Product Development

Exploding Kittens acquires fast-paced card game Happy Salmon from North Star Games

The hit tabletop game publisher, Exploding Kittens has acquired the popular card game, Happy Salmon from North Star Games with plans to re-imagine the fast-playing titles with its own twist for re-release this year. The game, designed by Quentin Weir and game developer Ken Gruhl – who has since joined …

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Bubblegum Stuff makes tabletop card game debut with Plant-Based Riot

The east London gift and games company, Bubblegum Stuff is making its tabletop card game debut with the launch of its family-friendly title Plant-Based Riot to the Kickstarter platform. Developed by a trio of designers; Courtney Wood, Roberto Rotaru, and Matt Ludlow, the new title is the result of 18 …

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Baby Born Surprise launches next collectables phase with Mini Babies line-up

BABY Born Surprise is entering a new phase of its journey in the collectables space with the introduction of the 6cm Mini Babies collection, featuring an all new ‘multiple character surprise reveal’ for fans. An evolution of the successful BABY Born Surprise 11cm doll collection, the new Mini Babies range …

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From the US | PlayMonster advances its arts and crafts line-up with Spirograph Animator

PlayMonster has extended its partnership with Hasbro to welcome an innovative addition to its Arts and Crafts portfolio this season, with the launch of Spirograph Animator, a new kit that allows creators to spin their art to life using light and motion. Designed to tap into a new generation of …

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Big Potato lifts the lid on its first ever jigsaw puzzle range featuring cryptic clues

The London-based independent games publisher, Big Potato has made a move for the puzzles market, having lifted the lid on its first jigsaw puzzles range. Launching itself into the market with two new titles, the games company has teased that its inaugural titles in the space – Night At the …

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Spielwarenmesse sponsors the European sustainable toys conference bio!Toy 2021

Spielwarenmesse is showing its support of the sustainability movement sweeping the toy industry and beyond, having signed as a major sponsor of the second annual bio!Toy Conference taking place in Germany this September. Held in Nuremberg, bio!Toy is a European event centered on the use of sustainable plastics within toy …

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Smart Toys and Games to distribute Whiz Kid Games’ Go Genius board games to the UK and Ireland

Smart Toys and Games has signed an exclusive agreement with Whiz Kid Games to launch its new Go Genius to the UK and Ireland this autumn. The new range aims to combine fun and learning through board games with a sustainable drive delivered through each game’s design. Whiz Kids Games’ …

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Hexbug builds Junkbots “metaverse” with toys, YouTube series, and Roblox story game

The award winning toy company Hexbug has launched a new project that merges toys with entertainment technology through a new eight part digital series and game on the Roblox platform based on its Junkbots brand. Developed in partnership with the multimedia company Wind Sun Sky Entertainment, Junkbots aims to ‘converge …

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PlayShifu to boost Indian manufacturing and help fuel local ‘toyconomy’

The Indian early learning toy company, PlayShifu is boosting its local manufacturing capacity for in-house consumption as well as exports, the latest move from a firm eyeing a new stage of growth following the $17 million its raised in series B funding earlier this year. As well as meeting local …

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Board game The Binding of Isaac expansion to see global roll out after reaching $6.1m on Kickstarter

A crowdfunding project to develop an expansion for the popular tabletop game, The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls has smashed through its initial goal of $100,000 by over 6000 per cent, reaching more than $6.1 million on the Kickstarter platform. Developed by Maestro Media in association with Studio71 Games, the …

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