Heinz Lehmann: In actual fact, I already produced a world tour for children several years ago. After the lockdown, I made the decision to keep paying my games masters, who help me carry out the events and who are all students, but said to them they should reformulate the events that we offer in the shop into virtual versions that we could then make into a world tour. We sat together for a good six weeks, then the virtual Toy Challenge was ready.
So, what's it all about, what does it cost and how long does a world tour with you take?
H. L.: The world tour lasts 2.5 hours and it's a real live event, not an online game. One tour guide and 10 games masters take part in a trip from our team. The ticket normally costs €20 but is only €12 during the pandemic. Companies can even book separate aeroplanes with their own design. This is possible starting from 10 players and up to 90 people fit in one of these company planes.
What are the minimum technical requirements to be able to take off with you?
H. L.: PC or laptop is all. It is also possible to do the world tour on a smartphone, in which case you should download the Zoom app. After registration, a link is emailed to the passengers for check-in. We generally open our toy shop – or, rather, travel agency – at 18:45 to greet the guests. Then it’s off to the airport.
What awaits the passengers? After all, they are going to five cities on five different continents!
H. L.: The participants are welcomed by a team of tour guides in each city. The fun begins in a typical Dublin pub with a quiz; in Las Vegas they play roulette and cards. In Rio, the aim is to solve a picture puzzle as quickly as possible, while in Sydney they get to try their hand at Pictionary. At the last stop in Marrakesh, guesstimation questions are on the programme. Whoever collects the most points will be awarded with a prize in our toy shop following their return.