Milton Bradley – Inducted 2004
Have you ever noticed that the Toy Industry Hall of Fame
has no Asian members? Take a look, there are no
inductees from China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea or Hong Kong. Kind of odd when you think about it; after all Asia has been a
major supplier of toys to the rest of the world for over 65 years.
In fact, the only non-American inductees I could find were Danes (Lego). Just to be sure that there was nothing in the rules that
restricted membership to North Americans, I checked with the TIA and read the
rules and can find nothing that explicitely precludes anyone from outside North America being
This fact really struck me while visiting China last month. I had an
opportunity to meet with individuals who are truly giants
in the industry.; though they may not all be household names in America, their
decisions have had, have and will have a major
impact on the fortunes of the world’s toy makers and retailers for
Let’s take Hong Kong as just one example. Toy industry pioneers created, literally from
nothing, an infrastructure that today produces 86% of the world’s toys. Leaders in Hong Kong can, by their
willingness to negotiate a price, assure safety, provide quality and produce on
time make the difference between success and failure for products and
We have been for some time now, become a totally interdependent
global industry. We all depend upon each
other, so isn't it important that we honor those who have contributed to this
industry, no matter where they live in the world? That’s not only good for toy industry, it
good for the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
In this spirit, I am going to tell you in my next posting about one of the most remarkable people I have ever met: Mr. L.T. Lam, a giant in the toy industry.