For us arctophiles, teddy bears are members of the family. It doesn’t matter if they are so tiny they can be cradled in the palms of our hands, or so huge that they dominate one-third of a king-size bed. The physical size of the bear doesn’t matter; its ability to touch us emotionally and sentimentally is what counts. Teddy bears are our “spirit animals,” and Zwergnase knows that there is a definite marriage between mohair and mental connections, plush and psychic telepathy. They make bears that bridge the gap between children’s playthings and playful children themselves.
The soft-art category is a fascinating one, because it encompasses so much potential. At Toy Fair 2018, there certainly were tons of plush possibilities. And if variety is the spice of life, then this year’s gathering at Javits Center was a zesty and tasty Italian super buffet.
In the world of plush landscapes, Toy Fair truly matters. And, quite honestly, within that rarefied real estate in Manhattan, colors seem to matter a great deal! Inside Javits Center, which is huge, glass-encased, and generally gray, the hues of Toy Fair are bright, brilliant, and bold. If Judy Garland as Dorothy had taken an unintentional detour off the Yellow Brick Road, I think she might have ended up in the Javits plush aisle. (Interesting side note: that actually could have happened! Celebrating its 115th year in 2018, New York’s Toy Fair would have been a youthful 35 years old when “The Wizard of Oz” was being filmed!)