The International Tokyo Toy Show is only held once every two years here in Japan. Situated in beautiful futuristic Odaiba, the event showcases the latest and greatest in toy innovations and is in the perfect setting for it. Held free of charge during the June 11th and 12th weekend of 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight, the show had something for everyone.
These are my top picks for what I found interesting during the show:
The obsession young kids have with trains is global, however, Japan takes it to a totally new level of insanity. There are even museums dedicated to these alone. It is not surprising that toy models had a whole display to themselves. There were the requisite standard sets with scenery that made you feel as if you were in the Japanese countryside. But the one that captured my imagination was the shinkansen (or Japanese bullet trains)! This one was powered by magnets, and like its real-life counterpart, it traveled at an amazingly fast speed. So fast that I had a hard time getting a good shot of it.
As a child of the ’80s to ’90s, Simon was a simple yet hard-to-master game that would entertain us for hours. The newly updated version was beyond crazy. Instead of a standard round device that you could play at your desk, this one was vertical! Added bonus is that you don’t actually have to touch it. The so-called Simon Air comes equipped with motion sensors that allow it to detect motion, making it easier for you to just sweep your hand over it. Definitely not your mama’s Simon!
No listing can be complete without this fan favorite. As it is now owned by Disney, there were definitely a lot of crossover items. For example, the ever-popular soft Tsum Tsums were there in force. Even Mr. Potato Head got a makeover with your favorite character.
However, out of all the Star Wars paraphernalia, the most random one of them all caught my eye. Behold, the Darth Vader Toothpick Holder! Yes, that’s right! For less than 3,000 yen, this glorious toothpick aid can be your personal lightsaber in your time of need. I love practical toys and this one definitely takes the cake. It is soon to be released this month by Bandai, so make sure to be on the look out!
This is only the tip of the iceberg and doesn’t even touch the amazing toys that won the prestigious toy of the year awards. If you are interested, make sure to check their website for further details. Happy reading and playing!