Jazwings VP Karen Kilpatrick on helping designers’ toy concepts take flight

Back at the 2015 New York Comic-Con, Jazwares unveiled Jazwings, a new arm of the company dedicated to helping toy creators develop their concept into a product or brand.

Cartamundi eyes artists as inspiration for future iCard lines with residency opportunity

Cartamundi has teamed with Gluon to offer artists a two-month residency at its HQ to develop a piece that uses and challenges its iCard technology.

Exploding Kittens co-creator Elan Lee on Kickstarter, “failing fast” and the differences between digital and physical gaming

In 2015, Elan Lee saw 219,382 backers pledge over $8m on Kickstarter to make his card game, Exploding Kittens, a reality.

UK version of The Toy Box, a Dragons’ Den-style show for toy designers, in the works

Electus International has signed a deal to launch a UK version of Mattel Creation’s The Toy Box.

One in every 11 toys sold in UK last year was bought by an adult for themselves

The UK’s ‘kidult’ toy market (meaning adults buying kids’ toys for themselves) is growing three times faster than the toy sector overall.

LEGO Ideas no longer accepting submissions based on Star Wars or Marvel

The LEGO Ideas platform will no longer accept new submissions based on third-party licences that are already active in the LEGO Group’s portfolio.

Good Little Games’ free print-and-play games return

Good Little Games’ free print-and-play tabletop games are back, supported by the launch of a new Patreon campaign.

Pitch to publishers at UK Games Expo 2017 with Playtest UK’s Speed Dating event

Game designers have the opportunity to pitch their creation to publishers at this year’s UK Games Expo thanks to Playtest UK’s Meet the Makers Designer/Publisher Speed-Dating event.

Tourmaline founders talk blending tangible and digital realms with Oniri Islands

Mojo Nation caught up with Tourmaline’s two co-founders to talk about the development process behind their latest creation, Islands of Oniri: Children of the River

US kids spend more of their allowance on apps than on toys, claims RoosterMoney survey

Toy designers in the US may well consider incorporating app connectivity into their creations as a new study has revealed little ones spend most of their allowance on apps (13.4 per cent).

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