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Licensing International UK’s Winter Warmer returns to The Ivy Club for 2019

The UK office of Licensing International has detailed the return of the ever-popular annual Winter Warmer, the event targeting senior licensing industry executives. Licensing International’s Winter Warmer will return to Covent Gardens’ iconic The Ivy Club, and will this year be sponsored by HKTDC (Hong Kong Trade Development Council), and …

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Barbie moves in on the travel market with Samsonite bag and luggage partnership

Mattel’s fashion doll brand Barbie is moving into the travel accessories market, thanks to an exclusive new partnership with Samsonite. Not content with inspiring two generations over the past 60 years, Barbie is making a play for the travel sector via its new capsule Samsonite x Barbie collection, which promises …

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Universal celebrates 35 years of Back to the Future

Universal has turned the clocks back to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the beloved film franchise, Back to the Future, with the launch of a whole programme of ‘inspired-by’ merchandise, theatrical re-releases, celebrations, digital content and more. Proceedings officially kicked of on October 21st, the fan-created anniversary of the date …

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Doors open at FAO Schwarz’s first European location in London’s Selfridges

FAO Schwarz – the oldest US toy retailer – has finally opened the doors of its new 22,000 square foot location in London, housing itself within the capital city’s flagship Selfridges. A 157-year-old New York toy shop, FAO Schwarz once upon a time occupied the General Motors Building on Fifth …

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Atlantyca’s Geronimo Stilton taps into audio story market with FABA

Atlantyca Entertainment is tapping into the audio story market, having signed a new partnership with the Italian audio book company, Maikii and its new story telling block, FABA. Under the deal, Maikii will produce a line of Geronimo Stilton classic-branded 3D figurines, each containing original Geronimo Stilton audio books. The …

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Egmont Publishing teams with MGA to launch Poopsie Slime Surprise magazine

Egmont Publishing has partnered with MGA Entertainment to launch a new children’s magazine, Poopsie Slime Surprise. Developed by MGA, the current number two toy company in the UK, Poopsie Slime Surprise products combine the surprise unboxing toy trend with pop culture and parody references. The magazine will target readers aged …

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Aardman’s Peter Lord and BBC Children’s Sarah Muller to lead Manimation keynotes

Manimation, the UK’s annual gathering of the animation community, has detailed this year’s keynote, welcoming speeches fromPeter Lord, co-founder and creative director of Aardman Animations, and Sarah Muller, head of BBC Children’s acquisitions and independent animation. The Manchester event will gather key industry players together to offer creative and business …

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Smiffys prepares for Destination Star Trek with new range of official dress up

The dress up and party specialist, Smiffys, has secured a new line of official Star Trek costumes, thanks to a deal brokered by Wildbrain CPLG with the brand owners, CBS Consumer Products. Smiffys’ exclusive range of Star Trek dress-up pays homage to the franchise’s favourite characters and will launch officially …

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Disney Store launches first floor Star Wars and Marvel hub, Destination 350

Disney Store has launched a new in-store hub for all things Star Wars and Marvel with the grand opening of D350 (Destination 350) in its London’s Oxford Street store. The new first floor space will house not only the most up to date product for collectors to get their hands …

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