Monthly Archives: May 2021

Disruption Report #15: A weaker dollar, and Chinese factories are absorbing cost cncreases

Businessman buried under crumpled pile of papers with a help sign A Weaker U.S. Dollar and a Stronger Chinese Yuan Bloomberg writer, John Authers, offers us this headline: “Dollar May Be on Brink of Sustained Downtrend.” That’s bad news for the toy industry as he is also predicting a rise in the value of the […]

A booming Enterprise | From Star Trek to The Beatles: How Eaglemoss is fuelling the kidult and pop culture market – ToyNews

Now in its fourth decade serving the sci-fi and fantasy collector’s and collectables market, Eaglemoss has become an authority on the topic of pop culture and kidult sectors, supplying some of the most detailed models to be found on the scene today. But there’s a whole lot more to the company than Star Trek busts. […]

MV Sports joins Hey Duggee toy partner line up as HTI bolsters portfolio with role play items – ToyNews

MV Sports has become the latest name in toys to sign up with the popular BBC Studio preschool property, Hey Duggee in a new deal to produce a range of branded scooters, ride-ons, and bikes. The first wave of product will launch at retail this autumn, joining the existing toy partner portfolio comprising HTI, who […]

Disguise Inc partners with Funko to launch Disguise Pop masks range – ToyNews

The dress up and costume specialist, Disguise Inc has detailed a global agreement with Funko to design, market, manufacture and distribute Pop! masks across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, South America, and Asia. Initial designs for 2021 will feature iconic characters from major licensing partners like Warner Bros and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The […]

SEGA unveils new Sonic the Hedgehog content, games, and toys amid 30th anniversary event – ToyNews

SEGA has lifted the lid on a plethora of upcoming entertainment experiences surrounding its iconic Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, as the 30th anniversary celebrations of the flagship character continue, spanning animated series, live orchestra events, a host of new gaming announcements, and plenty of licensing activity. The grand unveiling of this upcoming hive of activity […]

SEGA unveils new Sonic the Hedgehog content, games, and toys amid 30th anniversary event – ToyNews

SEGA has lifted the lid on a plethora of upcoming entertainment experiences surrounding its iconic Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, as the 30th anniversary celebrations of the flagship character continue, spanning animated series, live orchestra events, a host of new gaming announcements, and plenty of licensing activity. The grand unveiling of this upcoming hive of activity […]

Toy and gift firm Rex London opens EU hub in Belgium in response to Brexit issues – ToyNews

The toy and gifting specialist, Rex London has responded to the increased red tape surrounding trade with European countries following Brexit by establishing a new distribution centre in Belgium. The move has been made, according to the London-headquartered company, to ‘better serve its customers in the European Union, without customs delays or additional costs.’ In […]

3D printed toys takes next leap as Little You partners with materials specialist Rize – ToyNews

Rize, a company on a mission to bring 3D printing to consumers everywhere, has partnered with the custom collectable toy platform, Little You, on an initiative to allow kids to turn their own creations into functional, 3D anime toy figures. Headquartered in Toronto, Little You lets children make unique, custom anime figures that can be […]

Demo Day Play?

SmartLab Toys play set Demolition Lab; The Strong, Rochester, New York. Recent home repair and renovation has made me wonder: is demolition play? On the surface it may not be terribly playful but, if we use our metaphorical sledgehammers to break through the surface and dig a little deeper, we might think about the concept […]