Play

AR toys on the rise, according to Collabsco’s Connected Play Landscape 2019

“The connected play landscape was designed to provide a single, consolidated view of the companies and collaborators breaking barriers through the emerging technologies and the power of play,” said Collabsco’s Valerie Vacante.

TCG Toys joins Mojo Pitch 2019

“TCG Toys is excited to be a part of such an innovative event, and we are looking forward to meeting the outstanding talent that will be featured,” said Michael Albert, President and CEO of TCG Toys.

Mattel brings new blend of physical and digital play to Hot Wheels with Hot Wheels id

“Hot Wheels began innovating vehicle play over 50 years ago and now, we are doing it again with Hot Wheels id,” said Chris Down, Chief Design Officer at Mattel.

Sensible Object acquired by Niantic

The firm behind Beasts of Balance and When In Rome will now operate as Niantic London.

Phil Walker-Harding on the point-and-click influences behind his new Adventure Game series

We caught up with Walker-Harding to learn more about the inspiration behind the new series, and how they differ from the play experiences of previous ‘escape room’ games.

Character Options joins Mojo Pitch 2019

“Having a day that’s focused on toy concepts and design is a great thing for the industry; it gathers good people and sparks good discussions,” said Character Options’ Jon Elliott.

WATCH: Prospero Hall on the design process behind Ravensburger’s Villainous board game

Created by Prospero Hall and Wonder Forge, and published by Ravensburger, Villainous is a card game that sees players step into the shoes of iconic Disney baddies.

Cartamundi to acquire The United States Playing Card Company

“This investment will further deliver on Cartamundi’s purpose of sharing the magic of playing together towards consumers worldwide,” said Cartamundi CEO Stefaan Merckx.

Wicked Cool Toys to bring back Micro Machines

“Considering recent toy unboxing trends, the brand’s multigenerational appeal, and the vehicle category’s ripeness for something ‘new’ again, we believe Micro Machines will be a global phenomenon,” said WCT’s Jeremy Padawer.

LEGO designer Justin Ramsden on giving Stranger Things the brick treatment

We caught up with Ramsden to learn more about how he approaches design at LEGO, and what went into bringing the world of Stranger Things to life in bricks.

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