Toy trade show unveils hot holiday toys

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Heidi Goitia

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 10 at 3:18 PM

PHOENIX -- It may be hard to even think about the holiday season in the midst of our triple-digit temperatures. But you can bet that toy manufacturers are already rolling out what are sure to be the hottest toys for next Christmas!

3TV's Heidi Goitia gave us a sneak peak at some of those hot items at a toy trade show going on in Phoenix this weekend.

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) 2014 Annual Convention & Expo is underway at the Phoenix Convention Center. Top-sellers include everything from chemistry sets to costumes to craft kits.

Kathleen Tomes of Brilliant Kids Products showed off some innovative ideas, like non-toxic "play tape", which allows you to can make your own roadways for your matchbox cars. "Basically you can roll out your world," says Tomes. One looks like a train track, one looks like a street, etc. 

"Magformers" are also a must-have.

Eco-friendly is one of the buzzwords for the toys this year. "That's a big movement we're seeing," says Tomes. "Also, inspiring creativity."

ASTRA has picked all this year's top toys for all ages for the 2014 holiday season.  For a complete list, visit ASTRA's website.

 

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