The ToyNews Spring/Summer issue it available to read online, on your smartphone, iPad, or desktop now, featuring exclusive interviews, features, insight, market data, and more – all at your fingertips.
In this issue of ToyNews, we kick proceedings off with an exclusive chat with Exploding Kittens’ Joeri Hoste about the tremendous growth that the tabletop game publisher – and creator of the Kickstarter record-setting Exploding Kittens phenomenon – has seen over the past year. With new titles for 2021 already revealed, and a whole slate more yet to come, these make for exciting times for the gaming specialists.
Next, we go on to explore the changing jigsaw puzzles scene that has been welcoming a new wave of artists and art work in response to growing audience numbers, demands, and diversity over the course of the last few years. We chat with some of the artists shaping the look of the scene, and discuss the sensibilities behind a population getting into jigsaw puzzling like never before.
That’s all before ToyNews leaps into another of the past year’s major resurgences: skateboarding. With audience numbers and skateboard purchasers rocketing over the course of the pandemic, we ask the UK’s governing body SkateboardGB about the rising demand for the hobby, and the actions it is taking to keep the sport a mainstay of the public’s consciousness.
Meanwhile, with the spring welcoming the return of ‘non-essential’ retail, ToyNews throws the spotlight on independent retailers to learn more about the UK shoppers’ first reactions to the high street’s grand re-opening. We find out what’s been the hottest toys of the moment, how toy shops are maintaining their rapport with the locals and their integral place within the community, as well as why – in some areas – footfall and sales have been akin to the Christmas trading.
Then we still have a run of exclusive interviews to go, including feature conversations with Magformers UK, Brainstorm Toys, Fiesta Crafts, and more, before we don our armour and head into the depths of the kidult sector with interviews with Hasbro’s Wizards of the Coast and the pop culture specialist, Eaglemoss about its latest plans for the toy collector space.
Rounding things up, we run through some of the latest toy picks for the season in our product guide, before sitting down with Basic Fun!’s newly appointed General Manager, Tim Ives to chat about his career in toys, what keeps his passion for the industry burning, and the exciting direction that the market is heading.
There’s all of this and more in the Spring/Summer issue of ToyNews.