Exploring Toy Fair 2016: Hexbug & Schleich

Welcome back to the continuing reports from the 2016 Toy Fair which took place earlier in the month at the Javits Center. For the last few narratives I’ve been doing a specific company focus and this one continues the trend but will deliver two fine companies with the offerings found at both Hexbug and Schleich. Enjoy.

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I’ll start this post with the fine folks at Hexbug. I have loved these little micro robotic creations since I first saw them at my very first Toy Fair back in 2011.  These are the larger “crab” like creations and they are controlled with a little wireless device.

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

This next photo is an assortment of the holiday themed nanobots and some of the items for pets.  I think I need to get one of the cat ones to see if my cat will enjoy chasing it around.  She is older at this point but you never know.  She might like it.

hexbug, toy fair 2016

I think this is my favorite of the Nanobots since its a skeleton theme and in a little casket case.  Obviously perfect for Halloween.

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

I also fell in love with the Christmas Nanobot that had a reindeer horns attachment and was pulling a sleigh with Santa in it.

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

These are the Nanobot “Twister” sets and they’re damned cool.  You put your Nano in at one part and off it goes.  Make some room on your coffee table for this action.

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

If you love the idea of fighting robots but just don’t have the space, check this out.  Nice and compact.

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

People who are really in need of a low maintenance pet might want to set up an aquarium with the submergible Nanos because they have fish, seahorses and jellyfish.  I think this kind of thing in ones apartment would be an interesting conversation piece as well.

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

Hexbug is also out to inspire young creative minds and does so by offering these VEX IQ construction kits up for your purchasing dollar.

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

hexbug, toy fair 2016

Each of these machines does a certain task with a little while ball and I was enjoying testing them out in the Hexbug booth.  I should have shot a little video but perhaps next time I will.

hexbug, toy fair 2016

Here are several of the previously seen contraptions all assembled together.  This would fascinate me for quite a while I think since it was doing so back when I was examining it at Toy Fair.

hexbug, toy fair 2016

Hexbug has a licensing arrangement with professional skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.  These are the “Circuit Boards” and if you are a fan of that sort of stuff you might enjoy these devices.

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hexbug, toy fair 2016

A giant Hexbug robotic arm greeted the attendees of Toy Fair so I snapped a photo of it on our way out of the booth.

hexbug, toy fair 2016

That’s all I have from the Hexbug side of the coolness fence and now let’s go over to the offerings from the Schleich folks who have been making detailed miniatures for decades.

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If you’ve been reading our Toy Fair posts from over the last few weeks then you know that I have been using my PiercingKen.com site for some of the companies this year as well. Based on what Schleich is releasing in terms of products they should have been posted over on that site but they have some really cool offerings with the DC Comics licenses so they are posted here.  Perhaps next year they will be on both mediums.  They’ve been in business since 1935.

schleich, toy fair 2016

I’m a big fan of dinosaurs and can spend hours looking at their skeletons in the American Museum of Natural History so of course I loved this Tyrannosaurus Rex that Schleich’s rep said was a part of this mountain set.

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

Despite my enjoying those items I was really most tuned into their DC Comics “Justice League” collection.  Check out these little figurines.  They stand about 5″ tall and are in dramatic poses.

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

I’ll be back with more of the super-hero stuff in a moment but let me take a breather by sharing some of their “Peanuts” license.  Everyone loves “Peanuts” in my opinion – especially Snoopy and Woodstock.  They also have some cute sets that bring scenes to mind.

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

Now back to the “Justice League” stuff and as you will notice there are some ready for the upcoming film “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice”.  I am really hoping this is a great film because its long overdue for DC Comics characters to be on the big screen in the way Marvel has been over these last few years.

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

Schleich has a fantastic farm set and it has everything.  You need a lot of space for it but who cares if you enjoy it.

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

They have a mystical kingdom of Bayala which is geared towards younger girls and I found these offerings wonderful.

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

schleich, toy fair 2016

I’m going to say “ciao for now” but don’t worry, much like the NY Comic Con coverages, this Toy Fair stuff does tend to be a lot of narratives. I think this is the eighth one I’ve done for this years convention but when there is a lot to see, there is always a lot to say. I hope you enjoyed this chapter because I love these two companies quite a bit and encourage your perusing their websites.  I apologize for not snapping any photos of The Smurfs since they also put them out.  I am not sure how I missed doing that.  Thanks for reading.

Official Websites:
Toy Fair: http://www.toyfairny.com
Hexbug: https://www.hexbug.com/
Schleich: http://www.schleich-s.com/en/US/

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