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B2B marketplace Ankorstore reaches unicorn status with €250 M funding

Only two years after its launch, Ankorstore, the wholesale marketplace gathering 200,000 retailers and 15,000 brands across Europe, has reached unicorn status with a valuation of €1.75 billion. The €250M  Series C funding round was led by BOND and Tiger Global with the participation of Eurazeo and Coatue as well …

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Spielwarenmesse eG takes ownership of SPIEL

The Nuremberg trade fair and marketing services provider Spielwarenmesse eG has become the new owner of the the Internationale Spieltage SPIEL, the biggest public fair for board games in the world. SPIEL will continue to be held at the Essen exhibition centre and organised from Bonn by Dominique Metzler, its …

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Disguise announces Squid Game costume and accessory launch

Disguise, the costume division of JAKKS Pacific, is currently designing and developing costumes and masks based on Netflix’s hit series Squid Game for launch in North America and APAC in autumn 2022. Disguise will design, market, manufacture and distribute a range of costumes and costume accessories featuring characters from the …

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Jazwares names Jeremy Padawer Chief Brand Officer

Jazwares has announced that Jeremy Padawer has been promoted to Chief Brand Officer. Padawer is a toy industry veteran with expertise in brand development across multiple toy categories including collectibles, as well as an experienced executive in e-commerce and animated content. Padawer has been instrumental in Jazwares’ growth since joining …

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Barbie links with Balmain for fashion collection and NFTs

Mattel has announced a collaboration between its Barbie brand and French luxury fashion label, Balmain. Developed as a celebration of both Barbie and Balmain’s combined impact on fashion and greater culture, the two brands are launching a new global ready-to-wear fashion and accessories collection.  The venture also marks the first …

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Hasbro appoints Chris Cocks as new CEO

Chris Cocks has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro and member of its Board of Directors, effective February 25, 2022. Cocks currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Hasbro’s Wizards of the Coast and Digital Gaming division. He will succeed Interim CEO, Rich Stoddart, who was appointed …

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New hires for Halilit

Halilit are starting off 2022 with the addition of two new members of staff, adding to their rapidly growing team. Marjo Cako joins the company as Logistics and Demand Planner, whilst Damien Leahy bolsters the sales team as Key Account Manager. This follows the recruitment of Adam Wale as E-Commerce …

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Playtime PR expands network of global agencies to form The Play Group

Playtime PR – the award-winning PR agency for playful brands in the UK – has expanded its global alliance of partner agencies, rebranding this collective as The Play Group. Teaming up with other expert agencies around the world, this new evolution of Playtime PR’s global network – which was first …

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Catch season 3 of the Making it in the Toy Industry podcast

Making It In the Toy Industry, a podcast hosted by The Toy Coach, Azhelle Wade, is celebrating the launch of its third season.  MIITTI is the only toy podcast designed to support and inspire inventors, entrepreneurs and corporate toy people with advice and insider tips about concept development, marketing, sales …

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The Entertainer partners with Christian Aid to raise money for Afghanistan Appeal

Toy retailer The Entertainer has teamed up with Christian Aid to support its Afghanistan Appeal. Over the next few weeks, The Entertainer hopes to raise thousands of pounds for the charity, while also encouraging families across the UK to learn more about the current landscape in Afghanistan. The Entertainer’s Founder …

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