The toy market is something that is constantly changing. In fact, if kids were to ask their parents, the toys of today seem too futuristic for past generations. When the Atari video game system first hit the store shelves in the 1980’s, the progressive game system was not only marketed to children but also to their parents.
Of course the Atari wasn’t enough; there were many systems that follow including Nintendo, PlayStation, X-Box and the Wii. Ask any child of the 80’s and they will tell you that Pac-Man, Frogger and Donkey Kong were the greatest games ever made. Today’s video games are much more real and have a whole new level of complexity. With 3D graphics and some violence, parents cringe at the video games their children are playing.
Outside the video game world were wooden blocks and plastic dolls. These days the wooden blocks have been put aside and now most things are plastic or interactive electronic. The electronic phase seems like it is here to stay. Anki Drive is a unique toy that has many children and parents alike talking. For those who like driving video games and want to feel like they are actually in the car, this game is sure to please. Using robotics and artificial intelligence the game system becomes real for the players. Interactive cars that come alive right on the living room floor are all the rage these days. Honestly, what could be better than that?
The same could be said of the typical doll. The dolls of days gone by had cute diaper bags, diapers for the one’s that could do number one or two and tons of accessories. Nowadays, dolls are interactive and can be plugged into the computer. The dolls can talk to you, know your name, respond to your commands and quite frankly be scary if they turn on in a dark room. It’s certain that toys have evolved for both boys and girls alike.
It is always hard to predict the future, especially when dealing with toys. Just when society thinks that toys have gone as advanced as they can, the masterminds at the toy industry come out with something far superior. Marketing trends show that kids of today are way advanced in their technological skills and it takes a whole lot more to keep them entertained. Only time will tell what is next, but I am sure it will be an exciting ride.