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Earlier this week we recorded our podcast live from Toy Fair, a giant toy show at the massive Javits Center on the far west side of Manhattan. We had two great guests: Maria Bailey, who talked about some research she did on millennial moms, and Tonda Bunge Sellers, who discussed the blurring lines between old-fashioned and digital toys.
We also talked about some favorite toy picks from Toy Fair, and Rebecca’s recommendation was Mattel’s new ThingMaker 3D printer. At $300, it’s cheaper than most 3D printers, and will undoubtedly be a hot toy for Christmas, since it goes on sale in October.
I checked on Amazon, not really expecting to find it. But lo and behold, there it was! Available for pre-order, now, almost nine months before it will actually be available. In fact, it’s already the #1 seller in Action & Toy Figure Play Sets.
Which begs the question: If you want one of these for your kid, do you need to buy it now? I mean, for Pete’s sake, some of us *might* still have a few Christmas decorations out from the Christmas that just happened!!
And if you do decide this early, you’ll be doing so without the benefit of reading real-people reviews or being able to ask a friend who already has it.
One of the hot toys from last year was the BB-8 Droid from Sphero. I thought it was adorable and bought one. I meant it to be a gift for the whole family. But then, my daughter didn’t even want to see the new Star Wars movie, so I ended up giving it just to my son.
And he really hasn’t played with it. I have, and my five-year-old niece thought it was a blast. But other than that it hasn’t gotten any use. Right now it’s a $150 paperweight (albeit an adorable one). That’s the danger with buying the “hot” toy early.
If I can get my hands on a ThingMaker before October and test it out, I’ll try to make your decision easier! Until then, I should probably put away those Christmas decorations.
And while I’m doing that, you can listen to our latest episode! Check out our Facebook page for all of the links we talk about in the episode.