Check out the scene at Toy Fair 2010 with these local news footage of one of our owners. Rick Grossman owns the Learning Express stores in Branchburg and Hillsborough, NJ. More video from Toy Fair coming soon (as soon as I figure out why iMovie is acting glitchy).
Exploring the Toy Fair in New York for the next great thing
Monday morning at Toy Fair 2010 was a little quieter than the opening day but as the day wore on the Toy Talker definitely got joustled around a bit amidst the growing foot traffic. I started off the day with a Melissa and Doug breakfast. Saw their great Sunnypatch sand toy line and previewed some exciting plans for the year. Other highlights included a stop at International Playthings (home of the Calico Critters) and Three Cheers for Girls (major tween category). I got to test out some of the working spy gear at Kid Galaxy and was deemed mostly truthful by the lie detector test. Saw some super secret product coming soon from Matel and Spinmaster, passed Donny Osmond in the aisle, and was crowned Toy Fair royalty at the Orb Factory. Overall a great day. Pictures will be posted! Other vendors visited today include: Wild Planet, Thinkfun, Alex, Creativity for Kids, Snap Caps, Intencity, Aurora, PlaSmart, TY, and Elf on the Shelf. Whew!
After a great lunch with Kickboard and a meeting with a marketing industry pro, I headed to the Toysmith booth at Toy Fair. Toysmith makes up most of our party favor business at Learning Express, and has recently added some larger items to our inventory. Look out for our March catalog cover for a great example! In addition to the famous collectible rubberbands, they've expanded their line of green toys. See the pic below for all the new variations of the tin can robot. Next up was Learning Resources and a great selection of math and language skill building games, followed by Ravensburger and their GIANT puzzle globe. Who knows what Monday will bring!