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Hasbro appoints new vice president of global licensed consumer products for toys and games

Hasbro has named its new vice president, global licensed consumer products for toys and games. The global entertainment powerhouse has appointed Jess Richardson to lead a newly created global team that will work to ‘continue to mine the full Hasbro IP portfolio,’ with the aim of ‘accelerating Hasbro’s broad brand …

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PAW Patrol, Bakugan and Preschool drive ‘exceptional Q2 performance’ for Spin Master

Another global toy company and another ‘exceptional second quarter performance’ rings in this morning as Spin Master joins the ranks of those experiencing Q2 2021 revenue surges. Total revenue for the Canada-based toy maker increased 39 per cent this past quarter to hit $390.8 million, up from the $281.1 million …

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LEGO redoubles commitment to Asia Pacific with government partnership to invest in its Singapore Hub

LEGO has underlined its commitment to expansion in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region with the promise of greater investment in developing key digital and creative teams at its Singapore hub. The investment will arrive as part of a new partnership the toy maker has struck up with the Government …

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Mattel welcomes Oxford Vaccine professor Dame Sarah Gilbert to its Barbie Role Model line-up

Vaccinologist and a member of the team behind the development of the Oxford vaccine, Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert has been welcomed into the ranks of Barbie Role Model by Mattel, who has honoured the scientist with the production of a Barbie in her own likeness. Professor Gilbert is the Saϊd …

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Funko launches new philanthropic initiative to support communities through Pops! with Purpose

Funko has detailed the launch of Pop! with Purpose, a new philanthropic initiative that will see Funko donate proceeds from the sales of a special collection of Funko Pops! to charities close to the hearts of its employees, Funko fans and the wider community. The programme will receive an official …

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Jazwares continues its ambitious European growth strategy with key new hires

As part of the company’s ambitious and ongoing growth strategy for the European market, toy maker and licensing specialist, Jazwares, has appointed a new European Commercial Director and European Licensing Director. After almost two decades at Argos and Sainsburys, most recently as the Buying Manager for Sports, Leisure, Outdoor Toys …

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Registration opens for the return of The Independent Toy & Gift Show this September

Registration is now open for this year’s Independent Toy & Gift show, the annual trade event that will be making its in-person return to Cranmore Park this September, following its 2020 hiatus at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic and government restrictions. Taking place from September 14th to 15th at …

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UK Games Expo success for Coiledspring as its portfolio secures multiple award wins

It was an almighty return to in-person board gaming that Coiledspring Games observed over the weekend, when it witnessed multiple titles from its portfolio of tabletop games secure major wins at the UK Games Expo People’s Choice and Judges Choice Awards. No fewer than five of the titles it currently …

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The Toy Association and the Good Play Guide launch new STEAM Accreditation Program

The Toy Association and the Good Play Guide are combining forces to launch a new STEAM Accreditation Program for the toy industry to evaluate and certify STEAM products for children. The accreditation program is open to any toy company or brand that is in the business of manufacturing, design, and …

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The Insights Family expands again with new offices, new starters, and a new venture into Poland

The kids, parents, and family market intelligence outfit, The Insights Family is expanding once again; moving to a larger office space in Manchester city centre, opening a satellite office in Mayfair, London, welcoming three new starters to the company and launching its Kids Insights and Parents Insights businesses into Poland. …

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