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The Friday Five

Look into the minds of movers and shakers in the play industry – five questions, one fascinating person.

The Friday Five: Philip J. Reed

As CEO of Steve Jackson Games, toy designer, author, and prolific blogger, Philip J. Reed knows what it is to be busy. I talk with Philip about his projects and what keeps him motivated to wake up at 3AM each morning.

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The Friday Five: Otto Vondrak

Train enthusiast, associate editor of Railfan & Railroad Magazine, and co-founder of the Rochester Institute of Technology Model Railroad Club. Otto Vondrak is all those things – as well our interview subject for this Friday Five.

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The Friday Five: Lucky Penny Shop

With over one and a half million YouTube subscribers, Lucky Penny Shop is the go-to source for family-friendly, entertaining, and informative toy demonstrations. On this edition of The Friday Five, I asked Dave of Lucky Penny Shop what initially inspired him to create his videos and establish an online brand.

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The Friday Five: Elizabeth Kondruss

For avid collectors, the process of collecting isn’t always an easy one. From acquiring items to cataloging, displaying, and storing items, collecting is serious business. Ottawa-area collector, Elizabeth Kondruss, knows a lot about this. As a long-time collector of Barbie and Barbie-branded objects, she knows more than most about how serious a business collecting is for some…. Read more »

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The Friday Five: Paul “Yogi” Granger

In the age of console-gaming, what brings people out to play vintage arcade games? I talk with Paul “Yogi” Granger of Ottawa’s House of TARG about pinball, perogies and more!

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The Friday Five: Ed Catto

A superhero universe that combines space operas, westerns, and spy adventures? Yep! Captain Action was one of the first toy superheroes on the scene in the 1960s. Thanks to CA Enterprises, the characters are being brought to life once again. I spoke with Ed Catto of CA Enterprises to find out the history behind this sometimes overlooked superhero and what makes Captain Action relevant today.

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The Friday Five: Dr. Steven Cyr

Dr. Steven Cyr has developed OsteoCorps, a superhero universe designed to help alleviate the anxiety experienced by his young patients. Through OsteoCorps, children are put at ease, taught about their illness, and their own body’s ability to heal. I wanted to find out from Dr. Cyr how all this began and his plans for the future.

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The Friday Five: Richard Gottlieb

As CEO of the Global Toy Group, Richard Gottlieb has a finger on the pulse of the toy and play industries. He’s a popular industry commentator and an outspoken proponent of the importance of play in our lives. On this edition of The Friday Five, we ask Richard about trends in the industry and how he sees technology affecting how we play.

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