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A life in miniature: Modiphius Entertainment on the colossal miniatures business

It’s a fair distance travelled from his days organising underground raves in the 1990s that Chris Birch, founder of Modiphius Entertainment, now finds himself in a three-storey London office block overseeing the production of wargaming miniatures with his wife and business parter Rita. But while the parallels between organising crowds …

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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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Tabletop tech? “We’re only scratching the surface”

Zai Ortiz and Nolan Bushnell are heavyweights in the world of film and gaming with a common goal; to deliver immersive storytelling through board games, the likes we’ve never seen before. That’s the aim of X2 Games, and that’s what its first release, St Noire is capturing with Amazon Alexa …

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“The time to make toys responsibly is now,” says Junko’s Peter Rope

“It’s time to make toys more responsibly now, not in five or ten years’ time,” is the strong message to come from Peter Rope, the brains behind the eco-friendly arts and crafts construction toy brand, Junko. With the issues around the impact of single use plastics on the world around …

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Charms race: How is tech becoming the lead character in today’s movie toy launches?

Films today have become a battleground for technology and explosive entertainment, and with that has come a greater expectation from the toys that tie it all together. Robert Hutchins takes a look at how tech is fast becoming the lead character in today’s movie toy launches

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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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