Monthly Archives: January 2022

Rubies continues official partnership with World Book Day for charity’s 25th anniversary – ToyNews

As an official Partner for World Book Day, Rubies will once again support the charity as it celebrates a very important year in its history – its 25th anniversary. World Book Day has grown from humble beginnings into a cultural phenomenon. On the first Thursday in March, every child in full-time education in the UK […]

Flair and Aardman sculpt new deal for Plasticine – ToyNews

Flair GP and Aardman have signed a two-year deal to introduce new licensed lines to Flair’s Plasticine collection. The partnership will introduce two of Aardman’s much-loved animated characters to Flair’s popular heritage collection: Shaun the Sheep and Morph. Available from July 2022, these licensed sets aim to offer children hours of creative play, allowing them […]

Disruption Report #43 – Customer Returns Up 6%, a Cardboard Box Shortage and Wages Increase 4%

And Now There’s a Cardboard Box Shortage Yes, there is a shortage of one of those elements in the supply-chain that we take for granted – cardboard boxes. According to “The History of the Cardboard Box:” The first corrugated cardboard box manufactured in the US was in 1895. By the early 1900s, wooden crates and […]

Bandai UK set to distribute True and the Rainbow Kingdom toys – ToyNews

Children’s entertainment company Guru Studio has appointed Bandai UK as its UK distributor for a new range of toys inspired by the hit series True and the Rainbow Kingdom. Guru Studio teamed up with previously announced master toy partner United Smile to bring the product line to market, which has already launched in select markets including Israel, the Philippines and […]

National Puzzle Day: our roundup of the best new jigsaws – ToyNews

No doubt about it, jigsaws are enjoying a moment. Sales surged by 240% during the height of the pandemic when families and kids rediscovered the many benefits of puzzles – how they boost problem-solving and fine-motor skills, encourage concentration, even help banish stress – and the overall sector is still strong, with UK sales reaching £100m […]

Schleich celebrates its most successful business year ever – ToyNews

Recording growth for the eighth consecutive year, toy manufacturer Schleich has enjoyed the most successful trading year in the company’s 86-year history. The 2021 financial year saw an increase in turnover of more than 20%, with Schleich GmbH reporting a record turnover of around EUR 255 million (previous year: EUR 210 million). In addition to the […]