Day 2 of Nuremberg’s Spielwarenmesse
Pass the toothpicks please so I can use them to prop my eyelids open! I am absolutely shattered after walking Halls 4 through to 12 today. Actually, that’s a bit of a fib, as I skipped a couple that we don’t focus on (hobbies and model railways) – yes, there is a whole hall of model railway stands. I said to one of the other Aussies here that I was going to walk through all the halls that I had not already been in this morning, to get a feel for them. I told him I would see him in a couple of hours. I should have realised at the time that he was laughing under his breath… it felt like the halls just went on forever and ever. Don’t laugh, but by the time I got to Hall 12 I had to go to first aid to get my blisters dressed, and I was wearing flat shoes! I’m pretty sure I have sacrificed a couple of toe nails as well; and that reminds me too much of my marathon running days. So I hope you all appreciate that I really did bleed for you today Once again, it was totally worth it. Here are a few of my favourite finds.
It’s amazing how specialised some of the booths here are; you wonder how there could possibly be a market for a company that only produces glass eyes for teddy bears. Lots of colours, lots of sizes, but all they do are glass eyes. Another company just produces dice, or is that die? Every possible type that you could imagine, and there were hundreds of them. However, the esoteric award must surely go to this stand – have a look: all they’re selling is… moustaches. And don’t you just love the merchandising with the guy in the chair? Yes, his moustache was real.
The silver award in the esoteric category goes to this product – it’s a six-seater pram. I am not sure how many sets of sextuplets are born in the world annually, but I’m figuring the market is not terribly big. Seriously though, this pram would be a hoot in a child care centre or for family day care.
And the bronze award? Well, it goes to this manufacturer of… tightropes. I think this would look pretty cool in our play area; I’m just not sure what our insurers would say.
The next pictures are of all the new Micro Scooters products, and there are plenty. It has two booths here – one I saw yesterday in the baby/toddler hall, and today I spent time on the main stand. Here’s a summary of the exciting newbies I found:
This photo shows a prototype of Micro Scooters’ latest add-on to the Mini Micro. It’s kind of like a small Swiss Ball that attaches with Velcro to the base of the scooter. The child sits on this to start off with, and then once they are ready to stand and scoot they remove it.
This is the Mini Micro Scoot and Go. You can see the removable compartment under the seat. Your child can pull this out and fill it with their toys and treasures to take with them on their adventures. The whole lot is removable when they are ready to stand and scoot.
Introducing the Micro Skiddy. It’s a fab product designed for when you are shopping or walking: just push your child along. The whole thing folds up compactly.
Next we have the eMicro which is a motion-controlled electric scooter. Give a push, and it starts the motor. Apparently it is Hugh Jackman approved, and — well seriously — that’s good enough for us!
Here we have the Pedal Flow – a combination of a scooter and bike. It’s foldable, sporty and a whole lot of fun.
Next is the micro suspension – as a mountain biker I can really appreciate the smoothness of this ride.
The cute floral designs on these scooters are a product of a mother and daughter partnership.
And the final Micro Scooter pic – new colours in the super popular Maxi Micro (we already have a couple of these colours in stock).
My prize for the best stand merchandising today? It would have to go to Schleich. Oh, and did I mention that they had a coffee bar with barista built into their stand?!
Next up – meet Treeblocks. These are definitely on my ‘to order’ list. It’s a fab natural construction toy.
And finally, well who can resist riding a giant rocking horse? Not me!