Toys R Us

Paper Bag Creative’s Ed Gartin on wishlists, creativity and the key to successful inventor relations

We caught up with Ed to find out more about his career in play to date, the key to successful inventor relations and his experience of launching a new business in the midst of a pandemic.

Watch: Buyers & Inventors: Should these worlds collide?

Can an inventors’ track-record be a key factor in buying decisions? Should there be more knowledge-sharing happening between these two areas of the industry? Are publishers doing enough to shine a light on their inventor items? All these questions, and more, are tackled in this Buyers & Inventors panel session.

The Toy Coach’s Azhelle Wade on helping budding inventors make it in the toy industry

We caught up with Azhelle to learn more about her history in the world of design, and what’s to come at The Toy Coach.

Leila Nosrati from Master Toy Advisors on the three things she looks for in every product and why some industry secrets should never be kept

Leila Nosrati sees ideas – as they are now, and as her clients might sell them. Here she tells us the three things she looks for in every product – and why some industry secrets should never be kept…

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.

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.

“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.

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

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.

Toys R Us liquidation hits Hasbro’s Q1 2018 results

Hasbro’s net revenues for the first quarter 2018 decreased 16 per cent to $716.3m.

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