Retail

LEGO and Nintendo team up for LEGO NES kit

The set will include a controller with a connecting cable and plug and even an opening slot for the Game Pak with a locking feature.

Accentuate’s Graeme Fraser-Bell on relentlessly pitching, the three things he takes to every show and braving Dragons’ Den

We caught up with Graeme and Fiona Fraser-Bell to find out what they do, why it works – and the difference between pitching to the Dragons and the public…

Wynne-Jones IP invites inventor community to take part in Code of Conduct survey

“If you are a toy industry executive, this is “your” Code and we’d love for your voice to be heard,” said Wynne-Jones IP’s Victor Caddy.

Rubik’s Head of Global Marketing, Hayley Woodward, on the Cube’s appeal – and what all inventors need to know about new ideas

With sales of over 350 million for one product alone, Rubik’s Brand Ltd. have been a major player in the industry for 40 years. We spoke to Head of Global Marketing, Hayley Woodward, to discover why the cube still has appeal, and what all inventors need to know about new ideas.

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.

US toy market sees sales dip 4% in 2019 to $20.9bn

“2019 was one of the more complicated years to get a good read on toy industry health,” said Juli Lennett, vice president and industry advisor, Toys, The NPD Group.

UK toy market suffers 6% sales drop in 2019 but remains Europe’s largest toy market

“The on-going question that is Brexit undoubtedly had a dampening effect on consumer confidence whilst a general election in the middle of the busiest trading month of the year wasn’t helpful,” said the BTHA’s Natasha Crookes.

Games that sell: Specialist retailer Becky Ottery on what she can’t sell and doesn’t buy

What do retailers know about inventing games that sell? Darrell and Becky Ottery own and run the aptly named Eclectic Games in Reading. With a tireless work ethic, they strive to play every game they stock, and meet each customer’s need with insight.

Games to Get’s Luke Evans on helping players get to know each other with Sussed

Luke Evans, lead product designer at Games to Get, talks us through the success of the firm’s range of Sussed card games.

Tru Kids Brands and b8ta’s new Toys R Us stores to be “the most progressive and advanced stores in its category in the world”

New stores will allow toy firms to showcase products in an ‘interactive playground-like environment’ and create custom experiences around their IP.

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