Product Development

LEGO launches new bricks to help visually impaired children learn Braille

LEGO is launching a new line of bricks to help blind and visually impaired children learn to read Braille in a new pilot programme from The LEGO Foundation. The LEGO Braille Bricks product is aiming to be inclusive, meaning sighted teachers and students can use the bricks together with visually …

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Walls Ice Cream gets its own puzzle as Gibsons details latest releases

Gibsons is launching seven new jigsaws this season, looking to the current demand for nostalgia in the puzzling space as the company itself celebrates its own 100th anniversary. The puzzling company is celebrating Britain’s love of Walls ice cream this summer, with a look at the famed brand’s rich history …

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PS4’s bestselling God of War gets tabletop treatment in new card game

The 3.1 million best-selling PS4 title, God of War is making its way to the realms of tabletop gaming, thanks to the efforts of the card and board game specialist, CMON. God of War: The Card Game follows the 2018 reboot of the PlayStation franchise and sees players take control …

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Dangerous toys ‘could flood the UK’ after Brexit if EU Safety Gate system is blocked, says Which?

Dangerous cars, electrical goods and toys could flood into the UK after Brexit unless the government reforms the current “failing” safety enforcement system, the consumer group Which? said today. The group has said that UK consumers will be ‘vulnerable to delays in spotting and dealing with unsafe products’ if access …

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Mojo Nation moves this year’s Play Creators Festival dates

Mojo Nation’s Play Creators Festival has been moved to one week earlier than previously announced, now kicking off in early September. The three day festival is designed to bring together some of the brightest design talent to share ideas, inspire creativity and help companies of all sizes and specialities uncover …

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Barbie strikes up new fashion and doll collaboration with BAPE

Mattel’s fashion icon, Barbie is continuing to roll out the 60th anniversary celebrations with the launch of a new apparel collaboration with the fashion brand, BAPE. The deal will roll out across Japan, UK, the US and France. Under the new partnership, three-limited edition BAPE x Barbie dolls with BAPE …

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Kickstarter project Solar City bankrupted as ‘CEO flees country’

The team behind a Kickstarter backed board game set in a sustainable future of 2035 has fallen into disarray following the disappearance of its president. Games Factory secured just over $95,000 in June last year for its tabletop title Solar City, a sci-fi board game that puts players in charge …

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New Fortnite Battle Royale collectables to be unveiled at Birmingham’s Insomnia Gaming Event

A swathe of new mini-figures and play-sets in the Fortnite Battle Royale Collection will be revealed to the public with a Battle Bus “airdrop” experience at the Insomnia Gaming Event in Birmingham this week. Visitors to the Fortnite Battle Royale Collection stand on Friday, April 19th will be the first …

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Lisle Licensing to grow new animated series 44 Cats in the UK

The international content and animation studio, Rainbow has tapped Lisle Licensing to grow its new music-driven animation, 44 Cats across the UK. The move has been billed as a “fantastic addition” to the Lisle Licensing portfolio as the firm’s director, Francesca Lisle looks to build out its portfolio of licensees …

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Tabletop tech? “We’re only scratching the surface”

Zai Ortiz and Nolan Bushnell are heavyweights in the world of film and gaming with a common goal; to deliver immersive storytelling through board games, the likes we’ve never seen before. That’s the aim of X2 Games, and that’s what its first release, St Noire is capturing with Amazon Alexa …

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