Hot toys for summer

Did you know? The summer season is the second largest season for toys, with between 10 and 15 percent of total retail sales occurring from the first days of summer through Labor Day–approximately $6 billion! Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy, shows us the hot toys of the season and great ways that parents can create valuable play experiences for their kids that incorporate all these styles of play—and of course create a lot of fun… without breaking the bank!


As director of content and one of the spokespeople for TTPM and a partner in its parent company aNb Media, LLC Chris brings more than 30 years of industry experience in the toy industry to his role. At Time to Play, Chris oversees the toy review process and the editorial team, bringing his knowledge of toys, education and child development to his role. Chris is widely published on the topic of toys and family life and in addition to his work with TTPM, he is editor-at-large for the trade publications Toys & Family Entertainment and Royalties. He recently published They Came to Play, a history of the toy industry in the U.S. In 2015, he published Funny Business: Harnessing the Power of Play To Give Your Company a Competitive Advantage from Career Press. Toy Time, a look at the most beloved toys from 1950-1980 was published in 2013 by Three River Press, and his textbook, An Introduction to the U.S. Toy Industry, is currently going into its second edition. 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 150 million consumers in 2015 in just a three-month period. He has appeared on “Live With Kelly!,” “Live! With Regis and Kelly”, “Home and Family” (Hallmark) “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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