Monday, February 16, 2009

Toy Fair - Day One

Yesterday was a long day. Emily and I went to a concert on Saturday night - which ended around 1 am. After we got home (around 2), we got a good 4 hours sleep before we woke up to head up to Toy Fair. Add in walking the Toy Fair floor for 9 hours, 2 hours of the ASTRA party....we were a bit tired. 

Anyhow, back to the Fair itself. To me, there was a noticeable lack of traffic in the aisles. There seem to be much less people at Toy Fair this year. The ASTRA Party With the Stars was a big change from last year, with much fewer people than last year - hopefully that's just an effect of cost-cutting, rather than less retailers being a part of the show. 
We decided recently to take part in a catalog program (YoYo Joe's catalogs!) and have specific items to get into our store that are included in the catalog. So, we have a lot of buying to do at Toy Fair. So we put in maybe 7 aisles yesterday (out of 40 ish?). We have a lot of work to do over the next two days! 
We saw lots of new toys that we'll be getting - some of the highlights include some awesome party games from Buffalo Games, the new musical Quadrilla from HaPe and the new Uglydoll action figures. We also ordered Bakugon and Tech Decks for the first time. 

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