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Dave Middleton’s Midco Toys has released its own version of the pre-Christmas top toys list. Dave’s list takes a very


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Midco Toys reveals top ten toys for Christmas


different approach to those we have already seen, and we at Toy World thought it was worth highlighting for this reason. Dave said: “Our Christmas top ten isn’t a copy-and-paste job from the nationals, we make an effort to bring cutting-edge hot licences and products to the trade before anyone else knows they exist. Stay classy, Toy World.” The list is as follows: • Rainbow Loom, H Grossman • Rainbow Loom Multicolour Band Booster, H Grossman • Adventure Time eight-inch plush, Character Options • Walking Dead Daryl and Merle Dixon action figure two-pack, Star Images


• Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper Bobblehead, Gear 4 Games • Anchor Man Talking Ron Burgundy figure, Diamond Comics • Sooty hand puppet, DNA Toys • My Little Pony trading card game Starter Deck, Esdevium • Minecraft Creeper plush, Spin Master Toys • Walking Dead Monopoly, Diamond Comics


Funko and Underground team up


Funko and Underground Toys have announced an exclusive partnership, which will see Underground incorporate the Funko line of products within its range of licensed merchandise. Funko is the creator and manufacturer


of a variety of entertainment-related toys, most notably bobbleheads, blind box mini figures and their own brand, Pop! Vinyl. Funko currently services US retailers of all sizes, including Hot Topic, Barnes and Noble, FYE and Walmart, as well as having a presence in most international markets. Underground is a global entertainment


merchandise company headquartered in London and distributing its own licensed products to European retailers such as Toys R Us, Tesco, Asda, Carrefour and FNAC. The arrangement is formally active January 1st 2014, but Underground is


already transitioning the business. Some of the existing European distributors will remain in place, now sourcing their stock from Underground.


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Amazon.co.uk names best- selling product of last 15 years


• Bananagrams – Winning Moves • Original Rubik’s Cube – John Adams • Shopping List – Orchard Toys • Scrabble – Hasbro • Monopoly – Hasbro • Medical Carrycase • Pop-up Pirate – Tomy • Pass the Pigs – Winning Moves • 20Q – Mattel • Butterfly Garden – Insect Lore • BrainBox – The World – Green Board Games • 20Q Version 2 – Mattel • Picooz RC helicopter – Silverlit • Articulate – Drumond Park • Addictable – Kidult


The online retailer revealed its best-selling toys of all time to mark its 15th birthday. Bananagrams, where players have to build a crossword against the clock, has been named as the most popular toy of all time on Amazon.co.uk. The full list is as follows:


Simon sales prove the strength of a classic


The classic Simon game is currently celebrating its 35th anniversary with a re- launch in the UK; it is distributed by Goldfish and Bison under licence from Hasbro. Retail


sales are strong, and Halesworth Toys recently tweeted: “Well this has been a surprise. An old favourite flying out again and I need to order a load more. #simon.” Lee-Anne Neal said: “We are delighted to hear that Simon is proving so popular at Halesworth Toys. The response we had when we first announced Simon was part of the 2013 range, was very supportive. It just goes to show that a great toy will transcend through the ages. Simon was the first toy created with a computer chip and is as fun and addictive to play as when it was first launched 35 years ago.” Simon is the fast-paced memory game where players have to repeat


increasingly long sequences of flashing colours and tone by tapping the same pattern on Simon. There are three game types to play with single and multiplayer modes. The game forces players to put their memories and skills to the test to beat the high scores to win. It currently retails at £19.99. The original Simon game was first seen at the iconic Studio 54 nightclub


in New York City in 1978. Simon became a cultural phenomenon through mass media exposure and has continued to experience strong sales over the intervening decades.


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