Distributor Rory Kelly on how a long retail career and two key ingredients shape his view of the toys and games he distributes

With 20 years in retail, and nearly five in the toy-and-game industry, Red Knight Toy Group’s Rory Kelly’s experience includes time at Coiledspring Games as an executive, and as a champion of Wrebbit’s 3D Puzzles.

Hasbro’s Tanya Thompson on what she looks for when meeting inventors

Don’t Step In It, Peeing Pup, The Slow Motion Race; Hasbro is on a roll when it comes to launching great games from the inventor community. We caught up with the firm’s director of global product acquisition for games, Tanya Thompson, to find out what makes for a great Hasbro game…

The Toy Association’s Marian Bossard on engaging with the inventor community at US Toy Fair with Creative Factor

We caught up with The Toy Association’s Executive Vice President of Global Market Events, Marian Bossard, to find out more about how the organisation looks to engage with and elevate the global inventor community.

Senior Design Manager Sven Robin Kahl on his 10 years at LEGO, the secrets of Hidden Side and what creativity needs…

We caught up with LEGO’s Sven Robin Kahl to learn more about the origins of Hidden Side and how he kick-started his ten-year tenure at the company.

US Toy Fair 2020 to host inaugural Student Congress event

The day will feature networking, an industry panel session and a creativity workshop hosted by Mojo Nation’s Billy Langsworthy and Deej Johnson.

Spin Master teams with Netflix for Mighty Express, a new show from Paw Patrol creator Keith Chapman

Debuting on Netflix this September, Mighty Express features an ensemble cast of trains and kids in ‘an expansive world with amazing adventures’.

Toy Industries of Europe’s Catherine Van Reeth on how designers can get involved in the inaugural Play for Change Awards

The new awards celebrates innovation across three categories: empowerment, sustainability and future skills.

Here’s an idea…

Heayes Design’s Richard Heayes shines a spotlight on the importance of ideas management, and why the old saying, “If you love something, let it go” is especially apt when it comes to ideation.

The emotional roots of “Not Invented Here Syndrome”

Having encountered “Not Invented Here Syndrome” throughout a career in inventor relations, TinkerTini’s Trina McFarland digs under the surface of this decision-making process; unpicking the complex set of emotions and behaviour behind it

Prolific toy inventor Louise White on where ideas come from, her creative process and the advice she’d give her younger self

Inventing toys of every kind, Louise White is the President and Head Designer of Me First! Designs. We spoke with Louise to hear where ideas come from, and what advice she’d give clients, new designers and her younger self.

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