Toy tech on show in New York
Robots battle it out at Toy Fair
Technology is playing a big part in the newest toys being exhibited at New York’s Toy Fair, which finishes today (February 20).
There are some new additions to the Hexbugs’ Battlebots range, which will appeal to fans of BBC Two’s Robot Wars. With a variety of weapons, and the ability to fall apart and be put back together after a fight, these bots should provide hours of entertainment.
For players who want to get more technical, there is a build your own kit, where you can choose a weapon and then custom build a remote-controlled robot ready for battle.
Spin Master has also introduced a robot. Called Boxer, this friendly character is – unsurprisingly – box-shaped, and can follow you, dance and play games, including a robot game of footie. The secret lies in the special cards, which give him instructions as he rolls over them.
Catching everyone’s attention at the show is the interactive Chewbacca toy from Hasbro. The 16-inch tall Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie from Solo: A Star Wars Story has more than 100 combinations of sound and motion, including facial expressions. Everyone’s favourite Wookiee also has articulated legs so can be posed as you wish.
For fans of video games, there are some fun real world introductions, including a Hot Wheels recreation of car-based football game Rocket League. In Mattel’s Hot Wheels Rocket League RC Rivals set, the remote control cars battle to score goals in an arena based on the video game, using the scoop on the front of each vehicle.