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Family fortunes | The Insights Family talks its ‘game changing’ Portal 4.0 and the ever growing business of family market intelligence

This week witnessed some pretty major new developments for the kids’, parents, and family market intelligence outfit, The Insights People, which not only revealed its re-branding to The Insights Family, but also welcomed its new chairman – in the form of Simon White – and unveiled its ‘game-changing’ new client …

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Opinion | Making augmented a reality: How AR is empowering future generations of play

With brands like Pokémon and LEGO paving the way for toy manufacturers (big and small) to bring augmented reality into their products, and as the technology continues to blend hands-on play with endless digital universes, it’s small wonder why the AR toy trend has caught the imagination of so many. …

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Opinion | History in the making… and playing: How the pandemic has shaped toy trends of the future

From hand-washing and mask-wearing within role-play and the renewed focus on child wellbeing through play, to the spike in the kidult market and the evolution of the STEAM and arts and crafts market, there’s not a category within the toy space that hasn’t been touched or influenced by the coronavirus …

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Opinion | Foundation of success: What can retailers learn from the LEGO approach?

As global pandemics go, the onset of Coronavirus, while forcing many to navigate a treacherously rocky road to begin with, hasn’t fared too badly for the toy industry; a global business that has provided support and entertainment to families and children worldwide. Among some of the last year’s biggest successes …

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Making sound waves | “Tonies has got to the heart of what a generation of parents has been looking for”

For a company with high expectations, Tonies continues to surprise itself. The German-born audio toy platform has never been quiet about its plans for the UK and international market, not since its emergence on the scene only a few years ago. But it never expected success on the scale it …

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Moonpig details ‘ambitious plans for kids’ toys’ as it welcomes LEGO to the gifting portfolio

The online gifting specialist, Moonpig has detailed its huge ambitions’ for its giftable kids range, growing its portfolio of toy partners and most recently welcoming LEGO into the fold. The firm’s partnership with the LEGO Group marks a significant step forward for the company as well as ‘its biggest brand …

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No Kiddin’ Around | Why Playmobil is taking the adult fan market seriously this year and beyond

It doesn’t take a DeLorean for a journey into your own past, but it certainly does help, as more and more toy companies are seeing audience numbers increase across their kidult product offering. Among them, is Playmobil, a company that is blazing a new trail with its expanded Back to …

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Arts, Crafts, and YouTube Stars | Canal Toys on a record last year and why it’s expanding beyond the booming arts & crafts market

The explosion of the arts & crafts sector over the course of the UK’s lockdown periods this past year has helped the internationally-reaching toy maker, Canal Toys achieve not only significant growth, but a record year of sales for the business. Fuelled by consumer demand for products to keep children …

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Own brand scooters and ride-ons fuel double-digit growth at MV Sports

MV Sports has seen a surge in demand for its own-brand ranges of products, including Stunted, uMoVe, and Hedstrom across a year in which the outdoor specialist saw a double digit consumer sales growth driven by parents and families in lockdown. According to the firm’s joint managing director, Phil Ratcliffe, …

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It’s Great Outdoors | Plum Play talks nature, wellness, and the nation’s rediscovery of play

While the likelihood of a summer of Great British staycations is fueling current demand in the outdoor play space, it is the emerging trends in children’s wellness combined and the rediscovery of play within the home and nature, that will help it to a thriving future. For the outdoor play …

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