Tag Archives: dolls

Dolls specialist Zapf Creation commits to plastic-free packaging with 2021 sustainable roll-out

Zapf Creation – the name behind the hit doll brands Baby Annabell and Baby Born – is waving goodbye to the traditional transparent plastic window boxes in an overhaul of its product packaging and response to the growing demand for plastic-free packaging in the toy market. In its commitment to …

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Christmas container chaos is global as Greek toy retailer Jumbo sees major shipment delays

The Greek toy and gift retailer, Jumbo, has revealed that some 6,000 containers of the some of the best-selling toys this year, are stuck on cargo ships and shipping containers around the world, in an echo of the current chaos being experienced at UK ports. The firm, which operates stores …

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Moose Toys unveils latest Kindi Kids brand extension, Kindi Kids Minis

Moose Toys is going miniature with the launch of its latest Kindi Kids brand extension, Kindi Kids Mini, a range of four-inch dolls each featuring the classic Kindi look. The new collection feature ten Kindi Kids Minis and their unique looks, from colourful bobbleheads and glittery eyes, to poseable bodies …

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Dolled up and looking plush: ToyNews’ guide to the latest in the dolls and plush markets

Both staples of the traditional toy sector, the doll and plush markets have seen a year of strong sales and investment among gift-givers, parents, and families looking for long play value and toys that encourage empathy and social development – in a year of social distancing – through nurture and …

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Interview: Vivid’s Emma Weber – ‘Our responsibility is to represent the world our consumers live in’

With the launch of the Headstart range of Love Diana Fashion Dolls and Far Out Toys Collectables, met with the ongoing success of this year’s launch range of Vet Squad animal dolls and play-sets, Vivid is readying itself for a bumper year in the dolls and play-sets sector in 2021. …

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Ever a doll moment: Dolls’ pram searches are up 23 per cent and the sector is going from strength to strength

It seems that almost every sector in the traditional toy space can cite a moment of increased sales and consumer interest over the course of a 2020 plagued with stay at home children and socially distanced families. Compounded by the latest figures from the NPD Group, the toy industry really …

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Doll sector trends ‘will play key roles in 2021 and beyond,’ says Zapf Creation UK

Reverberations of what has been a pivotal year for toy companies the world over will continue to be felt for years to come as ‘play at home’ trends and renewed emphasis on ‘play longevity’ have been earmarked as some of the lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the …

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Arklu’s Ian Harkin: “With Lottie dolls we know we’re going in the right direction – it’s a gut feeling”

A momentary pause, a look into the middle distance for some kind of recollection, and a brief panic on our end of the Zoom call that the WiFi had dropped out again, and Ian Harkin, co-founder of the Irish doll brand Arklu returns to the question, answerless. No, as far …

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Home Help: How the pandemic has seen toy companies transition into support networks for families

Demand for toy brands to act beyond their products and offer supporting services to parents and families is tipped to continue into 2021 and beyond, as companies across the industry continue to transition into resources and networks for their audiences. The evolution of the traditional toy company has become part …

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“Retailers are the biggest drivers for social and industry change,” says Lottie Dolls’ Ian Harkin

Retailers are the biggest driver for social change across the toy industry, but they have to first realise their own power to do so, is the message being issued to the UK and European toy shops by the inclusive and representative doll brand, Lottie. Talking to ToyNews about the step …

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