Toy Fair, despite the sunny name, is not just a place of wonder and magic. If you look below the gilded surface of happiness and joy, you can actually see portents of doom. Doomy doom.
And it's only one of several entrepreneurial efforts to make some green while people still feel HOPE. I also love the model we found of BHO's 757, a.k.a. Hope Force 1. And so does America.
Out of all the miniatures at Toy Fair, these famous chairs by Eames and many other bigtime designers are the ones I want most. [Toy Fair 2009]
Toy Fair is that rare trade show where one feels less like an industry drone and more like Tom Hanks in Big. Here are the ten best things from today's show. Yes, Zoltan!
Some of these action figures are really exquisite. There's a ton of Watchmen. Also making appearances: Street Fighters, classic Arnold Terminators and every other 'roided out superhero you love.
Eating buckets of Yummy Dough will definitely turn your preciouses into plumpers, but it's not the only thing at Toy Fair that'll make your kids fat.
It's genius: Play-doh you're supposed to eat. But should you?
We got a look at the new Mindstorms NXT robotics kits from Lego. And a new sensor for the 2.0 version can, amazingly, detect the difference between colors. Cool.
Now when junior complains that one of the evil neighborhood kids has stolen his favorite toy, hand him this Lil' CSI kit, complete with UV light, and get him dusting for prints.
The new Indiana Jones Lego sets are awesome. Not only do they adorably recreate several classic scenes from the three non-retarded Indy flicks, they've evolved the minifig to new heights: Short Round heights.
The OK to Wake! alarm clock teaches your hellions when it's okay to leave the confines of their bed by glowing green when you're ready to deal with them. I'm sure it works perfectly.
R2 is squealing at me. Honest-to-God stormtroopers are standing guard nearby. Perfect conditions to prove that I've outgrown my Padawan pants, and can now move a plastic ball with my mind like a real Jedi.
While most time capsules require a level of patience that's not entirely suited for a child's attention span, the Backyard Safari Time Capsule can be both buried and continually stocked with new items.
Unlike the wet noodle Nerf blades of my youth, these new N-Force scepters are stiff enough to put on the hurt without flexing, but soft enough to not scare mom (too much). I want.
Hexbug's touch-and-sound-sensitive mini-robots have always moseyed, not scurried. But their latest, the Ant, locomotes with wheel legs—not quite a wheel, not quite a leg—zippily enough to give real bugs a run for their money.