Can you believe Mr. Potato is 60 years old? This iconic toy recently celebrated his b-day in style during Toy Fair '12. Hosted by Hasbro, a group of bloggers were invited to a brunch to celebrate his birthday and preview the latest Hasbro toys for preschool aged children to electronics for the teenage crowd.
Jerry Perez, Senior Vice President and Global Brand Leader for Hasbro'??s Worldwide Preschool Business welcomed and invited us to take part in celebrating with Mr & Mrs. Potato Head.
Singing Happy Birthday to Mr. Potato Head with cameras flickering really got us in the mood to go check out all that Hasbro has to offer. After cake, groups were escorted down to preview spring and fall toys.
Hasbro has new toys mixed in with classic favorites. The resurgence of My Little Pony, Star Wars and G.I. Joe reminded me of my own childhood and I was excited that I am now able to share these toys with my own children. And isn't that what toys are supposed to do?
A new favorite is the Koosh Solar Recon for the younger 4-8 crowd. It shoots slower than Nerf and will be available in the fall. We had a chance to try it out and to tell you the truth, I think it is also an awesome stress release item for mom. Shooting the balls and knowing that they are not a hard hit seems like it could bring lots of family laughs and fun.
Two new items that are out for the spring are Dizzy Dancers and Fur Real Hop N Cuddle Bunnies. Dizzy Dancers offer lots of spinning fun and come in many different animal choices.
For the Sesame Street crowd, Elmo is always a popular favorite. Ready for School Elmo is for ages two and up. Each foot has a song, one is the ABCs and the other is a Numbers song. He also teaches color and shape recognition. He helps to develop fine motor skills by enabling little ones to fasten his shoe straps and zip his jacket.
Hasbro also had some toy fashion on display. Tutus and My Little Pony together - what more could a little girl ask for?
Kerri G. is a not only a teacher, wife and writer but a full time working mom of three savvy ladies. You can read about her adventures in traveling, fashion and money sense at Raising Three Savvy Ladies.
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