Roaming the halls at Toy Fair can make even our cranky, middle-aged writers feel like kids again. This year's show featured a plethora of powerful playthings, from holographic pets to robotic dinosaurs and a drone you control with your hands.
We found plenty of educational toys that are designed to teach kids how to program or develop their artistic talents. However, there will also a lot of noteworthy products that were just made to be fun. Here are the 25 best toys from Toy Fair 2018.
I've never been big on drones, but Spin Master changed that in a single demonstration. The motion-controlled Supernovais a small, unmanned vehicle that you move with your gestures, as you flash your hands around it. And while it's easy to begin, you simply flip it upside down and drop it into the air, things get wild after that.
As I watched a trained performer dance circles around the Supernova, I marvelled at the fact that children today have toys that will make them feel like miniature Tony Starks. — Henry T. Casey
The best robot kit for kids, Lego Boost, is getting even more versatile this August when Lego releases the Ninjago Stormbringer kit. If you own the Boost Starter Set, you'll be able to use the additional pieces in Stormbringer to build a robotic dragon and then program it to move, roar, recognize colors and even respond to questions using the Boost app. -- Avram Piltch
This decidely low-tech game is a skatalogical celebration of the world's most important technology: indoor plumbing. Players place a smiling plastic turd inside a spring-loaded toilet and then take turns pushing down the plunger to see who can dislodge the unwelcome excrement. You get one point for pushing out the poo or two for catching it in your hands.
If you give a crap (or want someone to give it to someone else), you'll be able to buy Flushin' Frenzy this fall for $19.99. We think it will be quite poopular with younger kids. -- Avram Piltch
SeeMeez is putting a new spin on the virtual pet craze by giving kids a cute holographic friend to play with. Available starting at $9.99, SeeMeez creates its interactive holograms by projecting 4 separate images of your new friend on to a small plastic container placed you attach to the center of your phone or tablet.
From there, you can feed it, scratch its belly or play with it. However, the best part about SeeMeez is that you can create your own personal hologram, which is great for people wanting recreate that Princess Leia hologram scene from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. –– Sherri L. Smith
Targeting the crafty kid in your life, the 3Doodler Start is essentially a 3D-printer for kids or people interested in the technology, but not in spending oodles of dollars. Available for $59.99, the Start pen has a growing category of individually-sold expansion sets that lets you created a myriad of things.
At the show, 3Doodler debuted sets for creating articulated action figures, food-themed keychains, engineering sets and more. You can even create a moving figure with the Robotics kit, which features a small motor. Whatever kit you choose, what you create is limited only by your imagination. –– Sherri L. Smith
These robotic velociraptors can walk on all fours, roar and light up their eyes. As with the original Kamigami robots, you snap these creatures together with pieces of foldable plastic then use a mobile app to control and program them. Available this spring for $59.99, these robots can also fight each other if you buy two.-- Avram Piltch
What happens when you combine the fast-paced action of Hot Wheels with the connected track aspects of Anki Overdrive and add a dash of augmented reality for good measure?
Well, if you're Mattel, you get something like the Hot Wheels Augmoto. Augmoto takes the face-paced racing track action the company is known for and adds a bit of strategy and excitement via a companion augmented-reality app for a futuristic new spin on racing toy cars. –– Sherri L. Smith