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Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent some six years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobHutchins3 if ranting is your thing...

The Emoji Company: “Yes, we are looking at making a move on the toy category”

The globally renowned and literally iconic Emoji brand is formulating a move into the children’s sector through toys and a variety of animated content concepts that are still in discussion. Until now, Emoji has carved out a hugely successful licensing portfolio across the teenage and young adult market through lifestyle …

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Funko bolsters its EMEA marketing team following a year of growth across the region

Funko has bolstered its EMEA marketing team with a triple hiring for 2020, welcoming a new PR manager, marketing manager, and brand marketing manager to the team. After another year of growth for the company throughout Europe, Funko has completed its EMEA marketing team with three new hires. Based in …

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GB eye grows European presence with new office and largest showcase to date at Nuremberg Toy Fair

The poster and gift supplier, GB eye Ltd is expanding its European presence with the opening of its new office and the launch of its new giftware product ranges. Operating from its first overseas office in Antwerp, Belgium, GB eye Europe BV will now allow the company to enhance its …

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Opinion: Will Harry and Meghan receive a right royal welcome to licensing?

He’s not quite the artist formerly known as Prince, just yet but when Harry and Meghan first made clear their intentions to step away from their Royal Duties, it was quickly reported on soon after that the pair had registered their SussexRoyal trademark. Since then, the licensing industry has been …

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BlackMilk to launch Birds of Prey range that takes inspiration from DC’s Harley Quinn and Black Canary

Comic book fans and fashionistas are being given the chance to dress like the cast of DC Comics’ villains outfit, Birds Of Prey, thanks to a new DC-inspired collection from BlackMilk Clothing.​ No stranger to dropping licensed collections in a flash, BlackMilk Clothing’s latest range aims to recreate the look …

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Entertainment One partners with VisitEngland for Peppa Pig promotional campaign

Entertainment One has secured a new partnership with the national tourism agency, VisitEngland, that will see Peppa Pig become part of a promotional campaign encouraging families to holiday in England. Launching this week, the campaign drives visitors to a specially created Peppa Pig online hub on VisitEngland’s website. The microsite …

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Spin Master goes retro with Jaws, ET, and The Breakfast Club on National Puzzle Day

Spin Master is celebrating National Puzzle Day today with the unveiling of a slate of new puzzles that will take fans back to the golden age of video rentals thanks to its latest retro offering. The Breakfast Club, Jaws, and E.T. are each making their return to store shelves this …

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Flossy and Jim’s Horace & Co storybooks land partnership with AR specialist Bookful

Flossy and Jim has embarked on a new partnership with the award-winning AR app Bookful to bring the Horace & Co storybooks to its mobile library. Bookful is the brainchild of Inception XR, a content platform that delivers extended reality (XR) to readers. It boasts a library of over 100 …

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Atari gets in on the hotel game with eight themed locations planned for the US

Atari is getting in on the hotel business as its owner Atari Interactive details its plans to develop eight Atari-themed hotels across the US. The first site is expected to lay down its foundations in Phoenix, Arizona later this year, with a further seven planned for Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, …

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