TOMY’s Chris Huisman on the global design approach to Ritzy Rollerz, the firm’s new collectible girls brand

We caught up with TOMY’s senior concept and design manager, Chris Huisman, to learn more about the design process behind Ritzy Rollerz, and why “the sky’s the limit” when it comes to the brand’s future.

ChiTAG’s Mary Couzin scoops I.D.I.O.T Award at Toy Inventors’ Dinner 2019

The award, first launched in 1988, stands for International Designer and Inventor of Toys and is given as a tribute to luminaries who have made outstanding contributions to the toy industry.

Funko sees Q4 sales soar 38% to $233m

“Once again, Funko had a terrific quarter and full year, significantly exceeding our own expectations,” said Funko CEO Brian Mariotti.

Hasbro’s Rich Mazel on reinventing invention

As one of the industry-leaders when it comes to working with outside innovators, we caught up with Hasbro’s Senior Director of Global Product Acquisition, Rich Mazel, to discuss why he believes diversity of thought is key to unearthing creativity.

Board game design studio Forrest-Pruzan Creative becomes Funko Games

“The games category is another avenue to deliver pop culture to our ever-growing fan base,” said Funko president Andrew Perlmutter.

Design roundtable: Sweet Spot Studio, Bang Zoom and Open 2 Design talk industry shifts, creativity and recent successes

We caught up with figures from Bang Zoom, Open 2 Design and Sweet Spot Studio Inc to learn more about how 2018 was for them and what they think of the state of play moving into this year.

How I Designed: Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies

Independent toy designer Edison Girard shares his development process behind some of the Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies play-sets.

Asmodee UK teams with Warner Bros for Harry Potter Dobble

Dobble has now sold over 1 million copies in the UK, and finished 2018 as the UK’s top selling game by value, according to NPD data.

LEGO stabilises with 4% global growth in 2018

The top selling themes in 2018 were LEGO City, LEGO Technic, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Friends and LEGO Ninjago.

Hasbro named one of the world’s most ethical companies for eighth year running

“At Hasbro, we take pride in doing the right thing, simply because it’s the right thing to do,” said Brian Goldner, chairman and CEO, Hasbro, Inc.

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