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The May issue of ToyNews is now available to read online, and on your iPad.
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The May issue of ToyNews is now available to read online, and on your iPad, here.

This month, The Entertainer’s Stuart Grant finds time in his schedule to take the helm at ToyNews Towers as well as quizzing the key execs at LEGO, Mattel, Spin Master, Bandai, VTech, LeapFrog, Vivid and HTI on this year’s major launches.

Meanwhile, the ToyNews continuing series on toy inventors delves in to the murky depths of Dragon’s Den, and talks face to face with those who have survived the lair.

Elsewhere, we explore what some of this year’s Toymaster attendees will be showcasing at the summer event, while Jakks Pacific talks Nintendo toys and its new Hero Portal range and we question Simba Smoby on 2014 successes.

This month also sees out mystery shopper head to Norwich in search of a girl’s toy and, seeing as it’s the Retail Issue, we list the most up to date contact details and buyers for the UK’s biggest toy retailers in our Guide to toy retail.

In addition, we shine a spotlight on Big Jigs’ Rail rebrand as well as offer you a host of our regular exclusives from NPD, Dubit, Generation Media, Toyshop UK, Jon Salisbury, Steve Reece and David Smith.


Featured Jobs

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Digital Marketing Executive - Toys & Games

Vivid is Britain’s biggest toy company and the 20 largest in the world. With offices across the globe, they sell an amazing portfolio of toys and games to over 60 countries. Vivid is best known for its association with blockbuster brands and is very excited about future opportunities around the world.


UK Sales Agents

Liberty House Toys have been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for the BiOBUDDi brand, and we are pleased to introduce this new unique, innovative and exciting range of 100% environmentally-friendly toy building blocks. We are seeking experienced sales agents with existing network in the toy retail market.

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Head of Product Development & Marketing

Our client is a privately owned French toy and games manufacturer which sells through distributors in forty countries. The company develops and sells innovative electronic interactive toys and games for the educational and gaming markets, and also takes suitable licenses. To progress its successful business development a Head of Product Development & Marketing is to to recruited.

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Licensing Systems Administrator

The Contract System Coordinator is a newly created role to support the deal term entry process into Mattel’s new Contract Management System for its Licensing business. The role will support the Business Teams at the Deal & Amendment phase of the contracting process and act in conjunction with the System Administration team.