Retail

World’s most valuable toy brands could lose up to $3bn in brand value to Covid-19, says Brand Finance report

The world’s top 25 most valuable toy brands – a list that includes the likes of LEGO, Barbie, and Bandai – could lose up to $3 billion worth of brand value as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest report to emerge from the independent brand valuation …

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Games Workshop sees trading beat expectations as the hobby franchise finds growth in online sales

Games Workshop is continuing to play its role as the Great British success story, having reported that trading in the three months to August 30th was ahead of the board’s expectations thanks in part to a solid online performance. The miniature wargaming company has said current estimates show sales of …

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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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Acamar Films sees ‘huge growth for Bing toy sales’ as MV Sports and 8th Wonder join the roster

Acamar Films’ hit pre-school series Bing has seen toy sales achieve huge growth at UK retail over the past year, with the NPD Group listing it within the top ten fastest growing toy licenses for the period of January to June 2020. The surge follows the launch the Golden Bear …

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Jazwares met with ‘incredible demand’ for CoComelon debut toy line

Jazwares has been met with ‘incredible demand’ for its CoComelon toy line, range of plush, vehicles, figurines, and role play toys that made its debut at retail this year and marks the first toy launch for the popular pre-school 3D animated series. The toy firm has stated that it is …

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Hamleys expansion and investment ‘will be significant and worthy of a 260 year old brand’

Hamleys is pushing forward with expansion plans for its 260 year old toy selling business which includes a refurbishment of its iconic London store on Regent Street and the potential to open new stores across the UK. The toy retailer’s current owner Reliance Brands has underlined its plans to for …

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The Rolling Stones to open world-first flagship store on London’s Carnaby Street

Rock ‘n’ roll legends, the Rolling Stones are to open a world-first flagship store on London’s Carnaby Street, featuring exclusive new fashion and merchandise under the RS No. 9 Carnaby brand from this September. The new store has been created in partnership with Bravado, Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand …

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Hasbro, Pokemon and Penguin Ventures among first exhibitors taking part in Festival of Licensing

Hasbro, The Pokemon Company, Penguin Ventures, and the Natural History Museum are among just some of the biggest names to be taking part in the new virtual Festival of Licensing running this October and taking the place of Brand Licensing Europe this year. Brands from across the entertainment, publishing, gaming, …

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Debenhams puts liquidation firm on standby but insists it is “trading strongly”

Debenhams has put a liquidation firm on standby to draw up contingency plans for the department store chain should it not find a solution to its current financial crisis. The company, which is now in administration, has hired Hilco Capital to undertake the task should an answer not be found. …

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Winners of the 2020 Licensing International Excellence Awards revealed in virtual awards ceremony

The winners of the 2020 Licensing International Excellence Awards have been revealed in the industry’s first virtual awards ceremony that brought together nearly 1,000 executives from around the world for the celebrations. Hosted by Handcraft VP and stand-up comic Marshall Mizrahi, the event saw licensing powerhouse Martha Stewart inducted into …

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