) to arcade cabinets with postage stamp-sized screens that played working versions of Pac-Man and other ’80s games.
Nearby, another company, My Arcade, was promoting a slightly larger set of retro arcade cabinets — which had bigger screens and controls, but were less portable.
They deflate for easy storage, and have a relatively low price point.
Kids who want to rampage for real will want to grab some “Battle Bunkerz.” These are aren’t toys — they’re inflatable set pieces for creating life-sized battlefields for laser tag and Nerf fights.They look like slabs of concrete, old tires, rusty barrels: the exact kind of debris that kids would see in a video game or action movie.It’s a clever solution to getting kids to drink more milk, and stay hydrated.Barbie, of course, remains a constant presence in the toy industry.This year, Mattel adds “beekeeper” to Barbie’s absurdly long resume.
But she’ll have some more fashionable outfits, too.Among the flashy Wi-Fi-enabled gadgets, we were pleased to learn that the simple teddy bear is still a mainstay of the industry.The Toy Fair had booths showing the latest designs from classics like Beanie Babies and Gund, along with a relatively new addition to the plush market: Rilakkuma, a Japanese bear character who is popular with teens and adults.These come in small pouches for single play sessions, or parents can invest in electric bubble blowers that shoot a constant stream of edible bubbles.Also at the fair was a more practical edible product: Magic Straws.A form of nostalgia that should hit New Yorkers particularly hard is FAO Schwarz, whose iconic flagship store closed down in 2015.