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Independent Toy and Gift Show dates released

Hornby opens store in Swindon Designer Outlet

Hornby has opened a dedicated retail store at Swindon Designer Outlet. Nathaniel Southworth, sales and brands

director, commented: “The consumer will ultimately decide what, where, and when they will buy our products. Our team remains committed to producing products that our consumers fi nd highly desirable. As Hornby moves to being a consumer-focused business, we have to get closer to the consumer. This store is a progressive step for the business in receiving direct feedback from the consumer and in understanding all the challenges our retail customers face. It will help our team appreciate fi rst-hand the operational effi ciencies we need to achieve to improve our service to retailers.”

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The second Independent Toy and Gift Show will be taking place at Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre in Shirley, Solihull, across 15-16 April 2014. Supplier bookings are now being taken. Please contact Charlotte Roberts by e-mailing for further details. Registration, admission and parking are free for all independent Toy and Children’s Gift retailers. Visit www.independenttoyandgift. to view a video of the 2013 show when over 100 exhibitors showcased their ranges.

Dream Toys 2013 top toys list revealed

Selected by a panel of independent buyers that represents 80% of toy retailers, the Dream Toys list is independent and widely respected as the most accurate predictive list of the toys that will be most in demand this Christmas. In addition to selecting the Top 50 toys, the panel also announced the top toys that they believe will take centre stage under the tree come December 25th. The top toys this year are (in alphabetical order): •

City Coast Guard, Lego

• Doc McStuffi ns Doctor’s Bag Playset, GP Flair • • • •

Flying Fairy by Flutterbye, Spin Master Toys Furby Boom!, Hasbro InnoTab 3S, VTech

LeapPad Ultra, LeapFrog

• Monopoly Empire, Hasbro • Monster High 13 Wishes Doll, Mattel • Nerf N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18, Hasbro • Robo Fishbowl, Zuru-Geemac (distributed by Tobar in the UK)

Ingo announces new products for Toy Fair

Ingo Devices will showcase its new generation of tablets and accessories, featuring licences such as Monster High, Hello Kitty, Violetta and Max Steel. Ingo will also launch its own IngoKid tablet, targeting the pre-school market. The company will also introduce tablets with karaoke. Its Violetta tablet comes with a

microphone and the Violetta app with exclusive songs from the show, while the Monster High and Ingo Karaoke tablets come with a microphone and karaoke app with over 4,000 international hits. Both the Violetta app and the Ingo Karaoke app can be downloaded via the Ingo app store.


• Teksta Robotic Puppy, Character Options Details of all the top 50 toys, including press releases on the categories and images of the toys, can be found online at: https:// Gary Grant, chairman of the Dream Toys committee, commented: “Christmas 2013 is set to be a strong year for toys and this is a great Dream Toys list that refl ects not only the need for toys to appeal to all budgets and tastes, but also how tech is continuing to increase its infl uence within toys, from pads and robotic dogs to fl ying fairies and fi sh. The list perfectly illustrates the innovation, diversity and widespread appeal of toys, whilst acknowledging that parents and families need a variety of price options.”

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