After two massively successful years, Australia’s favourite toy and game utopia, the Toy and Game Expo, has confirmed its return on July 5-6 with an emphasis on the traditional toys and games that inspired the generation before videogames.
While videogames may have dominated the headlines for the last two decades, the retro revival is in full swing with some of the best known brands showing off their latest wares for a new generation of toy and game fanatics, and possibly some older ones as well!
The Toy and Game Expo has it all to play with and see in action, from Hasbro’s famous Play-Doh and the long awaited Goldiblox, the Hasbro Rebelle blasters to the boyest of boy toys, RC Semi trailers, mini helicopters, Mattel’s Hot Wheels, as well as Meccano building sets, Nerf Zombie and Carerra Slot Cars. Exciting new toys and games will be launched and classics reinvented and revived.
The Expo is all about interactive and hands-on fun and discovery for the whole family. The organisers want to encourage an appreciation of games and toys, and an understanding of the fun and sharing they can bring.
It’s not just toys either. There will be a Chess Grand Master playing against 20 people at the same time, magicians and entertainers roaming the Expo as well as an energetic performance by Nikki Webster’s acrobatic and dancing showgroup
Last year’s Expo played host to over 8,000 little and big kids, and this year more than 10,000 people are expected to devote part of their school holidays to visiting the family-friendly Expo.
Charles Bishop, Co-Convenor, said, “After the immense success of the first two Toy and Game Expos, we wanted to make the 2014 event even bigger and better. This year will feature toys and games that children will be amazed by and Mum and Dad will likely recognise. Plus there will be plenty of additional entertainment.
“We believe that toys and games are things that should be played with, touched and experienced, and that is what the Toy and Game Expo is all about. Our exhibitors won’t be hiding their wares behind glass, there will be plenty for everyone to touch, play with and experience! And if you’re up for a more mentally stimulating challenge, why not come and see our Chess Grand Master take on 20 people at the same time!”
The Toy and Game Expo will span two days from July 5 to 6 at The Dome, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Tickets can be purchased now online at www.toyandgameexpo.com.au.
Parents are encouraged to leave their adulthood at the entrance and show their children their childhood toys and games that now have new twists, including dress ups, Springfree Trampolines, slot cars, classic board games, giant Connect-4, Meccano, Play-Doh, remote control 3.5m semi trailer trucks, and more.
Children can introduce their parents to the latest toys and games from well-known brands to new kids on the block – some so new that they are being launched at the Expo. Hasbro will be launching Doh Vinci styling clay, Moose will be bringing Tekno Puppy and U Games will be launching Goldiblox in Australia, and game designers will be showing us how it is done.
Serious game-players can participate in the Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne National Championships, with winners of tournaments receiving airfare support to allow them to compete in the International Championships in Paris, Essen and Berlin.
The Expo will include toys and games from Hasbro, Mattel, Headstart, Crown and Andrews (makers of the famous Test Match cricket game), RC Crew, Mayfair Games, Pop Trikes, Moose, The Perfect Toy, Tree Frog Games, Mayfair Games, Kayal Games, Nerf, and many more.
The Toy and Game Expo was created by Charles Bishop and Steve Rohan-Jones because of their intense desire to reinforce the values that they themselves had rediscovered through toys and games.
Australia’s premier ‘Toy and Game Expo’
When: 5-6 July, 2014 at 10am-5pm
Where: The Dome, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Ticket prices range from $10 for a single pass for a child aged 4-18, through to $50 for a family of five (cheaper if pre-purchased online). Double-passes for both days of the Expo are also available.
Tickets: Tickets are up to 25% cheaper online and are also available for purchase on the day at the Expo. Tickets purchased online prior to the Expo will receive a Toys Paradise online discount voucher.
All proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets at the Expo will be donated to the Spinal Injury Support Program at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
More info: www.toyandgameexpo.com.au
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Toy and Game Expo
On 5-6 July 2014, the Toy and Game Expo will bring children of all ages together for the biggest play date in Australia. Exhibitors will come from all over the world to showcase the latest in toys, family board games, card games and other family fun in a ‘hands on’ environment. http://toyandgameexpo.com.au/
About the convenors
Charles Bishop and Steve Rohan-Jones believe that the world is a place to play in and enjoy. In giving both big and little kids the opportunity to experience the latest in toys and games, and also to breathe new life into the classics, Bishop and Rohan-Jones truly believe that they have the best jobs in the world.
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