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Disney taps augmented reality for ‘Star Wars’ toy event

LOS ANGELES: Walt Disney Co will send "Star Wars" characters into the realm of augmented reality next week to draw fans into stores as they release new merchandise tied to upcoming movie the "The Last Jedi," the company said in a statement on Thursday. Starting at 12:01 a.m. PDT (3.01 a.m. ET) on Sept. 1, more than 20,000 retail locations in 30 countries will feature displays that fans can scan with their smartphones to reveal characters such as Rey or Chewbacca. Using augmented reality technology, users will see the…

Historic London toy store predicts top Christmas picks

LONDON: Historic London toy store Hamleys on Thursday unveiled its top 10 gift picks for children this Christmas, as British retailers start preparing for the crucial shopping season. Its list of expected popular gifts includes a magic set, a game in which players get can get hit in the face with whipped cream or a wet sponge, a troll doll, smartwatches and a "Star Wars" virtual reality viewer. British stores tend to gear up early for the winter holidays, with London department store Selfridges opening its Christmas shop…