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January 2024

Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair: This is the largest toy fair in Asia and the second largest in the world. It features more than 2,100 exhibitors and 45,000 buyers from over 120 countries. It covers a wide range of toy products, such as educational toys, electronic toys, baby products, and more. It will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong from January 9-12, 2024. Learn more.

  • Pros:
    • You can explore the Asian toy market and discover new opportunities and trends in the region.
    • You can connect with the key players and decision makers in the toy industry, including buyers, suppliers, agents, and media.
    • You can attend various concurrent events and seminars, such as the Hong Kong International Licensing Show, the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair, and the Smart-Tech Toys Conference.
    • You can experience the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong, which is a hub of trade, finance, and culture.
  • Cons:
    • You need to register in advance and pay a fee to attend the show, which is open only to the trade and not to the public.
    • You may face challenges in finding accommodation and transportation, as the show is very popular and the city is very busy and expensive.
    • You may have to deal with the political and social unrest, which can affect the stability and safety of the city.
    • You may have to cope with the weather, which can be humid and foggy in Hong Kong, especially in the winter season.

February 2024

Spielwarenmesse: This is the leading international toy fair that attracts more than 2,800 exhibitors and 70,000 visitors from over 120 countries. It showcases the latest trends and innovations in the toy industry. It will take place at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre in Nuremberg, Germany from February 1-6, 2024. Learn more.

  • Pros:
    • You can access the largest and most comprehensive range of toy products and exhibitors in the world, covering all categories and segments of the toy industry.
    • You can network with the global toy community, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, licensors, inventors, and media.
    • You can participate in various events and activities, such as the ToyAward, the TrendGallery, the New Exhibitor Center, and the Toy Business Forum.
    • You can enjoy the historic and cultural charm of Nuremberg, which is a city of art, culture, and innovation.
  • Cons:
    • You need to register in advance and pay a fee to attend the show, which is open only to the trade and not to the public.
    • You may face difficulties in finding accommodation and transportation, as the show is very popular and the city is very crowded and expensive.
    • You may have to deal with language barriers, cultural differences, and customs regulations, as the show is very international and diverse.
    • You may have to cope with the weather, which can be cold and snowy in Nuremberg, especially in the winter season.

East Bay Comic-Con: This is a comic book and toy convention that will take place on February 4, 2024, at Concord Hotel - Walnut Creek in Concord, CA. The organizer of this show is Moonball Comics, a comic book store and publisher based in Hayward, CA. You can visit their website at moonballcomics.com for more information.

  • [East Bay Comic-Con]:

    • Pros:
      • It is a one-day event, which can save time and money for travel and accommodation.
      • It features a variety of comic book and toy vendors, artists, and guests, which can appeal to different interests and tastes.
      • It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is a popular tourist destination with many attractions and activities.
      • It has a low admission fee of $10, which is affordable for most attendees.
    • Cons:
      • It is a small-scale event, which may limit the exposure and networking opportunities for exhibitors and buyers.
      • It is mainly focused on comic books, which may not suit the needs and preferences of some toy collectors and enthusiasts.
      • It is held in a hotel, which may have limited space and facilities for the show.
      • It may face competition from other larger and more established comic book and toy conventions in the region.



NO Toy Fair 2024 in New York

When is the next Toy Fair? Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, March 1-4, 2025. Why is Toy Fair moving back to Q1 when it was just moved to fall? Before the pandemic, we heard repeatedly that changing manufacturing lead times and retailer buying patterns demanded a shift of the show's timing from February to an earlier fall timeline.The Board, which is made up of representatives from toy companies and retailers of varying sizes, continues to listen to all stakeholders when making decisions about the future of Toy Fair. Learn more Why isn't there a show in 2024? Following the decision to move Toy Fair to Q1, it was simply impossible to host a show in a few short months from now.


QuadCon Cedar Rapids: This is a toy and comic book convention that will take place on February 10, 2024, at DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids, IA. The organizer of this show is QuadCon, a regional event company that hosts pop culture conventions in various locations in the Midwest. You can visit their website at quadcitycon.com for more information.

    • Pros:
      • It is a regional event, which can attract local and nearby toy and comic book fans and collectors.
      • It offers free admission for attendees, which can encourage more participation and attendance.
      • It features a cosplay contest, a video game tournament, and a silent auction, which can add fun and excitement to the show.
      • It supports local charities and causes, which can enhance the social responsibility and reputation of the show and its exhibitors.
    • Cons:
      • It is a relatively new event, which may lack the experience and reputation of some older and more established toy and comic book conventions.
      • It is held in a mid-sized city, which may have fewer attractions and amenities for visitors and travelers.
      • It is mainly focused on toys and comic books, which may not cater to the needs and interests of some other segments of the toy industry.
      • It may have limited space and resources for the show, which may affect the quality and variety of the exhibits and services.

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March 2024

Western Toy and Hobby Show ToyFest West 2022 will be held in The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • West Coast Toy Trade Show: Hosted by the Western Toy and Hobby Representatives Association (WTHRA), this trade show will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 3-5, 2024. The location offers extensive offerings, including room rates well below East Coast and Southern California locations, world-class restaurants, nightlife, and numerous

    Organizer URL: ToyFest

    Phone: 833-TOYFEST (833.869.3378)

    Fax: 909.697-2014

    e-mail: toyshow@wthra.com

    website: www.toyfestwest.com

    social: @toyfestwest


     

  • June 2024

    Jun 2, 2024 8:00 AM - Jun 5, 2024 1:00 PM
    America's Center Convention Complex, St. Louis, Missouri

    ASTRA’s Certified Play Expert

    St. Louis, MO - May 31 & June 1, 2024

    Play Expert Program two-day course is here again, and it will be held live in St. Louis, MO, on May 31 & June 1, 2024, right before Marketplace.

     

    Where: Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

    When: Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1

    Time: 8 am – 5 pm each day

    Marriott St. Louis Grand

    Washington Avenue 800
    St. Louis

    If you have any questions please contact Michael Foldeak

    Contact Organizer

    +1 3122834255

    https://academy.astratoy.org/

     

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