If you've been following our coverage of Toy Fair 2013, it would be easy to believe that the hottest trends in toys were all about the latest, greatest, and most innovative. While tech played a major role in what we found to be the standout products and launches from the event, many of these were based upon toys and games that date back decades. We even saw new twists on some of our own childhood favorites. Love the idea of sharing a bit of nostalgia with your tot? Check out 11 of the best new takes on old classics in the world of toys.
Get ready to hand your tablets and phones over to your kids — for good! One of the biggest trends we saw at Toy Fair was the integration of iPads and iPhones with tots' favorite toys. From classics like the Nerf basketball hoop and Fisher-Price's Little People Barn to new entries from Barbie and Crayola, everything is getting a tech makeover. Check out our 10 favorite tech toys for kids this year.
Building blocks, dolls, puzzles, oh my! With more than 1,000 exhibitors showing off more than 150,000 products at 111th annual International Toy Fair, it's safe to say there was something for everyone. As we roamed the halls, we were wowed by everything from beautifully made wooden toys to the way technology has been integrated into classic favorites for new patterns of play. If you're following us on Instagram (which you should be; we're lilsugar1), you got a play-by-play as we made our way through the convention, but that was just the beginning. Here's a peek at the toys and playthings that will be hitting store shelves throughout the year, and what your kids will be clamoring for in the coming holiday season!
We loved attending the 2012 Toy Fair in New York City this week. We spotted enough playthings from new to long-standing toy companies to keep both lil and big tots busy in the coming year. We've highlighted the biggest trends and our favorite finds, but there were plenty of other goods we came across as we made our way among the 100,000 items shown at the fair. Check out some of our behind-the-scenes snapshots!
How much fun is it playing a talking parrot on the number one TV show for kids? Just ask David Arquette, who stars as Skully the parrot on Jake and the Never Land Pirates. The actor and dad to Coco, 7, appears to be loving his turn as the wise bird who keeps watch over Jake, Izzy, and Cubby as they try to keep away from Captain Hook. I caught up with David at the Disney Consumer Products event at the Toy Fair this week, where he showed off his dance moves with Minnie Mouse and unveiled the upcoming line of Jake and the Never Land Pirates toys and games.
LilSugar: What's fun about playing Skully?
David Arquette: It's great to sort of perform with just using your voice. I sweat, actually, when I start doing the thing, because I really get into it. You really have to convey all of the excitement into your voice. It takes a lot, but it's really rewarding, especially when you see the little fans that love it.
LS: Do they recognize your voice?
DA: Well, I'll ask them, "Do you watch the show?" And I tell them I do the . . . I was at the Super Bowl and there were some little kids who were helping out at this little game we were playing and I was like, "Do you all watch Jake and the Never Land Pirates?" and they were all like, "Yeah!" I said, "Well, I play Skully," and I did the voice [and said], "Crackers," and they were speechless — it was the most adorable thing!
LS: Well your daughter is probably too old for the show, but does she still watch?
DA: She says, "Well Dad, I’m a little too old for the show, but I like to watch it to see what your character’s doing." She does enjoy the show!
LS: Is she happy to see you back in the Disney fold?
DA: It's great. She loves Disney. She loves some of the older programming — Good Luck Charlie and all of that.
LS: Your costar, Sharon Osbourne, is about to become a grandmother. Do you have any advice for her?
DA: She's got all the parenting advice — I could use some advice from her! For Jack, I'd just say, you're going to be great. You know, sometimes when you're a first-time parent, you're kind of nervous and you're not sure what to expect. But just like animals and every creature on this planet, we all just kick into gear. You immediately, once the baby’s there, you're a parent and you learn. You grow and you ask people, you read books, and you make some mistakes. But like a really great parenting guru said, "Parenting gives you the opportunity for a do-over every day, every minute." So if you make a little mistake, you can always make up for it and learn.
LS: Any chances we'll see Skully teaching the kids to dance?
DA: That would be fun. I mean, I'd love to do anything Skully-related. We’ve done interactive rides — there's one at California Adventure. I love the music component, too — being able to sing sometimes is fun.
Oh, this was tough. After two days scanning the endless aisles of Toy Fair, mama certainly found a few things to put on her lil one's wish lists this year. While this year's Toy Fair trends may have us dreaming of glow-in-the dark bubbles and iPad-based games, there were several other items that struck my fancy! Keep reading to see my favorite finds from this year's show, and tell me, which looks most exciting to you?
Like a kid in a candy shop, I made my way through the 100,000 new toys introduced at the 2012 Toy Fair this week. There was no shortage of games, toys, and new characters to pique a mama's interest, and while there wasn't one "standout toy" that had everyone on the floor talking, I noticed quite a few trends among the wares. Keep reading to see what toy manufacturers think kids will want to be playing with come Fall, and tell me which are already catching your eye in the comments below!
Though Toy Fair was flush with toys lil ones will be clamoring for later this year, it was also packed with toys and gimmicks that were intended to catch the eye of passersby. From large-scale LEGO models to a kiddie-take on the vampire phenomenon, here are the most interesting things I saw at Toy Fair 2011.
The 2011 Toy Fair was packed with new products for the coming year. The hardest part, after seeing them all, is waiting for them to be available for purchase. Though there were several hot trends in this year's offerings, a few goodies will be on my shopping list. Check out my 10 favorites.
I was a babe in Toyland at the 2011 Toy Fair! While manufacturers showed off their wares hoping to have this year's Silly Bandz, Pillow Pets, or Hexbugs, I noticed quite a few trends among the toys. Keep your eyes out this Fall (when the goodies hit the shelves) for these 10 themes that carried throughout the show.