That's cool in general, as I am a big toy and game nut, but what I LOVE about this show is the diversity of manufacturers there. Yes, you have the big companies like Razr, Uncle Milton, Mayfair, or Spinmaster, giving us what's going on with the latest in franchised toys: NOTE TO SELF: There's a lot of Star Wars licenses this year, with super cool stuff!)
Here's Legendary Yoda, a video I took at ChiTAG, which is now available in stores!
But even more exciting to me is to see the small toy and game manufacturers. Many of them have only one or only a couple of games or toys that they are making. For lots of those guys, this game is their passion project-- something they believe in enough to risk a lot of time, energy, and money to try to fan it to life. Some of them have been successful already and are trying to make lightning strike twice-- others are still waiting for the lightning to strike.
|A game invented by a teenager-- Agitation:|
The world's best cup of coffee!
The other thing I love about this show is that there is an educational component-- where kids invent their own games and display them just as if they were a manufacturer. Some of the games are incredibly complex with rules that seem as if they were picked by random (or a 12 year old child) while others are worthy of serious game play. Whether or not the games are great or not, I applaud and want to support the amazing creativity that goes into all of them. And those guys will one day be one of the small exhibitors of the show. It's how the food chain works!
As I walked the show, I saw a bunch of toys and games that I wanted to review for the blog and, fortunately many of the manufacturers gave me games to review! Some of them I'll be keeping after my review for my own personal enjoyment-- others I'll be re-gifting. So if you are a friend, and receive a slightly opened game-- know that it was in the cause of science that I opened it!
Please note that I may have received free products, but I promise that my hype or lack of hype of any toy or game is solely my own.
Here are just a few of the small manufacturers that I spoke with during the Fair and a brief summary of the game or product that interested me:
Kickstarter campaign a few years ago and doubled his goal. The other cool thing is that originally, they were printed by 3-D printer! He's since created a much easier puzzle to solve The Boob Cube, which has just two moving parts. Even I could solve it!
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Phone Phever: This is a game that I'm still not quite sure about. It's clear that the family who invented this game is putting their all behind it (They were there in force, and one of them was wearing a cell phone costume!) It's a game that's sort of like Trivial Pursuit, but you can use your smartphone to answer the questions. The dad who invented it wanted to bring the fun of family game night, and include his smart-phone obsessed kids. While I get the idea, I'm not sure that encouraging more screen time is where most families want to focus their non-screen time family time. But I applaud the effort, and hope that I'm wrong and they make millions!
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This is just a small sample of some of the people that I met at ChiTag. I'll be reviewing a few of the games and toys I saw there over the next couple of weeks (just in time for Channukah (and that other CH holiday!)