While technically not the first day of Toy Fair, today was my first day at the show. It involved getting up at 3:30 in the morning, braving the icy roads of Connecticut, enjoying a brief visit with my cousin in Hoboken where I parked, and taking a bus over to the hotel. After that it was off to the Javitz center to hit the floor and see what was going on!

My first two appointments were with LEGO and Hasbro, and both David and I will be posting about items from there in the days to come. I also met with Haba, Peaceable Kingdeom, AEG, a bunch of indie developers and more. Th day wrapped up with an after hours event at Steve Jackson’s pop-up Munchkin store, which was pretty amazing.

I got to checkout the new Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers board game, some great cooperative games, and some pretty amazing independent games like, Poop, Mobscenity, Funemployed, What the Food!?, Letter Tycoon, Billionaire Banshee, 49, The Appalachian Trail game, Hogger Logger, Twirk, and more. I saw a new party game for Hollywood Game Night’s Four Letter Words. I saw lots, and lots, of Munchkin.

In the end my feet are tired, I’m exhausted, but at the same time I’m having a ball. Toy Fair is unlike any other convention I’ve been to, and there’s nothing like being surrounded by toys & games, and the people who make/sell/love them. As the week goes by I’ll start posting more in-depth about what I’ve seen here, and what you can expect to see on store shelves throughout the year.