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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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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05 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Toy Industry A-Z – A is for Action Man

Toy Industry A-Z – A is for Action Man For those of my generation in the European toy industry, especially those who worked for Hasbro, Action Man is a huge iconic action figure brand. Action Man was officially launched in 1966 by Palitoy, as a spin off under license from Hasbro’s G.I. Joe. Over time, […]

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