Digital Dream Labs acquires Anki assets – including Cozmo, Vector and Overdrive – following firm’s closure last year

“The opportunity to acquire exclusive ownership of Cozmo, Vector, and Overdrive fit perfectly into our mission and purpose driven culture,” said Matt Goren, Chief Marketing Officer at Digital Dream Labs.

Mattel launches eco-friendly bio-based Mega Bloks line

“Creating a more sustainable world is important to our team, our company and our consumers, and our first construction line derived from bio-based plastics is an example of this,” said MEGA SVP Bisma Ansari.

LEGO debuts new arts and crafts brand, LEGO DOTS

Initial DOTS lines include wearable bracelets and room décor items like photo cubes, picture frames and pencil holders.

US toy market sees sales dip 4% in 2019 to $20.9bn

“2019 was one of the more complicated years to get a good read on toy industry health,” said Juli Lennett, vice president and industry advisor, Toys, The NPD Group.

Three things I learned from London Toy Fair 2020

Having wandered the aisles of Toy Fair, Gamely’s Hazel Reynolds shares her three stand-out thoughts from her time at the show.

Westley Ciaramella on how invention studio Catapult Concepts thrives on a blend of skills, a fast pace and sheer chutzpah

We caught up with Westley to talk creative Kryptonites, why New York inspired him and how Catapult Concepts drives creativity with ‘what if…’ ideas.

LEGO debuts new inventor platform, the Innovation Intake Portal

New online portal allows inventors to submit ideas for new play concepts to LEGO.

UK toy market suffers 6% sales drop in 2019 but remains Europe’s largest toy market

“The on-going question that is Brexit undoubtedly had a dampening effect on consumer confidence whilst a general election in the middle of the busiest trading month of the year wasn’t helpful,” said the BTHA’s Natasha Crookes.

The Marketing Store’s Pamela Stathaki talks sustainability

Pamela Stathaki joined The Marketing Store (TMS) in August 2019 in the new and important role of Head of Sustainability. Her focus initially is to work with TMS’ researchers, developers, engineers and designers to find the right sustainable solution for the firm’s toys; all the while making sure the toys are safe, fun and as environmentally friendly as possible!

Asmodee UK sees sales soar 21% in 2019

Sales of Dobble – the UK’s best-selling game – grew 62%, while Bananagrams enjoyed a sales spike of 28%.

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