Imagine walking into a building with enough toys and games to fill seven football fields. It may sound like your best dream ever, but it’s a reality called the American International Toy Fair, which has taken place every February in New York since 1903.

This year’s fair, held February 16-19, featured many toys you haven’t seen on store shelves. There were new action figures, dolls, board games, app-based toys and building sets.
The trends included really big toys, remote-controlled vehicles, math and science toys and kits, and new versions of toys your parents played with. Toy store owners browsed booths, trying to figure out what you might want for the holidays.

Fair organizers also announced the best toys from 2013. Rainbow Loom, the rubber band bracelets that showed up on everyone’s wrists last fall, received top honors. Other award­winners were the voice-activated dog Zoomer, the Boom Boom Balloon game and kid tablet LeapPad Ultra.

No kids are allowed at Toy Fair; it’s just for people in the toy business. So here’s a peek of what may be in store for toy lovers in the months ahead.

Christina Barron