I just got back from the Toy Fair held at the Jacob Javtiz Convention Center in New York. It's a trade-only show and not open to the public.
I couldn't believe that after going up and down an endless array of aisles, I did not see one new ride or coaster-related product on display this year.
While I enjoyed seeing many of the new things...I can't figure out why toys and collectables that might appeal to us...were not on display.
Oh-well, there's always next year!
When I was a kid I had quite a collection of ride-related toys. Back then they were mostly wind up coasters, ferris wheels and swing rides, usually made of metal or sometimes plastic. I wish I still had them- at the antique shows and flea markets the exact same toys are going for phenominal prices, for good condition with packaging i've seen them in the several hundred dollar range! (not that I would give them up)
Toys now seem to be the u-build em variety, with Knex, Lego, and all that. Probably better stimulation for young, creative minds, but I always preferred to just wind-em and watch em go!
CoasterDynamix is there right now!
I like their stuff! I didn't see them on Sunday. It's something I would have looked for. (My students and I built one of their models a few years back!)
By the way...concession prices at the convention center rival amusement park and stadium prices.
We were there all Sunday, back by Lego Liscensing.
DanLinden - - - > I don't know how I missed it, but obviously I did. The video of their display looked very nice.
I didn't see K'nex this year. Lego always has a private area. Matel has an entire section to themselves that was VERY private. I think Hasbro is off-site. I remember reading in one of the trades that they are going to start their own TV network to hawk their products.
I am not in the toy industry but I am a big fan and I usually wrangle a pass to the show any way I can get one from my media friends.
The truth (at least for me) is that it's hard to really see EVERYTHING at the show in one day. Did I miss any other ride / coaster products?
The only other coaster thing was something called the 'wall coaster' which is really just some plastic tubes you nail into the wall and put marbles through. Wasn't very interesting in my opinion. Knex wasnt around this year. There was lots of interest in CoasterDynamix so this year should be very exciting.
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