Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Toy Fair Recap: Wham-O, K'NEX, Playmates

Did you know that this year marks Wham-O's 60th anniversary? That's right, the company that invented the Frisbee, Hula Hoop, and Slip 'N Slide is turning 60. In addition to tons of great new toys from these three brands, Wham-o also has a really cool Glow Streak Air Hockey table coming out. Not only does the table and puck glow but an LED light inside the puck creates streaking light effects as it glides across the table.

Each year, K'NEX introduces a new thrill ride to it's line of huge construction sets. This year the ride is the Saw Blade - a 1500 piece construction set that functions like the real ride when finished. At the other end of the spectrum from the advanced-skill Saw Blade is the new line of Sesame Street kits for kids ages 3 and up. These simple snap together kits included rounded pieces that allow younger kids to easily construct their favorite Sesame Street characters.

If you tuned into Live with Regis & Kelly last Friday you saw one of our favorite new toys from Toy Fair - Night Guardians from Playmates. This cuddly plush doll comes with two light-up crystal toys that a child can activate remotely by pressing the doll's paw. The lights can be scattered around the room and placed in those dark areas that keep kids awake at night. Whenever the child is feeling scared, they just squeeze the Night Guardian's paw and the lights turn on. Night Guardians will available this fall $39.99.