I had the opportunity to visit the International Toy Fair last weekend in Nuremberg, Germany. As usual for this show, the vast array of everything from model railroads to helium balloons, giant stuffed animals to huge die-cast construction equipment was almost too much to take in.
I did get my first hands-on opportunity with the new 2012 Norscot models, which are nicely detailed and generated a good amount of buzz at the show. However, pricing and delivery dates will not be available until a bit later.
NZG has an impressive line-up of new models for this year and alluded to next year being even better with the massive Bauma construction show rolling around in 2013.
Motorart will be releasing four new Volvo construction models later this spring.
Universal Hobbies continues to roll along with new Case agricultural and Komatsu construction models all planned for this spring and summer. They have plans to develop more US-specific models going forward.
Bruder has a new Mack fire truck which is totally cool and will be a Christmas sensation this year.
I also met with WSI, Eligor, GreenLight Collectibles, and several other manufacturers and media people.
Overall the mood was moderately upbeat. Collectors and manufacturers both seem ready for a good year with a reasonable range of carefully selected new models. Be on the lookout for the return of a 3000toys.com favorite in the weeks to come. Watch our blog, Facebook page, and weekly emails for details as they become available.
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