2009 was a tough year for the toy industry. The new CPSIA regulations, along with a soft economy made it hard for many toy & game manufacturers to stay in business, let alone create new innovative products. However the tone of this Year's American International Toy Fair in NYC was one of optimism and new beginnings.
This year at TF we were very honored to receive the 2009 Game of the Year from Fat Brain Toys. Every year they let the consumers vote on their favorite products. A big thanks to Fat Brain Toys and all of you who voted for us!
One of the coolest aspects of Toy Fair is all the solid relationships we have built over the years with fellow manufacturers, sales reps, and retailers. Our rep group for MI & OH Maggie & Me has been a champion for us since day 1. We've been so grateful to John & Debby for all their hard work, and taking a chance on us when we first started. This year John Boris is retiring after 40 years in the toy industry. We will miss you John!
Retailers Phil and Diane of The Toy House & Baby Too in Jackson, MI have been a huge support for us over the years. They not only share valuable retail wisdom, we also consider them very dear friends. It's always a pleasure to connect with them in NY.
Tim with Daryl Hannah - TF 2010