Toy Fair New York 2015 Part 1 – Things Are Really STEAMing Up, Despite the NY Temps!

As always, New York Toy Fair was full of fun and fascinating toys. This year, though, I noticed an emphasis on STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Of course, most toys fit into one or more of those categories, but STEM and STEAM were both mentioned at various booths, making deliberate connections between their toys and the current STEM/STEAM trend.  Another big trend was digital connectivity and interactivity, between physical toys and the digital world, mostly via tablets.  It was a big show and I have a lot to share, so there will be two Toy Fair New York posts this year!

One of my favorite new items incorporates all of STEAM – the 3-D Magic 3D Creation Maker.  With a special gel and light (which does not generate heat, so children won’t get burned), children can build 3D sculptures of just about anything.  The kit comes with stencils, but free-styling is encouraged.  Kids can build anything, as long as it fits in the light chamber.  Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, all in one!

3-D Magic 3D Creation Maker at Toy Fair New York 2015

3-D Magic 3D Creation Maker at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

I visited some of my favorite booths this year and am very excited about the new toys coming out this year.  For sheer adorableness, I’ll start with Funko.

FUNKO

Funko has several new lines, including Vinyl Sugar, which has some fantastic pop culture licenses.  My favorite is Lloyd Dobbler from “Say Anything.”

Funko's Pop Culture Vinyl Idolz Including Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything at Toy Fair New York 2015

Funko’s Pop Culture Vinyl Idolz Including Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

Dorbz are sweet little figurines.  Almost too sweet – should super heroes and villains look this cute?

Funko's Rocket and Groot Dorbz at Toy Fair New York 2015

Funko’s Rocket and Groot Dorbz at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

Another adorable new line is Mopeez, moping mini plushes of DC and Marvel characters, which, unfortunately, I can’t show you, because my pictures of them didn’t come out.  Trust me, though, they’re just the thing to cuddle with when you’re feeling grumpy.  Fabrikations are back with great new characters and so are the Reaction figures.

Funko's Boba Fett Fabrikation at Toy Fair New York 2015

Funko’s Boba Fett Fabrikation at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

And that brings us to my favorite Funko line:  Pop!  Pop is bigger and better than ever!  Coming out later this year is the new Pop! Home line.  Salt-and-pepper shaker collectors are going to love this, as will mug collectors.

Funko's new Pop! Home Mugs and Salt & Pepper Shakers at Toy Fair New York 2015

Funko’s new Pop! Home Mugs and Salt & Pepper Shakers at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

My favorite Pop! figure this year is Baymax from Disney’s BIG HERO 6.  He looks great as a Pop!

Funko's Pop! BayMax at Toy Fair New York 2015

Funko’s Pop! BayMax at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

Continuing in the Disney line, Funko has captured the handsomest man alive as a Pop! figure – George Clooney (Frank Walker in Disney’s TOMORROWLAND).  Dreamy…

Funko's Tomorrowland Pop! Vinyls at Toy Fair New York 2015

Funko’s Tomorrowland Pop! Vinyls at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

You’ll also find yourself becoming emotional over the Disney•Pixar INSIDE OUT Pop! figures.  I’m considering getting the full set and putting out the relevant character on my desk as an indicator to visitors of my temperament.

Funko Pop! Vinyls for Disney's Inside Out at Toy Fair New York 2015

Funko Pop! Vinyls for Disney’s Inside Out at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

Pop! keychains and Mystery Minis are also coming out for new pop culture ventures.

Funko's Avengers Age of Ultron Pop! Keychains at Toy Fair New York 2015

Funko’s Avengers Age of Ultron Pop! Keychains at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

For more pictures of exciting new Funko figures, including the new Dr. Who line, check out the gallery below.  Note: the photo gallery requires Flash Player, click here to view all the photos if your device is not Flash equipped.

LEGO

LEGO has a lot of great new products coming out in existing lines and new lines.  I love this camera made from the Classic line.

Lego Camera Made from Lego Classic at Toy Fair New York 2015

Lego Camera Made from Lego Classic at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

I was really excited when I learned that Lego was introducing Elves and Scooby Doo and the kits do not disappoint! The villain characters in the Scooby Doo kit can be unmasked (think Good Cop/Bad Cop) – an example of just how detailed-oriented Lego is.

Lego Scooby Doo Kits at Toy Fair New York 2015

Lego Scooby Doo Kits at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

A line I hadn’t heard about was JURASSIC WORLD and they live up to the Lego name.  I want that rolling transporter!  I’ll be adding another Chris Pratt mini fig to my collection, too.  This makes three, I think!

Lego Jurassic World Kit at Toy Fair New York 2015

Lego Jurassic World Kit at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

The LEGO Disney Princess line expands into the tween category with kits for the children aged 6-12.

