Toy Fair, a staggeringly large collection of playtime gadgets for kiddos and immature adults, has come to an end. Phew! We wandered through aisle after aisle of bouncy balls and model dinosaurs to find the cream of the crop:
Barbie, at once a gender pioneer and enabler of countless anorexic, has found her newest role: human-machine hybrid.
Will we ever feel too old to love Nerf guns? No, I doubt it. What about Super Soakers? Oh hush, of course not. Shooting things with toy guns is an intrinsic human joy. Here's what you'll be firing this year.
You might think you can explain where Colombia-based Aracataca got these giant pens, pencils, crayons, and markers that are somehow miraculously passing through solid objects. But you can't. Because it's magic. Pure, unadulterated, magic.
Toy Fair is full of lame jigsaw puzzles, toy horses, and other antique things nobody cares about anymore. But! There's also plenty of unreleased Star Wars, Spider Man, and other stuff that makes us feel like excited kids again. Lightsabers!
Boo, an animal so impossibly cute as to make physicists question our understanding of the cosmos, is now available for mass production. It's soft. It's lifelike. We went hands-on with the most disgustingly cute toy ever seen.
I love all the new Lego Lord of the Rings' minifigs, but I have one favorite: Gollum. They truly captured his creepy nature, yet he still looks cute. My favorite detail, however, are the two faces of Frodo, showing his transformation through the story.
If you loved the latest iCade controllers for iPhone and iPad, you are going to want to have sex with their new iCade 8-Bitty, a Nintendo-style gamepad controller with eight buttons.
The new Lego Batcave is so neat. It is modeled after the original comicbooks and uses the classic blue Batman. Its coolest feature is the Bat-Gear part, where Bruce Wayne turns into Batman. It's so stupidly neat that it's funny.
Even though they've already sold millions and millions of copies, Hasbro feels that Monopoly, Battleship and The Game of Life needed a 21st century makeover. So its created these zAPPed versions that incorporate gameplay elements into your iPhone, iPod or iPad.
With inches of soft padding the TheO, currently being shown at Toy Fair 2012 in New York, might be the toughest smartphone case you'll ever find. But it's actually designed as a simple appcessory for interactive games like bowling.
Among all the Lego surprises at Toy Fair 2012, there's a cool new Star Wars set called Droid Escape. It's the pod in which C-3PO and R2-D2 use to land on Tatooine in the original movie. It includes these two stormtroopers, which are amazingly detailed.