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Justin Beiber Gets His Own Doll & Wax Figure Too!

22 Feb

When our Toy Insider Mom visited The Today Show 2 weeks ago, she gave a sneak peek at the new line of Justin Beiber dolls to hit shelves in 2011.

photo credit: The Toy Insider

And, today it was announced that in addition to The Justin Beiber Hair Doll and Tour Bus, The Beib’s is also getting his very own wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s!

photo credit: OK Magazine

We visited Madame Tussaud’s last year during Blogher, and let me tell you- those figures are scary-real!

The wax figure Beiber  is set to be revealed next month!

Can you imagine the swarm of tweens and teens that will be b-lining it to grab a picture with a life size Justin?

Two Favorite Trends From Toy Fair 2011

21 Feb

As you know, I have spent last week at Toy Fair 2011 seeking out the coolest toys coming out in 2011. The problem is though, there were just *SO* many cool new toys that it was near impossible for me to choose my favorites.

However, there were 2  trends in particular that popped out to me as a mom over and over again.

Mini’s

No I am not talking about the mouse, I’m talking miniatures; teeny baby versions of what we saw last year. The smaller the better- because small stuff is just adorable!

This year LaLa Loopies are mini (which btw I think I might love more than the full size doll!)-

Zhu Zhu’s have babies (and a slew of adorable new accessories not pictured)-

and small travel-size play sets, like Mega Brands Hello Kitty and Smurf sets will be hitting store shelves and without a doubt be appearing on kid’s wishlists.

 

Video Games -to- Toys

Today our kids are all about the video games, but surprisingly this love for video games seems to be translating well from digital game to tangible play toy! It’s a trend that is actually quite refreshing since it helps cut down on kids screen time.

Mattel is introducing an Angry Birds Knock On Wood Playset.

photo credit: Kids Tech Review

Other manufactures, such as Commonwealth Toys are also introducing plush toys for mobile game favorites Angry Birds and Cut The Rope.

Photo Credit: PC Magazine

but perhaps the most surprising of them all-

This year, Techno Source took Tetris (a video game favorite of 20 years!) to the dining room table for family game time fun!

Tetris Link by Techno Source

What do you think about the new trends emerging on the toy scene?

Take A Peek At Toy Fair 2011 – Jacob Javits, NYC

13 Feb

Toy Fair 2011 is finally here! And once again I will be highlighting some of my favorite finds live from the show via Whrrl.

Click on the Toy Fair Logo below to see some of this year’s cool new products —

You can also follow us on Twitter @thebigtoybook for live feedback and updates.