The Winter issue of ToyNews is out now!

The perfect antidote to the gloom of winter, the latest issue of ToyNews is out now, packed with news, opinion, analysis, interviews and product roundups… in short, everything you need to keep abreast of our resilient and constantly evolving industry.

The January-February magazine highlights the all-important upcoming events in the toy sector: Toy Fair London, Spielwarenmesse, Spring Fair and Toy Fair New York. We delve deeper into what can be expected at the shows and give you an exclusive sneak peek at what trends and new products will be showcased in the coming months.

With COP26 still fresh in our minds and Toys Go Green the ‘mega trend’ at this year’s Spielwarnenmesse, we’ve focused in on the efforts toy companies have been making towards greater sustainability, utilising new products and advanced technologies to pave the way for a more eco-friendly future.

We sat down with Big Potato Games to talk about their playing cards made from ocean plastic, among other things, and with Wastebuster, a company dedicated to educating children about the environment, providing resources for schools and implementing a refined recycling system to ensure responsible consumption. We also caught up with sustainability education hub Products of Change and had a fascinating chat with Incredible Husk, who have invented an entirely new, carbon-negative material made from plant fibres, that it hopes will replace plastic in the years to come.

Talking of doing things differently, we interviewed Farzana Rahman, founder of the Desi Doll Company, about her business journey and the need for greater diversity in the doll space, and Andrew Bacon of Fiesta Crafts, who tells us about the trends that are spurring innovation in the toy sector.

Reflecting the robustness of the kids’ entertainment sector, licensed toys are driving industry growth. We find out what some of the biggest names in licensing are planning for 2022 and beyond, in in-depth interviews with Rocket Licensing, Spread Group, The Point.1888, Acamar Films and Bulldog Licensing.

You’ll also find expert market analysis from Generation Media and The Insights Family and a deep-dive into Spin Master’s growth strategy courtesy of its CEO and Global President Max Rangel.

We hope you enjoy our bountiful Winter issue, and we look forward to meeting you all at the first of 2022’s events, Toy Fair London!

About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and babycentre.co.uk. Get in touch at tessa.clayton@biz-media.co.uk

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