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Techno Source and KD Interactive Introduce Kurio Phone

TECHNO SOURCE KURIO PHONETechno Source, a division of LF Products (a Li & Fung company), and KD Interactive, a division of KD group have announced the Kurio Phone, a smartphone designed specifically for kids. The product will feature advanced parental controls and safety features as well as an Internet filtering system. The Kurio Phone will also include GPS tracking and phone use management by the parent.

The smartphone was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 5. It will also be showcased daily at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in the Kids@Play TechZone in Las Vegas from Jan. 7 to 10. The Kurio Phone is expected to ship this spring.

Techno Source Named New Licensee for Barney

Hit Entertainment has appointed Techno Source, a division of LF Products, as a  toy licensee for Barney. Under the terms of the deal, the Barney toy range from Techno Source will include plush, play sets, and figurines, launching this spring in the U.S. and Canada.

Barney & Friends can be seen on PBS Kids and Sprout in the U.S., and on Treehouse TV in Canada. Episodes are also available for download through iTunes.

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Techno Source to Distribute Character Options Toys in the U.S.

Techno Source, a division of LF Products, has signed a deal to distribute selected lines of toy company Character Options’ best-selling products, in the U.S. The partnership deepens the companies’ existing relationship, under which Character Options has distributed many of Techno Source’s products in the UK for nearly a decade.

Techno Source will bring to market a number of Character Options’ original and licensed toys under its Techno Source and Toy Island brands. The first products to launch under this partnership will be a Scooby-Doo toy line, as part of a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

Character Options holds the master toy license for Scooby-Doo in the UK and U.S. The Scooby-Doo products, which include figures, play sets, vehicles, plush, and goo, will be available at mass and specialty retailers beginning in the spring.