Top 10 Things I Saw at London Toy Fair 2012 (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

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Lego Lord Of The Rings Minifigs, on display at London Toy Fair. Photos by Nathan BarryLego Lord Of The Rings Minifigs, on display at London Toy Fair. Photos by Nathan Barry

Lego Lord of the Rings Minifigs, on display at London Toy Fair. Photos by Nathan Barry

Toy Fair season is upon us now, with the London one running this week, Nuremberg starting next week and finally the biggie in New York on February 12th. I went for my first time as “press” and here are my favorite things from around the exhibition floor.

1. Lego
I’ll be honest here, I could have written this entire post about all the cool stuff Lego has coming our way this year, and theirs was the only stand I’d actually booked a slot to look around. Talk about a kid in a candy store!

Hulk and Captain America MinifigsHulk and Captain America Minifigs

Hulk and Captain America Minifigs

First up was the Super Heroes section, which featured the new Batman sets we already knew about and also a Superman / Wonder Woman set. On the other half of this room were some brand new Marvel sets, all tied in to this summer’s Avengers movie. The five sets (out in April) feature Captain America’s Avenging Cycle, Wolverine’s Chopper Showdown with Magento and Deadpool (Wolverine’s claws are a nice touch here), Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape with Hawkeye and Iron Man, Hulk’s Hellcarrier Breakout with an ace Hulk jumbo-fig as well as Hawkeye, Loki and Thor and finally a huge Quinjet Aerial Battle pack with Black Window, Thor and Loki and Iron Man.

The next room had a new line launching in time for Halloween: Monster Fighters. The fighters are all 1920s/30s styled figures in art deco/steampunky vehicles and the monsters are the classics: vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc. Highlights of the range include Dracula’s amazing Hot Rod Hearse, Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab complete with operating table, and a flying ghost train.

[This post, by Nathan Barry, was originally published on Thursday. Click here to read the full article, and please leave comments on the original.]

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