Toy Fair 2022 Cancelled

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  1. ezim93

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    https://twitter.com/ToyBook/status/1481071464195448832

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    The Toy Association | Insipiring Generations of Play

    New York, NY | January 11, 2022 – The Toy Association, producer of Toy Fair New York, the largest toy, play, and youth entertainment marketplace in the Western Hemisphere, has announced the cancellation of Toy Fair New York, originally set to take place, February 19 to 22, 2022 at the Javits Center in New York City.

    “Key to our efforts these past two weeks has been the balance of some 700 remaining committed toy manufacturers saying they need and want Toy Fair 2022 to build their businesses, weighing that against those departing and seriously on the fence, and needing to provide a sufficient quantity and quality across the retail buying community necessary to deliver a positive experience,” said Steve Pasierb, President & CEO of The Toy Association. “As that balance has shifted, we are obligated to make the best decision in everyone’s interest no matter how heartbreaking for so many and potentially damaging some business’ future prospects. The wide range of other events that occur across New York City during Toy Fair week are now also impacted.”

    Toy Fair New York has a 117-year unparalleled track record of success. It remains The Toy Association’s responsibility to protect business rights, promote toy companies, advocate for members, and help members sell more product – which includes delivering a worthwhile investment in a quality, essential trade event.

    “Certainly, there are legitimate concerns around the pandemic that has guided thinking,” added Pasierb. “Many are saying they are very comfortable with being in New York City, at the Javits Center, and at the show given strict health and safety protocols in place, while travel concerns and for some, staff absences due to illness at home, rightfully weigh on their minds.”

    With about 700 toy manufacturers who remained committed to exhibiting at Toy Fair, “constant, unfounded rumors” on social media and elsewhere defied The Toy Association’s best efforts to sustain the show amid global uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

    Pasierb concluded: “Delivering a best-in-class next Toy Fair for all the varied audiences it serves so well is now our focus. We will be working with all exhibitors on next steps to unwind February 2022 and build a solid base for visitors from across the world to again experience Toy Fair.”
     
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    That's unfortunate, but better to not take the risk considering everything that's still going on. Although I do have to wonder what the state of it will be next year (assuming current world affairs aren't a concern by then). Will they have the money or think it's even worth trying to put the show together after 2 years without?
     
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    It was for the best.

    Okay maybe not that shocked! :p 
     
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    So it's Twitter's fault?

    admittedly a lot of things are, but still- that seems excessive...
     
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    Yeah… I just hope Hasbro’s not like “uh, wh-what?! Really? Okay… well… we’ll need several months to convert our in-person event to a streaming PowerPoint so… … … reveals in June maybe :rolleyes: “ :( 
     
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    Hasbro was already banking on not attending, so nothing will change on their end.
     
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    Hasbro dropped out already well before this announcement, and it was likely the catalyst that started the push towards the inevitable (whether they blame "unfounded rumors" or not, no one is surprised by this.)
     
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    I think the big issue is last week Walmart, Target and Amazon had pulled out. Lots of manufacturers wanted to go but none of the buyers were gonna be there. This isn’t really a public show, it’s main purpose is to get manufacturers and the retail buyers together.
     
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    Still expecting Legacy Cybertron Metroplex’s official reveal in February
     
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    Highly doubt that
     
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    They'll probably do it at Pulsecon
     
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    I’m thinking somewhere between announcing wave 2 or 3
     
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    When’s Pulsecon?
     
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    Maybe a Fan Fest This Spring.
     
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    The last one was in October I think.
     
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    October last year.
     
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