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Toy Industry News

The NPD Group report that toy sales within the UK dropped by 2.8% in 2017 pointing at Brexit, under-performing licenses and issues around counterfeit toys as the primary causes. Total revenues for the year are reported as being £3.4 billion meaning that despite the decline the UK is still positioned as the largest market in Europe with three years of growth between 2014 and 2016.

Natasha Crookes, director of public affairs and communications for the BTHA stated that "the increasing breadth and depth of counterfeit toys is a real concern, with over £400 million worth of sales being lost to the industry, as well as the cost to companies from the theft of innovative design".

When asked to comment on the growing UK Collectable market Ms Crookes commented that they were "an unstoppable force within the industry". Figures show that the sector grew by 17%, dominated by Fingerlings, with the category now making up 9% of the overall value and 19% of all units sold. Frederique Tutt, global toy analyst for the NPD Group added that they "have seen significant year on year growth" in Collectables.

Doll play-sets, pre-school figures and action figures also all saw strong 2017 sales so it was not all doom and gloom outside of the collectable sector.

Category: Toy Industry News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Thursday, 25th January 2018 at 09:14:29 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Toy Industry News

Chinese Transformers Fansite T.F.N.D have posted in-hand images of the upcoming Transformers Combiner Wars Streetwise figure. The toy is a slight retooling of the Combiner Wars Wave 2 Stunticon Dead End figure.

Takara Tomy have announced a new campaign which they will be running which includes some Generation One Collectible Cards.

78dm.net have posted some images of the upcoming 3rd party Overclocking figure from SXS. The figure is a homage to Blurr from the Generation One toyline.

Amazon.com have posted new pre-orders for Wave 3 of the Transformers Combiner Wars figures including Hotspot

Ozformers have confirmed that both MP-06 Bluestreak and MP-24 Star Saber will both be released within Australia

Mitmunk is releasing a new line of Official Transformers Apparels.

"Autobots, roll out! Mitmunk is excited to bring you our new line of official TRANSFORMERS printed apparel. We’re launching our new women’s and men’s long-sleeved shirts, vests, and leggings based on the Generation 1 Optimus and Megatron artwork. There will also be T-shirts featuring a range of Transformers from the original box art, quotes, and of course the iconic Autobot and Decepticon insignias.

Pre-order from our website starting Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 am Pacific Time to get in on the first print run. We’ll accept pre-orders until we reach the limit of what we can handle in one production run, or while supplies last, and go into production until we’re ready to accept the second round. The first 20 pre-orders will also come with a free t-shirt! The estimated completion time for the first print run is mid- to late-May (subject to change but we’ll update you along the way).

If you’re headed to Fan Expo Vancouver this weekend, you’ll be able to shop our new Transformers line first! Come visit us at Booth 714, April 3-5 at Vancouver Convention Centre."

Georgia Ball has been announced as the new regular writter on the IDW comic Transformers: Robots In Disguise (the tie-in book to the 2015 cartoon series), with her taking over after issue 0.  She will be joining artist Priscilla Toramontano on the book and made the announcement herself via Tumblr

This was actually announced Easter Sunday at Wondercon but the word hasn’t gotten around: I’m writing this series after issue #0. My childhood parked in front of Transformers G1 is now justified. I can bring Starscream back from the dead right?

The Brazilian fansite Transformers Dioramas has shared some images from the 32nd ABRIN LAtin American Toy Show where three new photographs of the upcoming Transformers Combiner Wars Devastator was shown off.

ACToys.net have posted some new imaes of the upcoming Transformers Platinum Edition two-pack release of Astrotrain and Blitzwing. The figures appear to be homages to Flywheels and MachTackle (Transformers Victory) and it should be noted that the firing mechanism on Blitwzing's weapons have been removed due to safety regulations.

E-Hobby and the Takara-Tomy Mall have posted new images of the upcoming Transformers Unite (the Japanese name for Combiner Wars) Stunticon team. The figures are slight redecos with Motormaster being more black and Dragstrip having no purple on him

TFW2005 have posted a nice little image gallery of the Combiner Wars Blackjack figure.

TFND have posted an in-hand image gallery of the upcoming  Combiner Wars Protobot Rook figure.

