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Gibsons goes retro as ‘demand for vintage soars’

Gibsons is tapping into the modern day nostalgia for all things retro with its latest games and puzzles line-up, looking to brands like Land of Lost Content from the British designer, Wayne Hemingway for inspiration. Leading the company’s look back to the pre-digital times is it new Vintage Fashion and …

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“The time to make toys responsibly is now,” says Junko’s Peter Rope

“It’s time to make toys more responsibly now, not in five or ten years’ time,” is the strong message to come from Peter Rope, the brains behind the eco-friendly arts and crafts construction toy brand, Junko. With the issues around the impact of single use plastics on the world around …

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Funskool’s exports to surge 50 per cent as Indian toymakers profit from US-China trade war

The Indian toy manufacturer, Funskool is eyeing significant growth for its export business this year, thanks to the launch of its newest facility in Ranipet, India. The firm, that manufactures its own toy brands from its headquarters in Chennai and distributes brands such as Hasbro, Disney and Takara Tomy across …

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Gale Force Nine Games is re-releasing the Dune board game, 30 years after its original launch

Board game developer, Gale Force Nine Games is tapping into the retro revival with the re-release of the sci-fi board game Dune, 35 years after its original launch. It was revealed last year that Gale Force Nine had secured the rights to the retro game based on Frank Herbert’s iconic …

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Giant thrillers: Vivid’s Nick Thomas and Emma Weber talk life with Goliath

Following the acquisition of Vivid by Goliath late last year, the UK operation has got in league with the industry’s titans. But just what is this going to look like as the firm carves into 2019 with a burgeoning portfolio of new offerings. General manager Nick Thomas and marketing director Emma Weber tell ToyNews all about it…

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Sustainably trending: “consumers expect brands to respond sooner rather than later”

Ruth Kelly, senior trend strategist at the trend forecasting firm, Trend Bible, discusses the trends she and her team first spotted back in 2017, how they have since been interpreted, and what brands should be thinking about for product development for 2021 and beyond.

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Barbie celebrates International Women’s Day with ‘Sheroes’ range of inspirational figures across the globe

The Barbie ‘Shero’ range spans the likes of the US tennis player Naomi Osaka and German cycling champion, Kristina Vogel, through to the likes of the Peruvian activist and entrepreneur Mariana Costa and the French director, Lisa Azuelos.

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