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Ravensburger Previews 2023 Disney Products at Nuremberg International Toy Fair

As Ravensburger welcomes its 140th anniversary and Disney celebrates 100 Years of Wonder, consumers are invited to bring the magic home with a new line of games and puzzles that reflect both companies’ legacies of fun. From games featuring classic Disney animated characters to puzzles with Star Wars-inspired artwork to the debut of trading card game Disney Lorcana – 2023 will be packed with fan-favorite products for customers of all ages.

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Hess Announces First Plush Tugboat

Hess has announced a new addition to its Hess Toy Truck collection — the fourth in its plush toy series designed especially for its youngest fans. My Plush Hess Truck: 2023 Tugboat is now on sale exclusively at HessToyTruck.com with free standard shipping and Energizer batteries included. Ideal for birthday or new baby gifts, the 2023 Plush Tugboat is safe for all ages with features that include soft and durable green fabric with colorful accents, squeeze-activated flashing LED lights, two iconic sing-along songs, an auto shutoff night-light, silent mode, and an easy-grab engine stack. The 2023 commemorative license plate and accompanying personalizable keepsake Tugboat Captain’s License tag follows the Hess Toy Truck collectability tradition. The Hess plush toy line has received several prestigious awards including a Mom’s Choice Award, a National Parenting Product Award, and the National Parent Center Seal of Approval.

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Poetic Brands Launches New Footwear Division with Signing from Squishmallows

Poetic Brands, the leading and innovative apparel licensee, is pleased to announce the launch of its newly developed footwear division. The first signing for this new division is Original Squishmallows – the lovable, ultra-soft, collectible plush phenomenon from Jazwares. Producing children’s footwear and slippers initially, this partnership is the perfect way for Poetic Brands to showcase their new line.

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New Rom Com Game from University Games Arrives in Time for Valentine’s Day

Gather your friends and couples for a fun date night with University Games’ new Rom Com Game, a trivia game that’s all about the perfect pairs, romantic one-liners and famous on-screen relationships from popular Romantic Comedy movies. The charmingly-entertaining new Rom Com Game (4 or more players, ages 12+) arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day this year.

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Boat Rocker Secures New ‘Dino Ranch’ Deals in the Americas

Boat Rocker, an independent, integrated global entertainment company, has announced a range of new deals for its rapidly growing Dino Ranch franchise across the Americas.  The seven new licensees will significantly extend the number of categories and products available for this dino-might brand. Little rancheroos in the U.S., Canada and Latin America will soon be able to engage with a multitude of new products including jigsaw puzzles, games, hand puppets, party goods, wheeled goods and protective gear, youth electronics, sound books and apparel.

KidStuff World of EPI Little Kids Inc
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Little Kids Inc & World of EPI Hop on KidStuff PR’s Carousel as Agency of Record

KidStuff Public Relations founder Lisa Orman announced that Little Kids, Inc and World of EPI (Entertainment, Publishing and Inspiration) have retained KidStuff PR as their agency of record. Both beloved and respected brands will now have KidStuff PR handle its media, social and influencer relations, effective January 2023.  In addition, small businesses Fireside Games and FluffyWeight are joining as clients in February 2023.  Fireside is promoting several best-selling games with a focus on My First Castle Panic, while FluffyWeight is launching its weighted stuffed animal line, which got its start after mom Elena Foley searched high and low for a weighted stuffy when her child was diagnosed with ADHD (and she herself was subsequently, too) and the family doctor recommended getting one. Finding none, she staged a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in Q42020 for a weighted stuffed animal, and then her official launch was delayed due to the pandemic. 

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Faber-Castell USA Announces Partnership with The World of Eric Carle

The World of Eric Carle has partnered with Faber-Castell USA’s Creativity for Kids brand, to create a series of children’s craft kits featuring Eric Carle’s timeless story The Very Hungry Caterpillar, set to launch this Spring 2023. The partnership was brokered by The Joester Loria Group, exclusive global licensing agent for The World of Eric Carle. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft Kits from the Creativity for Kids line extends this classic children’s story beyond the book to a variety of thoughtfully chosen and inspiring craft and play activities.

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Laurent Taieb to Manage Licensing for Hit Kids’ Property Tara Duncan

Princess Sam Entertainment Group has appointed Laurent Taieb to manage licensing for its hit kids’ adventure-comedy-fantasy Tara Duncan as it transitions from publishing phenomenon to screen success. As Head of Licensing for the Princess Sam Consumer Products division, Laurent Taieb will bring more than thirty years of proven operational experience in sales and marketing, entertainment products, international brand marketing, consulting and, of course, consumer products and licensing, to the Tara Duncan campaign. As well as running his own successful consulting business he has worked for Viacom, Nickelodeon, CPLG, Fox Home Entertainment, Ideal Loisirs, and iconic motoring brand Motul.

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WildBrain Takes Summer Memories on a Global Adventure

WildBrain, a global leader in kids’ and family entertainment, has secured the first wave of international sales for Summer Memories, the 2D-animated series created by Adam Yaniv (Night at the Museum, Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks) and produced by A&N Productions, Aircraft Pictures and Yeti Farm Creative. The new broadcasters on board for season one (40×12’) include Prime Video for Germany, Austria and Switzerland; ABC Australia; and Showmax for Africa. WildBrain handles distribution on the series internationally and will present Summer Memories to buyers at the upcoming Kidscreen Summit (February 12-15, Miami).