Let the hunting begin!
It was a sunny Tuesday morning in beautiful Melbourne… the Elves woke up feeling a sense of adventure and anticipation – it was time to find some wonderful new treasures at the 2015 Toy Hobby & Licensing Fair.
For the next four days we would be walking through the immense Melbourne Exhibition Centre – picture stall after stall filled with the newest and current offerings from some amazing national and international brands… heaven! In short, this is the stuff Christmas dreams are made of. The first day was a walk through, where we scoped out the fair; but we managed to spot some lovely things straight away, which was very promising.
- Rainbows and Clover – can we just take a moment to appreciate these stunning felt nests?! And what a beautiful set up. Definitely one of our favourite stalls!
- Old toys exhibition – we went from seeing the newest and latest, to heading back in time and getting to appreciate some old classics. We were amazed at these collector items.
- Delightful decor – beautiful lighting, lamps, mobiles. The name said it all – absolutely delightful.
- Colours of Australia Felt creations – we are in love with anything felt! These beauties really do tell a story; there were also some lovely finger and puppets, felt vegetables and fruit, and lots more. We could’ve gotten lost amongst all these gorgeous felt goodies!
Phew. That concluded our first day at the 2015 Toy Hobby & Licensing Fair and what a fantastic start it was! We couldn’t wait to see what tomorrow would bring.
We enjoyed some one-on-one time with some of our suppliers. First up we visited the Axis Toys stand, where Paula showed us the newest dolls, Miniland toys, and our favourite find – some beautiful, hand-made, wooden fairy doors from Bali. Paula told us these were fair trade and 50 people within a local village made these – how very special! These magical doors were the first to arrive from our Toy Fair orders, and are now available online here.
Next we visited Michael from Educational Experience. We were shown the newest from one of our favourite brands, HaPe. There were some really unique wooden craft activity kits like a mosaic kit, sand art and embroidery. They came with a frame to display your masterpiece once completed – very cool. While Chief Poobah sat down to make some very important decisions, such as deciding what goodies to bring back to Entropy Elf HQ, Elf Dani and Bec got to create their very own magnetised structures with some colourful Tegu pieces, and were kindly fed some yummy popcorn – can we stay here forever?! But no, there is lots more yet to be discovered, the Elves must carry on!
We visited the lovely Jos at Kaleidoscope, where she showed us so many new additions to their own brand Mamagenius. We adored the pastel tones on the beautiful wooden toys. We were also delighted to see our favourite Papo figurines now come in mini-tubs, which is really cool for party favours, decorations, and free play of course! We discovered some new Djeco puzzles and craft kits, and were delighted to play with new Folkmanis puppets.
Going to the Micro stand is exciting every year, there is always splash of colour awaiting us! This time was no different, the Mini Micro got a lot more colourful. We were pleased to see that the Mini Microscooter 2 Go won the Australian Toy Association 2015 Specialty Award – well deserved! You can purchase this award winner here.
Next stop was Artiwood, where John Daniels showed us some pretty colourful bells with a beautiful sound – these will be at Entropy Elf HQ soon, so keep an eye out! We couldn’t stop looking at all the Apple Park cuties – what a beautiful set up.
Next we saw Sheryl from Cactus and we had to take a snap! Sheryl showed us the colourful, and very stylish new watches which we loved, so keep an eye out for these throughout the year.
The Elves just had to return to Rainbows & Clover to have a chat with Kylie and get snap – look at all the colours and felt garlands/rugs and the teepee set up! We loved this stand’s gorgeous colours layout; Elf Bec left feeling inspired.
Next up we saw Flick from Heebie Jeebies, and this stand is always so much fun! She was genuinely excited to show us some cool, geeky things to play with. We especially loved the Hydrophobic Sand – it’s silicone coated so when it’s lifted out of the water, it’s dry! This makes building under-water castles extra fun.
Elf Bec enjoyed chatting to Rami about the newest games, and is very much looking forward to some newbies arriving in store and having a play with our customers also.
We love meeting new faces, so we were delighted to find Steve and Aurora from Wordasauras, which is an educational game that helps children write, construct sentences and build their vocabulary. It’s all about having fun with words, and the Elves and Chief Poobah love that!
Last stop through Toy Fair was Modern Brands, where Dan showed us some exciting new arrivals, including the new beautiful Sylvanian Families. As you can see below, the new Sylvanian scenes are so thorough and detailed, we couldn’t resist sharing these on Facebook!
The Elves and Chief Poobah couldn’t believe how quickly it all went; but like they say, time flies when you’re having fun!
We’re more than excited to see some of our new discoveries make their way to Entropy Elf HQ through the year, so make sure you stay connected with us to find out when they’re here first.
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Until the next Toy Fair…
The Entropy Elves x