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Transformers and Magic: The Gathering help Hasbro to Q1 success

The Transformers franchise and the tabletop phenomenon Magic: The Gathering have helped Hasbro to first quarter profit as the global toymaker’s revenues exceed forecasts. Net revenues have jumped two per cent from one year ago to hit $732.5 million, marking the first of such increase in six consecutive quarters. The …

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Sanrio signs up Lazy Oaf for Mr Men Little Miss statement collection

Sanrio’s popular Mr. Men Little Miss brand has teamed up with the fashion name Lazy Oaf for a unisex range of apparel and accessories. The 17 piece collection will include a statement cardigan with iconic scenes from the classic books, a Mr. Happy jumpsuit and a range of Mr. Lazy tees. Launching …

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Preschool property Zoonicorns grows global presence with South Korean agent

The popular children’s property, Zoonicorns is growing its international presence as the ink dries on a new partnership with the South Korean licensing agent, AMNCO. This is the latest move for the preschool brand that started its life in children’s books and plush and has been growing year on year …

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Branded hotels and vacations could be next stop for cult classics like Terminator and Bill and Ted

Branded hotels and themed holidays could just be the next stop for cult classic licenses The Terminator, Bill and Ted and Halloween, if the US specialist Creative Licensing Corporation has anything to do with things. The licensing agency that deals with a portfolio of pop culture classic properties and hit …

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Universal’s Classic Monsters rise up at Universal Studios retail

Universal’s Classic Monsters appear to have risen once again, this time as the focal point of an entire retail destination within Universal Studios Florida. The studio has revamped its Cyber Image Store – a former Terminator 2: 3D gift shop – into a curated Universal’s Classic Monsters shop, moving away …

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Award-winning pre-school series Hey Duggee grows retail orders 400 per cent in one year

The popular pre-school property Hey Duggee has seen a 400 per cent increase in its retail orders since March last year, the consumer products team at BBC Studios has revealed. The series is continuing to resonate with audiences across the UK, having recently been awarded the Preschool Award at the …

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Mike Ashley calls Debenhams’ deal a “national scandal” as lenders plan to close 50 stores

Shop Direct owner Mike Ashley has labelled his defeat in the fight for ownership of the department store chain a ‘national scandal,’ as its new owners now draw up plans to close more than 50 stores. The plans, busy being drawn up last night, put at risk some 4,000 jobs …

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Aurora World secures month-long John Lewis campaign for Moomin plush

Moomin plush licensee, Aurora World has secured a hot spot area in the flagship John Lewis store in London’s Oxford Street for a Moomin-focused event running for the month of April. The month-long celebration will coincide with the marketing – and launch – of the hotly anticipated new animated series …

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UK’s first Angry Birds adventure gold attraction lands at intu Metrocentre

Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds is landing in intu’s Metrocentre this year with the first Angry Birds adventure golf attraction to hit the UK. This is the first in a planned roll-out of the adventure golf sites for across the UK, designed in partnership between Rovio Entertainment and Namco UK Ltd. …

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