Behind every toy and game there’s a story
Toy Tales takes a daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today. We chronicle the stories behind weird, wonderful, and entertaining toys and games, the people who brought them to life, and the modern-day individuals who uphold their legacies.
Todd Coopee is a toy historian, award-winning author, and entrepreneur.
As founder and editor-in-chief of ToyTales.ca, he brings audiences stories, news, expert interviews, and insights about formative toys and games past and present. Todd has a special interest in toy nostalgia—the objects that inspired curiosity, thought, and experimentation during the formative years of popular culture in North America, as well as their ongoing role in the present day.
A natural collector with a curious mind, Todd has researched, curated, and written about comic books and vintage toys for many years. In 2013, he authored Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake® Oven, a definitive history in honour of the iconic toy’s 50th birthday. With the Easy-Bake® Oven as its centrepiece, the book explores the intersection of pop culture and innovation, history, economics, commerce, advertising, and marketing.
Light Bulb Baking was honoured with three book awards and continues to be a favourite among Easy-Bake® Oven fans and toy collectors.
Todd also runs Studio 91, a web communications practice; and, Sonderho Press, a boutique publishing company.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John DeQuadros is a professional toy photographer and pop culture writer with over twenty years of experience in the field.
Oftentimes referred to as maverick, his work has appeared on StarTrek.com, The 8-Bit Pickle and in the pages of Smarter Than Jack, Kaiju Ramen Magazine, The 100 Project and even the local newspaper. Additionally, John has worked hard to solidify numerous professional relationships from across the industry and has worked alongside such noted companies as Boss Fight Studio, Diamond Select Toys, Hasbro, Jakks Pacific, Mattel, McFarlane Toys, Mego, NECA, and Panda Mony Toys to name but a few.
A fan of all things pop culture, as well as an avid retro gamer and collector of such brands as Back To The Future, Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC Comics, and The World Of Nintendo, John hopes to one day publish a book centred around his interests – or, at least one that would allow him to get down a portion of all the useless, geeky facts he has accumulated over the years. Come to think of it, that may take more than one book!
You can reach John at email@example.com.
Joanna is a writer and researcher.
Endlessly curious about people’s hobbies and passions, Joanna shares her curiosity through thoughtful and entertaining interviews and posts presented on Toy Tales.
Author of no books, Joanna can usually be found reading comics, scouring flea markets for things she doesn’t need, and binge-watching television classics such as The Prisoner, Wonder Woman, and Star Trek.
You can reach Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicolas is a collections curator and board game specialist at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.
His interests include history, popular culture, American art, paper artifacts, and collections management. He regularly contributes to Toy Tales on the subjects of board game history and collections care for hobbyists.
You can reach Nicolas at email@example.com.
As a graphic designer and photographer, Denis is a visual storyteller who has created arresting images for more than 30 years.
Born in The Hague, Netherlands to a Canadian Foreign Affairs family, Denis grew up a citizen of the world. While that is exciting, it also meant living in unfamiliar environments and a lot of time on his own. Thankfully there was Ultraman and Godzilla to keep Denis in good company and nurture his fondness for pop culture.
Denis’ creative skills mesh with his love of nostalgic objects to produce contemporary images with a wink to the past. When he’s not creating stunning visuals for Toy Tales, Denis can be found with his son working on the LEGO town they co-founded.
You can reach Denis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian A. R. Washington, a native of Alexandria, Virginia and a versatilely talented artist, said he has been drawing for “as long as (he) can remember.” His family stated that he was often called a prodigy. His willingness to draw on all sorts of places and surfaces occasionally got him into some “difficulties.” Still, he has honed his craft and developed his talent throughout his life with enthusiastic support from his family and friends.
He found his other passions in kindergarten: children’s books and music. From there, he went on to develop his story writing and music composition skills. He particularly enjoys writing children’s stories enhanced by his illustrations and music, as well as vocal characterizations.
He can be reached at email@example.com.
Friends of Toy Tales
In addition to our team of contributors who create original articles for Toy Tales, we also share content we enjoy from a host of creators with a similar fondness for vintage toys, classic games, and collectibles.
Dave is the toy enthusiast behind the Lucky Penny Shop YouTube channel established in 2009 to offer hands-on demonstrations of vintage toys and games. Visit the Lucky Penny Shop YouTube channel to watch the full collection of videos created for vintage toy and game lovers of all ages.
Dave is the mastermind behind Toy Polloi, a YouTube channel established in 2014 to offer repair tutorials and restoration tips for vintage toy lines such as Star Wars, Transformers, Mego, Masters of the Universe, Micronauts, Six Million Dollar Man, Action Man, G.I. Joe, and more. Visit the Toy Polloi YouTube channel to discover the full library of tutorials for vintage toy collectors and toy enthusiasts.
Julia DeKorte is a regular contributor to People of Play, the toy industry’s most comprehensive networking and resource hub; a social platform and industry portal where toy industry veterans, newbies, inventors, buyers, job seekers, recruiters, consumers, and others come to find each other. Read more from Julia on the People of Play website.
Author, documentary filmmaker, and toy industry veteran Tim Walsh recently founded a new game company called Roo Games. Additional Where’s the Fun From? episodes are available on his Seize the Play YouTube channel.
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