The Toy Insider is an awesome source for great information about toys.  Reviews, ratings, safety information.  If you need a wealth of information about almost any toy…go there.  That’s what they have, and what they bring.  Also what they bring, is people together to talk about toys and to see toys.  They do this at a multitude of events year round, and today we are here to talk about The Holiday of Play event, where The Toy Insider graciously invited litlgeeks to check out the latest in toys and what will be hot for the 2016 holiday season.  We saw so much great stuff and we can’t wait to share it with you.  Below, we will list out all of the great vendors we had a chance to speak with.  From there, you can link off and back to individual posts for each toy company that took the time to show us their remarkable holiday 2016 products!

Forgive the order, it may seem random, but I’d like to take you through the Holiday of Play event as I experienced it.

I arrived at the 17th floor of a Manhattan building on 5th to a well decorated room, a check in table, lots of friendly faces.  I took some pictures while the official show floor doors were waiting to be opened at 4.

In this entry way, call it the bar area, we found our new friends at …







Once on the show floor, second booth on the right, long time friends litlgeeks Hasbro had some great toys to show off…and well from there we were just off to the races really.  Each heading is a link to a company / product, so have a blast and come on back for more.

Hasbro – Star Wars, Elmo, My Little Pony, Nerf, Simon Air







Shopkins Kinstructions







SkyPaper / Arcade Classics








PJ Masks







CogniToys Dino














Spin Master – Hatchimals














Future Of Play – Magic MeeMees








Moose – Shopkins, Little Live Pets







Thames and Kosmos – Code Gamer







WowWee – Chip







Mattel – Bloxels and nabi







Tilt – Spin Tales














BOSEbuild Speaker Cube







Fisherprice Code-A-Pillar








The Goody  Bag


The Toy Insider also put up amazing displays of their Hot 20, Tech 12 and STEM 10 top list categories.  Have a look below for images of everything that Toy Insider granted a spot on their top lists to!

Hot 20 – Furreal Friends Torch My Blazin Dragon, PJ Masks Hedquarters Playset, Pokemon My Friend Pikachu, Lion Guard Training Lair Playset, Disney Frozen Northern Lights Elsa, Go!Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace, Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center, Disney My Time Singing Elena Of Avalor, Paw Patrol Monkey Temple, Talk-To-Me Mikey, Animal Jam-Club Geoz Dance Party Playset, Shopkins Happy Places Happy Home, Hatchimals, Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy, Lego Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter, Nintendo Mariokart 8 Quadcopter, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, Speak out


Tech 12 Air Hogs Helix Sentinel Drone, Barbie Hello Dreamhouse, BOSEbuild Speaker Cube, CHiP, Code Gamer, Kurio Watch, Lumi, Mebo, Meccano Meccasaur, Sky Rover Voice Command Drone, Sky Viper Hover Racer, Zoomer Chimp


STEM 10 3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set, Barbie STEM Kit, Bloxels, Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set, Geckobot, Mighty Makers Director’s Cut Building Set, Project MC2 We Heart Chemistry Kit, Roominate Cotton Candy Carnival, Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar, Vex Robotics Zip Flyer


A very very special thanks to The Toy Insider for having litlgeeks down to Holiday of Play.  All of the companies were incredible, all of the toys were jaw dropping, and it’s great to know that litlgeeks the world over will have an amazing Holiday season thanks to all of this fun stuff!  Check back soon, because we left with an amazing bag of goodies that the litlgeeks will get their hands on for a big reveal, and then individual reviews over the next month or two.

And now..for some last minute fun, some other pictures from the event!

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