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February 21, 2019

Playtime to the max: Snapshots from the 2019 New York Toy Fair

Welcome to the 2019 New York Toy Fair, the happiest place on Earth for both adults and kids! [credit: Valentina Palladino ]

Every year, despite frigid temperatures and threats of snow, toymakers from across the country gather at New York City’s Javits Center to show off their newest playthings. Companies big and small set up booths to showcase the year’s most exciting forthcoming toys, and Ars wandered around most (although not all) of the 1.8 million-square-foot convention center to scope them out.

The Toy Fair takes up the entirety of the Javits [...]

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February 20, 2019

The Coolest Star Wars and Marvel Reveals From New York Toy Fair

New York Toy Fair descended on the Javits Center this past weekend, bringing us a new look at all the spectacular new toys (and games!) just waiting to plunder our bank accounts over the next year. As always, the show was a great and financially ruinous time for fans of Star Wars and Marvel—here are a few of the…

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February 17, 2019

Lightsaber Academy helps you practice your Jedi swing

Toy lightsabers are a lot of fun: Kids love to strike poses, swing them through the air and jab the weapons at their friends as they pretend to be Luke Skywalker, Rey or even Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. But what they can’t do with a standard lightsaber…
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February 17, 2019

Congratulations, Morphing Nerds: The Power Rangers are Going on Tour

When Hasbro got the Power Rangers license, as a lifelong fan, I started wondering what they’d do. A cartoon? Closer collaboration with the show’s Japanese counterparts? More movies? Perhaps the Power Rangers heyday of the 1990s would return.

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