The bumper January/February issue of ToyNews is now available to read online and on your iPad, here.
It’s that time of year again, when the industry descends upon London Olympia before jetting off to Nuremberg to indulge in all the frivolities that are part and parcel of the annual Toy Fair season.
And to celebrate, we have once again brought to you our bumper Toy Fair special featuring the latest news, the biggest features and jam packed with interviews from across the industry.
We kick 2016 off with an in-depth look at the 20 toys that have shaped the industry, as voted for by the industry itself, including the top execs, the retail scene and the big-name inventors.
After our dose of nostalgia, we take a look at what the year ahead has in store for us, as we talk to key executives from the toy industry in our View From the Top feature, as well as talking exclusively to ToyLikeMe campaigner Rebecca Atkinson about the inclusive toy box movement.
The 30 Under 30 (sponsored by Gameplan Europe) is back for another year, highlighting the work and efforts of the whippersnappers of the industry.
The features don’t end there. In fact, we’re far from over as we take a look at the latest toy properties to make their way to the big screen in the coming years as well as talk exclusively to one of the US toy market’s biggest inventor houses, Big Monster Toys.
Big Potato detail their big plans for 2016, while UK newcomers The Toy Store outline the next steps forwards in the retail scene.
Super heroes come under the microscope and we also manage to pin down the elusive creator of Kickstarter’s most-backed toy/game project to date, Exploding Kittens in our exclusive chat with Elan Lee.
The Licensing Hotlist returns for 2016, as well as the Toy News extensive retail survey, in which we ask the UK’s independent toy retail scene the questions that matter the most.
Generation Media even has an exclusive pull-out this issue, with the latest stats on the children’s market all to help you stay ahead of the curve this year.
Of course, let’s not forget the main event that is Toy Fair season, and the Toy Fair, Nuremberg and Spring Fair sectors, highlighting some of the biggest and best the products that will be gracing the aisles at this year’s shows.
As always, no issue of ToyNews would be complete without its line-up of exclusive regulars, and this month, we offer you them by the bucket load with contributions from NPD, Generation Media, Steve Reece and Richard Heayes.
Click here to enjoy your copy of ToyNews online and let’s get toy Fair season off the to right start.