PiercingMetal Goes To Toy Fair 2011: Chapter Three

Here we are again and while I thanked you readers for hitting us up on the second chapter of this adventure I want to do so once again. As you might recall with our Comic Con coverage, the bigger the event, the better it is to break it up into several chapters so you can easily digest what you saw and not be overloaded. With that being the case here is chapter three of our exploration into Toy Fair 2011. I hope we make you feel as though you wandered the aisles as well.

First up for this chapter are the folks at Mobo which is a three wheeled cruiser. What a wonderful looking thing this is. In one sense it reminded me of the Big Wheel (remember that???) but it’s far different and appears to be for more than just children. If I had sufficient property space around me I would probably see about getting one but I am too deep in the city with limited room for such a fun conveyance. Pete snared a bunch of photos of the different ones and it was a very strong looking thing. Check them out.

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These are called “Air Picks” and it was quirky, strange but also cooler than cool. They were pre-programmed riffs that were stored in digital “guitar picks”. Yes they were much bigger than a standard guitar pick but they had to allow for a speaker setup and digital workings inside to let them do their magic. I loved this and played the sample model while the representative explained it to me.

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They also had these devices which were the “Finger Guitar”, “Caribbean Finger Drums” and “Finger Drums”. They are rather self-explanatory but really neat. There are chords programmed into the guitar and various drum tones programmed into the drum ones. The Caribbean ones are like steel drums while the more Rock oriented set lets you hit each drum and cymbal and hear that respective sound. I would love one of these on my writing desk but fear I would never get anything done if I did. I also loved how the drums one looked a little bit like the drums from The Beatles.

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Here is a close up of the Finger Drums. I asked for this one since it was more up my alley so thank you Skeleton Pete.

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This next group of images proved positive that you can indeed play with your clothes. Musically that is. This was a fun idea and I sense this would even be amusing in the context of a band’s gig. They had a guitar, keyboards and a drum set. Vertigo Feel The Music were behind this line of coolness. I know that I want to get my hands on the drum set shirt for sure. Hopefully I will be able to find one soon enough. Some of the things we were seeing at Toy Fair were not going to be available for months.

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I am one of those people who love when something simple is just so very damned cool and this would be the case in the section that was being used by the Nanodots team. Without mincing words, the Nanodots are little magnetic balls that can be sculpted into various shapes or objects and remain intact based on the overall strength of the magnets. I was impressed. The first visual is a giant bunch of the Nanodots and while I am not sure what the sculpt was supposed to be, it was messed up according to their representative on site. I didn’t try to fix it don’t worry, but I didn’t mess it up either.

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Here’s the advertisement poster for these magnetic constructors. It explains the premise enough if you asked me.

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The next few images are presented to show you all the different things that you could do with the Nanodots. What a wondrous thing this lets you imagination be and I have to say that I am strongly behind anything that encourages your own minds creativity. Some of the old timers might fondly recall things that fell into this line of thought such as Tinker Toys or Erector Sets and Lincoln Logs. OK, I remember those as well.

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This appears to be some kind of complex molecule display. While I wandered this section I was given a handful of the Nanodots and I could just about make a square. Give me time.

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However I do not suggest that you wait on me to come up with something as elaborate as this. Wow, a Chess Set? Really. Yikes that is clever.

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This was really great stuff but of course these are small parts so there is probably an age restriction so no harm comes to any younger person who plays with them. Please read the package before ordering anything like this.

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Keeping up with the innovations this was something cool as well. Please allow me to introduce you to “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure” which is a game by Activision. This was a fantastic thing to check out as it was very involved. The game features a number of different characters and each player can be a different one. Here are Trigger Happy and Spyro himself from the game.

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Trigger Happy from Skylanders
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Spyro from Skylanders

Video screens around the section present the game as it was being played by passerby.

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Each game system comes with its own special control pad and when the player puts his character on the pad it instantly remembers anything that they had done in the game before. That was fantastic. The pad I mention is actually called a “Portal Of Power”. There are a great bunch of collectible characters and it appears that this game is a winner even at first glance. Here is Spyro on his Portal Of Power.

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Spyro on Portal Of Power

Now I just said how the game remembers you right? Well, let me spice the pot a little more and say that when you bring your Skylanders characters over to a friends house and put them on their Portal Of Power, you are in the game with the same information you left your own house with. Unbelievable.

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Gill Grunt on Portal Of Power

Here is another giant character being represented.

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Stealth Elf from Skylanders

Another view of the side wall with all of the screens.

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I’ll leave us with some other characters that we saw positioned around the display.

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Skylanders Stump Smash on Portal Of Power
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Skylanders Ignitor on Portal Of Power

Welcome to Jurassic Park. OK I am kidding here but I did wonder what the giant T-Rex was doing here. This is a larger than life example of one of the Wild Creations “Dinosaur Excavation Kits” and this is a really interesting premise. The young player actually digs at a piece of clay like stuff to discover the ancient remains of a prehistoric beast.

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Wild Creations T-Rex

This was a very clever idea and one that I felt was thinking outside the box. Kudos to Wild Creations for instilling some excitement with the discovery. Maybe it will help create the next great archaeologist. Here is a view from afar and I am not sure what had my slightly shocked attention but it had to be good.

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Well that is it for this third chapter but please don’t worry because we have some more to go and quite a few things that will totally impress the rockers who are reading about this adventure. For now though I ask that you please check out some of the companies that we examined here in the posting so you can learn more about their products. Stay tuned for more.

Official Websites:
Mobo – Three Wheeled Cruiser: http://www.mobocruiser.com/
Nanodots: http://www.thenanodots.com/
Skylanders: http://www.skylanders.com/
Air Picks: http://www.thinkgeek.com/
Wild Creations: http://wildcreationsfrogblog.blogspot.com

PS: Don’t forget to check out all of SkeletonPete’s Toy Fair 2011 articles by clicking HERE.

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