Toys

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.

Sensible Object acquired by Niantic

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

Play Creators Awards finalists revealed

Taking place at London’s Under the Bridge on Monday, September 2nd, the Play Creators Awards celebrate the achievements of the toy and game designer community, including R&D teams, freelance inventors and design agencies.

Don’t Step In It co-designer Bob Driscoll on how his collaborations with Don Ullman “make an already fun job even more fun”

We caught up with Driscoll to find out more about the origins of Don’t Step In It and learn why the collaborative design process between him and Ullman has proved so successful.

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.

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.

Farm Rescue designer Harris Tsagas on Greece’s blossoming game design scene

We caught up with Tsagas to learn more about the origins of Farm Rescue – his first published game – and why he feels optimistic about the game design scene in Greece.

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.

Packaging problems

Sarah Reast, director at the wooden model kit firm Timberkits, delves into the, often frustrating, world of eco-friendly packaging.

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