Toy Fair 1999 – Part 2 – Prep Work
February 2, 2009


Part two of my Toy Fair adventure 10 years ago.
To recap, in part 1 we covered how I had made a deal with a local paper to provide a story for them in exchange for credentials to get in.

Now came the prep work.  What, you thought that getting the press pass was it?  I had a story to write. 

So I started calling toy companies and setting up interviews.  This took more time than you might think.  I ended up with 5.  Hasbro.  Lego.  McFarlane.  Playmates.  Toy Biz.  Not a bad list, but you will notice that Mattel is missing.  I really tried to get an appointment, but was never able to connect with the right person to get an interview set up.


The other problem, which I knew about in advance, was the way I was getting there.  Public transit is great, but only if it runs when you need it.  For the life of me, I cannot understand why there is no way to get from Providence, RI to NYC for early morning.  The fast train gets you in for 10:30 AM.  The bus, which runs 7 non stops to NYC, gets the first run of the day in at 11:30 AM.  So I had to schedule all my appointments for the afternoon.  Hey, I’m cheap.  That’s why I’m taking the bus.  I was also taking a vacation day from my current job to do this.  No way was I going to pay for a hotel room.  And the bus does not drop you off at Toy Fair, it drops you off at the Port Authority, a hub of NYC transit.  So I had to research and understand the subway paths to get from the Port Authority to Toy Fair.


5 interviews.  I afternoon.  Could it be done?
Find out in part 3.

Erik "Superfriend" Skov
"Gathered together from the four corners of the universe." Oh, wait, that's the show, not me. Erik "SuperFriend" Skov never actually got to appear on the show, although he did watch it every week. Erik spent 6 years working for Hasbro in Pawtucket, RI before leaving for a job that paid more (Why else would a collector leave the company that was making Star Wars, Transformers, and while I was there Batman). I used to post all over the net. These days I tend to hang my hat at AFI.
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