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Exploring Toy Fair 2017: Safari Ltd.

As previously noted, The Chronicles Of Piercing Ken lifestyle blog was once again attending the American International Toy Fair over at the Javits Center and now with the event over and done with the time has come to load up the outlet with all of the amazing sights and products that were offered up by some incredible companies. I’m continuing the posts with one of our personal favorites – Safari Ltd. Let’s go.

I’m a big fan of the stuff that comes out from Safari Ltd. and cannot emphasize their quality enough to our readers.  They are both educational (since they look so much like their subject) and fun.  What is better than that.  With this post I’ll be focusing on the new offerings and some more familiar ones as we close out.  Do you not just love this dragon?  I know you do.

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The mythical creatures look great and wow, is that a werewolf?  It sure is.

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Exploring Toy Fair 2017: Crayola

I’m going to begin our presentation of Toy Fair 2017 visuals with the time-honored brand of Crayola. I’m pretty sure that everyone reading this website has owned a box or ten of their wonderful crayons and now with most of us being parents or older siblings and such to younger ones, the developments from this company are to be admired. Here we go.

I love the Crayola appointment because they have everything at stations and you get walked around to each and every one of them and get a demonstration of the latest product. This first item is called the “Magic Scene Creator” and it looked pretty interesting.  Not only do you color on the screen but you can add these little character plastic pieces.  Neat right?

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PiercingKen Goes To American International Toy Fair 2017

Hello readers!!! I’m happy to report that this entertainment outlet of mine was once again attending the American International Toy Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC. It’s our seventh year of attendance and the plan is to offer up as many sights and scenes as possible on both the PiercingMetal.com and PiercingKen.com websites.

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As you read this I am recharging the mental and physical self along with all of the technological implements that were brought along on the adventure. There is much more to document and photograph over the coming three days and when the postings begin to run on the websites, you are going to be seeing a lot of them. Interested readers don’t have to wait until that time though and can get a sneak peak into the observations by clicking over onto our Official Instagram link HERE. Be sure to give a follow to that account and check back often to see the latest stuff that gets posted. Over the next few days you will be seeing focused posts like we did last year so stay tuned and check back onto THIS LINK (as its tagged for the event). It will populate with the most recently added items. See you soon.

PS: To see any of the American International Toy Fair 2017 posts on PiercingMetal.com click HERE as that will transport you over to the site and a succinct tag.

The Nominees For The 2017 Toy Of The Year Are Unveiled

Though I’ve been attending the American International Toy Fair event for several years as a member of press for my music and Pop Culture review site PiercingMetal.com, its only since about 2015 that I began expanding my event overviews using The Chronicles Of PiercingKen – Sure I mentioned that I would be in attendence at the industry event but that was it. Now there are lots of additional items that are widely different licenses and products from what you see on the other site. Those narratives can be examined on THIS LINK. Now the other day a notice arrived informing the press about the nominations for the 2017 Toy Of The Year and all the categories that are making it up this year. I cast my vote and what I am here to tell you in this narrative is that you as a consumer can also use your voting power and help select the very best from the companies that have been nominated. How cool is that. Check out the categories and the nominees – The voting link will be in my closing thoughts.


Here Are The 2017 Toy of the Year Finalists – Listed In Alphabetical Order By Category

Toys that include action figures and their play sets/accessories
* DC Super Hero Girls™ Action Figure Assortment by Mattel, Inc.
* Fossil Hunter Lottie by Arklu, Ltd.
* IAmElemental Series 1/Courage Lunch Box Carrying Case With Complete Set of Action Figures by IAmElemental
* PJ Masks Headquarters Playset by Just Play
* Pokémon Throw ‘n’ Pop Poké Ball Duel Set by TOMY
* Stikbot by ZING
* Transformers Generations Titans Return Fortress Maximus Action Figure by Hasbro, Inc.


Toys that are designed for active/outdoor play
* 3-in-1 EZ Fold Wagon by Radio Flyer
* Air Hogs Helix Sentinel Drone by Spin Master Ltd.
* Bunch O Balloons by Zuru
* Hot Wheels® Sky Shock™ RC Vehicle by Mattel, Inc.
* Nerf N-Strike Modulus Tri-Strike Blaster by Hasbro, Inc.
* Sky Viper v2400FPV HD Streaming Drone with FPV Headset by SkyRocket Toys
* VEX Robotics Zip Flyer by HEXBUG
* Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam by WickedCoolToys
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Hurray: Second Annual Play Fair to Return to New York in November 2017

As many of you readers might recall, a number of Toy Fair 2016 adventures were posted right here on the Chronicles Of PiercingKen website. It’s a practice that I plan on continuing with at future events based on my findings. This year’s event was extra special since it featured a brand new event called “PLAY FAIR” which allowed the general public the means to explore some of what I see at Toy Fair with their children. What a great idea that was. I’m now pleased to share this press release with you that announces the events return in 2017 during a different month and with an expanded program, you can read that below and to review my findings of the 2016 Play Fair just click on THIS LINK.


The Press Release:
Public Play Expo to Double in Size at Javits Center

NEW YORK, NY | June 13, 2016 – The second annual Play Fair, a public celebration of play and entertainment for all ages, will nearly double in size at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center when it returns to New York City on November 4-5, 2017. A joint venture between the Toy Industry Association (TIA) and LeftField Media, Play Fair offers families and media the opportunity to enjoy interactive play experiences with new toys, games and popular characters, as well as purchase new and exclusive products.

Halls 1A and 1B of the Javits Center will provide Play Fair 2017 with 150,000 square feet of contiguous space for brands to unveil new toy lines and encourage hands-on activities among thousands of play enthusiasts, and 10 dedicated panel rooms will allow for increased and more varied programming and events.

“Play Fair’s massive exhibition area will accommodate returning brands with increased presences and welcome new first-time exhibitors, and our dates will now position Play Fair at the heart of the pre-holiday season,” said Greg Topalian, president of LeftField Media. “Planning is already underway to expand character photo ops, develop an elaborate art and crafting space, build a children’s book and author pavilion, expand our feature stages and create a hands-on video game experience.”

In addition to Play Fair’s move to the pre-holiday shopping season, the event will grow to add a third day.
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