. Labyrinth is an international classic with over 20 million copies sold in 60 countries worldwide, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2021, while Pokémon is celebrating …

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Add extra sparkle to the festive season with SmartGames’ latest releases

SmartGames, the manufacturer of multi-level logic games, has unveiled three new brain busters aimed at minds young and old – all with added sparkle. The trio of new products comprises Diamond Quest, “a true gem for players to dig into”, IQ Digits, a colourful number-crunching challenge, and Cubiq, a 3D …

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Rollplay rolls out the Mini Cooper Countryman 6 V

Rollplay, the US company dedicated to introducing kids to “the thrill of driving”, has launched its latest licensed ride-on toy. A global exclusive, the MINI Cooper Countryman 6 V ride-on vehicle captures the bold style of the real deal, with authentic MINI emblems, plus LED headlights, chrome detailing, clear windshield …

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Spring Fair collaborates with Trend Bible on Christmas trends 2022

Spring Fair has collaborated with Trend Bible to produce an exclusive Christmas 2022 Trends Report, which will be launched on a webinar at 11am on Thursday 6 December. The exclusive deep dive into buying trends for 2022 is hosted by Kate Usher, senior trend consultant at Trend Bible. She will …

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Flat River Group acquires Greater Than Games

Flat River Group, an e-commerce business accelerator, announced today the acquisition of Greater Than Games, the tabletop game publisher, design house and consolidator. Founded in 2011 and based in St. Louis, Missouri, Greater Than Games publishes tabletop games including Sentinels of the Multiverse, Spirit Island, and Medium. As a long-time vendor …

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Generation game: youngster challenges 97-year-old to 2 Way Words tournament

Youngster Charlie Pelling challenged a near-centenarian to a literal generation game, after reading the age guide on the side of a board game’s box. When he saw that the age guide on his favourite word game said ‘from eight to 108’, Charlie told his dad Derek that he would like …

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Elves Behavin’ Badly: Sam Thompson reveals top 10 festive pranks

Celebrity Sam Thompson, who is fronting the Elves Behavin’ Badly Pranksmas campaign to inspire the nation to get pranking, has shared his all-time top 10 favourite pranks as inspiration for people to carry out during the festive season and beyond. But in the meantime, behind the scenes, the Elves Behavin’ Badly have turned the tables on him. The pesky duo have out-pranked Sam by giving his house …

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