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“If you build it, they will come”: Fiesta Craft’s Rob Trup on the retail experience

Retail can be tough at the moment. Customers are stepping less often into shops and their minds progressively retrained by the net sellers to think primarily about online shopping. Even if they do show up, some cheekily use you as a showroom simply to go away and order products on …

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“Taking over at Asmodee UK was an absolute honour,” says UK MD Alex Green

Each month, ToyNews catches up with an industry bigwig to ask a series of personal and prying questions. This month, it’s Asmodee UK’s managing director Alex Green’s turn for a grilling. What was it like taking charge at Asmodee UK, having been with the team for as long as you …

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Hasbro’s Greg Miller named senior vice president of baby brands at Tomy International

Tomy International has tapped the former American Greetings and Hasbro executive, Greg Miller for the position of senior vice president of baby brands in the US. Miller brings more than three decades of consumer product expertise to his new role, where he will assume leadership over The First Years, Boon …

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Moose Toys taps industry veteran James Knight for GM of design

Moose Toys has tapped industry veteran, James Knight for the role of general manager of design for its boys, youth electronics, licensed and pre-school categories. The former LEGO, Spin Master, Mattel and Hasbro man has held senior positions with some of the industry’s biggest players over the past 20 years, …

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Learning Resources names Michael Radzio its new head of sales

Learning Resources has named the former Goliath, Clementoni and Jumbo Games personality, Michael Radzio as its new head of sales, crediting him with a ‘wealth of knowledge and experience in the international toy market. In his new role, Radzio will be responsible for developing and growing trade, retail and e-commerce …

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Amscan International welcomes Allison Moore back to role of licensing manager EMEA

Balloon and dress up manufacturer, and supplier, Amscan International Ltd has welcomed Allison Moore back to the role of licensing manager EMEA. Moore previously worked at Amscan from 2001 to 2010 within its marketing and product management arm. During that time, Moore was responsible for managing the product lifecycle for …

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Robert Mann makes his return as Orchard Toys bids farewell to Mary Watson

Orchard Toys has appointed Robert Mann to the role of export sales manager, marking the industry exec’s return to the toy space after a four year spell working as an international business consultant. Mann comes in to replace Mary Watson, who after 19 years with the company, is stepping into …

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“The outpouring of local emotion has been astonishing”: Rachel Lowe on the last days of Portsmouth’s U-Need-Us

Growing up, much of the renowned board game and puzzle designer Rachel Lowe’s childhood was set to the backdrop of Portsmouth’s U-Need-Us joke and toy shop. Some years later, Lowe found herself to be one of the 96 year old shop’s best-loved suppliers. This month, U-Need-Us closed its doors for …

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LEGO’s former chief executive to step down from board of directors

The former chief executive of LEGO, Kjeld Kirk Kirstiansen has confirmed he is to step down from his position on the Danish toymaker’s board of directors. The longtime chief executive said today that he would quit LEGO’s board next month, leaving his son Thomas as deputy chairman and the representative …

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