Holiday Predictions from Learning Express Toys & Gifts’ Rick ‘The Toy Man’ Derr

Paul Harrington Retail, Toy Industry


The holiday season is officially underway for the toy industry, and following the debut of The Toy Insider’s 18th annual Holiday Gift Guide, retailer predictions and hot toy lists are rolling out.

While many hot lists skew toward toys and games that are primarily sold at mass retail, the specialty market is more nuanced. Independent toy stores, gift shops, and other specialty retailers that stock toys offer hyper-local assortments and trends that vary greatly based on location.

Richard Derr, aka “The Toy Man” is a familiar voice within the U.S. toy industry and has compiled a list of key trends and products showing strength at his store, Learning Express Toys & Gifts in Lake Zurich, Illinois.

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