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Scenes From The 2021 International Franchise Expo

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Slowly but surely the world is returning to a somewhat normalized sense from the choking grip of the Coronavirus Pandemic and while some expos like the International Franchise Expo have decided to press forward and take place in-person, there were a number of cancellations that we’ve already lined out right here on “The Chronicles of Piercing Ken”. For those who’ve fallen behind I am speaking of the New York International Auto Show, The NY Luxury Design Fair and The Summer Fancy Food Show. The IFE would be my second time back in the Javits Center after an 18 month break in doing so when we hit the NY Now event.

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Scenes From The Toy Insider’s 2021 “Holiday of Play” @ Current (Part One)

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Hello again my friends and welcome to what I am sure will be a fun read for you all. So we are once again celebrating the Toy Insider’s “Holiday Of Play” event and after three virtual happenings this one was back to being in-person and I was so excited about that. The pandemic made large gatherings like this difficult to do but many are slowly coming back and we will have New York Comic Con and Anime NYC returning after each bypassed a year.

For the past couple of years, The Toy Insider has held the “Holiday Of Play” at a venue called Current down in the Chelsea Piers. Its a smaller event space than the one used by their Sweet Suite and hence a more exclusive invite to get.
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Scenes From The Toy Insider’s 2021 “Sweet Suite @ Home”

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Greetings my friends, its time to lend some overview opinion to our friends over at the Toy Insider. By now I am certain that you know about them since we’ve been hitting their events for about six years but based on the COVID-19 Pandemic, their amazing “Sweet Suite” will once again be done in the virtual sense. I’m going to present the same kind of exploration as I did with the 2020 “Sweet Suite” and its companion “Holiday of Play @ Home” so let’s examine the exhibitors that are present today.

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The way I did this those past times was screen grab the exhibitor room and then offered up some opinion on it all and now without any further adieu here is the virtual “Main Floor”. This presentation was more fun that I initially expected and it was like being inside a video game.

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Scenes From The Toy Insider’s 2020 “Holiday Of Play @ Home”

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Back in July we participated in the first ever Toy Insider “Sweet Suite at Home” which in a nutshell was a virtual version of their always awesome in-person happening.  My overview of that can be found HERE in case you missed it.  Now it was time to do their holiday event known as the “Holiday Of Play” which as expected was also going to be a virtual event.  Since that other coverage worked I was going to repeat the process so into the web we go…

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Here are the presenting exhibitors and I was going to try and say “hello” or visit as many of the virtual booths as possible.   Now I should mention that some companies are present to ask questions while some have videos ready for you to watch with the means of sending messages to get more information post event.

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Scenes From The Toy Insider’s 2020 “Sweet Suite @ Home”

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Readers of my adventures here on “The Chronicles” know full well that one of the special events that I love to attend each and every summer is The Toy Insider’s “Sweet Suite”. This affair is a wonderful one and brings together scores of amazing companies and their reps to showcase the “must have” toys and games. If you’re new to these narrative, let me tell you that the folks at The Toy Insider really know their stuff and I was happy to have met them at the annual Toy Fair several years ago. Of course the lay of the land right now is that physical events are pretty much impossible and the need to go virtual is a necessity. Such was the case for this soiree and I’ve culled together some visuals in a fun little overview that begins with a login…..Let’s go.

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Now that we’ve successfully logged in, its time to look around the show floor and as you can see its quite impressive. I felt like I was a character in a video game because as you can see the overall vibe you see once “inside the matrix” gives you that sense.

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