Toys

Locked down, lucky and the long game

Making Things’ Fi Murray takes a look at how, in these turbulent times, inventors and designers can continue to innovate, ideate and thrive.

Brand Designs: Bulldog’s Vicky Hill on why toy firms should look to their ‘back catalogues’ for licensing inspiration

Bulldog has been responsible for expanding several successful toy lines outside of the toy aisle through licensing, representing the likes of Shopkins, Treasure X, Match Attax and Garbage Pail Kids.

Inventing Bananagrams: Rena Nathanson on the origins of the top-selling game, the secret of its appeal and what makes new ideas a no…

Deej Johnson – author of The Little Book of Bananagrams – catches up with the game’s co-inventor Rena Nathanson, and discover the secret of its appeal…

Brand Designs: Funko’s Lucy Salisbury on why understanding what fuels a fanbase is key to creating great licensed product

Lucy Salisbury heads up Funko’s licensing team for EMEA, managing the firm’s portfolio of more than 1000 active licences and over 10,000 characters.

Wynne-Jones IP sponsors Play Creators Festival 2020

Wynne-Jones IP will be providing useful IP advice across all three days of this year’s Festival, taking place from September 7th to 9th.

JMP Creative’s Jim McCafferty reveals how brainstorming, magic and a thick skin power his creativity

With a past career as an escapologist and illusionist, Jim McCafferty now makes the world a happier place by creating magical toys and games… And terrific entertainment.

McDonald’s to scrap plastic toys from Happy Meals in the UK

Starting next year, Happy Meals will come with a soft toy, a book, or a paper-based toy.

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.

Patience is a Virtue

Play futurist Yesim Kunter questions why some toy companies still don’t have patience when it comes to the design process, and looks at the impact that rushed ideation can have…

Buffalo Games teams with BuzzFeed for new line of party games

“BuzzFeed is all about driving human connection, and through the BuzzFeed Games imprint, we’ll extend our reach beyond the screen and spread joy IRL to our community through lively game nights,” said BuzzFeed’s SVP of Licensing Eric Karp.

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