JMP Creative’s Jim McCafferty reveals how brainstorming, magic and a thick skin power his creativity

With a past career as an escapologist and illusionist, Jim McCafferty now makes the world a happier place by creating magical toys and games… And terrific entertainment.

UK Games Expo delayed to August

‘We consider that a postponement at this stage maximises the chances to both protect the health and well-being of all our attendees and hold a successful show in 2020,’ read a statement from the organisers.

McDonald’s to scrap plastic toys from Happy Meals in the UK

Starting next year, Happy Meals will come with a soft toy, a book, or a paper-based toy.

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, and Zai Ortiz – the designer behind Iron Man’s J.A.R.V.I.S. – on their new game St. Noire and how to be creative

Teaming up with futurist and visionary Zai Ortiz, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell brings us the cutting-edge murder-mystery game, St. Noire. We caught up with the two – well, geniuses – to find out more.

Calliope Games tightens up distribution channels in bid to curb counterfeits

Firm is partnering with Alliance Game Distributors and ACD Distribution in the US, and Universal Games Distribution in Canada, with other international markets currently under review.

LEGO teams with Nintendo for interactive Super Mario sets

“By seamlessly incorporating the latest digital technology, LEGO Super Mario is a highly social, interactive and collaborative experience for kids,” said LEGO’s Julia Goldin.

Three lightbulb moments at Amazon HQ

Robots, voice-based games and giant plant walls. Hazel Reynolds from Gamely Games shares three realisations from her time at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle.

Beyond the Product: 360° thinking for IP

Making Things’ Fi Murray looks at how broad thinking can help transform one killer invention into a hot new brand spanning multiple product categories…

Nominations now open for the Play Creators Awards 2020

Categories include Toy Designer of the Year, R&D Team of the Year and Design Icon.

Nextoy founder Robert Fuhrer on defying gravity, proof of concepts and being an I.D.I.O.T.

With creations spanning gaming classics like Crocodile Dentist to the KenKen puzzle brand, we caught up with Nextoy’s Robert Fuhrer to learn more about a glittering career in toys and games.

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