Lego Disney Princess Kits for Tweens at Toy Fair New York 2015

Lego Disney Princess Kits for Tweens at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

I don’t have any LEGO Friends kits yet, but my first may be the new Grand Hotel, which has a working elevator and a bell hop!  I need a LEGO bell hop!

Lego Grand Hotel with Working Elevator and Bell Hop at Toy Fair New York 2015

Lego Grand Hotel with Working Elevator and Bell Hop at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

I’ll be buying one or two of the new City kits, too.  One has a port-a-potty and I think all of my runner friends will be getting that kit, too, and the other includes a LEGO LEGO Store, complete with Pick-a-Brick wall.  So cute!

Lego Lego Store with Brick Wall at Toy Fair New York 2015

Lego Lego Store with Brick Wall at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

LEGO Star Wars is back with new kits and new Battle Figures, too.

Lego Darth Vader Battle Figure at Toy Fair New York 2015

Lego Darth Vader Battle Figure at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

Check out this great toy created from several LEGO lines, including Star Wars, Duplo, Friends and more, which shows the inter-connectivity of all of the kits and bricks:

Lego Compilation Toy with Pieces from Various Kits at Toy Fair New York 2015

Lego Compilation Toy with Pieces from Various Kits at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

LEGO is also introducing an interactive digital set, Ultra Agents.  The LEGO kits, which stand on their own as physical toys, include special pieces that will interact with the Ultra Agents app, activating a comic book-like story.

Lego Ultra Agents Interactive Toy and Game at Toy Fair New York 2015

Lego Ultra Agents Interactive Toy and Game at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

For more pictures of the new LEGO kits, including the revived Bionicles, Ninjago and more, check out the gallery below.  Note: the photo gallery requires Flash Player, click here to view all the photos if your device is not Flash equipped.

There were quite a few anniversaries celebrated, too, including:

Mattel’s Thomas the Tank Engine is still going strong at 70 and there are a slew of new toys and merchandise to honor the anniversary.

Mattel's Thomas the Tank Engine 70-Year Anniversary Balloon at Toy Fair New York 2015

Mattel’s Thomas the Tank Engine 70-Year Anniversary Balloon at Toy Fair New York 2015

Ravensburger's Thomas the Tank Engine 70th Birthday Puzzles at Toy Fair New York 2015

Ravensburger’s Thomas the Tank Engine 70th Birthday Puzzles at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

Ohio Arts’ Etch-a-Sketch turns 55 and Ohio Arts is offering a limited edition bronze Etch-a-Sketch. Etch-a-Sketch artist, Bryan Lee Madden, was at the Ohio Arts booth sketching the booth itself when I met him. Check out the gallery below for more Etch-a-Sketch masterpieces.

Bryan Lee Madden Sketching the Ohio Arts Booth at Toy Fair New York 2015

Bryan Lee Madden Sketching the Ohio Arts Booth at Toy Fair New York 2015

Ohio Arts Etch-A-Sketch 55th Birthday Cake Made from Nanoblocks at Toy Fair New York 2015

Ohio Arts Etch-A-Sketch 55th Birthday Cake Made from Nanoblocks at Toy Fair New York 2015

Ohio Arts 55th Anniversary Bronze Etch-a-Sketch at Toy Fair New York 2015

Ohio Arts 55th Anniversary Bronze Etch-a-Sketch at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

Alex’s Slinky is also 70 and Alex is offering a gold-plated Slinky to commemorate the anniversary.

Alex's Slinky Dog Celebrates 70 Years at Toy Fair New York 2015

Alex’s Slinky Dog Celebrates 70 Years at Toy Fair New York 2015

Alex Gold-plated 70th Anniversary Slinky at Toy Fair New York 2015

Alex Gold-plated 70th Anniversary Slinky at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

The oldest anniversary being celebrated was 100 years of Raggedy Ann and Aurora came out with special editions of Raggedy Ann and Andy to honor her continuing charm.

Aurora's Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy 100th Anniversary Dolls at Toy Fair New York 2015

Aurora’s Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy 100th Anniversary Dolls at Toy Fair New York 2015

 

Check back with us later for Part 2 of our Toy Fair New York 2015 coverage, where we’ll be sharing Mattel’s and Crayola’s 2015 offerings, along with some favorites from the show floor.  If you have any questions about what I’ve shared above or in the photo galleries, post them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer quickly.  For more family entertainment news and reviews, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About George Gensler

George Gensler is a copyrights specialist during the week and a runner on the weekends. She lives in New York City now, but has lived in five countries on three continents. She grew up traveling the world, but her official residence was in Southern California and every visit home included a trip to Disneyland. She has also visited every Disney Park around the world and sailed on board two Disney cruises. She threw in a visit to the Disney Family museum in San Francisco for good measure, and has had the Premier Disney Park Pass since its inception.