Travel, Days Out & Events

My Day At Toyfair 2014!

On Tuesday I attended the 61st annual Toyfair held in Kensington, Olympia. This is the first ever Toyfair I have attended as a blogger so didn’t quite know what to expect, I have spent years watching BBC News broadcasting from the Toyfair, wishing to attend and now I have!

I attended with Pippa from Red Rose Mummy otherwise I’d have been completely lost. We met some wonderful people and really enjoyed looking at products existing or yet to be released.

In no particular order (purely because we saw a lot and time completely got away with us) here is who we managed to see!

Orchard Toys – With other 40 years making and creating Children’s/Preschoolers educational games I found their products to be really interesting, constructive and fun. Adding a huge variety of play to any child’s life and learning through play which is really important.

HandleBar Heroes – We were given a Handlebar Hero each to take home, build and review with our children and their scooters.

Trunki – We next visited Trunki, had a look at their fantastic range and also got to look at their new products the Hello Kitty Trunki and Lotus F1 Trunki and BoostApak.

Big Jigs Toys – We had a fab time meeting the Big Jigs Team, looking at their products and also seeing what has been changed and will be changing over the next 12 months. Big Jigs Toys are widely concentrating on colour schemes of toys at the moment to make all their toys available for boys and girls. I loved the pink railway set for girls and their Big Jigs Railway Team.

Drumond Park – Then we moved onto my newest contact, having a look at all the great family games Drumond Park have to offer. Pippa and Eileen even had a go at a new game of their, Logo Grab.

Little Tikes – Next we came to Little Tikes, where I just had to take a photo of this fab adults version of the Cosy Coupe!

Bandai – We were shown some fab existing and also a range of new products coming from the Bandai range, including the New Tamagotchi Friends, Power Rangers, Ben 10, Harumika and many more.

HexBug – I am a secret lover of these miniature creatures, from their little vibrating nano bugs to their remote control spider bugs. It was great to see their new ranges and also upcoming arrivals of the build your own XL bugs and much more!

Spin Master – It was great to see a new brand i’d never heard of before and see what products they have on offer. They have just taken over Meccano and had on display the 15,000 piece Motorbike designed by James May which was fascinating to see. It was also good to see products from Dreamworks Dragons, Zoomer, Flutterbyes and more.

Jumbo – Next we met up with the lovely people from Jumbo Games, home of the amazing Wasgij puzzles, other big brands like Peppa Pig, Angry Birds and many educational puzzles for young children.

Hornby – We had a look at new ranges to be released from Scelextric, Airfix and Hornby Trains. It was fascinating to see both the Scelextric and Hornby working by Tablet & computer, this gives us something to work towards with my sons Hornby track set.

Flair – Here I got to have a look at a new product which we will be testing and reviewing the next couple of weeks, the Cupets. A fun, interactive pet, brought to life on any smart device.

Golden Bear Toys – It was good to see new and exciting products due for release and also meet and greet Richard Cardell and Sooty, my children’s idol! I had to get a photo with the fab duo and also an autograph for Lewis.

Character Options – At the moment I am quite actively involved with Character Options of which we are reviewing the Peppa Pig Weebles Pull-Along Wobbly Train and also the Ice Cream Maker from ChillFactor. There are also more and more fab products coming our way soon from Minecraft, Mike the Knight, and the fab Teksta range!

Lego – There are some absolutely fab products coming out over the next year from the fab people at Lego, I am dying to say what and I’m very excited about it all.

All in all it was an amazing day, meeting lots of new brands with some fab friends. Next year I plan to attend Toyfair 2015 over 2 days allowing myself more time to see more brands as we barely saw half of the show!

4 Comments

  1. Rebecca Bodkin

    23rd January 2014 at 10:10 pm

    @Emma T I’d definitely recommend going. I’m actually more and more tempted to go for the 3 days to make the most of it!

  2. Emma T

    23rd January 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Looks great fun and so much more interesting than the work fairs I used to go to. Wish I’d organised to go, but maybe next year instead.

  3. Rebecca Bodkin

    23rd January 2014 at 2:02 pm

    @Pippa Ainsworth Deffo 2 days hun… I may even do all 3. It was a fab day!

  4. Pippa Ainsworth

    23rd January 2014 at 1:48 pm

    It really was a great day. I don’t think we properly saw a quarter of it, let alone half! Two days definitely next year

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