Toy Fair, the largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere, took place at the Javitz Center in New York City from February 15 to February 18, 2009, and featured 1,500 manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents from 30 countries. Here's a small sample of what was there.
Crab meets ladybug in the battle for microrobotic creature supremacy.
Hexbug's upcoming ant is really fast.
Custom-made Hexbug robot.
Another prototype robot from Hexbug.
Alternative energy stuff was all the rage.
Several solar-powered toys.
The boat takes the spotlight.
This little dude doesn't take handouts.
With a blast of light, the tram is on the move.
More alternative action.
No drops: The CamLeash is designed to keep kids from dropping their gear.
The popular Facebook game is going to be a board game. This prototype was designed in a week for the show.
Isn't it grand to have a baby grand?
Various toy cars were prominently on display.
The crank charges the NiMH battery in the car.
The official name of the product is Crank 'n Race.
This interactive robot from Erector and Meccano goes by the name Spykee Vox. He (there's also a she version) reacts to your voice and plays back tunes from you iPod.
Spykee Wifi is a spy robot that takes pictures and creates videos.
Sorry, didn't mean to freak you out.
Your doodle is the track for the Doodle-Track Car.
Short track racing.
Kiz Toys has developed a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for kids. You buy your character (there are several to choose from) on a USB key.
The map for the KizPlanet Global Playground, which will continuously evolve.
Highly flexible Neotracks allows kids to easily configure tracks to their liking. Beats wood.
The land that time forgot. Figurines are always big.
21st century Sea Monkeys.
The kit comes with larva that turn into these little guys.
That dude is made of Legos.
A company called Ollo had some Lego-type stuff with a little more flair.
Ollo's action items.
Ollo's Bioloid do-it-yourself educational robot kit.
Dude can dance. Click through to the next slide fast.
...and the next one.
He's got moves.
This alarm clock allegedly helps train your kid not to bother you in the morning.
The Rubik's Cube is back in a touch version.
The TouchCube display.
Water blasters are popular.
This one's both shield and water blaster.
High-tech water launcher.
The ReelRoaster's good for marshmallows and hotdogs. You turn the reel to cook the item evenly on all sides.
A model of a tank. Alas, it doesn't shoot anything.
Slot-car racing is still alive and well.
Pull over, now.
Bikes of all shapes and sizes were on display. The Hobby supposedly helps kids learn to balance on two wheels faster.
Explanation of Hobby's dynamics.
The Streetsurfer doesn't have a price tag yet.
Triton Recumbent bike--this one is actually for kids, which is why it seems small.
Tracksters' concept: Kid buys a physical car and takes it online to race. Go figure.
This is how the cars would look in the store.
Ah, what would a Toy Fair be without action figures.
No, that's not a real hamster. But it was running and looked just like a hamster--or was it a blogger?