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 almost eight 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@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

Zavvi launches limited edition, exclusive Pokémon Explorer clothing and accessories collection

The UK online retailer, Zavvi has partnered with the Pokémon Company International to launch an exclusive, limited edition and fully licensed Pokémon Explorer clothing collection. The new range takes inspiration from the anime IP and the ‘sense of adventure’ felt when players explore the outdoors with Pokémon GO. Designed as …

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Hello Kitty and Pusheen pounce on limited edition collaboration for plush, fashion, and more

Sanrio has entered into a new collaboration with the Pusheen brand to launch a limited edition collection of Hello Kitty x Pusheen consumer products, spanning apparel, accessories, collectables, stationery, housewares, health and beauty products, and plush. The collection unites Hello Kitty and Pusheen for the first time in the consumer …

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PlayMonster, LEGO, and Crayola among 2021 Licensing International Excellence Awards winners

PlayMonster, LEGO, Crayola, and Hasbro have all been named among the winners of the 2021 Licensing International Excellence Awards at a ceremony held via a virtual gathering during this week’s Licensing Expo Virtual. Big name toy companies featured among the 22 award winners from seven different countries, including China, Finland, …

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YouTube star Like Nastya to launch Jazwares toy line and NFT collection

The YouTube sensation, Like Nastya, has detailed the autumn launch of her first toy line, a range developed by the international toy maker, Jazwares in a partnership brokered by the global licensing agency, IMG. The seven-year-old social media star’s toy line represents the latest expansion of Nastya’s universe in which …

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Obituary | Those Licensing People founder and MD, Russell Dever, passes away

The vivacious and engaging founder of licensing agency, Those Licensing People, Russell Dever (aged 62), passed away on 11th August having sadly taken his own life after a long battle with depression.  Renowned for his passion in children’s entertainment and content, his affection for the genre led him to found …

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Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir passes $1bn in retail sales ahead of new movie

ZAG’s Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir has surpassed $1bn in worldwide retail sales, a major new milestone for both the property and the team behind it who has this week detailed a new roster of US licensees for the brand. The news arrives in the lead up …

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BBC Studios to drive Bluey licensing growth across the Americas with new SVP of consumer products and business development

BBC Studios – Americas has promoted Suzy Raia to the role of senior vice president, consumer products and business development, where she will oversee and provide licensing planning for the hit preschool franchise, Bluey alongside Doctor Who, Top Gear, His Dark Materials, and Natural History Unit programming. Tara Maitra, chief …

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WildBrain CPLG unveils new wave of global deals for Yale and Harvard Universities

WildBrain CPLG has signed a new wave of global deals for Yale and Harvard universities, expanding the brands across apparel, accessories, stationery, wall art and more as the agency continues to grow its lifestyle licensing remit. WildBrain CPLG has signed a partnership with the Australian retailer Cotton On for a …

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Boat Rocker rounds up new herd of Dino Ranch licensees across US, Canada, and EMEA

The dress up and costumes specialist, Rubies has been listed among a suite of new US, Canadian, and EMEA licensing partners for the break out hit preschool series, Dino Ranch. Having launched in January, the popular preschool series has proved to be a hit with both audiences and licensees, with …

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Full throttle for Formula One as its kids’ fan engagement outpaces football, says The Insights Family

More children are tuning in to the Formula One brand than ever before, with numbers rising by 2.85 million in key European markets alone, and outpacing the growth rate of fans flocking to football, new research from The Insights Family has revealed. The global motorsport brand has witnessed a 17 …

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