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Chicago Toy and Game Group to host the 14th Annual Young Inventor Challenge

 The Chicago Toy and Game Group is to host its annual Young Inventor Challenge (YIC), marking the 14th year of running its a global search for the most innovative toys and games designed by kids. Offering the coveted opportunity to enter into licensing deals with toy and game industry giants, …

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Former Disney and Netflix execs launch Playper toy company with mission of ditching the plastic

A team of former Disney and Netflix executives have banded together to launch a new toy and connected play company with the mission of tackling the toy industry’s reliance on plastic. Playper is a company that specialises in paper-based, AR-enhanced construction toys and games, and has launched onto the scene …

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Confessions of a game designer: An interview with the prolific Rustan Hakansson

From playing, to organising major tournaments, to working with big distributors and publishers, as well as a stint with the Board Game Geek team, before turning pro at game design in more recent years, the Swedish board gaming expert, Rustan Hakansson’s knowledge of the sector spans just about every aspect …

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Steve Pasierb: ‘Debunking the myths around toy safety is a global effort’

Our fellow member nations of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI), their collective thousands of members, and The US Toy Association’s more than 1,000 members work day-in and day-out to ensure the quality and safety of toys and games before they reach store shelves. Unfortunately, in the United States, …

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VanchCard UK launches “game-changing” AR-infused trading card game

A Manchester-based team of gamers, developers and play-enthusiasts is looking to push the UK’s status as the home of innovation in the toy space with the launch of a new AR infused trading card series called Full Evolution. The new trading card game and app aims to offer a new …

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Mattel’s Richard Dickson joins esteemed keynote line-up at this year’s CHITAG Inventor Conference

Mattel’s president and COO, Richard Dickson will be joining a line-up of esteemed keynote speakers, including David Fuhrer, MD of BlueSquare Innovations, and Robert Fuhrer, owner of NexToy at this year’s CHITAG Inventor Conference. The Chicago Toy and Game Group has now detailed the 2019 schedule and speaker line-up for …

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Posh Paws opens first Hong Kong showroom and office

Posh Paws is opening of its first Hong Kong showroom and office. The new showroom, situated in the heart of the business district of Mody Road, will give the company a base from which to operate its growing business, deal with suppliers and meet with customers. Alan Smith, Posh Paws managing …

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Topps taps pop professionals Just Funky to expand Garbage Pail Kids offering

The Topps Company has tapped pop culture specialists, Just Funky to develop a range of home goods and novelty products based on its retro revival Garbage Pail Kids brand. Starting in 2020, Garbage Pail Kids enthusiasts will be able to purchase a wide variety of home goods and novelty products …

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Mattel launches UNO Braille

Mattel has announced the launch of UNO Braille, the first official UNO card deck featuring braille. The new game will make game play widely accessible for the more than 7 million blind and low-vision Americans in the US. Designed in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and …

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