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Steve Pasierb: “We must all work together with the evolving retail community”

What was once called the “Toy Manufacturers of America” has evolved over the past several years to embrace the entire toy community, as we believe every element of our industry’s ecosystem is interdependent and none insignificant. Now called The Toy Association, our organisation is all about truly realising our mission …

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Giant thrillers: Vivid’s Nick Thomas and Emma Weber talk life with Goliath

Following the acquisition of Vivid by Goliath late last year, the UK operation has got in league with the industry’s titans. But just what is this going to look like as the firm carves into 2019 with a burgeoning portfolio of new offerings. General manager Nick Thomas and marketing director Emma Weber tell ToyNews all about it…

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Sustainably trending: “consumers expect brands to respond sooner rather than later”

Ruth Kelly, senior trend strategist at the trend forecasting firm, Trend Bible, discusses the trends she and her team first spotted back in 2017, how they have since been interpreted, and what brands should be thinking about for product development for 2021 and beyond.

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Spring Fair 2019: What to expect from this year’s ever-evolving trade show

Spring Fair has become the boss of diversification, with up to 20 halls of gifts and gadgets for retailers. It also attracts some 56,000 buyers from across the UK. And as UK retail looks to diversify more and more, that’s a lot of opportunity for the toy business to plug into

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Getting to know… Wildcard Games’ Sean Byrne

An industry favourite making his way to London Toy Fair for another year running, Sean Byrne and Wild Card Cards have had quite the successful past 12 months as the firm approaches £6 million at retail. It's high time you all got to know him a little better...

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Miles of tiles: Tracing the global rise of Rummikub

This year’s World Rummikub Championships - held in Jerusalem this November - welcomed representatives from 32 nations from across the globe. Today, it is estimated that more than 50 million gamers play Rummikub around the world.

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