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. His home-base is Ottawa, Canada.
He can be reached at email@example.com.
Joanna is a writer, researcher, and fan of all things strange.
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.
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 email@example.com.