The Toy Industry Association is again readying itself for another Fall Toy Preview, where toy manufacturers and retailers come together to see what the next hot kids' item will be.
Companies that will showcase on the Dallas show floor are many and include:
Ravensburger will debut several new game offerings such as Hundreds of Horses, a tile game for children age 6 and up; Monkey Beach, which is intended for preschoolers and requires players to use their sense of touch to advance play; Buggaloop, a sequel to Ravensburger's Bugs in the Kitchen game that features Innovation First's Hexbug nano V2 in the game play; and Inside Out, a puzzle based on the Disney•Pixar film.
Ohio Art is putting forth its retro line of toys such as the AstroRay Blaster, first introduced by the company in the fall of 1962 as the AstroRay Gun. The 2016 version will look just like the original but conform to all current child safety standards. Other products from Ohio Art include Buzzy Buzz Buzz, a drawing toy that first hit shelves in 1966, and Spudsie, the Hot Potato game.
From CogniToys comes the Dinosaur, a 7.5-inch, cloud-based, Internet-connected smart toy that engages in conversation, answers questions and can even participate in storytelling. The CogniToys Dinosaur can also be personalized, with capabilities that make it unique to the user such as the ability to remember names, favorite sports, previous stories, conversations, jokes and more.
The show recently announced that it will remain in Dallas through 2018. (Negotiations were in process to bring the Fall Toy Preview to Los Angeles, Calif., but those fell through.)
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