Tag Archives: Pandemic

Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown lays out non-essential retail’s spring time reopening

Boris Johnson’s roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions across England have offered the light at the end of a long tunnel for non-essential retailers, and the suggestion that doors will be reopening from no sooner than April 12th this year. The plans were detailed amid a roadmap out of lockdown delivered …

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Australian Toy Fair | Virtual platform ‘opens international shop window’ for global visitors

The 56th Australian Toy Fair, taking place this March, may not look anything like the 55 before it ever did – or ever imagined it would – with pandemic precautions forcing it onto an all-virtual platform this year, but that doesn’t mean the show will be any smaller for it. …

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Rescue dog plush maker Pibborafi eyes UK sales as pandemic fuels triple digit growth

A toy company that manufactures, sells, and donates plush toys for children designed after real-life rescued dogs has seen triple digit growth in the market, fuelled by the nation’s love of pets and increased pet ownership over the course of the pandemic. A US-based toy manufacturer that has just opened …

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Hasbro teams with Uber Eats to launch free Hasbro Toy Store for families this half term

Hasbro has partnered with the home delivery app, Uber Eats, to launch a free toy store in time for the half term holidays, as UK parents continue to hunt for new ways to keep their kids entertained during lockdown. The new collaborative effort arrives as 70 per cent of UK …

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Disney content and licensing hit hard by Covid-19 but consumer products offer glimmer of hope

Content sales and licensing revenues at the Walt Disney Company have suffered big losses at the hands of the pandemic with dramatic decreases of 56 per cent and an operating income decrease of 78 per cent driven primarily by the closure of theatres, parks and experiences over the course of …

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Pollock’s Toy Museum launches crowdfunder to rescue business from permanent closure

Pollock’s Toy Museum, the oldest Toy Museum in the UK and small toy shop operating out of London’s Scala Street, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to rescue it from permanent closure. Country-wide lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures have forced the doors shut on the almost 200 year old toy …

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Orchard Toys raises over £10,000 for the NHS through Home Learning Activity Books success

The educational games and puzzles expert Orchard Toys has reported the ‘phenomenal success’ of its NHS money-raising and home-learning support initiative that witnessed the launch of two bespoke Home Learning Activity Books. Selling over 1,000 copies within half an hour of their launch across social media, and the rest of …

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Asmodee acquires digital gaming platform Board Game Arena in latest global growth plan

Asmodee has acquired the online multi-player board gaming platform, Board Game Arena in a move that will allow the tabletop giant to scale up its online play and allow players around the world access to some of Asmodee’s biggest games. Founded in 2010, Board Game Arena has emerged as a …

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Homegrown | Rex London and the processes of “achieving something great”

The latest in a series of articles exploring and celebrating the homegrown British toy design and production scene across all stages of its development, ToyNews catches up with the internationally reaching gifting, toy, and craft specialist, Rex London to talk about the successes of 2020 and how a healthy retailer …

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The Toy Association invites global industry to celebrate #ToyFairLife

While the ongoing pandemic may have left a gaping hole in the industry’s physical Toy Fair calendar this first quarter, the Toy Association is calling on the industry to reach into the memory banks and party like it’s 2019. In an industry-wide invitation – and as we approach the weekend …

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