I used to dream of going to a toy fair when I was a kid. Happily, that fantasy finally came true -- even I had to wait until two weeks ago for it to happen.
On November 9, just when I needed to chase away my post-US election blues, I visited the Dreamtoys show in London with Jonathan Garnham, CNET video producer. From in a converted church in Marylebone, Dreamtoys promises to show off the holiday season's hottest toys.
From geeky to adorable to borderline rude, Dreamtoys was a winter wonderland of delight, even for someone well past childhood., Nerf and a toy dog that walked were our favorites. And then there was Silly Sausage. What could that be, you ask? You'll have to see your yourself.
To find out, and take a peek at some of the best toys you'll see on store shelves this festive season, watch the video above. And for more tech gift picks, see our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. (If you're not in the US, see our separate Christmas Gift Guides for the UK and Australia.)
Here's a handy list of all of the toys we highlighted:
- Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire: £50 (about $60 or AU$85)
- Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike: £60 (about $75 or AU$100)
- Marvel Captain America: Civil War Blaster Reveal Shield: £30 (about $40 or AU$50)
- Lego Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster: £90 ($115 or AU$150)
- Lego Star Wars Rebel U-Wing Fighter £70 (about $90 or AU$120)
- Star Wars Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper £40 (about $50 or AU$70)
- Silly Sausage £20 (about $25 or AU$35)
And a few days later, we saw the truly awesome Star Wars Battle Quads for £230. That converts to about $285 or AU$385.