Design studio ToyZone signs exclusive agency agreement with Anjar & Becker Associates

“With our market insight and global reach, we’re confident that ToyZone’s portfolio of exciting proprietary products will generate strong demand from licensees,” said Becker Associates’ Patti Becker.

Game designer Brett J. Gilbert on virtual playtesting, using agents and the origins of his new speed game, JigStars

With a slate of upcoming games spanning FunSkool’s JigStars, Floodgate Games’ Vivid and ITB’s Junk Forts on the way, we caught up with Brett to find out how lockdown has impacted his design process.

Licensing International UK welcomes Graham Saltmarsh as MD

“In these trying times it’s more important than ever to bring all the different elements of this amazing industry together to share knowledge and expertise,” said Saltmarsh.

Jazwares sees “incredible demand” for CoComelon toys

“CoComelon has quickly become one of the most parent/child co-viewed brands in the world, and joyful pre-schoolers will be thrilled to celebrate this beloved content in toy form,” said Jeremy Padawer, EVP/Partner at Jazwares.

LEGO to invest up to $400m over three years to accelerate sustainability efforts

Firm will be phasing out single-use plastic bags from LEGO boxes in latest move to make all packaging sustainable by 2025.

Hasbro’s Guess Who? Hometown Helpers to raise funds for No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry is a campaign focused on ending childhood hunger in the United States.

LEGO teams with Levi’s for new apparel line that can be customised with LEGO DOTS

The collection features the first-ever flexible LEGO baseplate, onto which fans can create their own customised designs using LEGO DOTS.

Play Creators Awards 2020 winners revealed

A celebration of the toy and game industry’s design talent, among the big winners this year are Spin Master, Big Potato and Seven Towns, while Heayes Design’s Richard Heayes scooped the Design Icon accolade.

Ravensburger’s Benn Bramwell and Leah Smith on what they look for in every product

Leading up to the Mojo Nation pitch, we caught up with Ravensburger’s Benn Bramwell, Senior International Product Manager for Children’s Games, and Leah Smith, Junior Product Designer.

TOMY team members Tom Yamazaki and Mizunuma-san on designing Screwball Scramble Level 2: a sequel that’s an equal!

Screwball Scramble is a mono, manic, marble-moving game that first hit shelves in 1979. Forty years on, the TOMY team launches a sequel that’s also an equal! We climb the tilting walkway of curiosity to find out more…

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