Thursday, May 2, 2019

TTPM Spring Showcase 2019 Recap!

One week ago today (Thursday, April 25th), I had the fantastic opportunity to attend the annual TTPM Spring Showcase in NYC! A huge thanks to TTPM for the invite, I had an absolutely blast. I was able to go to the 2018 Holiday Showcase last fall (which I failed to do a write-up on, but documented it on my Instagram stories) and so I was thrilled to find out they had an event each spring as well. These events essentially play out like a mini Toy Fair where the biggest companies gather to show off the latest and hottest toys of the season!

Most of these Toy Story 4 toys I'll be showing below are ones you've probably already seen (since many of them are in stores right now), but I just had to document and share them here as well. The toy companies went all out with their displays and presented the toys in a really vibrant way, so I really wanted to make sure they know their hard work was appreciated. Let's get to it!

I started my day early and took the 7:00 a.m. train into NYC's iconic Grand Central Station. From there I had a 35 minute walk to the event location. It was a gorgeous day, perfect for a stroll through the city.

My journey took me right through Times Square, which was so fun since I hadn't been there in YEARS! I was so pumped when I noticed I'd be walking right past the Disney Store (the massive two story one) too, so I obviously had to stop in for a few minutes. Luckily I was ahead of schedule and was able to soak in some of that Disney magic.

I loved seeing some of the giant Pixar characters they had on display on the second floor!

I got to the event right before it started at 10 a.m. and got all checked in. After a brief presentation featuring the "Hottest Toys" out there this spring and a quick catered breakfast, we were all able to hit the showroom floor! 

And here we go...of course there were many different companies there, but I just documented the companies that displayed Disney/Toy Story 4 merch: Just Play Toys, Mattel, Disney Consumer Products (which is all different companies combined showcasing some of the latest from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm), LEGO and Hasbro.

Check 'em out!


Just Play Toys does mainly plush, both big and small; talking and non-talking!

And for those interested in the new Lion King remake plush, here you go!

 Additionally, Just Play Toys was very generous by letting attendees spin a prize wheel...

And look what I won— their Toy Story 4 slow foam plush Bunny (which I reviewed already HERE)! I'll admit that I didn't actually win it fairly (to be honest my spin landed on the Secret Life of Pets 2 category), but the guy running the game saw I was THE Pixar guy and broke the rules for me. It was super nice! 

Look how cool the Mattel booth looked. They went all out!! The lights, the colors, the presentation...very tasteful. Most importantly, the kids in attendance seemed to be having a great time playing there with the toys all day long!


I even got to meet my friends from over at Tubey Toys again! So awesome.

Lunch time! Panera Bread catering was a superb choice. Thanks TTPM!


Here they had a nice selection of Mattel, Thinkway, LEGO and Disney Store products. And be sure to check out the video below to see Thinkway's new "Drop Down" Woody in action! Hilarious.



I actually really dig these new Mr. and Mrs Potato Head toys by Hasbro! They're still not perfectly movie accurate, but seeing them in person really convinced me that I'll need to pick these up for my collection.

There you go! I hung around at the event until it ended around 2:30, but that was pretty much it. It was a great place to network and meet some great contacts in the toy industry—not to mention other great toy review influencers! I had a beautiful walk back to the train station and, yes, I stopped into the Disney Store one more time for another quick look around. :)

Another big thanks to TTPM for the invite! If you'd like to see more photos and videos of the event, check out my Instagram stories HERE.

Let me know your thoughts down below! What was your favorite item you saw on display?

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