It gave me (and a bunch of other great bloggers) the opportunity to check out the latest and greatest toys from a number of different manufacturers. The event was held at the top of the Hearst Tower, which, by the way, is AMAZING! Really unbelievable views.
I saw a bunch of toys that I thought were great, and a few that I thought were must haves or "why didn't I know about this before?"
Here's a few that I absolutely loved. (Please note that any links to Amazon are affiliate links, and if you purchase through them, I'll get a small commission. Nothing fancy, I assure you.)
1) SPEED STACKING Apparently, in the south and the west, competition speed stacking is a sport in which competitors use unbelievable hand-eye coordination to try to get the best times in stacking cups in various patterns. This girl who I videotaped here is doing it at half the speed of the Guinness record holder. Unbelievable! Find out more at http://www.speedstacks.com, or get some speedstacking stuff on Amazon.
2) ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS 2 TELEPODS
|Check out some Telepods on Amazon|
3) THE KURIO TOUCH
|See the Kurio on Amazon|
I'm an Iphone/Ipad/Mac guy from wayback, but at $99 it's very tempting.
I think this has 4G, but at least one of the models can use a mini memory card to add additional memory.
4) LASER PEGS
|see Laser Pegs on Amazon|
5) HEXBUGS V.2.0
See Gravity defying Hexbugs on Amazon.
I saw a bunch of other cool toys as well, far too many to mention here. Disney Infinity, and Skylanders Swap sets, and a watch that has a gps in it so that your parents (or teachers, if you are on a group trip) can find out exactly where you are.
If you'd like to see the Toy Insider's Hot 20 list for 2013, see this newsday article for the complete list.