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Brexit: “No good news story here” for small business toy sellers hit by rising import charges

Online toy sellers are among the thousands of UK small businesses feeling the immediate sting of a Brexit trade deal that has shown early signs ‘of being no good for anyone in the business of selling to the EU.’ Retailers such as the online toy shop Kiddimax have been left …

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Wastebuster calls on industry with Toy Take Back and Recycle to Read campaign

The environmental awareness platform, Wastebuster has partnered with Products of Change to bring together a cross-sector of stakeholders to share knowledge, resources, and finance, to develop an efficient, environmental, and sustainable means of recycling plastic toys. In partnership with EPPIC (Extended Plastics Partnerships for Innovation in Circularity) the programme will …

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New school: Award winning toy inventor Adam Borton and the launch of The Toy and Game School

The award-winning toy and game designer, Adam Borton, is a name well-known among some of the industry’s biggest toy companies, from Hasbro to Mookie, via Little Tikes; Borton is a product inventor with a track record for creating some of the top-selling games and toys on the market today. It’s …

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Showcase 2021: Asmodee UK prepares for a year of Dobble, Pokémon, Family Games and more

Contact: 01420 593 593 Web: www.asmodee.co.uk The year for Pokémon, Dobble, and Family Games Though in-person trade shows may be off the table this winter, Asmodee will still be offering a sneak peek at their most exciting products for 2021 at the third instalment of AsmoFair, its pioneering virtual trade …

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Indie insight: Armadillo Toys’ Lisa Clay on lockdown spirit and being the BTHA’s Ultimate Superhero

For the past 17 years, the independent retailer Armadillo Toys has been supplying the Leeds locals with an offering of traditional toy and games, while embedding itself at the centre of a community of parents and children spanning almost two decades. When the pandemic first struck last year, owner Lisa …

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The BTHA reveals its Retailer of the Year and Superhero Award winners

Community spirit, providing toys and packages to local food banks and providing online resources and toys throughout a year plighted by the pandemic are just some of the values being celebrated among the winners of this year’s Retailer of the Year awards. Taking on a different approach to its awards …

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The classics: Origin of the species – 35 years of Sylvanian Families and counting

Having celebrated its 35th anniversary throughout an historic chapter in modern history, for Sylvanian Families, 2020 will be a year never to forget. ToyNews celebrates this classic toy brand with a walk through its history, its plans for the future, and why 2021 will be a big year for the …

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Whirli learning: Selling toys the Whirligig way – inside the UK’s independent ‘make and do’ retailer

A former teacher-turned-coffee shop owner-turned-managing director of the UK’s biggest independent toy retailer outside of a buying group, Whirligig Toys’ Peter Allinson is a champion of the ‘things to make and do’ toy space. ToyNews takes a look at the working parts to find out what makes this toy retailer …

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Playing by ear: How audio storytelling toys are crafting a new category in the global market

Growing up, we’re told not to play with our ears just in case the wind changes direction. Well, those winds certainly have changed and today, children are using their ears to engage in play more than ever before. Modern sensibilities couldn’t fly in any greater opposition to the beliefs of …

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A brand new world: Darran Garnham’s Toikido launches with AmongUs global toy rights

Given the manner in which Innersloth’s hit mobile and Steam gaming title, AmongUs, has managed to capture the world’s attention over the course of 2020, it was always to be the rather fortunate firm indeed to whom the licensing and toy rights finally fell. Launched in June 2018, it took …

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