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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.
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The Playground Podcast Chris Byrne & Richard Gottlieb

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 7 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

    Kim Culmone: The Ultimate Designing Woman for Barbie and Mattel

    Kim Culmone: The Ultimate Designing Woman for Barbie and Mattel

    You'll want to listen to this lively discussion as Richard and Chris talk with Kim Culmone, SVP, Global Head of Design Barbie & Fashion Dolls at Mattel. In this wide-ranging conversation, they talk about Barbie as a style icon, the importance of doll play, fashion and history. if you love Barbie, or if you're curious how a brand has survived for 62 years through all kinds of ups and downs (but up 29% in Q3 2020), this is the episode for you.

    In the Endcap, Chris andRichard discuss the various retailer toy lists issued every year, what they mean, and are they really predictive?

    The Playground Podcast is sponsored by Global Toy Experts and The Toy Guy. 


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    • 48 min
    Take 10: Hong Kong, Shenzhen and What Changes Mean for the Toy Biz

    Take 10: Hong Kong, Shenzhen and What Changes Mean for the Toy Biz

    In the wake of the postponement of the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, Chris and Richard discuss in this short conversation the implications for buying and the toy year, as well as what impact the rise of Shenzhen as an international trade show destination may have on the toy business. 



    This segment first aired as the Endcap in our interview with Chris Bensch about the Toy Industry Hall of Fame. 

    The Playgrond Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts and The Toy Guy. 


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    • 9 min
    The Toy Hall of Fame: Chris Bensch of the Strong Museum

    The Toy Hall of Fame: Chris Bensch of the Strong Museum

    Join us for a lighthearted and informative conversation as Richard and Chris welcome back a favorite guest Chris Bensch of the Strong Museum in Rochester to talk about the Toy Hall of Fame. Get some backstage stories of the push to include toys, what toys make and what don't and the celebration of play that's at the center of everything the Strong Museum does.

    In the Endcap, Chris & Richard talk about the postponement of the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair in 2021 and the larger issue of the emergence of Shenzhen as a toy destination and what that may mean for the industry in the future.

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


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    • 37 min
    Take 10: No Schoolyard Play & Implications for Toys: The Conversation

    Take 10: No Schoolyard Play & Implications for Toys: The Conversation

    Chris & Richard talk about the implications for the toy business with the loss of word-of-mouth among kids in the schoolyard as education is increasingly remote.

    This Conversation first aired as The Endcap in our interview with Richard Dickson of Mattel. 

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, KidStuff Public Relations, and The Toy Guy.


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    • 6 min
    Richard Dickson, President & COO, Mattel: Insights on Play, Products and the Corporation

    Richard Dickson, President & COO, Mattel: Insights on Play, Products and the Corporation

    Richard and Chris talk to Richard Dickson, President & COO of Mattel and get his unique, inspiring and informative take on toys, play and the opportunities and responsibilities for Mattel in this dynamic time. From tools for parents to an organizational commitment to diversity to the launch of Mattel Creations, Richard's enthusiasm, vision and commitment to leading the world's largest toy company is a must-listen for anyone who cares about kids, culture and play. 

    In the Endcap, Chris & Richard talk about how the separation of kids and the lack of schoolyard influence may impact the toy industry this year.

    The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, KidStuff Public Relations, and The Toy Guy. 


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    • 41 min
    Alan Dorfman of Super Impulse: Building a Big Business on Tiny Toys

    Alan Dorfman of Super Impulse: Building a Big Business on Tiny Toys

    Richard and Chris chat with Alan Dorfman about his career, how he became the biggest guy in miniature toys, and, of course, coping with the pandemic. Listen in for his insights on the power of creating and building a unique category in the toy biz over many years of success and the classic power of impulse toys for diverse audiences. He also talks about the revival of a 60s favorite Wacky Packages in a new format that's made a hit with kids in 2020.

    In The Endcap, Chris and Richard talk about the implications of of the postponement of Spielwarenmesse in Nuremberg and the ongoing topic of how to manage marketing and sales in Covid world.

    The Playground Podcast is sponsored by Global Toy Experts, KidStuff Public Relations, and The Toy Guy.


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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

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!

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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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