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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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Nominate your ToyNews Rising Stars today and celebrate the future of the toy industry

This month will see ToyNews celebrate the Rising Stars of the toy industry and is calling on you to send in your nominations for the individuals you think will be shaping the future of the toy scene, today. We will be celebrating the next generation of leaders and progressives from …

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The current direct-to-consumer surge ‘must be taken seriously,’ warn indie toy sellers

The direct to consumer trend is one that ‘needs to be taken more seriously’ by the UK’s independent retailer network, toy shop owners have warned, as consumers and manufacturers have grown increasingly comfortable with bypassing the middleman. A movement that has been bubbling away for the past few years through …

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OPINION: Playing it safe – Awareness is growing around the hygienic protection of toys

As the country continues to tackle a raging new strain of the Coronavirus, and the world continues its fight against the pandemic, it’s little surprise that company priorities have shifted towards heightened health and safety measures, not only in their practices but in the services and products they offer. Trunki …

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Toy shops blast government’s ‘derisory’ business grants as third lockdown threatens indie retailers

Independent toy retailers have blasted the UK government for under-serving the country’s small businesses, labelling the current grants offered to them in the face of yet more months of closure as “derisory.” The announcement of further restrictions and imposed nation-wide lockdowns across Scotland and England made this week, as well …

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