TFW2005 reported on the 10th April that Netfliex has the first 14 episodes from Season Three of Transformes Rescue Bots

Singaporean online store SimplyToys has images of the three pack Transformers Platinum Edition Seeker Squadron which contains the latest reissues of G1 Thrust, Dirge and Ramjet

Hasbro Studios have updated their You Tube channel with a promotional video for a new character in Transformers Rescue Bots, Servo the rescue dog.

Brazilian Transformers fansite Transformrs Dioramas has posted more images of the upcoming Transformers Combinerwars Devastator.

HissTank have reports from the 2015 JoeCon which included some more of the upcoming GI-Joe Transformers Crossover toys.  The latest offering is "Old Snake" Cobra Commander (based on his appearance in the Transformers Cartoon Only Human) with Stealth Bat (a BAT recolour of Transformers Prime Soundwave)

You can view the images of all of the above figures after the jump.

Category: Toy Industry News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Sunday, 12th April 2015 at 10:43:01 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Toy Industry News

Hold the press Transformers Prime fans. We've had a sighting report of the Wave 2 figures at ASDA

"Please let everyone know to start checking their Asda's. Just picked up RID Ratchet and Arcee from Asda Harrogate for £9.73.

Only one each per case so you will have to be quick i think :D"

Category: Toy Industry News | Submitted by: gojira72 - on: Tuesday, 8th May 2012 at 13:24:32 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Toy Industry News

Toy Industry magazine ­­Toy News's Samantha Loveday recently sat down with Hasbro Europe's Country Manager for UK &?Irelan, Foye Pascoe to discuss the recent success of the company.  Below are some quotes that contained Transformers related anwsers, but you can read the full article here.

How has the UK market performed so far this year? Are we in better shape than this time last year?
Hasbro UK has experienced a 14 per cent growth (UK NPD EPOS YTD June 2011). This is due to the strong performance of the recent Transformers movie, and a number of our key brands including Play-Doh, Furreal Friends and Nerf and our key licensed properties within the boy’s category.

What lines have performed well for you so far this year?
We are proud that we have experienced good performance across the full range of our toys and games.
Not only are some key films helping deliver the Transformers and Marvel toy lines, but we are also seeing growth of our classic brands such as Play-Doh, Furreal Friends, Nerf and Supersoaker.

Are there any sectors in particular which have stood out? Boys must have been boosted by the new Transformers lines, for example?
The boys segment has undoubtedly been boosted by a number of key films; Transformers Dark of the Moon has had a positive impact on the Transformers retail presence. Our alliance with Marvel has delivered strong product lines both for Captain America and Thor this year. Star Wars has had a good year and was the number one property in action figures UK (NPD EPOS YTD June 2011).

Finally, any hot tips from your 2012 product line to watch out for?
2012 will be another great year for action films for which we have a range of boys’ toys and games.

Star Wars re-mastered Episode One will hit cinemas in February. Battleship will preview in May, followed by the much-publicised Avengers film from Marvel later in the month.

The Amazing Spider-man will launch in July. Transformers will continue to connect with boys through Transformers Prime programming on Cartoon Network.

Within our girl’s portfolio, My Little Pony programming is currently on air on Boomerang and connecting with a whole new generation of girls.

Category: Toy Industry News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Tuesday, 27th September 2011 at 08:51:06 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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We have recieved the latest published NPD charts for UK toy sales, this time covering April 2010

UK APRIL 2010 (UNIT SALES - VOLUME)
1 ZHU ZHU HAMSTER PACKS ASSORTMENT CHARACTER
2 KIDZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA VTECH
3 STAR WARS REBEL TROOPER & SNOW TROOPER BATTLEPACK LEGO
4 SMART TRIKE PLUS GIRLS MOOKIE
5 BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE 10CM FIGURES BANDAI
6 BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE 15CM DNA FIGURES BANDAI
7 SMART TRIKE PLUS PRIMARY COLOUR MOOKIE
8 FIRST STEPS BABYWALKER VTECH
9 LITTLE TIKES COZY COUPE 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION MGA
10 COSMIC LIGHT SCOOTER ASSORTMENT H GROSSMAN

UK APRIL 2010 (£ SALES - VALUE)
1 HOT WHEELS BASIC CAR ASSORTMENT MATTEL
2 MATCH ATTAX ENGLAND CARDS TOPPS
3 MATCH ATTAX CARDS TOPPS
4 MATCH ATTAX EXTRA 20 TOPPS
5 TRANSFORMERS MOVIE LEGENDS ASSORTMENT HASBRO
6 GOGO’S III EXPLORER PACK MAGIC BOX
7 BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE 10CM FIGURES BANDAI
8 ZHU ZHU HAMSTER PACKS ASSORTMENT CHARACTER
9 PLAY DOH SINGLE TUB ASSORTMENT HASBRO
10 CARS CHARACTER ASSORTMENT MATTEL

