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Moose Toys expands its Bluey toy line to meet high demand from fans worldwide

Moose Toys is continuing to expand its Bluey toy line in order to meet the high demand for products and play-sets by parents and kids, reflective of the ‘cultural zeitgeist that the preschool series has captured’ the world over. Produced by the Emmy Award-winning Ludo Studio for the Australian Broadcasting …

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The Toy Retailers Association confirms date of DreamToys 2021 grand unveiling

The 2021 DreamToys list of predicted top toys for Christmas will be unveiled in full on Wednesday, November 3rd, the Toy Retailers Association confirmed last week. Just as was adopted last year, in the face of the government restrictions and safety measures taken amid the pandemic, the TRA will continue …

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Character Options’ Character Kidz Big Weekend hailed ‘biggest and best to date’

Character Options has hailed its virtual kids’ influencer event, Character Kidz Big Weekend its biggest and best to date, having witnessed the three day virtual event ‘create a huge buzz’ across YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram earlier this month. Junior content creators across the social media stratosphere reviewed some of the …

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Guy Rooney tapped for newly created Zapf Creation sales director role

The former Character Group executive and retail industry stalwart, Guy Rooney has been appointed to the newly created role of Zapf Creation sales director, where he will oversee the portfolio’s of Zapf’s award-winning brands, including Baby Annabell, Baby Born, and Baby Born Surprise. Reporting to UK managing director of MGA …

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Scholastic to launch a series of Friends themed activity and picture books in new publishing first

The children’s books publisher, Scholastic really couldn’t be any more excited over its new partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to launch a series of publishing firsts for the beloved TV series, Friends. Launched in celebration of Friends: The Reunion – which aired on Sky One in the UK and …

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Autumn Fair drives international presence with Remote Exhibiting and Shandong Pavilion

Autumn Fair has launched a first of its kind Remote Exhibiting package developed to provide a solution the international travel challenges that still impact upon many would be attendees and companies exhibiting at next month’s show. The package enables leading international suppliers to showcase their product to Autumn Fair buyers …

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Spin Master’s Bakugan becomes first franchise to air full-length episode in Roblox metaverse

Spin Master’s popular Bakugan franchise will be the first ever to premiere a full-length series episode on the global online platform, Roblox, when it makes its debut to the Roblox universe this September 8th. Bakugan is a global battling franchise that boasts an anime adventure series and digital content, as …

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Shelf space is the final frontier as Playmobil launches the Star Trek Starship Enterprise play-set

Shelf space: the final frontier. Oh yes, it’s happened; toy maker Playmobil is bridging time and space to release the fruits of a new collaborative alliance with ViacomCBS, for a whole new voyage for the Starship Enterprise this September. Yet another play for the kidult and collectors space – following …

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Sony’s Funimation completes $1.175bn acquisition of anime platform Crunchyroll

The Sony owned Funimation Global Group has completed its acquisition of the anime platform, Crunchyroll from AT&T in a deal that closed out at $1.175bn. Finalising a deal that was first detailed in December 2020, it now sees the Crunchyroll business welcomed into the Funimation fold – a partnership made …

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Obituary | Licensing industry executive, Bill Burke, 55

The long time licensing industry executive and SVP Marketing and Communications for Licensing International, Bill Burke, passed away suddenly at his home on August 9th, at the age of 55. Prior to joining Licensing International, Bill was SVP Marketing for CBS Consumer Products, where he led Global Marketing (including Retail), …

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