Rick talks with Chris Byrne, aka, The Toy Guy®, as he unveils some of the hottest toys of the holiday season.
There are several key trends shaping the toy industry in 2019. Prices are down overall, reflecting economic changes, but play value is still very high. Whether delivered in traditional toys or products driven by advanced technology, child-centered play and inspiring imagination are what are the key determinants of a toy’s success and value. Finding toys that deliver both play and financial value is the secret to successful gift-giving for the holidays.
The Toy Guy joins Rick to talk about toys and the 2019 holiday shopping season.
Have a watch:
● What are some of your top toy picks for this year?
● What can parents and caregivers do to foster and support great play during the holidays and all year long?
● What are the best sources for toys--and when is the best time to buy?
Chris brings more than 30 years of industry experience in the toy industry to his role. He is an acknowledged expert on toys and play in the culture and brings his extensive knowledge of toys, education and child development to his work. Chris is widely published on the topic of toys and family life and his work has appeared in a variety of trade magazines, journals and websites. He is also featured in the Netflix series, The Toys That Made Us as a toy historian. His book on the most popular toys from the 1950s to the 1980s, Toy Time gives the background on some of the all-time classic toys. Chris is extensively quoted in the media and appears regularly on local and national television commenting on toys and demonstrating new products. His media appearances reached more than 200 million consumers in 2018 in just a three-month period. He appears regularly on “Live! With Kelly & Ryan,” and has been seen on “Marie” with Marie Osmond, “Oprah, “Soap Talk,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The CBS Evening News,” “ABC Nightly News,” “Fox & Friends,” “CBS This Morning,” “Good Day New York,” CNBC, CNNfn, MSNBC, ABC, “The Motley Fool,” National Public Radio, Bloomberg Television and Radio, and on countless other national and local market business and consumer programs around the country and internationally.