Inside Toy Fair 2012, Part 1

Hulk is ready to smash Toy Fair!
Maybe we better distract him.
Anyone have the Abomination's
cell number?
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Someone made a very astute comment to me about Toy Fair this year. Toy Fair is both exciting and depressing for the same reason: you realize how much you’re going to spend on toys this year. Touché. Luckily the window shopping here quells some of my spending impulse later.

As one comes to expect with this annual industry showcase (held this year between February 12th and 15th), the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan was packed to the rafters with cool playthings. While the bottom of the action figure market fell out a couple of years back, there were still plenty of great pieces being displayed. Not to mention games, plush toys and many other things that you don’t actually need yet still crave. And let’s face it, a lot of these toys are made just
as much for adults as for kids. Maybe we should say they are for children and inner children.

A.D.D. will have a few separate Toy Fair pieces coming, and we’ll start with this overview of what was on the floor.


Battle of the Darths: Vader does not
like Maul stealing the spotlight.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

The devourer of worlds, Galactus dwarfs
everyone else's spotlight with
his colossal shadow.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

But Poison Ivy is still sexier. She can
tangle me in her twisted vines any day.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

NECA is banking on The Hunger Games being a hit.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Will these three budding stars become overnight sensations?
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

A lovable hive of scum and villainy.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

A must-have Gremlins stunt puppet replica.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Toy Fair couture.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

The forthcoming Walking Dead game
with nifty, durable cloth "board".
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

A peek inside at the accessories.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Big Bang Theory trading cards?
That actually makes sense.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Locke & Key is a killer comic. Will it be
a killer game? Let's hope not literally.
Ghostly transformations are optional.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Dark Horse brings the
Game Of Thrones goodies.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Hansa's benevolent dragon scours the floor for freeloaders.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

One seriously awesome marble maze.
Save your bucks for this one.
Like, a lot of bucks.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Don't they make a cute couple?
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Zing's new way to make friends:
Encourage people to shoot at you.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Silly Puppets for the good, the bad and the dead.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Gemblo is trickier than it looks.
And there is not enough
space to explain it here.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

I love that the makers of Barbie
also out put Monster High stuff.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

A girls accessory I can get behind.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Cubebot rocks.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Regan looks lonely. Jason will keep her company.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Hunting for Predators? You may need this.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Poor Solo. Han's pain is our gain. Well, actually,
this is a promotional display for ice trays,
so you will probably never own it.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Speaking of ice...Drinky Crow party lights!
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

More Drinky Crow!
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Hey there, Lego dude.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Kickass women of Marvel Comics.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

More classic Marvel heros.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

A quartet of Eddies ready to wreck havoc.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Harley Quinn makes being bad look so good.
And, of course, she's the kind of woman
that I might date.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Does that make me a Joker?
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

I am told that Wood Man, kind of a reverse version
of Jenga but with an axe, will be the next big
drinking game. Luckily that axe isn't sharp.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

It is nice to see that toy trains
are still popular with the kids.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

As I just said...
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Ditto for electric slot cars!
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)



One Response

  1. PiercingMetal Ken

    Great segment, been working my way through about 1000 photos of Toy Fair 2012 myself. Lots to share with the world about this amazing event. I left my credit card at home to be on the safe side.

    Reply

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