Disney

Disney embraces plastic-free packaging for its classic dolls collection

The move forms part of Disney’s broader commitment to environmental stewardship.

Toy designer David Vonner on being a believer in ‘don’t ask for permission, beg for forgiveness!’

We caught up with David to find out more about his approach to toy design, how he fuels his creativity – and what he learned from working at Hasbro, Spin Master and Mattel.

Tonies makes Fast Company’s list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies

“We’re proud to be recognised among the best and brightest companies in the world,” said Patric Faßbender and Marcus Stahl, co-founders of tonies.

Winnie the Pooh gets the LEGO treatment

Based on original designs by LEGO superfan Ben Alder, the set sees fans construct Pooh’s house beneath a large oak tree.

Trends set to fuel sales this year include kidult toys, music-play and mindfulness, says The Toy Association

“This year’s biggest trends underscore the ongoing impact of the pandemic on play; the toy industry’s growing commitment to helping kids become better global citizens; and the many social, emotional, and cognitive benefits of mindful, musical, and ‘kidult’ toys,” said The Toy Association’s Adrienne Appell.

My Toy and Game Story

In the first of his new monthly column, Adam Borton looks at how he got his start in the industry and what his new Toy and Game School will look to bring those wanting to kick-start their own careers in play.

Funko readies inaugural Funko Fair, a two-week virtual product showcase

“Funko is always discovering new ways to surprise and delight our fans by bringing the best of pop culture directly to them,” said Brian Mariotti, Chief Executive Officer at Funko.

Introducing the Growing Pains Accelerator: Business strategy help for toy and game inventors

Joel Silverman, CEO at KidsKnowBest, details the firm’s new Growing Pains Accelerator, an initiative designed to help inventors, designers and start-ups with mentoring, collaboration and practical services worth at least £150,000.

LEGO sees revenue grow 7% in first six months of 2020

“The strong results are due to our incredible team,” said The LEGO Group CEO, Niels B. Christiansen.

Watch: The Art of Villainous

This session – featuring Shane Hartley, Art Director at Ravensburger North America and Jake Breish, Graphic Designer at Ravensburger North America – delves into the incredible art direction behind the company’s smash-hit board game series, Villainous.

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