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Argos’ Linzi Walker on the retailer’s Christmas toy line-up

Argos has enjoyed another robust year thanks to healthy toy sales, while a brief spout of warm weather has contributed to a growth in outdoor toys. Here, Linzi Walker, trading manager for toys and nursery at Argos, talks the success of movie licenses and why consumers should watch this space in the lead up to Christmas.

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Professors Green: Green Board Games CEO Keith Grafham talks the pre-school sector

Green Board Games is stepping up its pre-school activity with a new range of early years educational games from MindWare and Fat Brain Toys. Robert Hutchins talks to CEO, Keith Grafham about the firm’s plans for the space this year and beyond and why pre-school is a key area for an educational games company to be in.

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Mastermind: Toymaster 2017

Boasting over 150 members Toymaster strives to ensure every member works together to get the best out of their business. Robert Hutchins catches up with MD Ian Edmunds on building relationships with the licensing industry, the buying group’s anticipated May Show and why social media is a key focus for the brand.

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Going stratospheric: Thames & Kosmos details its latest board game successes

Now that the Escape the Room trend is bigger than ever in the UK, it makes sense that Thames & Kosmos is tapping into this theme with its own line of Exit Games. Jade Burke catches up with the firm’s sales director, Jo Drage, to chat about the company’s new partnership with Acer and it’s plans to adapt a book into a board game.

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Muro creator on why crowdfunding ’empowers inventors to get ideas off the ground’

The brainchild of Jeremy Bond and his brother, Muro was designed as a busy board for his son, which will soon be making its debut on crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. Here, Bond reveals how Muro will help develop motor skills and why indie stores will be the ideal retailer.

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Click and connect: Engino’s Costas Sisamos on the growth of STEM toys and the firm’s international expansion plans

Boasting an extensive line of STEM and construction toys, it’s no wonder Engino is recognised as a serious player in the toy space. Jade Burke catches up with owner and MD Costas Sisamos about the firm’s increasing presence worldwide, its expectations for upcoming pre-school range Qboidz and why STEM products are on the up.

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Gamemaster: Esdevium’s Steve Buckmaster on the company’s phenomenal year

2016 has proved to be a terrific year for Esdevium Games, with Pokémon sales soaring thanks to the Pokémon Go phenomenon. Steve Buckmaster, MD of Esdevium Games speaks to Jade Burke about the growth in tabletop gaming, the effect of the Brexit vote and what the firm has in store at next month’s London Toy Fair.

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