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Bandai to distribute McFarlane Toys collector action figures to UK and Ireland

Bandai UK has secured the distribution of the McFarlane Toys product range for the UK and Republic of Ireland markets, marking an interesting new move for the toy company into the collector action figure market. McFarlane Toys has become an industry leader, recognised by many for redefining the standards within …

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LEGO acquires independent ‘eBay for LEGO fans’ BrickLink

In a surprise announcement, The LEGO Group has acquired BrickLink, a third party LEGO re-selling website founded back in 2000. BrickLink is essentially eBay for LEGO related items, giving fans a platform to sell and purchase the iconic Danish building brick. The site was founded almost 20 years ago by …

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Chinese animation studio Winsing eyes international toy move at Spielwarenmesse 2020

The Chinese animation company Winsing is making its move on the international toy market with plans to preview a number of toys inspired by its popular children’s animated series at Spielwarenmesse next year. The company will be showcasing ranges based on its action comedy GG Bond, a popular series now …

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The Entertainer hits 172 UK stores as it prepares to open new Bath location

The Entertainer, the fastest-growing, family-owned high street toy retailer in the UK, is to launch a brand-new The Entertainer store in Bath. The doors will officially open on Saturday, December 14 this year, in time for the Christmas rush. Located at 1 New Orchard St, the Bath shop will boast …

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Zimpli Kids launches first bath toy collectables as it ‘turns bath time into sensory activity for kids’

Zimpli Kids has become quite the fixture of bath time fun since it launched onto the scene with its Gelli Baff and Slime Baff brands. Now, the firm has taken its alignment with the daily ritual one step further, with the launch of its first collectable bath toy. Bath time …

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Brand licensing to take centre stage at Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair in 2020

Germany’s premiere toy industry trade show, Spielwarenmesse is to once again explore the relationship between toys and licensing, providing a platform for the international licensing business when it opens its doors from January 29 to February 2 next year. Licensing International will be the centre point of the show’s licensing …

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Asmodee’s publishing imprint Aconyte Books details first slate of novels

Board game giant Asmodee’s newly acquired publishing imprint, Aconyte Books, has detailed the first wave of novel releases based on and inspired by some of the tabletop titan’s biggest gaming titles. Ready for release in May 2020, the line-up includes some of Asmodee’s richest and most imaginative worlds, such as …

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Ravensburger targets podcast advertising in major marketing push for kNOW!

For the first time in its history, Ravensburger is targeting exposure through some of the UK’s leading podcasts, as part of the roll-out of a major marketing campaign for its newest board game, kNOW! Among the line-up is the hit podcast Off Menu, featuring Ed Gamble and James Acaster, who …

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Flair’s heritage brands recognised among autumn toy awards winners

Flair is celebrating a raft of recognition for the company’s heritage brands in this year’s autumn toy awards announcements. Demonstrating how one of the world’s timeless classic can be adapted to the modern era, Plasticine took top billing in the Creative Play Awards with the Plasticine Movie Maker winning the …

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British organic toy company ChunkiChilli to launch hand-knitted Clangers range

The British organic cotton soft toy company, ChunkiChilli has secured the rights to develop a new range of knitted toys based on the hit pre-school series, Clangers. In partnership with the independent international media group and rights owner, Coolabi Group, the new deal will mark the first time Clangers has …

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