Toy Break explores the toy collecting lifestyle and everything that goes with it – toys, collectibles, conventions, art, design, and travel. Tune in to Toy Break for articles and videos highlighting everything in the wonderful world of toys including LEGO, action figures, designer toys, plush, events, and much more!
Toy Break began in 2006 as a podcast featuring guests from all over the toy industry taking a break to talk about what we love – toys! It has since evolved to include a variety of toy news and reviews as well as articles and resources for toy collectors. Host Ayleen Dority brings a passion for toy collecting along with over a decade of independent toy production experience to the show combined with the perspective of toy makers, artists, designers, and other intriguing guests.
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Hosts, Crew, & Contributors
Ayleen is a lifelong LEGO maniac with a soft spot for Ewoks, horror movie figures, and Batman. With over a decade of experience in the independent toy industry and as an event coordinator, she has a passion for helping independent creators showcase their work. She currently coordinates the Southern California LEGO fan convention Bricks LA, produces/hosts Toy Break, and visits Disneyland frequently.
John enjoys wrestling polar bears to death, then making bacon out of them! Mmm-mm! But seriously…
Mechanical designer, LEGO fanatic, and espresso connoisseur. John spends most of his time creating incredible LEGO models, but when he’s not busy building or sorting, you can find him organizing the annual Vancouver LEGO convention BrickCan, riding bicycles, and hunting down Dole Whip at Disneyland.
Like most children, my first toy was a plush. A Curious George to be exact. Growing up I had all sorts of action figures from He-Man to Star Wars and everything in between. I currently collect way too many things to list. As far as experience, I have been working in the industry since 1996. I have worked all over from replica prop shops to McFarlane Toys, SOTA Toys, Mezco Toys, Gentle Giant Studios, and many others in between. Most of my professional career has been with action figures and collectibles which is why, with October Toys, I really wanted to get into the vinyl/art side of things.
Sarah Jo Marks
Co-founder of DKE Toys (the largest independent toy distributor in the world) and co-curator of several art shows including The Vader Project, Spoonful of Star Wars, The Custom Yoka Show and STUFFED: a plush food show.
Artist, designer, argyle warrior.
An extremly versatile artist, Scott is constantly producing a growing body of 2D and 3D work. He has worked as a designer with companies such as Kidrobot, Disney, and Wrong Gear. He also produces his own figures as StolleArt which explore several mediums including vinyl, resin, wood, Japanese vinyl, plush, and more.