121 Years of Toy Fair New York and I Am Excited It Is Back!

Musings By Joschik
Christian obsesses over collectibles, antiques and toys more than the average person, but (he believes) in a productive way. Documenting collectibles has been a passion since working on a book about his favorite childhood toys from Timpo 41 years ago.



It started in 1903 with less than 10 companies in New York and after two years COVID break Toy Fair is back from September 30 to October 3.  Now there are 1,000s of companies presenting or walking the floor!  And it is a joy to walk the Halls!

Noticed that Toy Fair lasted for more than a month in 1926?


Almost anything toy-related that is collectible was introduced there (for example Barbie had its Debut at Toy Fair in 1959).  And not only you can see it here first, you can often also touch it and Brands work hard to show their products in the best light possible.

Kenner in 1980 and Mattel in 2020


And in the past, there were always fantastic paper catalogs and fair models that were given out on companies’ stands.

Lego, Lionel and Hot Wheels Toy Fair Exclusives


Shows my age, but I really miss paper catalogs.  The event is Trade only, so if there is something you want me to check or photograph let me know in the comments!


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8 months ago

I wonder if any model car companies will be there – Matchbox, Hot Wheels, or some of the smaller 1/43r companies from Europe and China?

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