Toy Fair 0pened its doors this February to thousands of registered global play professionals to explore a record-breaking 422,000+ net square feet of exhibit space filled with hundreds of thousands of toys, games and youth entertainment products.
Countless amazing new product was an display allowing everyone to get a glimpse of what to expect to see on the toy store shelves this year. Here is a quick snapshot of what Toy Fair looked like.
Some of the most memorable and talked about toys that were showcased this year were:
With all these other classic toys gaining some smarts, why shouldn’t Barbie? Hello Barbie incorporates ToyTalk’s speech recognition platform, allowing you to have at least semi-meaningful conversations about things you like to do. Barbie will remember certain interests of yours to bring up in later conversation. (Available late fall, $75)
Crayola wants to inspire kids to create the next great stop-motion animation film. Children (and aspiring adults) can use the Color Alive Easy Animation Studio to design up to 10 different characters and import them into an app. By positioning the mannequin that comes in the kit, users can make their characters act out scenes virtually and then save the resulting video. (Available July 2015; $29.99)
LEGO Ultimate Collector Series TIE Fighter
Arriving in May, Lego is finally giving a little more love to the dark side with its new $200 Ultimate Collector Series TIE Fighter. It’s got enough detail—including an opening cockpit—to make even the Emperor happy. And the set includes 1,685 pieces including everything you’ll need to build a display stand for those rare times when you’re not making TIE fighter sound effects as you fly it around your cubicle. Who wouldn’t want one of the most iconic starships in the galaxy!
One of the best features of Anki’s self-driving RC cars was how new challenges, races, and abilities could be added to the game and its vehicles through simple software updates. The same couldn’t be said about the basic oval track the cars raced on. So with the upcoming Anki Overdrive, the company has introduced a fantastic new modular track system that connects using super-strong magnets so ramps, hills, and endless layouts can be created with just a single set.
A robotic kitten that responds to touch, nuzzles your hand, chases a ball, and pounces, Zoomer Kitty is the closest thing you can get to a real-life kitten without the endless shedding. It also senses your touch and purrs in response. There is also a vibration motor, so you can feel it reacting when you try and touch the Zoomer Kitty.
Mattel View-Master 2.0
Old-school View-Master meets 21st-century technology in this collaboration between Mattel and Google. Pop your phone into the viewer and connect it to an “experience reel” containing 3D images of a particular location; then just pan around the scene by moving your head . The $30 viewer will come with four reels and be available this fall.