Puzzles

The Fantastic Factory teams with Golden Bear for Trapped, a new line of games that turn any room in the house into an escape room

“We want to bring the escape room experience to everyone and within the comfort of their own surroundings – and this is the ideal time to introduce this world-first game concept,” said Golden Bear’s Kathy Lesser.

Spin Master reports “challenging” Q1, but games and puzzles enjoy strong start to the year

“Q1 2020 was a challenging quarter for Spin Master, as we dealt with both the evolving COVID-19 situation and the carryover effects from the operational challenges we experienced in the second half of 2019,” said Ronnen Harary, Spin Master’s Co-Chief Executive Officer.

US toy industry sees 7.6% growth in Q1 2020

Games and Puzzles enjoyed growth of 55%, Outdoor & Sports Toys was boosted by 22%, Building Sets sales jumped 20% and Arts & Crafts enjoyed a sales increase of 13% during Q1 2020.

UK sales of games and puzzles soar during first week of coronavirus lockdown

Monopoly, Dobble, Cluedo, Uno and Scrabble all feature in the top ten for the week ending March 21st.

Nextoy founder Robert Fuhrer on defying gravity, proof of concepts and being an I.D.I.O.T.

With creations spanning gaming classics like Crocodile Dentist to the KenKen puzzle brand, we caught up with Nextoy’s Robert Fuhrer to learn more about a glittering career in toys and games.

Distributor Rory Kelly on how a long retail career and two key ingredients shape his view of the toys and games he distributes

With 20 years in retail, and nearly five in the toy-and-game industry, Red Knight Toy Group’s Rory Kelly’s experience includes time at Coiledspring Games as an executive, and as a champion of Wrebbit’s 3D Puzzles.

Asmodee UK sees sales soar 21% in 2019

Sales of Dobble – the UK’s best-selling game – grew 62%, while Bananagrams enjoyed a sales spike of 28%.

Distributor Roger Martin on choosing games, the changing industry and what inventors can do to succeed

Founding a U.K. game-distribution company with only two titles may seem both oddly unassuming and beautifully bold… In 2004, though, Roger Martin did just that!

Kate Gibson on how Gibsons’ relationship with the inventor community has evolved over the firm’s 100-year history

We caught up with Gibsons MD, Kate Gibson, to find out more about the history of the company, and how the firm’s relationship with the inventor community has blossomed over the years.

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