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While the holiday season may bring out the kid in everyone, toy industry GCs are particularly well-placed to enjoy this time of the year. We talked to the top lawyers at a few kid-friendly companies about their line of work. What were their favorite toys as children? What do they play with now when they have the chance to do a little company research? Have they ever had any “Big”-type moments of dancing with the boss on gigantic piano keys? In short — are they having more fun than the rest of us? What we found was that although these attorneys may be grown-ups with grown-up jobs, come December they’re still kids at heart. Christopher Kay Executive vice president-operations and general counsel, Toys “R” Us Inc. Geoffrey Giraffe’s clan runs more than 1,600 stores worldwide. Although Toys “R” Us is no longer the top toy retailer (Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has that honor), the New Jersey-based company has found new areas to grow, including Imaginarium stores for educational toys, and Babies “R” Us. GC Kay oversees a department of 16 attorneys. Favorite childhood toy? I was very much into sports, so [I liked] baseball gloves and bats and footballs. I remember receiving a pogo stick and having a particularly hard time mastering it. I thought I was going to kill myself! I never did [master it]. Favorite toy at Toys “R” Us now? My favorite toy now is Barbie. I’ve had a daughter, so I’ve gone from being the toy receiver to the toy giver. She likes dolls. In fact, today she is [dressed and acting as] Barbie at the [Toys "R" Us] store in Times Square, and Mattel says she’s one of the best Barbies they’ve ever had. How often do you visit the stores?About two to three times a month. [At the Times Square store], we have a boardroom to have meetings. Kendrick Royer Senior vice president and general counsel, FAO Inc. The 140-year-old FAO Schwarz brand has so much clout that when it was bought by The Right Start earlier this year, the merged company took the subsidiary’s name. The chain now includes 65 Right Start stores, 170 Zany Brainy stores and — the toniest of toy store — 24 FAO Schwarz boutiques. As GC, Royer and his two assistants oversee legal affairs for FAO and its subsidiaries. Favorite childhood toy? Hot Wheels. I had a big collection when I was a kid. My mother told me I used to line them up, and then I would take them out of line and line them up again. Was there a toy you always wanted and never got? A Ferrari 360 Modena. I’m still waiting. I may get the chance to rent one for a little while, but actually getting one as a present … I have a Hot Wheels of it. I got it at FAO. Favorite toy at FAO Schwarz now?There’s a small, ride-on car. It’s a Ferrari that looks just fabulous. It’s one of the old models. And FAO has a ride-on hovercraft. Do you ever sneak into the store to play? One of the things we’ve done is encourage the folks at headquarters to get out to the stores. I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a bit of playing. Barry Nagler Senior vice president and general counsel, Hasbro Inc. The No. 2 toy manufacturer (after industry-leader Mattel Inc.), Hasbro’s offerings include Play-Doh, GI Joe, Mr. Potato Head, Scrabble, Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit. Legal chief Nagler oversees 21 attorneys. Favorite childhood toy? I used to play with little green Army men and dinosaurs as a very young kid. I gave the dinosaurs to my son, but he doesn’t seem to like them as much. He’s very into computer and video games. Favorite toy made by Hasbro now?When I arrived here there was a beautiful new Scrabble game sitting on my desk. Now I play a computer version. Do you “try out” the toys like in “Big”? The legal department has an annual off-site meeting every year, and as part of the agenda we have a “fun time” to play games. Last year we had groups that don’t normally work together play assorted board games. Do your kids ask you to bring home toys? I think I actually planned it incorrectly — I should have done Hasbro first and Reebok second. (Nagler, whose children are 13 and 16, was GC at Reebok International Ltd. before joining Hasbro.)

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