As the Games and Puzzles issue of ToyNews makes its way to readers up and down a country turned on its head by the current COVID-19 pandemic, there’s an old saying I like to turn to in times like these:
‘You don’t know resilience until you’ve put a magazine to press with a screaming five year old rolling across your laptop, while holding on to your very last nerve with fingers covered in what you hope is chocolate, as life as you know it changes around you by the minute.’
Actually, there really isn’t. There isn’t an old saying or rule book to fall back onto for comfort or wisdom for any of what we as a collective are experiencing right now. There is nothing to tell us what is right and what is wrong apart from a moral compass and the direction it is pointing as we write these pages of history ourselves.
These truly are unprecedented times. And what a privilege it is that – when all of this is over and normality is restored – I can say I stood with an industry that can look back with pride at its actions throughout this global upheaval and the manner in which it conducted itself.
Of the conversations I have had with retailers and industry experts through the week in which the UK took its toughest knock amid the COVID-19 pandemic, all of them were about support, community, resilience, perseverance, and coming out of this unified and stronger than ever.
Life will certainly be different on the other side of this, and I’m optimistic for what we can achieve.
In the meantime, it’s been noted across the industry that throughout this period of social distancing, self isolation, and school closures, that more than ever families, children, and individuals are turning to the relief of board games and puzzles and their ability to transport players to new worlds, and new reaches of cognitive abilities, as we all play our parts in the fight against COVID-19.
The Games and Puzzles issue of ToyNews takes this opportunity to showcase some of the latest developments in this ever-exciting space, including in depth discussions with Ravensburger North America and Funko Games and the latest evolution of the tabletop game, opinions form the industry’s experts, a run down on what to expect from this year’s UK Games Expo when it lands on its new date later this year, and plenty more.
We also get up close with this month’s cover stars, Metomics to find out what the team is bringing to the construction toy space for 2020 and beyond, and explore the great outdoors market with MV Sports and plenty more.
Of course, no issue of ToyNews would be complete without its exclusive regular content and faces, and we deliver it all in this month’s issue.