Product Development

UK charity London Play launches Play 52 to support children affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Play experts at the UK charity, London Play have assembled a team of artists and designers, as well as employed the efforts of Cartamundi, to launch a new and unique pack of cards featuring ideas for games to help keep children inspired throughout the UK’s prolonged period of unease around …

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In depth: Outdoor Learning, the future of play, and the potential for the toy space

A letter signed by 32 environmental and youth organisations, including The Wildlife Trusts and Friends of the Earth has propelled the conversation around Outdoor Learning and the impact it has on children’s education, resilience, and mental wellbeing back into the mainstream media. ToyNews looks in-depth at the potential that this …

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Creating a bigger picture: Very Puzzled and its mission to bring diversity to the jigsaw puzzles aisle

Following the birth of his daughter and the realisation that the toy industry was in need of better representation and diversity within its product roll-out, Patrick Adom sprung onto the jigsaw puzzle scene with Very Puzzled. ToyNews talks to the entrepreneur about the importance of exploring cultures through play and …

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The LEGO Foundation brings LEGO Braille Bricks to the UK with the RNIB

LEGO is bringing its range of LEGO Braille Bricks to the UK in a bid to aid children with vision impairment across the country benefit from inclusive construction toy play with the brand. The range is the result of a collaboration between LEGO and the Royal National Institute of Blind …

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Voting is now open for People of Play’s 2020 TAGIE Awards

People of Play – formerly known as Chicago Toy and Game – has unveiled its list of Toy and Game International Excellence awards finalists. Spanning categories such as Toy Inventor of the Year, Game Inventor of the Year and Young Inventor of the Year, the 13th annual TAGIE Awards honours …

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LEGO does Batman Day in style with LEGO DC Batman 1989 Batwing reveal

The LEGO Group celebrated Batman Day this month in true style, by partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC to release the LEGO DC Batman 1989 Batwing, a LEGO brick reconstruction of the vehicle seen in Tim Burton’s iconic 1989 Batman film. One for the keen-eyed Batman fans to …

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“Clixo is my LEGO brick”: Toyish Labs CEO talks about what happens when origami meets construction toys

When the toy designer and the CEO of Toyish Labs, Assaf Eshet, finally struck upon his idea for Clixo, he believed he had stumbled across his LEGO brick. In his own words, Clixo ‘is the holy grail of his design journey,’ a concept that brings in the fundamentals of origami …

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Mojo Nation reveals its 2020 Play Creators Awards winners

Mojo Nation has revealed the winners of this year’s Play Creators Awards, a celebration of the toy and game industry’s design talent that saw Spin Master, Big Potato, and Heayes Designs’ Richard Heayes named among them. The list of winners were announced last week, bringing Mojo Nation’s highly successful week-long …

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LEGO to invest $400m over next three years in its sustainability and social responsibility drive

The LEGO Group is to invest up to $400 million over the next three years in its sustainability and social responsibility initiatives, covering both long-term investments and ongoing costs that includes its ambition to make all of its packaging sustainable by the end of 2025. The company has made a …

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Zimpli Kids details international distribution plans for its eco-friendly and educational ranges

Zimpli Kids has detailed its plans for the international distribution of its full eco-friendly and educational ranges of products. Over the past couple of years, the firm has been developing ranges specifically for the educational sector, to encourage the use of their products for multi-sensory play in educational environments. Due …

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