Gear Diary’s Best of 2018 Toy Fair

We’ve spent the last couple of days scouring the aisles at the 2018 Toy Fair in NYC to find the coolest new toys. Whether you are looking for toys that will encourage your kids’ interest in STEM, get them more active, ignite their creativity, or help them imagine worlds far, far away, there is something for everyone.

Hasbro’s Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie

Ultimate Co-pilot Chewie

Move over Tickle Me Elmo, because Chewbacca just got transformed into the cutest animated toy ever. Hasbro’s Ultimate Chewie is a 16-inch tall toy that is based on Hasbro’s Furreal technology. He roars when you pet him, or when he detects movements and sounds. You can even rock him to sleep. Chewie will be out in the Fall for $129.99.

Mattel’s Hot Wheels Augmoto Augmented Reality Racing Track


Mattel’s Hot Wheels Augmoto is a racing track system that incorporates AR. The game lets two players race against each other using their iPhone (or iPad), with the app extending the racing experience by adding lighting effects, power-ups, track enhancements through AR. Augmoto will be released in the fall, and it will retail for $120.

Lego DUPLO Steam Train

Lego DUPLO Steam Train

You can never be too young for STEM. That’s the concept behind Lego’s DUPLO Steam Train. The 59-piece set is designed for ages 2 and up, and it encourages kids to tinker with their train set and to learn about cause and effect. A free optional companion app lets kids take control of the train using a Bluetooth connection. The Lego DUPLO Steam train set will be available in August for $59.99.

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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area — or not.