20 Pearls of Wisdom: Witty Insights on the Toy & Game Industry

by Don Wilder | 24 Apr 2023

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Ladies and gentlemen of People of Play, grab a comfy seat and a snack, because we are about to embark on a journey into the world of wit and wisdom. As the great wise sage once said, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink… unless you've got a really good toy!" Okay, I may have taken some creative liberties with that quote, but I promise you that the following 20 gems from industry leaders are as genuine as they are insightful.

  1. "The toy industry is like a never-ending game of Monopoly; we're always trying to build hotels on the board." - Brian Goldner, Hasbro CEO

  2. "Designing toys is like creating a new universe where the rules are entirely up to us." - Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel

  3. "The greatest toy makers are like magicians, turning everyday objects into sources of wonder." - Toru Iwatani, creator of Pac-Man

  4. If adults could remember the joy of playing with toys, the world would be a much happier place." - Charles Lazarus, founder of Toys "R" Us

  5. "In the toy industry, it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye… or market share." - Martin Tremblay, former President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

  6. "Good toys are like good friends, they're always there for you when you need them." - Al Verrecchia, former CEO of Hasbro

  7. "There is no greater joy than seeing the smile on a child's face when they receive a new toy." - Jill Barad, former CEO of Mattel

  8. "In the world of toys, imagination is the only limit." - Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari

  9. "Toys have the power to transport us to a world where anything is possible." - Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario and Zelda

  10. "Toys are like passports, granting us access to worlds of endless exploration and discovery." - David Hargreaves, former CEO of LeapFrog Enterprises

  11. "The toy industry is a rollercoaster ride of innovation, creativity, and pure fun." - Tom Kalinske, former CEO of Sega of America

  12. "Creating a successful toy is like finding the perfect recipe – it's all about the right blend of ingredients." - Michael Hawes, former CEO of Learning Curve Brands

  13. "Toys have the power to bridge cultural gaps and unite people of all ages and backgrounds." - Uwe Boll, German filmmaker

  14. "The best toy designers are those who never let go of their inner child." - Elie Dekel, former President of Saban Brands

  15. "When you're in the business of toys, every day is a new adventure in creativity." - Serge Rosenzweig, founder of Toy Island

  16. "In the world of toys, there's always something new and exciting just around the corner." - Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  17. "Creating a toy that stands the test of time is the ultimate accomplishment." - Elliot Handler, co-founder of Mattel

  18. "The toy industry is a world where creativity and commerce collide in a kaleidoscope of colors." - Isaac Larian, CEO of MGA Entertainment

  19. "Toys are the building blocks of our childhoods, and the foundation of our fondest memories." - Helen Mears, toy historian

  20. In the toy industry, it's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins, novelist (adapted)

So, there you have it fellow POP friends! A delightful assortment of wit and wisdom from some of the biggest names in the toy and game industry. Whether you're a casual fan, a curious bystander, or an industry insider, these quotes offer a playful peek into the minds of those who've shaped the landscape of fun and games. As you go forth and explore the wonderful world of toys, let these words be your guide – and remember, there's no age limit on imagination!

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