Boy Loves Toys, Becomes a Toy Himself

2018-10-05

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  • A seven-year-old boy who loves toys has now become a toy himself.
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  • Ryan, a first-grade student, has been making YouTube videos for three years.
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  • The videos usually show him opening a toy, playing with it and then waving goodbye to viewers.
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  • His most watched video, in which Ryan hunts for large plastic eggs, has more than 1.5 billion views.
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  • And his YouTube channel, Ryan ToysReview, has more than 16 million subscribers.
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  • Toy makers have paid Ryan and his parents to show their products.
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  • The financial magazine Forbes estimated that his YouTube channel brought in $11 million last year.
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  • Ryan's parents did not confirm or deny that report.
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  • They also have kept secret their last name and where they live for safety reasons.
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  • The large American store Walmart hopes to use Ryan's popularity to sell more toys.
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  • Last month, Walmart started selling Ryan's action figures for $9.
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  • It also sells clothing, toy animals, bright colorful slime, and French fry-shaped toys under the name Ryan's World.
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  • Jim Silver of the toy review site TTPM.com called Ryan a "celebrity."
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  • He said, "Kids watch his videos. He's entertaining."
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  • But Silver said it "all comes down to the toy."
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  • He added that toys gain popularity in the playground, where young children show and tell others about them.
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  • Still, Ryan's many followers could prove profitable for Walmart.
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  • A video of the boy searching for Ryan's World toys in Walmart has nearly 10 million views in a month.
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  • His parents said Ryan spends about 90 minutes a week recording YouTube videos.
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  • They said he helped with the creation of some of the toys, like when he asked for an evil version of himself for the action figure.
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  • Unlike his action figures, Ryan will grow up.
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  • And his parents said they are prepared to follow his interests, as he gets older, like to video games.
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  • "We can change," they said.
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  • I'm Alice Bryant.
  • 1
  • A seven-year-old boy who loves toys has now become a toy himself.
  • 2
  • Ryan, a first-grade student, has been making YouTube videos for three years. The videos usually show him opening a toy, playing with it and then waving goodbye to viewers.
  • 3
  • His most watched video, in which Ryan hunts for large plastic eggs, has more than 1.5 billion views. And his YouTube channel, Ryan ToysReview, has more than 16 million subscribers.
  • 4
  • Toy makers have paid Ryan and his parents to show their products. The financial magazine Forbes estimated that his YouTube channel brought in $11 million last year. Ryan's parents did not confirm or deny that report. They also have kept secret their last name and where they live for safety reasons.
  • 5
  • The large American store Walmart hopes to use Ryan's popularity to sell more toys.
  • 6
  • Last month, Walmart started selling Ryan's action figures for $9. It also sells clothing, toy animals, bright colorful slime, and French fry-shaped toys under the name Ryan's World.
  • 7
  • Jim Silver of the toy review site TTPM.com called Ryan a "celebrity." He said, "Kids watch his videos. He's entertaining."
  • 8
  • But Silver said it "all comes down to the toy." He added that toys gain popularity in the playground, where young children show and tell others about them.
  • 9
  • Still, Ryan's many followers could prove profitable for Walmart. A video of the boy searching for Ryan's World toys in Walmart has nearly 10 million views in a month.
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  • His parents said Ryan spends about 90 minutes a week recording YouTube videos. They said he helped with the creation of some of the toys, like when he asked for an evil version of himself for the action figure.
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  • Unlike his action figures, Ryan will grow up. And his parents said they are prepared to follow his interests, as he gets older, like to video games.
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  • "We can change," they said.
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  • I'm Alice Bryant.
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  • Hai Do adapted this story for Learning English based on an Associated Press report. Caty Weaver was the editor.
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  • Words in This Story
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  • toy - n. something a child play with
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  • channel - n. a television, radio station or youtube site
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  • slime - n. a thick, slippery liquid
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  • review - n. a report that gives opinion about the quality of a product, book, performance...
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  • celebrity - n. a person who is famous
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  • entertaining - adj. amusing and enjoyable