Toy Fair Trends 2011: iPhones for Baby, Endless Hair Play, War of the Blocks + More

After going to one of the best Toy Fairs we've seen in years, all we can say is that Holiday 2011 is going to be a blast! A few trends stood out from the pack -- here's what’s going to be huge this year:

Lots of New Toys
One of the most encouraging trends we saw at this year’s fair was that there were tons of truly new toys. In the last few years, undoubtedly because of the recession, toys were just repackaged to look shiny and new. (Think: “New packaging!” or “Updated sounds!”) But this year, companies are going full throttle with big lines of brand-new playthings. We love it!

iPhone Accessories for Babies
Your iPhone’s been in your toddler or preschooler’s hands for a while now, but in 2011, you’ll be able to pass it off to your infant as well. Case in point: Fisher Price unveiled its Laugh & Learn iCan Play Case, a protective iPhone case that doubles as a rattle, while Infantino showcased its Smart Phone Hugger for babies who want more in a phone than just its chew toy appeal.

War of the Blocks
Lego’s patent on blocks has run out, and toy competitors are eagerly taking advantage. Between Lego launching its largest Duplo line of brick sets for tots and Hasbro’s new building block line, KRE-O, companies are creating brand-new features compatible with Lego bricks. They're also expanding their lines into every age group.

Hair Play
Styling Barbie’s hair was always the best part of playing with her -- and this year, toy makers have taken hair play to a new level. Mattel has come out with the Barbie Hair Printables Kit, a interactive hair design studio that lets kids upload their favorite pictures or designs and print them out on mini hair extensions. The added bonus? They can make matching ones for themselves.

Mini Play Kitchens
Toy makers have finally downsized this big, bulky playroom-hog and introduced a ton of smaller, less obtrusive (but just as fun) play kitchens. We love the Plan Toys and Alex version, which both fit nicely on a desktop.

What kind of toys would you like to see in 2011? Chime in below!

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