“I want us to be one of the most creative IP houses in the world”: Toikido’s Darran Garnham on collabs, collectibles and creativity

Toikido CEO and Founder Darran Garnham discusses the origins of Piñata Smashlings ­– and why he wants it to become the Fortnite for under 12s.

KINC launches kids and family-focused marketing agency, KidINC

“By leveraging global data and insights, we’re poised to craft client campaigns that not only entertain but also enrich the lives of young consumers,” said KidINC’s Cara Davies.

MGA Entertainment to launch L.O.L. Surprise! Loves Crayola dolls

“We are excited to bring two iconic brands together that kids and parents love,” said Isaac Larian, Founder and CEO at MGA Entertainment.

Irregular Choice’s TRANSFORMERS footwear to land in December

The range includes the ‘More Than Meets the Eye’ ankle boot, which boasts a removable jet wing on the side of the shoe.

Licensed products make up 27% of European toy sales this year, reports Circana

“The licensing of toys is keeping the sector in great shape as we move into the all-important Q4 holiday period,” said Melissa Symonds, UK Toys Director for Circana.

Mattel brings Hot Wheels and Sidemen together for co-branded apparel collection

“We are very honoured to be working with Hot Wheels to create a co-branded collection that is cool, relevant and that fans will love,” said Matt Peters, MD of Sidemen Clothing.

Deal or No Deal games on the way from Big Sky Games

“With the return of the global format to the UK market, these games will give people of all ages the opportunity to experience the excitement of the iconic game show at-home or on the move,” said Alice Bernardi, Director of International Brand Licensing at Banijay Brands.

WiT details 2023 Wonder Women winners

Hasbro’s Tanya Thompson scooped the Inbound Licensing award, Exploding Kittens’ Carly McGinnis was named Creative Genius while Jazwares’ Sunny Cho won the Designer/Inventor (Corporate) accolade.

Spin Master to launch toys for Paramount’s new Dora series in 2024

“Our talented design teams will leverage their deep experience of translating revered on-screen adventures into toys that will ignite pre-schoolers’ imaginations,” said Max Rangel, Spin Master’s Global President and CEO.

Pedigree Toys and Brands details slate of activity for Sindy’s 60th anniversary

Pedigree Toys and Brands has a museum exhibition and limited-edition doll launch in the works to mark the milestone.

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