The final day of Toy Fair brings with it mixed emotions. My tired feet welcome the rest, yet the rest of me feels sad because I so enjoy previewing new toys and concepts as well as seeing old friends and making new ones.
Since the show floor was much quieter today and people have more time to talk, I stopped by some of the smaller booths where I often find many interesting treasures.
This year was no exception as I ferreted out some unique
items that hopefully will make it to retail shelves. Some are not
"toys" in the traditional sense of the word, but will no less make a
kid smile when they see them.
For some whimsical fun, Snowtime Anywhere created a set of either 20 or 40 soft, plush snowballs for an indoor snowball fight. Kid Constructions also showed a kid-sized fire truck that kids create, construct
and wear. It comes complete with flashing lights and a siren.
Unique construction is the cornerstone of two cool products that I really liked. From Zipit comes a line of back-to-school items including a monster pouch, 3 ring binder pouch, mini shoulder bag and coin purse using one long zipper to create each item. Constructive Eating also took advantage of a zipper in its Transforming Lunch Tote whereby the tote unzips to reveal a playset that kids can enjoy using its cool construction or garden fairy themed spoons, forks and pushers.
Rockets, discs, hovering R/C vehicles and other flying gadgets were popular over at Zing with Sky Ripperz, bungee-launched rockets that fly over 250 feet high. Mukikim also showcased Mini Flyer, a sensor related flyer that elevates when it "feels" a solid surface such as a hand or knee under it.
One trend that I didn't quite get my head around was the moustache craze. There were glasses with mustaches on them by Sun-Staches, 38 different styles and colors of plush mustaches from UCC Distributing and a variety of tattoo packs from Stache Tat just to name a few. Don't get me wrong all the stuff was super cute, but I've come to realize that I don't really look that good in a mustache.
The real fun of Toy Fair will come in spring and fall when I see these toys perched proudly on the shelves.
Here's to another great Toy Fair!