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Meo Mio’s Paul von Mohr talks creativity, Pound Puppies and how to secure a “yes” in a “no” industry

We caught up with Paul to learn more about his history in the toy space, as well as find out his key piece of advice for inventors who are just starting out.

Award-winning game designer Andrew Harman on simplicity, playtesting and success at The Gruffalo Design Challenge

With an award-winning dice game to his name, and a new collection hitting shelves soon, we spoke to Andrew about The Gruffalo, the hardest part of his process… and ABBA

Funko movie in the works from Warner Bros

“This isn’t about selling toys or building a brand; the team at Warner Animation Group have a unique vision of what the first film should be and we are extremely excited to take this journey alongside them,” said Funko’s Brian Mariotti.

Sony Pictures signs Hasbro as master toy partner for Ghostbusters

“Ghostbusters is an iconic and beloved franchise and we are excited and honoured to return to the brand as the global master toy licensee and bring new product to the next generation of fans,” said Tom Warner, senior vice president, Hasbro.

Numskull debuts Tubbz, a new line of collectible ‘cosplaying’ ducks

The range is made up of toy ducks decked out like iconic characters from brands including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings and Ghostbusters.

CBS merges with Viacom and unites brand portfolio boasting Nickelodeon, South Park and Star Trek

The combined company will be known as ViacomCBS Inc and will house channels and brands including CBS, Showtime, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Star Trek, South Park and Mission: Impossible.

Nickelodeon acquires Garfield and plans to turn brand into a “multi-generational consumer products juggernaut”

Pam Kaufman, president of VNCP, said: “Garfield is a global evergreen franchise that is a natural fit with Nickelodeon and our portfolio of iconic properties.”

Pixar’s Jen Tan on translating the studio’s hit movies into top toy lines

With Toy Story 4 still wowing kids (and adults) on both the big screen and in the toy aisles, we caught up with Tan to learn more about turning great Pixar movies into best-selling toys and games.

From Othello to Nerf Ping Pong, Fireball Island to Timber Tots, Patti and Jonathan Becker on the million-dollar question: How do you know a great product when you see one?

We caught up with Patti to learn more about the origins of Anjar and Becker Associates, get the low-down on some of their recent success stories and find out exactly when they know they’ve discovered something special.

Mattel to launch new toy lines for Pixar’s upcoming slate and past classics

“Whether under the sea, in the clouds, on the racetrack or in deep space, we’re thrilled to bring Pixar’s innovative creativity to life through new interactive play experiences with Mattel,” said Disney’s Josh Silverman.

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