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In pictures: Toy story

Millions of toys will be eagerly unwrapped on Christmas morning. But few of those who give or receive will stop to consider how the toy came to be under the tree.

Like other industries, toy manufacturing has gone through a profound transformation as the global economy evolves. Many companies and countries may play a part in the making of a toy. China has a central role.

We follow one toy a racing car - from conception through production to distribution and marketing.

Photos: Alex Hofford and Phil Coomes. Words: Becky Branford

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