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New York City: American International Toy Fair – TIA

The TIA Toy Fair is billed as the largest toy show in the Western Hemisphere.  Owned and operated by the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) in partnership with the Canadian Toy Association (CTA), Toy Fair 2015 grew in size and scope, boasting a record-breaking 421,300 net square feet of exhibit space filled with hundreds of thousands of brand-new, skill-building and cutting-edge toys and games.  Over one thousand exhibitors, importers, distributors and sales agents showcased their latest product lines and key drivers for holiday ’15 in front of 9,012 mass and specialty retail buyers, including delegations from 22 of the nation’s top toy sellers, such as Amazon, American Girl, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Costco, CVS, Disney Store, eBay, Five Below, Target, Toys“R”Us, Walmart, and others.  Close to 5,000 unique retail outlets were there.   Countries represented by the most foreign buyers were Canada, the U.K., Mexico, Japan and Hong Kong.  Geographically, not to be toyed with…  #tfny

New York City: American International Toy Fair

And MORE toys!

New York City: American International Toy Fair – #ToyFair2014

Toys, toys…

New York City: American International Toy Fair – TIA

TIA is the American International Toy Fair.  It rather grandly posits itself as “the largest toy and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere”, bringing together more than 1,000 exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents from around the globe to showcase their toy and entertainment products. “From classic toys to interactive entertainment and everything in between, the Toy Fair playground includes action figures and dolls, games and puzzles, construction toys, arts and creative activities, earth-friendly products, bicycles, tricycles and ride-ons, radio-controlled vehicles, infant and preschool toys, cars, trucks, and trains, puppets, audio and video cassettes, computer software and video games, playground and sporting equipment, Halloween, Christmas, books, stationery, party supplies, and so on.  Look, are you actually gonna buy that?  Or are you just toying with the idea?  #ToyFair2014

San Diego: SDCC 2012 (ComicCon)

SDCC Preview Night Crowd

There can be only one: Let the crowds begin.
For the West Coast, it’s San Diego Comic Con. I think an upstart that has been endorsed by the infamous & timeless Stan Lee, Comikaze Con will eventually rival it because it is in LA so it is a larger venue than the San Diego Convention center and there are more choices for hotels. Also the movie studios preview their upcoming attractions at SDCC but could save a pile of cash by switching to the LA venue. It has long been rumored that SDCC would be relocating to Anaheim, LA or even Las Vegas (imagine the furries in 117 degree Las Vegas July) but with Comikaze being endorsed by both Stan Lee and Marvel, it is the 1st to actually be a viable option. Until then, fan boys & girls will keep heading to San Diego to indulge themselves in all things MARVELous.

Los Angeles CA: E3 – Electronic Entertainment Expo aka GAMERS! Day 3

June 5-7, 2012. E3?  It’s short for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the annual video game conference and show at the Los Angeles Convention center.  What am I here to see?  Well, Lollipop Chainsaw, of course (c’mon, at least get your zombies dismembered by somebody cute!), Farcry, Diablo III, Underworld, Smite, God of War, Starcraft II… and of course the latest incarnations of game classics like Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, World of Warcraft and Transformers (this time it’s subtitled “Fall of Cybertron)…  Then there were free-to-play offerings like Arctic Combat (brrrrr!!).  Where platforms are concerned, us aficionados were squabbling over the relative merits of XBox 720, Microsoft Surface tablets, Wii U…  Hey, did you know that next year Mario will have been going for 30 years?  Not bad for a mustachio’d Italian plumber with a shallow learning curve….


Day 2 pics and sadly our last day. #E32012 was fully loaded this year.

Dallas: Fall Toy Preview

Oct. 05-06, 2011. Toys, toys, toys.  So where were the goggle-eyed kiddies?  Fall Toy Preview was not open to the media. No children (including infants) under the age of 18 could be issued show badges or permitted on the show floor. This applied to exhibitor and attendees’ children, child inventors, demonstrators, and consultants. Fall Toy Preview, you see, is the by-appointment-only event where toy manufacturers privately show their newest product lines to long-lead buyers. Exhibitors have to currently sell to mass market accounts, and they must show products for 4th quarter sales in the following year.  There are rules, you know, even for toy-trade people!  But that didn’t stop the inner kid from coming out in some of the sellers and buyers.