The Best Stuff at Toy Fair 2011

We spend a whole day wandering through our favorite fair of the year, and we had a lot of fun playing around every shiny thing we could find. Here is all the best stuff:


The Best Stuff at Toy Fair 2011

Hot Wheels Go Vertical for the First Time

Hot wheel sets are a staple of many a childhood, but they're also a staple of creating a huge sprawling mess that someone will inevitably trip over and start cursing. So! Take that racetrack off the floor and put it on the wall. More


The Best Stuff at Toy Fair 2011

Little Mommy Is a Terrifying Vision of Android Baby Dystopia

One weird thing about Toy Fair is all of the stringent gender norms pushed in marketing-speak. Trucks are for boys. Transformers are for boys. Nerf is for boys. What do girls get? Creepy robo-baby. More


The Best Stuff at Toy Fair 2011

Crush Your Friends with Your Mental Powers Using Mindflex Duel

Playing with toys alone is pretty fun I guess, but amusement is its most amusing when you're subordinating your friends to the might of your will. Mattel's Radica Mindflex Duel does that. With your brain waves. More


The Best Stuff at Toy Fair 2011

Fisher-Price iCan Play Case Gives Your iPhone the Trappings of a Real Toy

Shoving your iPhone at your kid in the backseat is kinda lowest common denominator parenting, but popping it into Fisher-Price's colorful Laugh and Learn iCan Play makes it a lot more like a real toy. More


The Best Stuff at Toy Fair 2011

A Car That Makes the Mentos and Diet Coke Trick Ever So Slightly Less Wasteful

Drop a pack of Mentos in a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke and you get yourself a nice soda geyser. It's fun! But wasteful. With this kit you can at least tell yourself you're using Mentos' magical properties to propel a little plastic car up to 200 feet. More


The Best Stuff at Toy Fair 2011

Double-Barreled Marshmallow Rifle Is Delicious and Painful

Marshmallow shooters are nothing new-but the Marshmallow Fun Company's Classic Twin Stryker (the Y in Stryker means it's awesome!) will pelt your foe into sugary submission. I tested their newest $32 pillowy murder device at Toy Fair 2011. More


The Best Stuff at Toy Fair 2011

The Cars 2 Car That Drives Up Walls

Remote control cars have long been confined to one plane: the floor. No longer the case! The Zero Gravity Finn McMissile car-a suave spyster whip voiced by Michael Caine-can cruise from the floor to the wall without changing gear. More


The Best Stuff at Toy Fair 2011

Owen Wilson's Soul Is Trapped in this Cars 2 Car

Cars 2 is coming, which means an unrelenting onslaught of licensed toys. Chief among them is Disney's Lightning McQueen Alive 1:55 scale car-pat it on the head, and it wobbles, shrugs, and-get ready: talks in Owen Wilson's voice. More


The Best Stuff at Toy Fair 2011

Print Barbie's New Hair With Your Ink Jet Printer

Printers, thankfully, are increasingly irrelevant. Still, plenty of people have the hulking old things plugged in somewhere in their homes, and Mattel's gonna put 'em to use. For printing real (fake) hair extensions for you and Barbie. More