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 London Toy Company teams with Wow! Stuff and Warner Bros to launch Harry Potter plush

The London Toy Company has collaborated with the teams at both Wow! Stuff and Warner Brothers to develop its first range of plush toys based on the ever-popular Harry Potter franchise. The firm, who rebranded from High Resolution Designs this year, already specialises in the development of ultra-realistic and iconic …

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Marvel Mania returns to the global stage for fifth year with new retail and product initiatives

The popular Marvel retail celebration, Marvel Mania, is making its return this year, bringing kids, families, and fans new ways to wear, connect, and play with the franchise, and it is all kicking off this month with a Marvel-sponsored Superhero Series sports challenge. Now in its fifth year, Marvel Mania …

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Pop culture retail chain Forbidden Planet celebrates 42 years with star-studded ‘epic online event’

The comic book and cult entertainment retail chain, Forbidden Planet has detailed the launch of its own ‘epic online event’ to celebrate its 42nd birthday this year, featuring a cast of famous faces and special guest stars that have found a home within the legacy of the renowned brand. On …

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The Pokémon Company International teams with children’s retailer Z for first apparel collection

The Pokémon Company International is teaming up with the high street children’s retailer Z to launch a special apparel collection in Z stores and online from today. The Z Pokémon collection marks the first collaboration between the two companies and comprises 10 pieces across daywear, nightwear, and accessories for both …

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Hasbro partners with TOMS to launch limited-edition Candy Land range

Hasbro has partnered with the ethical shoe brand TOMS to launch a new collection of footwear inspired by the popular Candy Land brand. It is the first collection in a series that has been created in partnership with the international toymaker. ‘Inspired by the sweetest of pastimes,’ the TOMS x …

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DreamToys 2020 will go digital this year due to Covid-19 impact on the UK

The Toy Retailers Association and DreamToys committee today announced, DreamToys 2020 will take place as a digital event this year. “Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, it is not possible to hold a large-scale physical event to announce the DreamToys list,” commented Gary Grant, chair …

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Nelvana and Spin Master secure raft of new broadcasters including Netflix for the hit Bakugan franchise

The children’s animated and live action content distributor, Nelvana and kids’ entertainment company, Spin Master have secured a raft of new broadcast partners for both seasons one and two of the hit Bakugan franchise. The new distribution deal for both Bakugan: Battle Planet and Bakugan: Armored Alliance includes Netflix in …

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Elmer the Patchwork Elephant lands successful first baby wear range at Matalan

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant‘s Licensing Agent, Metrostar and licensee, Paul Dennicci have delivered a new first for Elmer with the launch of his latest baby wear range at Matalan. The range comprises a bodysuit, vest set, dress and bib each featuring on-trend monotone graphics alongside Elmer’s signature colourful patchwork. Working …

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar gets cosy in Peter Alexander’s new sleepwear collection

Australia’s leading sleepwear brand Peter Alexander has partnered with Haven Global to launch the retailer’s first collaboration with Eric Carle’s timeless classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The new deal sees the arrival of a 12-piece capsule collection of men’s, women’s, and children’s sleepwear. “This collaboration has been a long-time coming,” …

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Messe Frankfurt hails success of Licensing China a ‘positive step towards the return of trade shows’

Messe Frankfurt has heralded the success of its three events, Toy & Edu China, Baby & Stroller China, and the inaugural Licensing China, as the first positive steps for the return of business-to-business events and in-person interactions in the region. The trio of events were the first fairs to be …

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