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15 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Will The Disney-Fox Deal Be Good Or Bad For The Toy Industry?

WILL THE DISNEY-FOX DEAL BE GOOD OR BAD FOR THE TOY INDUSTRY? The toy industry has seen some big headlines during 2017, and that hasn’t stopped despite us being so close to the end of the year! The announcement that The Walt Disney Company is to acquire Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. is as big a […]

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05 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

More Toys R Us Tribulations – UK Division Seeks CVA

MORE TOYS R US TRIBULATIONS – UK DIVISION SEEKS CVA After the drama and impact of Toys R Us seeking Chapter 11 protection in the USA, the current news that the UK company is now seeking a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA). For more on the technicalities of this process/what it is & what it means, […]

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12 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Hasbro To Buy Mattel? How Likely Is That?

HASBRO TO BUY MATTEL? HOW LIKELY IS THAT? Wow – what a topsy turvy year this is turning out ot be for the global toy industry! After the disappointment of the worst movie box office numbers in more than a decade and the unfortunate Toys R Us situation, reports have been circulating in the last […]

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19 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

The Future For China & Toys

THE FUTURE FOR CHINA & TOYS China has been the heart of the toy industry in many ways for the last few decades. With a dominant position/share of toy manufacturing China has been the key source for toy companies. These though are interesting times – China’s traditional cost benefit on labour heavy toy production seems […]

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27 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Toys R Us – The Retail Growth Story Of The Next 5 Years?

Toys R Us – The Retail Growth Story Of The Next 5 Years?   One of the little reported facts pertinent to the media circus recently surrounding Toys R Us’ bankruptcy filing is that the companies over reported debt pile was primarily due to the ‘leveraged’ purchase of the business by investment firms. I am […]

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08 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Is 2017 Turning Into An Annus Horribilis For The Global Toy Industry?

IS 2017 TURNING INTO AN ANNUS HORIBILIS FOR THE GLOBAL TOY INDUSTRY? The global toy industry has been on the up for several years now. A magnificently packed movie slate has seen the toy industry nudge upwards year on year ever closer to the magic $100billion global retail sales level. The acquisition of Lucasfilm & […]

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24 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Are Toys Still Relevant For Today’s Kids? Erm Yes, Rather!

ARE TOYS STILL RELEVANT FOR TODAY’S KIDS? ERM YES, RATHER! Those outside the toy industry often seem to ask whether toys are still relevant to ‘Generation ipad’. Today’s children have so many more media to consumer and engage with than previous generations, that they don’t seem to spend as long with their toys. Yet they […]

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18 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Transformers 5 Disappoints: What Next For Hasbro?

TRANSFORMERS 5 DISAPPOINTS (?)…WHAT NEXT FOR HASBRO?   It has been widely reported that Hasbro & their movie studio partners have a 10 year map for the Transformers franchise. This includes numerous additional Transformers films, plus an array of spin off movies. This should not be surprising, as this is increasingly the way blockbuster movies […]

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29 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

MID 2018 – TOY INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

MID 2018 – TOY INDUSTRY OUTLOOK Around about this time of year toy companies begin to have a fairly clear idea (+/-10%) of how 2018 is going to pan out financially. Some will be right now readying the red pen next to their org charts as 2018 pans out tougher than anticipated. Some will be […]

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28 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Product Launch Timings – When Is The Best Time?

PRODUCT LAUNCH TIMINGS – WHEN IS THE BEST TIME? We recently wrote an article for Spielwarenmesse.de – the official blog of the Spielwarenmesse/Nuremberg International Toy Fair looking at when is the right time of year to launch new products. Clearly the industry has the ‘standard’ timings of 1st half & 2nd half of the year, […]

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