Tag Archives: Features

The Entertainer’s Gary Grant | “A family business is a different kind of business”

With a universe of toys at his disposal, and the entirety of the children’s entertainment market at his fingertips; you’d assume grandfatherhood was just another day at the office for Gary Grant, founder of the UK toy shop The Entertainer. As any doting grandparent would attest, the role comes with …

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Spokes People | How has the children’s bikes market evolved in recent years?

By Rebecca Morley The children’s bike market has been subject to a surge in demand of late, with sales figures soaring some 35 per cent higher than in recent years. This is according to the latest data gathered by the Bicycle Association, the industry’s own governing organisation, who has confirmed …

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Boarding Class | The nation’s love of four wheels is fuelling a skateboarding resurgence

The skateboarding scene has seen a resurgence over the past year with a number of contributing factors that led to the first sell-out year on record for many of its brands. From the Olympics to the pandemic, ToyNews takes a look at what’s been driving sales across the board, and …

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Masters of the basics | How K’NEX and Basic Fun are ‘breaking the STEM toy space wide open’

When K’NEX first launched on to the scene way back in 1992, the idea that it would one day become a core product within the children’s STEM education space hadn’t yet began to sprout. The K’NEX of the ’90s was very much more focused on imaginative play and building without …

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Cogs’ worth | Meet the scientists on a mission ‘for a better STEM toy market’

A team of STEM toy specialists is calling for a major rethink from toy companies and their approach to developing products for the educational toy market, citing that ‘too many today begin by offering their own solutions first.’ Upper Story is the US team behind an endeavour to encourage new …

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Magnetic attraction | Magformers on reinvigorating a category and inspiring a generation through STEM

Since bursting onto the scene in 2016, Magformers has built a strong business in the construction category and galvanised the magnetic toy sector with its award-winning products. ToyNews catches up with Magformers UK managing director, David Kelly, to see what’s in the pipeline for the growing company Five years ago, …

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“It’s at the forefront of innovation”: Crafting meets social media as Flair launches Let’s Glow Studio

Flair has lifted the lid on a new genre-bending product launch called Let’s Glow Studio, a content creation craft kit that aims to merge the current demand for arts and crafts with the social media content creation space, using a new GlowFabric Technology to bring content to life. The patent-pending …

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A booming Enterprise | From Star Trek to The Beatles: How Eaglemoss is fuelling the kidult and pop culture market

Now in its fourth decade serving the sci-fi and fantasy collector’s and collectables market, Eaglemoss has become an authority on the topic of pop culture and kidult sectors, supplying some of the most detailed models to be found on the scene today. But there’s a whole lot more to the …

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Claws and Effect | The continued expansion of Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens burst onto the scene in 2015 when it set records as the most backed game on Kickstarter to date. Six years later, the kittens’ explosion is still expanding with ten games to the portfolio and 45 countries on its roster. ToyNews talks to Exploding Kittens’ director of international …

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Opinion | Value Added Tact: The importance of meeting the sensibilities of ‘kids these days’

From Generation Z to Generation Alpha, audiences’ tastes and preferences are ever changing, from awareness of social responsibilities to greater demand for sustainability. Co-founder of Kids Industries, Gary Pope explores the importance of authenticity when meeting today’s youth and their new consumer values My favourite game when I was a …

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