Toy Fair Favorites: Haba, Sassafrass, Janod, Automoblox, P'kolino

Toy Fair 2014

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The annual Toy Fair wrapped up last week and it was its usual high energy, sensory overload, wheeling and dealing atmosphere. As usual, I skipped the licensed characters, collectibles and tv/movie/video-game tie-ins (I even resisted a stop at the Grumpy Cat booth) to visit some of the smaller booths showcasing the quieter toys. Toy Fair gets plenty of coverage by the Comic-Con folks so I like to focus on the specialty toy industry where design, education, open-ended play and sustainability are valued.

So, come along with me to see my favorites from the fair:

Haba & Lilliputiens

Sassafrass

Janod

Automoblox

Their new line of rescue vehicles are much bigger than their classic and mini line of wood, plastic and rubber modular cars.
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P'kolino

SkipHop

See more favorites tomorrow!

(Image credits: Carrie McBride)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.