This week, New York's Javits Convention Center turned into something of a pop-up Willie Wonka factory with the opening of the 112th annual Toy Fair. There, makers show off the latest high-tech innovations, and good old-fashioned inventors attempt to offer products that will withstand more than a year of play. Here are nine promising contenders, from a tailgating game for you and your buddies to gear that will have you jostling with your kids over who called dibs first.
Paralleling the artisanal-everything movement is a burgeoning interest in toys that harken back to a simpler time, when playthings were made of heavy wood and sharp metal. Candylab's line of cars is a perfect example. Unlike today's impressively detailed, plastic models, these are pleasingly hefty with thick, smooth paint and sturdy, smooth-turning rubber wheels that let it roll the length of a living room without a hiccup. Joining the fleet of models this spring are a tow truck and a New York City taxi (crazy driver not included). [From $35; candylabtoys.com]
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