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The best toys of 2016: our buyers’ picks from Toy Fair

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Now that we’ve examined the hottest trends of this year’s Toy Fair, let’s get down to specifics: which products impressed our buying team? Most of these terrific toys will be appearing on our shelves over the course of the year, so keep an eye out!   Jill Hegstad, Head Buyer Kano Computer Kit Kids can make their very own computer ... Read More »

Toy Fair 2016: This year’s toy trends!

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Every news outlet has their own take on this year’s trends, and many of the biggest ones have already been covered: as the TIA pointed out in their report, drones, robots and other tech toys are super hot today, as well as tech toys modified to encourage family bonding, STEM/STEAM toys (“STEAM” stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), ... Read More »

Toy Fair 2015 Highlight: Play Visions Sands Alive! Neon Frenzy

While our buying team attends Toy Fair to scout out our product selection for the year, I attend, mostly, to get hands-on time with our products that I don’t usually get working in our office. We’ve been big fans of Sands Alive from Play Visions since its release, but our head buyer sent me specifically to see the recently-released Sands Alive! Neon ... Read More »

Toy Fair 2015: Trendspotting at the show!

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Toy Fair 2015, the biggest industry event of the year, is still roaring, but I’ve returned to snowy Boston for our first report back! After I’ve had a chance to confer with our buying team, we’ll be letting you know what fantastic new toys you can expect on our shelves, but for today, I’m going to concentrate on trends I ... Read More »

Toy Fair 2013 – Day 1

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It’s hard to believe, but I’m in New York for my 10th Toy Fair. Which sounds like a lot, until you discover Toy Fair is celebrating its 110th birthday this year. Also, a lot of other retailers I know have been attending this show since before I was born. Even after all this time, I’m still a relative newbie around ... Read More »

Toy Fair Top 10

This year was my seventh time at Toy Fair, and finally I’m starting to feel like it’s a manageable task. My strategy this year was to start upstairs and go aisle by aisle. I was thorough and slow, but I finished it in two and a half days. The lower level is smaller and went much faster. I was able ... Read More »

Toy Fair 2010 – Days 1 and 2

It’s after midnight, and I should be asleep. The battery on my computer isn’t going to last long, and if I go find the power cable, I’ll probably wake up the baby, who’s sleeping in my room (that’s a whole other story). So I’ll keep it mercifully brief. Toy Fair 2010 is in full swing and as always, there’s lots ... Read More »