It's Toy Fair time again, when almost two thousand toy manufacturers move into the Javitz Center for a week to show off their wares. Then toy store owners, packagers, distributors, and other toy industry folk make their way from booth to booth trying to make deals. It sounds exciting, just the prospect of putting these words- "toy" and "fair"- together in one exhibit hall, sounds like an instant party. But that's where you're wrong. Toy Fair is not nearly as fun as it sounds. It is first and foremost a business event. They don't even allow anyone under 18 in the exhibit halls. Also, every single toy manufacturer is nervous and constantly paranoid that another toy manufacturer will steal their idea. So it's a huge building full of toys you can't play with, and people who are wary to talk to you. A lot of toys are still in the prototype phase, which means that they're behind glass and not in your hands. Still, there is some fun to be had. This will be my fourth year, (I think), and we always manage to find some fun, (and often crazy), people, as well as some cool new toys. And if we're on our best behavior, we even get some free stuff. Evan and I will be hitting the Toy Fair on Sunday, but first let's take a trip down memory lane to Toy Fair '06 when a bright eyed and unbearded Boaz checked out the latest toys:
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