Chris Byrne: February 15, 2019

Chris Byrne, The “Toy Guy” with a Sneak Peek at

What’s in Store at the 116th American International Toy Fair 

***Live On-Site from the Javits Convention Center in New York City***



The “Toy Guy®,” author of Toy Time and toy historian.

The holidays may be over, but the high-stakes toy industry is already preparing for the 2019 season. Amidst changes in marketing, retailing and, of course, what excites kids, the industry once again puts it all on the line as they try to entice and entertain today’s kids. Who better to provide a sneak peak on what consumers can expect to see on store shelves this year than the one and only Toy Guy, CHRIS BYRNE (pronounced “Burn”). Just back from the overseas shows and having met with manufacturers throughout the fall, Chris is uniquely positioned to provide insight into what’s ahead in 2019.

Chris is available for live interviews to provide a behind the scenes look at some of the latest toys and trends being launched for 2019, some of which are already heading to shelves as manufacturers hope to catch the hearts and imaginations of kids nationwide. He will give you an exclusive first look and discuss what your kids are likely going to be asking for this year, as manufacturers place their bets—and try to get an early read—on what will be hot for kids this year. He will touch on everything from hot trends, new hot products and the state of play and the U.S. toy industry as we move into 2019.

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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 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.


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