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...

Stateside | Pokemon, Marvel, and Barbie help fuel US toy sales surge as market grows 27 per cent

Major properties including Pokemon, Barbie, Star Wars, and LEGO have contributed to a booming first quarter toy sales in the US that witnessed an increase of 27 per cent between January and April 2021, according to The NPD Group. Ten of the 11 super categories tracked by the NPD posted …

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The London Stationery Show to make its in-person return this October

The London Stationery Show is preparing to make its return to the country’s capital this year, as the writing and paper products trade show takes up an autumn slot this October 5th to October 6th. As well as bringing together all the biggest brands in stationery and gifts this autumn, …

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British stationery brand Manuscript Pen Company launches online preschool series Lionheart Tales

The Great British stationery brand, Manuscript Pen Company, has entered the children’s animation sector with the launch of a new preschool series based on its successful Lionheart Collection early learners craft brand. Manuscript launched its Lionheart Collection in 2019, with a range of arts and craft products for children aged …

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Art Ask Agency reports ‘excellent worldwide sales’ of Kare Design’s Pets Rock wall art collection

The Barcelona based Art Ask Agency is reporting ‘excellent sales results worldwide’ for the initial launch of a collection of Pets Rock wall art launched earlier this year by the home decor licensing partner, Kare Design. Pets Rock is a brand centered on a cast of quirky artistic characters from …

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Licensed toy sales grow 45 per cent across China as NPD reports ‘sales surge’ across the region

Sales of licensed toys in China have grown 45 per cent in the first quarter of the year, amid a solid growth of 16 per cent of the overall Chinese toy market to hit $1.2 billion (USD) in the first four months of the year. Top gaining toy licenses in …

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Coastal and historic towns thrive amid “strongest sales growth of the pandemic” for UK high streets

Pent up demand for in-store shopping, coupled with the reopening of hospitality and enduring appreciation of the return of non-essential retailers, has helped the UK’s retail scene to the strongest sales growth of the pandemic. On a total sales basis, sales have increased 10 per cent in the four weeks …

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Queer Eye and Dorel Home support Pride Month with Ali Forney Center donation

The hit TV series Queer Eye is showing its support of Pride Month by donating a portion of proceeds from sales of its Dorel Home furniture line to The Ali Forney Center for the entire month of June. Launched exclusively to Walmart last year, the Queer Eye Collection of furniture …

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He’ll have a Caninety Nine, please! Battersea launches a new ice cream range just for dogs

The UK’s 160 year old animal charity, Battersea is demonstrating its flair for canine cuisine with the launch of an ice cream range specially made for dogs. Surprisingly not called Caninety Nine, the range is made using real fruit puress and includes Strawberry and Apple & Banana flavours, and has …

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Italy’s Marco Verratti takes feline form to join 44 Cats campaign ahead of UEFA European Football Championship

The Italian footballer and national team champion, Marco Verratti is taking on a new feline appearance ahead of the upcoming UEFA European Football Championship, through a new partnership with the country’s own animation studio, Rainbow and its popular 44 Cats franchise. Verratti has signed a new contract with the Make …

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Animaccord partners with Havaianas to launch Masha and the Bear flip flops to global markets

Animaccord, the studio behind the global hit animated series, Masha and the Bear has partnered with Alpargatas, the parent company of the Brazilian fashion brand Havaianas to launch a new, officially licensed collection of flip flops. The first licensed baby Havaianas hit the market in early Q1 this year, rolling …

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