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UK competitions watchdog CMA to probe Hasbro’s $4bn takeover of eOne

Hasbro’s $4bn takeover of Entertainment One is to face probing from the Competition and Markets Authority over whether the proposed acquisition would result in a ‘substantial lessening of competition’ under UK rules. It appeared that the bid was a done deal in all but its name when eOne and Hasbro …

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Former Mattel exec John Kimble joins Jakks Pacific

Jakks Pacific has appointed the former Mattel executive John Kimble as its new chief financial officer. Kimble will replace Brent Novak who was responsible for bringing Jakks Pacific through a recapitalisation process earlier this year. Kimble previously led the corporate development for Mattel. Jakks Pacific is currently valued at $29 …

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UK pop group Four of Diamonds celebrates LOL Surprise Winter Disco range

The UK girl band, Four of Diamonds delighted thousands of Christmas shoppers with a surprise Covent Garden performance over the weekend, part of the latest campaign from the leading toy brand, LOL Surprise. LOL Surprise and Four of Diamonds super fans were then treated to an afterparty experience for competition …

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LEGO unveils its Twelve Rebuilds of Christmas at London’s Savoy hotel

London’s famous Savoy Hotel is playing host to close to 400,000 LEGO bricks, making up the Danish toy company’s Twelve Rebuilds of Christmas initiative, a toy brick take on the famously festive song. A rewrite of The Twelve Days of Christmas, each line of the classic Christmas carol has been …

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Little Tikes’ Little Baby Bum plush and roleplay range will hit shelves in January 2020

Little Tikes has lifted the lid on its new range of plush characters and roleplay toys based on the popular YouTube property, Little Baby Bum as the line readies to hit shelves in January 2020. The exclusive toy line will feature Twinkle the Star, Buster the Bus and a Sing-Along …

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Funko, Cardinal Games and Lanard Toys among partner portfolio for Jumanji: The Next Level

Lanard Toys, Cardinal Games and Funko have been named among a roster of new licensing partners for the action-adventure film franchise, Jumanji. The full announcement has been made this week by Sony Pictures Consumer Products, the merchandising unit of the global entertainment studio, as it prepares for the cinematic release …

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Spielwarenmesse 2020 finalises Toy Business Forum and TrendGallery speaker line-up

Toy market developments, coming retail trends and the onslaught of digitisation will all be up for discussion at the upcoming Spielwarenmesse toy fair next January as the show finalises it Toy Business Forum and TrendGallery line-up. A multitude of topics directly affecting the global toy business will be covered over …

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Mattel sees return of investor confidence with $600m bond sale

Mattel has sold $600 million in bonds to refinance the toymaker’s existing debt, following a halt to transactions earlier this year when an anonymous complaint drew attention towards the firm’s discrepancies in its accounting and internal controls. Mattel completed an internal investigation in late October and pledged to strengthen its …

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Ravensburger brings Minecraft to the tabletop space with new analogue game

Ravensburger has joined the tenth anniversary celebrations of the popular video game title, Minecraft, by bringing the best-selling gaming title to the tabletop space with its own analogue game. Developed in collaboration with Mojang, Minecraft: Builders & Biomes brings players together in a shared, in-person experience complete with mobs to …

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The Independent Toy and Gift Show champions sustainability with Wooden Toys theme for 2020

Indie retailers with a love of toys are being encouraged to “join the independent revolution” by joining the industry for the sustainability-focused Independent Toy and Gift Show taking place in April 2020. Renowned for being a ‘trade show with a difference,” the Independent Toy and Gift Show will once again …

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