One of the things I was able to do while in New York was attend The Big Toy Book’s Sweet Suite event. This was a showcase of toys for all ages. Along with being able to see the toys in person, I was able to get hands on with many of them and learn more from the brand reps as well. While it was kind of odd to get to the location of the event, it was worth the effort. I also loved that in the main area there were places to sit while I learned more about products and talked to reps. Such a small thing like that is really appreciated! It was also nice that at the end of the event, as you were leaving, they gave goodie bags. This was much easier than having to pick up things as we went along. I worried at first that it would be too much I was not interested in, but they really did a good job on picking out items to include with a wide range of appeal.
Here is a quick glance at a few of my favorites. There will be more to come and I am hoping to work with some of these brands and hopefully get them to offer some giveaways for you all also!
nanoblock – This picture does not really show you, but these are teeny tiny building blocks. Think the classic building bricks we all love, but in micro versions! Not for the little kids – but fun for us adult kids especially I think. I received this little pink pig set so when I put it together I will take multiple pics to show you.
The Xbox Kinect does more than I realized. Yes, you can play video games without controllers, but you can also control the other Xbox functions, like watching videos and movies, using the Kinect controls. On a side note, I also learned that the Kinect PR rep has a great sense of humor (her email blast). Oh, and I got the cutest little plus Big Bird for my nephew at their booth also.
Peter Rabbit is 110 years old! Who knew? We all grew up with this lovely story and there is more to come! A new book, The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, will be launching soon. Honestly, I can’t help but smile when I look at Peter Rabbit and the other characters.
Other favorites were the Micro Chargers, Life and Monopoly games played on a board but with a tablet also for more interaction, Mad Libs, D3 video games, some really cute fairy dolls based on a Nickelodeon show which I can’t remember the name of but I will find out, great lunchboxes that open to play mats, fun craft kits for tweens, and the latest HexBug Warriors (so cool). I will have individual posts on these toys coming up over the next couple of months. Stay tuned!
Disclosure: I received samples of many products from The Big Toy Book event. Opinions are my own. I am also receiving an entry into a giveaway for this post – but I would have done the same even without the giveaway.
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