Character Options’ Jon Elliott on the new product categories driving innovation in the toy space

We caught up with Character’s R&D operations manager to discuss his start in the world of toy design, and how he assesses the state of creativity in the industry at present.

Animoodles creator Marissa Louie on the development process behind her latest wave of mix-and-match plush animals

We caught up with Louie to find out more about the development process behind this new range, and plans to take Animoodles beyond the toy aisle.

CMON developing Night of the Living Dead board games

“It’s an honour to work with such a property, and we are excited to be able to partner with Living Dead Media and Image Ten on creating a game worthy of the movie’s legacy,” said CMON’s Geoff Skinner.

Mattel sees net sales rise 4% in North America in Q3 2018

In the international segment, Q3 net sales decreased by 18%.

Pop-Up Book becomes latest LEGO Ideas project to head to retail

Concept was submitted by LEGO Ideas members Grant Davis and Jason Allemann in August 2016, before being adapted into the official LEGO version by LEGO designer Wesley Talbott.

Gizmos designer Phil Walker-Harding on the openness and approachability of the tabletop space

We caught up with Walker-Harding to find out how he got his start in game design, and how self-imposed design challenges help fuel his creativity.

Creative Industries Federation to host Creative West Midlands event next month

The event will focus on preparing for future demand in the creative industries talent pipeline in the West Midlands.

Hasbro backs Rising Stars category of Mojo Nation 100

“Celebrating new talent and inviting new voices to the table is imperative to keeping our business exciting and fresh,” said Hasbro’s Rich Mazel.

BLE 2018 enjoys highest visitor numbers to date

“Thousands of meetings were held, our seminar programme and Live Kitchen demos were extremely successful, and exhibitors proclaimed it ‘their best BLE ever’”, said brand director Anna Knight.

Hasbro sees net revenues drop 12% in Q3 2018

“The global Hasbro team is effectively managing our business forward through a very disruptive year,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s chairman and chief executive officer.

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