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Lights going out at Toys R Us

Geoffrey the Giraffe

Sad new indeed that Toys R Us finally went into administration today. Unable to pay the HMRC a £15mn VAT bill and failing to find a buyer willing to stump it up for them in time (and about £100mn more) the lights are about to go out at the rather …

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Tonka trucks are utterly terrific

  As an outfit that embraces all things digital, AR, VR and such it still thrills us to the bone when nostalgia knocks, and knock hard it has this week. So Funrise and Hasbro are collaborating to breathe new life into the Tonka range of toys, there’ll be Tonka Power …

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Barbie line-up now includes Lara

Lara - tomb Raider Lady

The range of Barbie shapes, races and guises has been extended yet further with the arrival of the new Tomb Raider Barbie. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander plays the adventurer in the new film out in mid-March and the doll is based on her film look complete with map, journal and …

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Power Rangers fall into Hasbro hands

Power Rangers falls into Hasbro hands

Charge the Zeo crystals and prepare to shift it into turbo as Saban’s Power Rangers switches gear. In what is probably the most shocking news to come out of New York Toy Fair 2018, Saban has parted ways with long time partner Bandai in favour of the Transformers power-house Hasbro. …

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Gongs handed out for the best in play

New York Toy Fair

This year’s U.S. Toy Industry Awards have been announced by NPD, the data collecting agency that tells the world what’s hot and, by default what is not. From our roving reporter over at New York Toy Fair who admints to perhaps having one too many at the awards here is …

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Hogwarts Great Hall gets the brick treatment

LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall

The Danish brick outfit are a tad shy of Toy Fairs these days, we didn’t see them in London and it was all undercover in Nuremberg (the words biggest gathering of toy trade people) so they’re unveiling all their new 2018 wares at New York Toy fair this week. We’ve …

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Video review – Marvel at the Hasbro Black Panther range

Black Panther

  The Toyminator returns together with a trio of Black Panther Vibranium role play items and his glamorous assistant. Count the number of times you’ll hear “around the £20 mark” – This pair are the ONLY superheroes you need on your screen today:  

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Magic up some beans

Perhaps it is his angry face, far not though jelly bean fans, a tap of the tail and sugary goodness will be made available. Ideal for fans of the mythical beast and/or the sugary treat – that’ll be everyone then. FIREBOX  

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