The Playground Podcast – 2021 Year in Review: listen here

Published on: 22nd December 2021

In the 2021 Year in Review: Second Annual Thought Leader Panel Discussion, four toy industry’s top global media exponents share their insights on one of the most challenging years the toy industry has faced and look ahead to 2022.

In the latest episode of the Playground Podcast, Richard Gottlieb (Global Toy Experts) and Chris Byrne (The Toy Guy) were joined by John Baulch of Toy World and James Zahn of The Toy Book to talk about the major issues of 2021 and explore some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2022.

With the four panellists involved, a lively 38 minute conversation covered a multitude of topics, including the inescapable supply chain issues; consumer buying trends during the pandemic; the spectre of inflation in the USA and UK and potential ramifications for the toy community; Toy Fair Season ’22 and the a debate about whether the timing of global toy shows should be re-evaluated and much more.

You can listen to the podcast here.

The Playground Podcast is supported by Global Toy Experts, The Toy Guy and ChizComm, and sees industry experts regularly tackling the topics of toys, culture, toy history. The hosts 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 features engaging, entertaining conversation, useful information, insights, tales of the toys that we’ll never forget and so much more.


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