Games

“We endeavour to make each gram of plastic earn its right to exist”: Designers talk eco-friendly toys

With shoppers becoming more environmentally conscious and the industry boasting the potential to become more eco-friendly, we asked toy and game creators what the design community can do to help make the toy space greener.

Ethical toy sourcing gathers pace in 2019

Against a backdrop of new regulation, evolving consumer expectations, and global sustainability initiatives, Mark Robertson, SVP at the Ethical Toy Program, explains why now is the time to embrace ethical manufacturing.

“A phoenix from the flames is likely to get the backing of suppliers, even if it comes with a begrudging approach”: Designers on the return of Toys R Us

We asked figures in the toy and game design community for their thoughts on Tru Kids Brands, and the potential return of Toys R Us.

Blockbuster’s back! Big Potato’s Tristan Hyatt-Williams on resurrecting the video rental store for its latest party game

We caught up with Big Potato’s Tristan Hyatt-Williams to find out why people are excited about the return of Blockbuster (even if only in party game form).

Emma May talks Kickstarter, creativity and what’s next for her card game series, Quirk!

We caught up with May to learn more about her journey to date with Quirk!, and how an online hub for the game is in the pipeline.

Toys R Us eyes return via new company, Tru Kids Brands

“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write the next chapter of Toys R Us by launching a newly imagined omni channel retail experience for our beloved brands here in the US,” said Tru Kids’ Richard Barry

Designers behind The Mind and Monikers team up for new party game, Wavelength

Wavelength is a social guessing game where two teams compete to read each other’s minds.

Bananagrams, Storyball and Fundamentally Children to discuss routes to market at US Toy Fair’s Creative Factor

Bananagrams’ Rena Nathanson, Storyball’s Meir Biton and Fundamentally Children’s Amanda Gummer will shed light on the various paths that companies and designers can take in getting their product to market; be it doing it themselves or finding an unusual marketplace tactic.

Hape, Playmobil and Ravensburger among Spielwarenmesse ToyAwards winners

In the SchoolKids category, the Magical Mermaid World from PLAYMOBIL emerged as the winner, while the quiz game kNOW! from Ravensburger won the accolade in the Teenager & Adults segment.

UK toy sales down 7% in 2018 to £3.3bn

The decrease has been attributed to the closure of Toys R Us; a poor year for licensed products and a difficult year for the High Street.

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