Watch: 90 Years of Fisher-Price

Celebrating 90 years of Fisher-Price, this panel session features Fisher-Price designers and external inventors discussing why Fisher-Price has thrived for so long, and what the key is to creating great product for the brand.

Watch: A Universal Approach to Toy Invention

This panel session delves into why inventors are important to Universal, what’s key to inventing for Universal IP and what opportunities are there to explore within the firm’s portfolio of brands, spanning Jurassic World to Universal Monsters.

Watch: Exploding Kittens’ Elan Lee on design, inventors and fuelling creativity

Elan Lee – CEO at Exploding Kittens – discusses the origins of the now iconic card game, sheds light on where the idea for the company’s latest game – Poetry for Neanderthals – came from, and his top tips for fuelling creativity.

Watch: Trend Bible’s Pandemic Lens: Implications for the Future of Play

Trend Bible founder and CEO Joanna Feeley pinpoints the trends that have accelerated as a direct consequence of the pandemic and shares how inventors and toy firms alike can identify future opportunities to stay resilient and relevant in the face of these unprecedented changes.

Watch: Failure is the Key to Success

This ‘Failure is the Key to Success’ session delves into how certain toys – that seemed destined for greatness, but flopped – provided some key lessons that were instrumental to the future success of other toys and games.

Watch: Desert Island Picks with… Hasbro’s Rich Mazel

If you could only take one toy, one game and one of your own inventions to a desert island, what would you take and why? That’s the question that Word Whizz Deej Johnson is posing to Rich Mazel, Senior Director of Global Product Acquisition at Hasbro, in this Desert Island Picks interview.

Watch: Game On: Hasbro, Funko and Gamely talk game design

How do you pitch a game idea to Hasbro? Where does Funko Games start when turning iconic movies into great tabletop experiences? What can an indie like Gamely Games do to stand out in a crowded market? All this, and more, is covered in this Game On! panel session.

Watch: Pitching in Uncertain Times

How has lockdown changed how toy and game inventors pitch their concepts? What are some of the pros and cons of showing off ideas virtually? And what impact has the pandemic situation had on how inventors fuel their creativity? All this and more is explored in our ‘Pitching in Uncertain Times’ panel.

Eric Lang leaves CMON to focus on freelance game design and activism

“Now felt like the right time for me to return to my roots; focusing on game design and public advocacy for our amazing hobby,” said Lang.

New York Toy Fair postponed

“We are developing with our members a Toy Fair offering in the spring of 2021 and of course the always anticipated Toy Fair in the expanded Javits Center in February 2022,” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Toy Association.

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