Going to Toy Fair is a little weird. Sure the companies are showing off their hot toys for Christmas 2013. On display are the latest action figures, LEGO toys, board games, video games, and plush figures. However, you can't help but feel that something is missing. This is an entire show that dedicates itself to the things that kids love the most, yet there is not a kid in sight. With over 300,000 feet of fun, there is plenty to see and not enough time to see it all.
It is obvious from browsing the show floor that Apple devices have greatly affected the toy industry. Over the last couple of years we have seen toys that integrate with the iPhone and iTouch. Now entire toys are being built around the iPad. This is the year of the iPad. There is everything for a new Barbie mirror to Fisher Price Toys that are built around the tablet. In order to play with many of the set toys, you have to have another toy - the iPad.
Here are the best toys for kids that Toy Fair had to offer.
Skylanders Swap Force
Skylanders is a video game that allows gamers to bring their toys into a video game. When a Skylander is place on the portal of power, it magically goes into the game. Players can then explore the game world with the character. This year Activision introduces Skylanders Swap Force. Kids can take the top and bottoms of the new toys and swap them to create 256 different characters that the game will recognize. Each mix will have its own set of powers.
Puzzlebots are something straight out a science fiction movie. Players can fly a helicopter with their brain waves. Freaky but cool.
Barbie Digital Makeover
Girls can now apply makeup virtually with the help of the iPad. The best part is that there is no mess to clean up. Place the iPad inside and watch the mirror emit a glow that is normally reserved for a celebrity. Girls can apply eye shadow, lipstick, blush, and glitter. Thanks to facial recognition technology, the virtual makeup will stay on your face even when you move. You can even add fun accessories like a tiara.
Spin Master Zoomer
There have been many toys that have tried to bring man's best friend to life. However, this robotic dog is in a league of its own. Zoomer can learn about 30 different tricks. You can teach Zoomer to play dead but our favorite trick is teaching Zoomer to use the bathroom. It's a lot like a real dog but Zoomer doesn't need a fire hydrant. He uses the air.
Now you can bring your favorite video game action to life with these battling robots. The toy actually uses Wii-like controllers. Players use the controllers to control their battling robots hands. Shake the left controller and the robot will punch with his left hand and vice versa. Hit the other player five times and you can knock him out.
What do you think will be the hot toys for Christmas 2013 for kids?