Few days ago the Jacob Javits Center in New York City has hosted the International Toy Fair, the worlds largest gathering of toys and games, organized by the Toy Industry Association. Hundreds of toy manufacturers gather to show off their recent and upcoming products to retailers, buyers, and the press. The New York Toy Fair is filled with nearly every toy, game, form of electronic entertainment, and outdoor play thing you can imagine. First off let me just say if I brought my kids to this event they probably would have kicked us out from all the carrying on that would have occurred. So it is good kids were not allowed. The event was like going to toy heaven for toy lovers. Let me share some of the vendors with you and I think you will get the point. Disney was there as well as Crayola, Hex Bug, Mattel, Mega Bloks, Lego, Razor, Spinmaster, TOMY, Vtech, ToysRus (sorry can’t do the backwards R), Madame Alexander, Yvolution, Just Play, Activision, and hundreds more. It was like the who’s who of toys and fun for children of all ages.
Here are my top picks from the toy fair. I made my picks based on my kids ages 7 and 11 year old. I don’t necessarily want all these toys for my kids but thought they are pretty cool to check out for parents and some of them will be most wanted for Christmas this year. I will make a separate post covering the new Baby and Toddler toys for 2014.
In addition to Zoomer dog this is a new Zoomer Dino, interactive dinosaur from SpinMaster
New Disney Flutterbye Fairies from Spinmaster. See Flutterbye Fairies in action
Chatsters Interactive dolls from Spinmaster will be available in stores April 2014
New scooters, gliders and bikes as well as the 3 wheel self-propelling Y Flicker from Yvolution
Outdoor toy of the year from Razor
New Once Upon a Zombie 2014
One of my faves – sound activated Elektrokidz from Wow Wee Toys. They move their heads while you play music or make sounds
The Happy’s. New from the maker of Zhu Zhu pets. Adorable interactive puppies that play like real pets. They will follow your kids and do the tricks for happy treats.
XO Kids tablet from Vivitar. Its launch marks the debut of the XO Learning System, designed as a child-centric interface to empower kids to build, learn and dream as part of OLPC’s mission. (One Laptop Per Child). It has parental control, parental dashboards track usage and learning styles, allowing parents to better understand their child’s development.
New Hex Bugs and Zombie Hex bugs. Never heard of them? See Hexbugs in action in Hex Bugs party
Lots of new exciting products from Crayola. My daughter already has a Marker Maker. I will look forward to the new Crayola Paint maker.
The high-tech drawing book that pairs with iPad app. Take a photo of your creation and you can drive it yourself in a racing game.
New Skylanders characters are expected to be released in April 2014. Trap Shadow, Freeze Blade, Nirto Freeze Blade, Springtime Trigger Happy, Fryno, Punk shock
New Dora the Explorer and Friends from Mattel. Interactive Dora talks through a phone to you and her friends.
New Barbie has a hair development formula that kids can curl themselves.
The latest Furby Boom models have electronic eyes and an app that tracks how good or bad you care for them
And wait I didn’t even mention the Grumpy Cat was at the toy fair too. Grumpy Cat, her real name is Tardar Sauce, she is a cat and Internet celebrity known for her grumpy facial expression. At the toy fair she was chilled, relaxed and mostly sleeping. The Grumpy cat now has lots of toys and merchandise available for sale from Ganz.com
Post your questions/comments below and stay tuned for the top picks from the baby/toddler toy industry from Toy Fair 2014.