Product Development

Mojo Nation reveals Play Creators Awards 2021 finalists

Mojo Nation has unveiled the finalists for this year’s Play Creators Awards, an awards programme developed to celebrate figures in the toy and game design community that have excelled over the last 12 months. The shortlist spans in-house design teams as well as external invention studios and design partners. As …

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Yoto launches two new albums from Monkey Music to encourage language and motor skills development

The children’s audio platform, Yoto has launched two albums from the award-winning Monkey Music classis, Sing and Learn and Copy Me, produced to encourage babies and toddlers to develop their language and motor skills through singing, clapping, and dancing. The two new Yoto Cards are now available globally excluding in the …

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German acquisitions firm 468 SPAC to buy Tonies parent company Boxine for $1.2bn

The German blank check firm, 468 SPAC has entered exclusive negotiations to acquire the children’s entertainment company, Boxine, the team behind the popular Toniebox and Tonies audio system for kids. According to Reuters, the European special purpose acquisitions company is to purchase the firm for around one billion euros ($1.2bn), …

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Sustainability in Licensing | Toy industry sustainability needs ‘relentless innovation’, says ZURU

Sustainability in the toy industry will not be achieved in one move, but through ‘consistent and incremental improvements’, as well as relentless innovation, is the message being promoted by the international toy maker, ZURU, ahead of the Sustainability in Licensing Conference this week. Speaking with ToyNews before the online conference …

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LEGO and ZURU to tackle sustainability topic at Sustainability in Licensing Conference 2021

Toymakers LEGO and ZURU will be among a panel of experts tackling the topic of sustainability in the licensing industry next week, alongside recycling and waste management leader RECOUP who believes the UK now has ‘the opportunity to be a world leader in plastic resource management.’ Global names in the …

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Janod teams up with WWF to launch new eco-focused toy range for animal and nature lovers

The French toy brand, Janod has embarked on a new collaboration with WWF for the launch of a new collection of toys designed to inspire and engage the next generation of animal and nature lovers. As part of the toy firm’s wider promise to help the planet, Janod is working …

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Hornby pulls in first profit in nine years and promises “significantly more new releases” to come

Hornby Hobbies has turned a profit for the first time in nine years, pulling in a £300,000 pre-tax profit compared to the £3.4 million loss the year prior, highlighting the resurgence of the hobby market over the past year. The model train specialist has been at the centre of a …

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UK kids brand combining organic chocolate and sustainable puzzles grows business after funding success

The UK ethical toy and confectionery brand, PlayIn Choc, has surpassed its crowdfunding goal of £250,000 to scale up its business and bring its sustainable and organic products to wider audiences across the UK and global markets. PlayIn Choc is a genre-spanning UK start up that provides consumers not only …

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Mattel launches Barbie Loves the Ocean, its first range made from recycled plastic

Mattel has taken its latest step forwards in its mission for better sustainability across its product portfolio, with the launch of Barbie Loves the Ocean, its first fashion doll line to be made from recycled plastic. The launch is in line with the toymaker’s goal to achieve 100 per cent …

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My Garden Baby to ‘cultivate appreciation of nature’ in children as Mattel unveils new nurturing doll line

Mattel is taking new steps into the nurturing doll category with the launch of My Garden Baby, a classic baby doll with the mission of encouraging kids to cultivate an appreciation for nature and the world around them. My Garden Baby is a diverse collection of dolls featuring new colourways …

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