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Postby optimistic » February 23rd, 2005, 11:52 am

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Does anyone have any news/stories//feedback/photos they can post from this year's Toy Fair?

As usual, I wasn't able to make it, but I'm curious what was happening...

Thanks!

Postby pezzy » February 23rd, 2005, 12:32 pm


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Some cool stuff this year. The show was DEAD when I was there (monday and tuesday)-- I couldn't believe how few attendees there were... nice for poeple like me who were looking for inspiration, bad for the exhibitors / toy industry. I found out that this is the last year for the toy building on 5th ave :( Welcome to the world of Condos! It seems this way in all the bigger cities (here in Chicago everything is turning into condos)

There was so much cool new stuff- when I unpack I'll post the links.

Went to an industry party at http://www.coralroomnyc.com/ that was really cool. There is just something about mermaids and over-priced drinks that is just lovely.

Went over to central park to check out the gates... not as impressed as I thought I was going to be....

toy fair - not very interesting

Postby Marco » February 23rd, 2005, 3:48 pm


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I found the fair to be rather uninspiring.

Postby ykh » February 23rd, 2005, 5:35 pm


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i've never been. had i thought about it i would have planned. but did see some depressing news in NYTimes article. worth registering to read it all. this bit worth posting:

Adding to the industry's problems, children are losing interest in toys earlier, their attention seized by video games, cable TV and the Internet, in a phenomenon known to the trade as "kagoy," which stands for "kids are getting older, younger." What only a few years ago nicely held an 8-year-old's attention - action figures, for example - now is considered marketable only to 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, said Neil Friedman, the president of Fisher-Price Brands, a division of Mattel. "You're not going to change it," he added.


bc this afternoon i saw Yahoo running this article

As Japan produces fewer children and more retirees, toymakers are designing new dolls designed not for the young but for the lonely elderly -


something wrong with this. technology is making kids grow up out of toys and inadvertantly letting families use toys to give their elders companionship. strikes a chord w me. and not liking it.

Postby Ed McMuffin » March 3rd, 2005, 8:04 am

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It was the first time I have been in years. I was at that Coral Room party too. It was very cool. That website doesn't do the whole mermaid thing any justice.

Postby New Pratt Kid » March 5th, 2005, 11:17 am

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These action fugure toys were there at NY Toy Fair 2005.

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Ok, overall...not much different. Same old Superman, Batman and classic dolls.
Except that U.S now accepts more of Japanese toys-but still those are classics for Japanese culture.
It seems like Revised and Licensed characters were the trend of yr 2005.
Lots of familiar characters were shown.
Now I know why kids prefer to buy video games than toys.
It is simply too boring.
They need upgraded toys that looks COOL for them.
I mean not OLD for them, and not cool for us, but that does something to them.
Perhaps the new generation need their own heros/heroines.
Not like Titans that Asians made for DC comics, not Gundams, not strawberry shortcakes
and no more batman revised with never seen before arms attached to him.

Postby optimistic » March 5th, 2005, 8:04 pm

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who is the mfr of the Titans toys? They're awesome!

Thanks for the post - that's a lot of great eye candy.

Any Toy Fair observations form different categories or age groups?

Postby pezzy » March 7th, 2005, 5:21 pm

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I was playing with the "automoblox" for awhile. I really like how they encourage building with more than one piece to fit. The idea that the user is not instantly gratified is really intriguing...

www.automoblox.com

Another cool thing I saw was all this stuff at "Fred" They are not all toys.. but really fun housewares, etc.

www.worldwidefred.com

Postby Lmo » March 25th, 2005, 7:13 pm

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the manhole cover floor mats were great!
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2006 Toy Fair

Postby optimistic » February 20th, 2006, 8:32 pm

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Wow, it's hard to believe it's been a year since this thread began...

Anyway, does anyone have any recap/pics/etc. on the Toy Fair 2006?

Re: 2006 Toy Fair

Postby bearcat » February 21st, 2006, 8:31 am

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optimistic wrote:Wow, it's hard to believe it's been a year since this thread began...

Anyway, does anyone have any recap/pics/etc. on the Toy Fair 2006?


You could check this link: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/events/bs/021006toyfair;_ylt=AtQMSklhrXzuSLCnsvhgxpqyBhIF;_ylu=X3oDMTA5YmlpOGc1BHNlYwNjYXRzcw--

Anyway, this year was my first trip to ToyFair, and as a toy industry newbie, I have to say that I was completely and utterly underwhelmed by what I saw. What little "big name" companies were there, I couldn't get in, so I was left to wander up and down aisles and aisles of creepy dolls, really, really bad board game concepts, and asian manufacturers of various junk.

I really can't think of any one thing that stood out in my mind, as far as innovative, cool, etc.

Postby bigshottoyworks » March 21st, 2006, 3:41 pm


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the show was LAME
the coolest thing was a 1500 dollar robot kit
did pushups and danced....


also there was this awesome air battle toy from wild planet..
but kinda dead both traffic and inspiration wise...

Postby pezzy » March 21st, 2006, 3:58 pm

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I went to the nuremberg toy fair this year instead. MUCH BETTER. It was crowded! It was HUGE. I can't begin to tell you how massive this convention was. There were great toys.

Unfortunatly I was only there for one full day - but convince you company to send you to this show at all costs. I have 30 pages of great ideas from that one day...

Postby bigshottoyworks » March 21st, 2006, 4:20 pm


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I am my company so me and the team will have to figure out
how to get me out there...

the nuremburg show is pretty impressive there are a number of shows in Japan and teh HK toy and games show too...

Postby pezzy » March 21st, 2006, 5:01 pm

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I want to do the one (not sure of the name) in Japan- it sounds pretty cool.


"Mega" HK show sucks.. lots of companies that do the same stuff. I have been to that one twice.

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