The Writers

We are thrilled to have such a diverse team of writers from so many different fields in the toy/play industries. Our writers team continues to grow as we bring you more news from the world of play.

Richard Gottlieb

Publisher Global Toy News
Global Toy Experts

Richard Gottlieb is the highly regarded toy Founder and CEO of Global Toy Experts, the globally recognized consultant to toy industry leaders. In addition, he is the Publisher of Global Toy News, the toy industry’s independent voice.

Richard is frequently interviewed by media worldwide, and has been called on by ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, Newsweek and many other media outlets. Considered an expert on the toy industry, Richard is frequently asked to speak at toy industry conferences and serve on various executive panels.

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Jacqueline Vong

Asian Correspondent Global Toy News
Playology Intl.

Toronto-based Jacqueline Vong has been a specialist in consumer products for over two decades spanning both North America and the Greater China market. She now runs her own company, Playology International, a consultancy with youth-based expertise spanning licensing, marketing, content development and strategy, product innovation and retail development.

In 2018, she was named License Global’s list of The Influentials: Top 40 under 40 and has worked with top companies at Spin Master, Corus Entertainment, Nelvana Enterprises and Mattel. She has also lived abroad in Asia where she worked in as a market leader in product development licensing and retail development with China-based King Bee Toys focused on the Mainland China market on brands like Peppa Pig, the Minions and Transformers.

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Chris Byrne

Guest Writer Global Toy News
The Toy Guy

As an independent toy analyst, researcher and consultant, Chris brings more than 30 years of industry experience in the toy industry to his role. He is an acknowledged expert on toys and play in the culture and brings his extensive knowledge of toys, education and child development to his work.

Chris is widely published on the topic of toys and family life and his work has appeared in a variety of trade magazines, journals and websites. He is also featured in the Netflix series, The Toys That Made Us as a toy historian.

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Todd Coopee

Guest Writer Global Toy News
Toy Tales

Todd Coopee is a toy historian, award-winning author, and entrepreneur.

As founder and editor-in-chief of, 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.

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The Strong Museum Writers

Various Guest Writers
The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong—in Rochester, New York—is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.

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