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Burger King UK drops plastic toys from kids’ meals while McDonald’s adds ‘swapping out’ option to Happy Meals

“Work is currently underway across all of our markets to look at how we can completely move away from non bio-degradable plastic toys by 2023,” said Fernando Machado, global chief marketing officer at Burger King.

2019 TAGIE finalists revealed

“Our mission is to honour and celebrate the inventors and industry experts who stand out in the toy and game industry for their exceptionally innovative spirit of fun, philanthropy, and humanitarianism,” said ChiTAG’s Mary Couzin.

Wild & Wolf’s Avocado Smash gathers momentum overseas

There are now translated copies of Avocado Smash in Hungary, Israel, Poland and Korea.

Funko movie in the works from Warner Bros

“This isn’t about selling toys or building a brand; the team at Warner Animation Group have a unique vision of what the first film should be and we are extremely excited to take this journey alongside them,” said Funko’s Brian Mariotti.

TOMY debuts ‘first-ever evolving toy’, Rizmo

“TOMY is globally recognised as a pioneer of innovative and imaginative toys, and this heritage has led to perhaps the most engaging and charming toy ever,” said Pete Henseler, president of TOMY International.

Jenga, Care Bears and Magic: The Gathering in the running to join Toy Hall of Fame

Others include My Little Pony, Fisher-Price Corn Popper and the smartphone.

Hasbro looks to celebrate female inventors with Ms Monopoly

“Through the introduction of Ms. Monopoly, we want to recognise and celebrate the many contributions women have made to our society and continue to make on a daily basis,” said Hasbro’s Jen Boswinkel.

LEGO sees revenue grow 4% in first half of 2019

“We are satisfied with our performance given the transformative shifts which continue to reshape the global toy industry,” said LEGO CEO Niels B Christiansen.

Tech Will Save Us looks to inspire game designers of the future with new Arcade Coder

A tactile, programmable game console, the Arcade Coder ‘empowers every kid to become a confident game designer’.

Reach Robotics to close

“The consumer robotics sector is an inherently challenging space – especially for a start-up,” said Reach Robotics founder Silas Adekunle.

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