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The Natural History Museum teams with the Wizarding World for Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature

The Natural History Museum has teamed up with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to launch a new exhibition that brings together the magical creatures of the Fantastic Beasts franchise and wonders of life on Earth. Called Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, the exhibition was originally scheduled to open …

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London Toy Fair 2021 cancelled over Covid-19 restrictions

Toy Fair 2021 has been cancelled, the BTHA has confirmed in an update sent industry-wide today. Owing to the latest in government restrictions amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the BTHA, in conversation with London Olympia, have made the decision to cancel the 2021 event. The industry body has stated that …

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Magic Light Pictures teams with Royal Botanical Gardens to bring new Gruffalo Adventures trail to Kew

Magic Light Pictures has teamed up with the Royal Botanic Gardens to launch a new Gruffalo Adventures trail in Kew Gardens’ striking Arboretum this October. The Arboretum – home to 14,000 trees – will play host to author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s much-loved characters during the half-term holidays …

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Tracey Colliston’s Owls’ Nest and George Mackay’s Eejits win Festival of Licensing’s License This! competition

The winners of this year’s all virtual License This! competition have been declared, with the grand prizes being handed to the Lancashire-based Tracey Colliston in the Brand & Design category, and George Mackay from Caithness in Scotland in Character & Animation. It was Colliston’s sentimental Owls’ Nest illustrations of British …

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The Toy Association outlines plans to move New York Toy Fair to May 2021

The Toy Association has laid out its plans to host the annual New York International Toy Fair in May 2021. In a President’s letter issued by the association and penned by Steve Pasierb, it has underlined its mission to ‘bring the industry back together as soon as it is safe …

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Banijay, Sanrio, and Diageo make up final keynotes for Festival of Licensing Live Stage

Festival of Licensing has revealed the final three keynotes to take its Live Stage – this year sponsored by Crunchyroll – as it welcomes Banijay, Sanrio, and Diageo to the fold. The three firms will take up the European, Asian, and Americas keynotes respectively. Banijay recently became the world’s largest …

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DreamToys 2020: Date confirmed for all digital event

The DreamToys committee and the Toy Retailers Association have confirmed the new date of this year’s all-virtual DreamToys event as October 28th, a date that coincides with the October half term. Organised by the Toy Retailers Association, DreamToys is billed as ‘the most authoritative predictive list of what will be …

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When all the world’s a stage: Festival of Licensing and lessons in staying global

In a year that has so far witnessed brands the world over pushing the envelope of innovation in a bid to maintain a foothold in a rapidly shifting ground underfoot, it is perhaps the events and hospitality space that has had to do the most legwork. Industry-wide, the usual calendar …

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Mythological Japanese IP Samurai Animals prepares for 10th anniversary with licensing showcase

The global licensing award-nominated character franchise, and popular Japanese IP, Samurai Animals is preparing to celebrate its tenth anniversary next year, with an 11-month run-up of launches, including a new online platform, promotional video, and a series of trade show exhibit initiatives. Samurai Animal is a mythical Japanese saga that …

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Forbidden Planet partners BBC Studios and Titan Merchandise on ‘most ambitious Doctor Who merch project ever’

Geek pop culture and hobby retailer, Forbidden Planet has partnered with BBC Studios and Titan Merchandise to launch an exclusive apparel and giftware range for Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious, in what it has billed its ‘most ambitious Doctor Who merchandising project ever.’ Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious is a …

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