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Licensing to take centre stage at Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair in 2020

Germany’s premiere toy industry trade show, Spielwarenmesse is to once again explore the relationship between toys and licensing, providing a platform for the international licensing business when it opens its doors from January 29 to February 2 next year. Licensing International will be the centre point of the show’s licensing …

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Acamar Films brings Bing’s Christmas to Vue and Showcase cinemas

Following the successful debut of Bing in cinemas last year, Acamar Films has now partnered with Vue and Showcase to develop a new feature-length cinema experience titled Bing’s Christmas. Bing’s Christmas will run exclusively in 105 cinemas across the UK from Friday November, 29. Acamar Films held a star-studded premiere …

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Barbie Store Fashion Pop Up extends contract at Liverpool One

The Barbie Store Fashion Pop Up, an exclusively opened fashion store from Mattel situated at Liverpool One, has extended its tenancy until Christmas Eve this year. The destination shopping spot that features a wardrobe of Barbie themed and inspired apparel and accessories, as well as exclusive in-store lines was opened …

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Grateful Dead fans can now paint their own psychedelic Dancing Bear Bobbleheads thanks to Kollectico

Fans of the US rock band, Grateful Dead can now paint their own psychedelic masterpiece thanks to the newly released Design & Paint Your Own Grateful Dead Dancing Bear Bobbleheads by Kollectico. The officially licensed Grateful Dead Dancing Bear bobbleheads are six-inches tall and come with a paint brush and paint …

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Coolabi turns to ChunkiChilli for hand-knitted Clangers in new focus for the brand

The British organic cotton soft toy company, ChunkiChilli has secured the rights to develop a new range of knitted toys based on the hit pre-school series, Clangers. In partnership with the independent international media group and rights owner, Coolabi Group, the new deal will mark the first time Clangers has …

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Posh Paws picks up parenting media awards for Toy Story 4 and Love Hearts plush

The team at the licensed plush specialist, Posh Paws is celebrating a duo of parent focused awards for its premium portfolio, with recognition going to its popular Toy Story 4 and Love Hearts collections. The online publication Made for Mums, recognised the company in its 2019 Awards with the Disney …

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Pop culture nostalgia: “The years ahead will belong to the ’90s,” says I Love Fancy Dress

Over the course of the last decade, the pop culture scene has been awash with ’80s revival. Popular sci-fi and horror franchises have celebrated major anniversaries, while era-defining movies such as ET, Ghostbusters, and Alien have been referenced or reconstructed through modern storytelling for audiences of the ’80s throwback generation. …

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Manchester United confirms it’s scored a LEGO partnership

Manchester United has secured a licensing agreement with the Billund-based toymaker, LEGO, the teetering Premier League giants revealed earlier this week. Hints of a partnership between the Danish toy firm and the current Premier League seventh placers were first spotted amid the football club’s financial figures for the first quarter …

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Pop art specialists Art & Hue launch Aardman artwork collection

The graphic pop art specialist, Art & Hue has joined forces with the UK’s cherished animation studio, Aardman to launch a new collection of stylish pop art prints featuring Wallace, Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, and Morph. “Art & Hue have a unique art style which is fresh and contemporary. I …

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Brands With Influence picks up Beo n Peno for UK licensing expansion

An award-winning children’s animated series, Beo n Peno is looking to grow its UK licensing activity with the help of the local market experts, Brands With Influence. Produced by Animantz, Beo n Peno is a fast paced animated series that following the story and friendship of the idiosyncratic Beo, the polar …

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