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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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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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World Book Day | Words’ worth: Rubie’s on the importance of inspiring the nation’s young readers

It didn’t take a global pandemic to facilitate the manner of changes to have taken place at the dress-up and costumes specialist, Rubie’s, over the course of the last 12 months – but it certainly did help. Having ended 2020 – the year of the great halt – considerably stronger …

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Tracks to the future | Hornby Hobbies talks licensing plans and the retro-appeal of its iconic Scalextric

Anyone paying any level of attention to the general narrative of the toy industry over the course of the past 12 months will know that there’s been a re-awakening among some of the market’s more traditional sectors. The hobby community is one among them. As consumers have found themselves with …

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Australian Toy Fair | Virtual platform ‘opens international shop window’ for global visitors

The 56th Australian Toy Fair, taking place this March, may not look anything like the 55 before it ever did – or ever imagined it would – with pandemic precautions forcing it onto an all-virtual platform this year, but that doesn’t mean the show will be any smaller for it. …

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Melissa & Doug | “We’re hitting a sweet spot with consumers right now”

Last year, and in the weeks that followed its ‘biggest push into the licensing space to date’ through a partnership with ViacomCBS’ PAW Patrol and Blues Clues brands, the global toy maker Melissa & Doug expressed its plans to evaluate licensing “as an area to grow its reach.” The move …

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Homegrown | No monkeying around: The right royal welcome of Laurence King

The next in a series of articles exploring and celebrating the homegrown British toy design and production scene across all stages of its development, ToyNews catches up with the British born publishing house Laurence King to talk about its successful move into children’s toys, games, and activity kits, and how …

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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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Doll sector trends ‘will play key roles in 2021 and beyond,’ says Zapf Creation UK

Reverberations of what has been a pivotal year for toy companies the world over will continue to be felt for years to come as ‘play at home’ trends and renewed emphasis on ‘play longevity’ have been earmarked as some of the lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the …

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Arklu’s Ian Harkin: “With Lottie dolls we know we’re going in the right direction – it’s a gut feeling”

A momentary pause, a look into the middle distance for some kind of recollection, and a brief panic on our end of the Zoom call that the WiFi had dropped out again, and Ian Harkin, co-founder of the Irish doll brand Arklu returns to the question, answerless. No, as far …

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