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Wireless Wednesday with Chris Byrne, 'The Toy Guy'

Rick catches up with Chris Byrne, "The Toy Guy."

Here's what's hot for 2022:

Topics with Chris.

What are some of your top toy picks for this year?

What are the best strategies for finding the toys you want?

What’s changed over the years of the pandemic when it comes to toys and play?

What’s your best advice for when to buy?

After two very different holiday seasons, things are looking up for the toy business. (Santa’s relieved, we’ll tell you that.) Families are in the mood to celebrate, and even with minor shipping delays, supplies are good as we go into the shopping season. So, it looks like in many respects for holiday toys…we’re back! The mood is definitely playful, and Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy®, has you covered with great toy ideas and strategies to find the toys kids are asking for.

As an independent toy analyst, researcher and consultant, 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 the co-host of The Playground Podcast, all about the business of toys. He is 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 2019 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.


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