Tech toys are always a trend at Toy Fair. But this year, tech is being taken up a notch. From drones to robots to toy-to-life, these tech toys will be teaching kids important concepts like coding, engineering, problem-solving, and building. New for this year is the Toy to Life concept. This concept brings together innovative and affordable technology with traditional toys providing a 360-degree interactive play experience.
As tech grows, classic play patterns are being enhanced in almost every toy category!
Toy Fair 2016 Trends: Top Tech
Barbie™ Star Light Adventure RC Hoverboard
Based on the space fantasy movie Barbie™ Star Light Adventure, this working RC Hoverboard with Barbie® doll rider on top is truly out of this world because it really flies! The remote features an easy use joystick and a simple sliding lever to adjust the flying height. Four propellers work to lift the flying toy into the air, control the direction and complete amazing stunts. Automatic launch and land features make take-off and landing simple with just one easy press of a button. RC Hooverboard Barbie will be available this fall for $59.99.
With the launch of the Micronoids, kids learn real world robotics skills on a small scale. Micronoids can be programmed to dance, sing, navigate obstacle courses and interact with each other – a fun way to bring STEM subjects to life through play. Age: 8+, MSRP $39.99 USD each
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Meccano Meccasaur is an interactive, fully-programmable robotic dinosaur that may look fierce, but it’s really a kid’s best friend: it has a security mode to help guard their things after they build and program it. Age: 8+, MSRP $99.99 USD
With the Air Hogs Helix Sentinel Drone, kids no longer have to wonder what it’s like to fly. Live video streaming to a smart device allows users to see exactly what the drone sees and record video to the 4GB memory card (included). Users can strap on the Air Hogs goggles for an immersive first person view. Height lock sensors automatically maintain altitude, while avoidance sensors quickly steer the drone away from incoming obstacles and focus on exploring. Age: 12+, MSRP $199.99 USD
Defeat the rebel alliance with the Star Wars Zero Gravity TIE Advance X1 from Air Hogs! Built with award-winning Wall Climber Technology, you can defy gravity by driving on the walls, ground and upside down! Create and navigate through your own Star Wars galaxy using the included glow in the dark Wall Clings.
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 makes building, programming and commanding your own LEGO robots smarter, faster, and more fun than ever. Follow the simple steps below and before you know it, you’ll be in control of robots that drive, shoot, slither, walk, slam, and spin – to name just a few of the actions that come with this awesome robotics set.
Toy to Life: BB-8
It’s true. This year, you can own your very own BB-8. You can control the BB-8 via controller and with voice commands such as “Come here BB-8”. The droid can detect where the sounds are coming from and will look at you and move toward you. There is also a “follow me” mode, where BB-8 will follow you around like it does with Rey and Poe in The Force Awakens. And, of course, BB-8 has the personality that we all fell in love with! BB-8 will be available this fall for $179.
Zoomer Chimp, is the latest interactive toy from the award winning Zoomer brand. Full of wild, this cheeky Chimp follows and reacts to movements, responds to voice commands with a variety of tricks and sounds, runs on four legs and stands up, balancing on two. Zoomer Chimp’s fully animated face truly brings him to life, while his eyes change color to show his feelings. Age: 5+, MSRP $119.99 USD