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Lego buys out partner in schools unit

The toy maker Lego has taken full control of its education division after buying the remaining 49 per cent stake for €4.4m (£3.7m) from the UK-listed education supplier RM.

Hawkin's Bazaar owner in administration

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<p>1. Power Ranger</p>
<p>£6.99, toysrus.co.uk</p>
<p>Unite in the fight against the Netherworld with the Power Rang- ers 10cm figure collection from Bandai. There are five to collect.</p>

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1. Power Ranger

£6.99, toysrus.co.uk

Unite in the fight against the Netherworld with the Power Rangers 10cm figure collection from Bandai. There are five to collect.

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A sprawling, multi-gallery exhibition of West Coast art shines a light on artists who flourished before the market took over their world, says Karen Wright

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Dot.chaos: Fears over costly new web domains

A proposition to create 1,000 costly new internet domains is causing concern among businesses and panic among non-profit bodies, says Stephen Foley
Stage rage: The school nativity play has always been a mine field for parental tensions

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End the eternal quest for a gift that's durable, smart and more fun than the box it came in

Crawling crabs sidle into UK to pinch festive sales

A toy crab which has taken the US by storm is be launched in the UK in time for Christmas, the toy distributor Character said yesterday. The group hopes XiaXia, pronounced ShaSha and developed by the creators of ZhuZhu Pets, will help to prop up sales amid a tough festive toy market.

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The 2011 Dream Toys list reveals retailers' hopes for what will be the big sellers this festive season

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Giving little ones noise-making toys can be fun and educational (if your eardrums can stand it).

Bratz beats Barbie in America's $310m legal battle of the dolls

The latest round in the knockdown, drag-out fight between the makers of the iconic teenage fashion doll Barbie and of her upstart catwalk competitors the Bratz has been resolved by a judge in California – and it's the former who has her tights in a twist and her hair in a tangle.

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