July 22, 2018

TDmonthly Magazine

March 2013 | Vol. XII - No. 3

Top Toy Fair Trends 2013

By Justina Huddleston
March 2013

The NPD group has released data on the toy categories that saw the biggest gains in 2012, and the list is led by building sets/construction toys, sales of which increased a whopping 19.7%. Arts & crafts, dolls, and infant/toddler toys also saw a boost in sales. This aligns with a couple of the TIA's predicted toy trends for 2013, namely, construction toys and arts & crafts (learn more about the TIA's predicted 2013 trends).

Sales of licensed toys increased by 2%, and made up 30% of all toy sales in 2012. According to analyst Lutz Muller, licensed toys based on movies to be released in 2013, like Mattel's toys for the movie The Croods or Hasbro's offerings for Thor - The Dark World, are expected to sell very well in the coming year.

With this in mind, we have selected the toys below as representative of categories that are expected to do well in the coming year. Take a look and decide which trends would fit best with your store.


Engenius by BLUE ORANGE GAMESBlue Orange Games is releasing their first line of toys called Engenius, a collection of three wooden construction sets. With interchangeable parts, kids can design and build their own toy. The pieces are easy to screw, push and bolt together into dozens of models. Everything stays in place for hours of play until they're ready to disassemble and build again. Available in Airplane, Helicopter and Spaceship sets. Blue Orange plants two trees for each tree used to create their wooden products. 2/20/2013

Soft Blocks by SOFT BLOCKS LLC

Soft Blocks by SOFT BLOCKS LLCSoft Blocks are soft, interlocking blocks that are safe for kids to use. It doesn't hurt to step on them, and kids won't pinch their fingers or have trouble pulling the blocks apart.


Castle Blocks by PLANTOYS

Castle Blocks by PLANTOYSExplore your imaginative side with this 35-piece castle-themed block set. Includes wooden knights , horses and a variety of colored and non – colored blocks. Made of PlanWood, a sustainable material created from recycled sawdust. 2/21/2013 (Age: 3 and Up)

Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway 5-in-1 Up and Around Set by FISHER-PRICE INC.

Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway 5-in-1 Up and Around Set by FISHER-PRICE INC.Create up to 5 different layouts with this 20-piece play set. Includes Thomas, 17 pieces of track, a bridge and a tunnel.
— Grafton Stein, owner of Toys on the Square in Hummelstown, Pa., told TDmonthly in a May 2013 survey that Thomas the Tank Engine toys are their best-selling licensed products.
— In a February 2014 survey, three out of 10 retailers told TDmonthly that Thomas & Friends sets from Fisher-Price were among their best-selling wooden toys.
— In a February 2015 survey, Sue Hottel, co-owner of No Kidding (aka Sand Castle Toys Inc) in Mattapoisett, Mass., told TDmonthly that Thomas & Friends trains are her some of her store's best-selling wooden toys. 2/26/2013 (MSRP: $50.00; Age: 3 and Up)

Chima Cragger Command Ship 70006 by LEGO

Chima Cragger Command Ship 70006 by LEGOThe ultimate swamp battle is on. Leonidas and Lonnex are making a jet-bike escape with the Croc tribe’s CHI, but it takes more than that to outsmart croc prince Cragger. Fire up Cragger's Command Ship and go after them. Activate the huge snapping mouth, swipe the croc tail and fire the CHI-powered missiles. Call in their Raven ally Rawzom to track them from the air or to swoop down from above and catch those CHI-nabbing cats. Then, deploy the stealthy mini boats and high-flying croc helicopter to stop them from ever leaving the swamp. Includes 6 minifigures with assorted weapons. 1/4/2013 (MSRP: $79.99; Age: 8 to 14)

MONOPOLY®: Skylanders™ by USAOPOLY

MONOPOLY®: Skylanders™ by USAOPOLYPortal Masters, let out your battle cry! MONOPOLY®: Skylanders™ is here and the Skylanders need your help to fight the forces of darkness. Buy, sell, and trade your way to reign over all of Skylands and protect the elements from evil. Then battle your opponents to be the true ruler of it all! Available to retailers: Summer 2013. SRP $39.95 ©2013 USAOPOLY. ©1935, 2013 HASBRO. ©2013 Activision Publishing, Inc. SKYLANDERS is a trademark and ACTIVISION is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc.

