Cartamundi’s Marco van Haaften on how the firm’s Make My Game platform is helping designers of all experience levels progress their concepts

We caught up with Marco van Haaften, international marketing director at Cartamundi, to learn more about the firm’s Make My Game platform, as well as how Cartamundi’s new Design Centers are providing exciting opportunities for developers.

Spin Master debuts Dragamonz, a new toy line encompassing collectibles, trading cards and AR-infused battles

“Dragamonz gives kids everything they are looking for in a toy experience from collectability to battling,” said James Martin, Senior Vice President & Global Business Unit Lead, Spin Master.

Nickelodeon acquires Garfield and plans to turn brand into a “multi-generational consumer products juggernaut”

Pam Kaufman, president of VNCP, said: “Garfield is a global evergreen franchise that is a natural fit with Nickelodeon and our portfolio of iconic properties.”

Play.institute’s Cephas Howard on LEGO, Kickstarter and why comfort zones kill innovation

We caught up with Howard to learn more about how his time at LEGO shaped his approach to design, and what the future holds with his Play.institute.

Wynne-Jones IP to tackle copycats with ‘Code of Conduct’ initiative at Toy and Game Design Conference

“We wanted to help the industry create a Code of Conduct that makes the issue fairer and more transparent, and thereby brings good to the industry as a whole,” said Wynne-Jones IP’s Victor Caddy.

Pixar’s Jen Tan on translating the studio’s hit movies into top toy lines

With Toy Story 4 still wowing kids (and adults) on both the big screen and in the toy aisles, we caught up with Tan to learn more about turning great Pixar movies into best-selling toys and games.

Battlestar Galactica designer Corey Konieczka leaves Fantasy Flight to set up new studio, Unexpected Games

The philosophy behind Unexpected Games arose from Konieczka’s desire for a studio focused on innovation and idea incubation.

Top Gun toys and games on the way from Mattel

“Our design-led approach has allowed us to recreate the high-octane action from the movie with a line of toys that will impress fans of all ages,” said Mattel’s Janet Hsu.

LEGO Treehouse to boast highest number of sustainable bricks ever in a LEGO set

“It really is an important step in our ambitious target of making all LEGO elements from sustainable materials,” said LEGO’s VP of environmental responsibility, Tim Brooks.

Richard Gill joins PlayMonster to head up firm’s international expansion efforts

“PlayMonster is a perfect fit for me with its culture of playfulness and determination, and commitment to innovation,” said Gill.

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