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TRAP celebrates as Trading Standards busts Yorkshire counterfeit ring

Trademark and Rights Holders Against Piracy (TRAP) is celebrating the role it played in brining a major operation illegally making and selling trademarked clothing via eBay and Amazon to an end. The global counterfeit ring based in Yorkshire had generated sales of over £470,000 over a five year period of …

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Popeye launches into men’s grooming with Barbershop and Shave Company

King Features Syndicate has just detailed the launch of Popeye’s Barbershop & Shave Company, a new range of men’s grooming products featuring the iconic animated character himself. The new range spans hair pomade, beard oil, beard balm, beard wash, shave cream, post-shave lotion, and pre-shave oil, all sporting the look …

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Emoji lands fashion bag collab with Mexico’s Gorett

The Emoji Company has struck up a new partnership with the fashion label Gorett for a new collection of handbags inspired by the world of emojis. The collection – that includes vivid colours and avant-garde combinations, backpacks, crossed bodies and wallets – will be available across Mexico at Sears and …

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Incredibles and Moana falter for Jakks Pacific Q1 sales, but hope seen in Toy Story 4, Frozen 2 and Godzilla

Blame for a stark downturn in 2019 Q1 sales of 23.8 per cent compared to the same period the year prior at Jakks Pacific, has been placed at the doors of Toys R Us, as well as a decline in previously strong performing licenses such as The Incredibles 2, Moana, …

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Diadora expands Adult Swim partnership with new Rick and Morty collection

Diadora is launching part two of an exclusive capsule collection themed around the popular Adult Swim animation, Rick and Morty. It follows the earlier success of the sport brand’s first release under its partnership with Turner. TheRick and Morty x Diadora collection features a fresh take on two original Diadora …

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MV Sports, Aykroyds named among first PAW Patrol Summit award winners

Licensed and outdoor toys specialist, MV Sports has been named among Nickelodeon and Spin Master’s award-winning partners at the pair’s first PAW Patrol Summit. The toy company was joined by the likes of Aykroyds TDP, Dairycrest, and Primark to be recognised at the event. Last week, Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products …

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Dragons and Monster Jam fuel boys’ sector growth for Spin Master as PAW Patrol declines

How to Train Your Dragon, Monster Jam and Bakugan have been highlighted as the brands driving growth in Spin Master’s boys action category with sales surging 195.5 per cent in its Q1 trading report. The segment ended its first quarter trading period at $49.4 million, while activities, games, puzzles and …

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“Very strong first quarter” for Funko as sales grow 22 per cent

Funko continues to go from strength to strength, having just seen its net sales grow 22 per cent to $166.8 million in its first quarter trading results. In what the company’s CEO has cited as a “very strong quarter,” for the pop culture and collectables specialist, it looks to be …

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Transport for London strengthens international route with new licensing agents

TSBA Group is looking to strengthen its Transport For London brand in the international marketplace, with the appointment of two new licensing agents. The London-based firm has tapped License Connection to act as the brand’s agent in the Benelux region, while MJA Licensing will be heading up TfL’s activity in …

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GB Eye sees ‘strong growth for 2019’ with Hello Communications partnership

The licensed giftware specialist, GB Eye is looking to build on its 2018 success with what it has said is a ‘strong trajectory of growth’ at retail across the UK and Europe. As part of its plans, the firm is doubling its marketing efforts and bolstering its corporate, retail and …

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