 2/25/2013 (MSRP: $39.95)

Angry Birds Under Construction by SMART TOYS AND GAMES INC

Angry Birds Under Construction by SMART TOYS AND GAMES INCBased on an award-winning SmartGames design, Angry Birds Under Construction challenges players ages 8 and up to solve 48 puzzles by using four playing pieces to cover the correct number and type of pigs and angry birds to match the challenge in the included booklet. Launch date: 2013. 1/17/2013 (MSRP: $17.99; Age: 8 and Up)

Tagamoto Large Starter Set by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.

Tagamoto Large Starter Set by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.Kids place stickers with different bar codes on the track. Then the race cars drive over they read the codes and perform new actions - stopping, lighting up, slowing down, and more. 2/25/2013 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 4 and Up)

Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror by MATTEL INC.

Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror by MATTEL INC.When kids look into the Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror, which is used with an iPad, they can see their reflections. Then, using the accessories provided, they can digitally put on eyeshadow, lipstick, and other makeup - without actually getting anything on their face, thanks to the mirror's augmented reality software. 2/26/2013 (MSRP: $69.99)

My Tape Town™ by ALEX BRANDS

My Tape Town™ by ALEX BRANDSTape up the town. Create your own Tape Town by taping roads, ponds, and trees onto a paper landscape. Then add buildings and cars to your tapetastic town by bringing them to life first with colorful tape. Easy to tear tape in six colors and stickers makes it fun to create your own town. Decorate the paper landscape, then enjoy hours of interactive and creative play in one deluxe activity.
— In a July 2013 survey, two out of 12 retailers told TDmonthly that products from ALEX were their best-selling toys overall. 2/8/2013 (MSRP: $18.70; Age: 3 and Up)

Fab Fairies™ by Adora

Fab Fairies™ by AdoraAdora’s exclusive Fab Fairies™ spread love & joy! They are absolutely adorable, a perfect blend of sweetness and love for infants on up. Fab Fairies™ are made of ultra soft and cuddly microfiber plush with adorable fairy faces and are available in three cheerful colors accented with a sweet flower appliqué.

 2/25/2013 (Age: 0 and Up)

Playskool Big Hugs Elmo by HASBRO INC.

Playskool Big Hugs Elmo by HASBRO INC.Little ones are sure to fall in love with Hasbro's first feature Elmo toy that can hug them back! When tots give their red furry friend a hug, Elmo will wrap his arms around them to show how much he loves them! This cuddly 22-inch lifelike Elmo has flexible arms and a soft head. He sings a sweet song about hugs and a bedtime lullaby, and encourages pretend play. This all new design makes the BIG HUGS ELMO Hasbro's largest, cuddliest, most lifelike Elmo interactive plush ever! Requires four AA batteries, not included.
— David Hesel, owner of The Toy Shop of Concord Inc in Concord, Mass., told TDmonthly in a May 2013 survey that "Anything Elmo" is their best-selling licensed toy. 2/26/2013 (MSRP: $59.99; Age: 1 to 4)

Ubooly by UBOOLY INC

Ubooly by UBOOLY INCUbooly is a stuffed animal powered by an iPhone or iPod touch. Put the device in its fuzzy pocket, and Ubooly comes to life. Includes the Ubooly stuffed animal, the Ubooly software, and free monthly content updates. 2/26/2013 (MSRP: $29.99)

Dreamy Dress-Up Wings™ by DOUGLAS CUDDLE TOYS

Dreamy Dress-Up Wings™ by DOUGLAS CUDDLE TOYSButterfly Wings w/Glitter Eyes, Pink. Comes in several different designs. Encourages creative play. 2/26/2013 (MSRP: $16.99; Age: 3 and Up)

My Little Pony by AURORA WORLD INC.

My Little Pony by AURORA WORLD INC.Aurora will initially release 18 My Little Pony styles with suggested retail prices ranging from $15-$20. Twelve small ponies each with a personalized carrying bag (Aurora’s popular Fancy Pals™ style; size: 6”) and six soft plush ponies (just over 10 inches in size) highlight the line. My Little Pony plush will be available for purchase in both the United States & Canada in Aurora’s retail channel of more than 25,000 specialty stores and gift shops as well as online at For more information, visit, email or call 888-287-6722.
— Gary Green, owner of Toy Box of Asheville Inc in Asheville, N.C., told TDmonthly in a May 2014 survey that Aurora's My Little Pony was their best-selling line of licensed toys. 2/26/2013

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