Last month more than 26,000 toy professionals attended the Toy Industry’s Association 111th American International Toy Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. This year’s event was record-breaking with a spike in exhibitors, attendance and exhibit space. Among those in attendance were almost 10,000 buyers from more than 5,000 retailers.
Some of the key trends at the show were: large toys in categories ranging from plush to play sets; remote controlled toys; zombie and monster themes; toys that teach science, technology, engineering, arts and math; retro inspiration and customizable building and construction sets. Several brands are also recognizing the demand for craft and DIY kits targeted to boys. Toys that blend traditional play with smart devices also were prominent during the show.
The event kicked with a little star power in the form of an appearance by Grammy Award Winning artist Alicia Keys, who was there to promote her new animated storybook app. The show also featured theToy of the Year Awards, where some of the big winners were Rainbow Loom and LeapPad Ultra.
The Joester Loria Group attended this important industry event to check out the trends that will impact the licensing programs we develop for the children’s properties we represent including The World of Eric Carle, Disney Jr.’s The Hive and Annoying Orange.