HTP Episode 125 – Chris Byrne, “The Toy Guy”

Chris Byrne is a toy enthusiast and historian. He operates a blog called The Toy Guy and a podcast called The Playground Podcast. Noting how children use play and imagination to form how they see the world, Chris has some great insights into the roles that toys hold in our lives- both when we’re young and when we’re old. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Chris and I look at how toys have shifted in the eyes of our larger culture. The two of us look into the rise of the adult toy collector, and the weird ways the industry has settled in the wake of Toys R Us closing its doors.

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Life Lessons from Cartoons

  1. Knowing is half the battle. No one has ever mentioned what the other half is, but I’m guessing it involves lasers.
  2. Some cars are more than meets the eye. Many people are less.
  3. If you call Captain Planet for help, he will tell you what to do, screw up, and you’ll have to do all the hard work anyway. This is basically how middle management works.
  4. A rat can raise four turtles and no one bats an eye, but if you dress your dog in a hoodie, it’s “weird”.
  5. The Thundercats were all buck naked through the entire first episode, and no one cares. Mention that a coloring error makes it look like Jessica Rabbit has a landing strip, and people will wear out the pause button on their remotes.
  6. Hate Scrappy Doo all you want, but I bet he’s solved more crimes than you have.
  7. Inspector Gadget was a baby boomer walking around with technology he couldn’t operate, constantly getting his ass saved by his millennial niece. We really should have paid closer attention to this dynamic.
  8. Perspective is everything. A subpar Transformer is a badass Go-Bot.
  9. Friendships can be made over two people knowing the lyrics to Disney Afternoon show theme songs, and broken over trying to agree on which show is best. Pick your battles carefully.
  10. Man, there really are way more cartoons aimed at boys than there are at girls, huh?