Toy Trend: The Katniss-ifcation of Toys!

February 15, 2013    |    By +
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From the tens of thousands of new toys at the 2013 American International Toy Fair, you start to see some distinct trends. Toys like the upcoming REBELLE line from NERF and the AIR HUNTRESS bow from ZING TOYS are not only tapping into the Hunger Games mania, but the bigger picture idea that lots of girls want to play with “boys” toys. It seems like toy makers are finally catching up to the idea that girls just wanna have fun too!

The Toys: The Air Huntrees by Zing Toys and the new Rebelle line of toys from Nerf.

The Scoop: Inspired by Katniss Everdeen’s no holds barred, girl-power style, Zing Toys and Nerf have tapped into an active and edgy play for the young ladies. The Air Huntress is basically a made-over Z-Curve Bow (a Zing Toys best-seller!). Whether she’s playing indoors or outside, she’ll love channeling her inner-Katniss shooting soft-foam-tipped arrows up to 125 feet! Don’t let the pink fool ya, the Air Huntress bow really lets ‘em fly and most certainly are Panem-ready!

Also taking cues from pop Hollywood hits like The Hunger Games and Brave, Nerf is launching an entire line dedicated to bringing empowering active play toys to girls! Later this year, Nerf’s Rebelle (pronounced “reb-BELL”) line up will let girls get into the Nerf shooter and blaster arena…just like their brothers! With an arsenal of toys including the Heartbreaker Bow, the Crossbow and accessories like eyewear and a “Mission Kit”, girls will be poised to take over the block from the fellas.

A Great Gift For:  Girls who loved to hold their own against they boys and ladies who have that Girl Power streak running through them!

When & How Much?  The Air Huntress is available now for around $30. The Rebelle line will debut this Fall. The Rebelle Crossbow will run around $25 and everything else in the Rebelle line is tentatively priced between $25 and $10.

You don’t want to miss the scoop from the “110th annual American International Toy Fair® (February 10th – 13th )! It’s the largest toy and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere, bringing together more than 1,000 exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents from around the globe to showcase their toy and entertainment products from classic toys to interactive entertainment and everything in between.”

Each year, the Gift Gurus walk the over 350,000 square feet at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City in search of the most giftable toys and games. It truly is a labor of love (and comfy shoes!) to get an early look at what’s new and exciting for the kiddos. This industry only event is where the big sellers for the holidays are determined…yes, they are determined in February! And, as always, we’re taking you with us into the belly of the beast to see what’s hot before it hits the shelves.

Stay tuned to see all of our American International Toy Fair finds for the scoop on what our predictions are for this and previous years.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.