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UK acting royalty unite with Tonies for Great Ormond Street Hospital storytelling initiative

A group of Britain’s most celebrated actors have pooled their storytelling skills during lockdown to entertain the children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) with the help of tonies, the popular children’s storytelling audio device. Award-winning talent including Olivia Colman, Katherine Parkinson and Keira Knightley recorded readings of their favourite children’s stories …

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Egmont Magazines is launching a new LEGO Explorer magazine this month

Egmont Magazines is launching a new LEGO Explorer magazine, a monthly publication designed ‘to build curious minds’ and inspire readers to design their own LEGO models and ‘unleash their creativity.’ The magazine has been developed by Egmont Publishing with the support of official LEGO designers and aims to combine the …

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Craft Buddy lands major toy retail partnerships in Germany in time for key Christmas shopping season

Craft Buddy is eyeing European expansion having secured a new retail partnership with two of Germany’s biggest toy retailers, Muller Handels GmbH and ROFU Kinderland Spielwarenhandels. The move sees the firm’s flagship Crystal Art brand become available in all 500 Muller stores, and 95 ROFU outlets ahead of Christmas. “In …

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Hamleys to cut jobs at its iconic London store by a quarter as trade slump hits Regent Street

Hamleys has confirmed that it is cutting more than a quarter of its workforce in London as part of a redundancy programme draw up over the continued slump in footfall and trade at the hands of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The absence of tourists and holidaymakers coupled with the tightening …

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LEGO Super Mario and Kindi Kids top Tesco’s top ten toys for Christmas 2020

LEGO Super Mario has done it again,  cracking another retailer’s top ten toys for Christmas 2020, as the supermarket giant, Tesco reveals its own predictions of the wish list winners this year. Alongside the popular Nintendo and LEGO collaborative building set, toy vehicles and play-sets that “entertain children for longer”, …

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Big Potato teams with Shut Up & Sit Down to launch Don’t Get Got special Kickstarter project

The Shoreditch-based board game and party games publisher, Big Potato has joined forces with the team at the pop culture reviewers Shut Up and Sit Down, to release their own version of the secret-mission party game, Don’t Get Got. A new Kickstarter campaign for the project launched on Friday, October …

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Funko names former Hasbro senior director Malcolm Ottley its new VP of sales for EMEA

Funko has appointed the former Hasbro senior director, Malcolm Ottley to the role of vice president of sales for its EMEA business, where he will take on a major strategic role heading up the outfit’s sales department. A toy sales veteran, Ottley joins the unit from Hasbro, where he spent …

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Mattel’s Fireman Sam launches Modern Day Heroes Campaign to raise funds for the DEC Coronavirus Appeal

Mattel’s popular pre-school franchise, Fireman Sam, has launched its Modern Day Heroes Campaign in a bid to raise funds for the DEC Coronavirus Appeal by encouraging kids to draw a picture of their favourite hero and post it to social media. The campaign – one that hopes to shine a …

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Generation Media: Life after Disney and the outlook for linear TV in the UK

When Disney removed itself from the linear television landscape at the start of this month (its Sky Cinema partnership withstanding, for now) it was marked as a move that had a lot of toy industry people asking the same question: Can linear TV sustain the level of spend from toys …

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Kim Kardashian West and Jimmy Kimmel among voice cast for Spin Master’s PAW Patrol movie

Kim Kardashian West, Jimmy Kimmel, and Tyler Perry are just some of the names confirmed to be lending their voices to the 2021 animated feature film, PAW Patrol. Spin Master, in association with Nickelodeon Movies, and Paramount Pictures released the cast list last night. Kardashian West, Kimmel, and Perry, will …

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