UK YEAR TO DATE (£ SALES - VALUE)
1 ZHU ZHU HAMSTER PACKS ASSORTMENT CHARACTER
2 KIDZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA VTECH
3 STAR WARS REBEL TROOPER & SNOW TROOPER BATTLEPACK LEGO
4 BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE 10CM FIGURES BANDAI
5 BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE 15CM DNA FIGURES BANDAI
6 BAKUGAN STARTER PACK SPIN MASTER
7 STAR WARS LUKE’S LANDSPEEDER LEGO
8 BIONICLE STARS 2010 LEGO
9 FIRST STEPS BABYWALKER VTECH
10 TRANSFORMERS MOVIE DELUXE FIGURES HASBRO

UK YEAR TO DATE (UNIT SALES - VOLUME)
1 MATCH ATTAX CARDS TOPPS
2 HOT WHEELS BASIC CAR ASSORTMENT MATTEL
3 BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE 10CM FIGURES BANDAI
4 TRANSFORMERS MOVIE LEGENDS ASSORTMENT HASBRO
5 GOGO S III EXPLORER PACK MAGIC BOX
6 PLAY DOH SINGLE TUB ASSORTMENT HASBRO
7 ZHU ZHU HAMSTER PACKS ASSORTMENT CHARACTER
8 CARS CHARACTER ASSORTMENT MATTEL
9 PLASTICINE 8 PACK FLAIR
10 BAKUGAN BOOSTER PACK SPIN MASTER

Transformers Toys also make it into the top 10 toys sold in The Entertainer for the month

The Entertainer
1 Disney Club Penguin Puffle Series 4 Purple Jakks
2 Sylvanian Families Lakeside Lodge Flair
3 Transformers Leader Optimus Prime Hasbro
4 Hello Kitty Scooter HTI
5 Sleeping Bag Set – girls RMS Intl
6 Sleeping Bag Set – boys RMS Intl
7 Quadpod TP Toys
8 Nebulus TX Scooter – blue Grossman
9 Air Blasters Double Shot Blaster Buzzbee
10 FlyTech R/C Dragonfly – green 40MHz Character

 The publication, Toy News, also pioints out that Rubies has the licence for Transformers costumes.

Category: Toy Industry News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Tuesday, 13th July 2010 at 20:39:54 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Toy Industry News

The credit crunch has hit another toy retailer this time in the United States as K.B Toys (one o the biggest toy chains in the US) have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the

Federal Bankruptcy Court in Delaware listing assets in the range of $100 million to $500 million dollars.

  KB plan to close all of its 460 stores, but are trying to find a buyer for its wholesale distribution unit.  KB employ 10,850 staff with over half o them seasonal workers.  The first dates back to 1922 and previously filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004 but emerged from that in 2005 after selling itself to Prentice Capital Management.

Category: Toy Industry News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Monday, 15th December 2008 at 08:52:55 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Dixon's have announced their top tech toy wish-list, which is based on its latest online pre-orders and sales data. Toy robots dominate the top 10, with Transformers making the list, but Dixon's report that video games favourites such as the Nintendo DS are remaining popular.

"Toys are not stuffed with cotton wool anymore, they are stuffed with technology," said Pat Foley, head of marketing and operations at Dixons.co.uk.

"There is a whole generation of tech-savvy kids out there, and toy makers have tapped into this to make this a truly hi-tech Christmas.

"Robots will be very popular this Christmas as are toys relating to the big blockbuster movies out this year such as Spiderman, Transformers and High School Musical," he said.

Here is their top 10

1. Sakura Robot £49.99
2. Spidersapien Robot £69.99
3. Transformers Voice Changer Helmet £29.99
4. Disney's High School Musical Dance Mat £24.99
5. Furreal Friends Parrot £69.99
6. Bladerunner Infrared Indoor Helicopter £29.99
7. Spiderman Laptop £24.99
8. Nintendo DS Lite £99.99
9. Barbie Laptop £19.99
10. Teksta Robotic Puppy £39.99

Category: Toy Industry News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Wednesday, 14th November 2007 at 22:23:25 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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