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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...

Netflix and Mattel Televisions are rebooting He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

It’s been made official, Mattel and Netflix have the power, and are wielding it to delight the children in us all, with the return of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The pair is producing an original CG animated adventure series that will reimagine the popular toy franchise with …

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Hasbro will open its first branded theme park in Canada in partnership with Galaxyland

Canada is to welcome its firth Hasbro branded theme park, thanks to a new licensing agreement that will transform its current Galaxyland into a destination for fans of all of the global toy maker’s franchise brands. Galaxyland powered by Hasbro will play host to the likes of My Little Pony, …

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With 2.7bn downloads, SYBO’s Subway Surfers is named most downloaded mobile game of the decade

Subway Surfers looks set to end not only the year, but the decade on a high, as it is named the most downloaded mobile game of the decade by App Annie for its some 2.7 billion downloads. Closing out a banner year for SYBO and Kiloo, while setting the stage …

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Start Licensing cooks up a treat as Nadiya Hussain lands toy line with Wilton Bradley

The Great British Bake Off winner, author, TV presenter, and now treasured British personality, Nadiya Hussain, has made her move on the toy space, thanks to a new partnership with Wilton Bradley. In a new deal brokered by Start Licensing, Hussain and Wilton Bradley will release a range of kids …

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The Point. 1888 pairs Jimbobart with Elite Tins for new household gifting line

The Point.1888 has teamed its animal-related giftware client, Jimbobart, with new licensee Elite Tins, a specialist provider of decorated tin boxes.  Since launching in 2009, Jimbobart has gone from hand drawn plates to a leader in boutique giftware. The illustrations, by James Ward, are designed to make people smile and …

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Myne Cards grows licensing portfolio with Skinnydip partnership

Skinnydip is continuing to expand its licensing activity and tap into its core 18 to 30s market, striking up a new partnership with the contactless card protector brand, Myne Cards. Myne Cards is a range of innovative, credit card-sized devices that offer complete protection over all contactless cards. The new …

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Betty Boop readies for her 90th birthday celebrations next year with roster of new licensing partners

As the lifestyle and fashion icon Betty Boop prepares to celebrate her 90th anniversary next year, brand owners King Features Syndicate and Fleischer Studios have unveiled a roster of new licensing partners. For 90 years, Betty Boop has sung and sashayed past rules and conventions, and as the first feminine …

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Twin Peaks to celebrate 30th anniversary with official fan celebration at Elvis Presley’s Graceland

Three decades on from the mysterious death of Laura Palmer and all manner of subsequent strange happenings within the cult hit TV series, Twin Peaks, fans are taking a pilgrimage to Elvis Presley’s Graceland for a once in a life time fan celebration. The Twin Peaks 30: Official Fan Celebration …

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Carte Blanche taps Team Entertainment for Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City licensing move

Carte Blanche Group has appointed Team Entertainment as the licensing agent for Italy, San Marino, Vatican City and Malta for its portfolio of brands including the Me to You properties: Tatty Teddy, Tiny Tatty Teddy and My Dinky Bear.  The UK greeting card and gift company is the creator of …

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UK beauty brand Peaches & Cream launches Pink Panther eyeshadow

The UK beauty brand, Peaches & Cream has struck a deal with MGM to develop a new Pink Panther-inspired eyeshadow pigment, through a new partnership brokered by WildBrain CPLG. Timed for the party season, Peaches & Cream has launched a sparkling candy-pink coloured Pink Panther Loose Pigment, a highly-concentrated pure …

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