125 episodes

Join Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy® and Richard Gottlieb, president Global Toy Experts on their new podcast
Two industry experts will tackle the topics of the toys, culture, toy history and talk with some of the leading people in the business of toys and children’s entertainment. Designed for anyone interested in toys, play and great stories, each weekly episode will feature engaging, entertaining conversation, useful information, insights, tales of the toys that we’ll never forget and so much more.
As they say, if it concerns toys and play, we’ll be kicking it around in The Playground.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-playground-podcast/support

The Playground Podcast Chris Byrne & Richard Gottlieb

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Join Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy® and Richard Gottlieb, president Global Toy Experts on their new podcast
Two industry experts will tackle the topics of the toys, culture, toy history and talk with some of the leading people in the business of toys and children’s entertainment. Designed for anyone interested in toys, play and great stories, each weekly episode will feature engaging, entertaining conversation, useful information, insights, tales of the toys that we’ll never forget and so much more.
As they say, if it concerns toys and play, we’ll be kicking it around in The Playground.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-playground-podcast/support

    Strong Museum: The Doll Collections & The Power of American Girl

    Strong Museum: The Doll Collections & The Power of American Girl

    The Playground Podcast begins its fourth season with the first of a series of conversations with curators at the Strong Museum of Play, Richard and Chris talk with Michelle Parnett-Dwyer who oversees the doll collection. From the Edison talking doll to the newly inducted American Girl dolls, they discuss the history, significance and evolution of dolls in the culture and the collection.

    In The Endcap, Chris and Richard discuss the new CEO at Hasbro, Chris Cocks, and how his arrival from the Pacific Northwest may impact Hasbro's culture and why his experience with Wizards of the Coast may be the ideal springboard for moving Hasbro ahead in a dynamic toy/entertainment environment. 

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.


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    • 27 min
    2021 Year in Review: Second Annual Thought Leader Panel Discussion

    2021 Year in Review: Second Annual Thought Leader Panel Discussion

    Richard and Chris are joined by John Baulch of Toy World UK and James Zahn of The Toy Book to talk about the major issues of 2021: supply chain, consumer buying, inflation, toy fairs, and much more.

    In this lively conversation, four of the toy industry's top thought leaders share their perspectives and insights on one of the most challenging years the toy industry has face and their outlook for what's ahead in 2022.

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.


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    • 38 min
    Dan Yaccarino: Drawing on a Great Career

    Dan Yaccarino: Drawing on a Great Career

    Richard and Chris talk with Dan Yaccarino, author, artist and creator of such shows as Oswald the Octopus and the Backyardigans. They talk about Dan's career, the state of kids' content and much more. 

    In The Endcap, Chris and Richard talk about the new Toys "R" Us, its potential and what success could mean for the business and invite CEO Yehuda Shmidman to come on the show and talk about his vision for reviving the iconic brand.

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.




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    • 37 min
    Spielwarenmesse Update: A Conversation with Christian Ulrich

    Spielwarenmesse Update: A Conversation with Christian Ulrich

    Richard and Chris talk with Christian Ulrich, one of the directors of the Spielwarenmesse, aka The Nuremberg Toy Fair, about the fair, what's ahead, what's new, outlook for attendance and, of course, safety protocols. 

    In the Endcap, Chris has another One-Minute Toy Story. He tells how the classic game Twister almost didn't happen.

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.


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    • 18 min
    Making Amazon Work for You: Ryan Rollo of Channel Key

    Making Amazon Work for You: Ryan Rollo of Channel Key

    Listen in as Richard and Chris talk with Ryan Rollo, COO of Channel Key as they discuss the evolution of Amazon as a merchandising and advertising program and the ways in which toy companies can maximize their Amazon selling and promotion strategies. Channel Key has helped companies of all sizes grow their businesses exponentially on the platform (and Walmart.com, too), and Rollo shares insights, information, and his views on how online retailing has transformed the toy business.

    In The Endcap, Chris and Richard talk about California's new law mandating gender neutral toy departments. What might that mean not just for California but for merchandising nationwide?

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.


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    • 37 min
    Take 10: Remembering Brian Goldner

    Take 10: Remembering Brian Goldner

    In this brief, special episode Richard and Chris remember Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and discuss his impact on the toy industry, past, present and future. 

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy, and ChizComm.


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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

AndrewDarlow ,

A Window Into the Toy Business

I absolutely love this podcast! Richard, Chris and their guests consistently offer information about recent trends in the toy business while reaching back through history to inform and entertain listeners about the impact that vintage toys and toy pioneers have had over the years.

I especially like learning about different demographics (like the influence of Aunts and Grandparents), as well as recent and upcoming toys, game consoles and entertainment properties.

3 team ,

Love Chris Bryne and so glad to learn about his podcast!

Making my way through all of Richard’s and Chris’ podcasts! Learning so much from their guests and getting huge chuckles from their sense of humor!

Engineer+teacher+gardener ,

Fun and informative

Just listened to the Eggmazing story and found it both entertaining and enlightening (just like the best toys!).

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