World's biggest toy fair opens in Essen

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24 Oct, 2013 Updated Thu 24 Oct 2013 08:30 CEST
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Hundreds of toy-makers from around the world are showcasing their new games in the hope of making it onto children's Christmas wish-lists at the world’s biggest toy fair in Essen.

The four-day toy fair opens on Thursday and has 800 exhibitors from 39 countries with products ranging from traditional toys and board games to multi-media entertainment and comic books.

Click here to see some of the exhibits at the toy fair

The annual toy fair in the western German city of Essen has been running for 30 years and covers a space of 48,000 square metres.

But the exhibition is not just geared at children. Adults have been promised their own share of fun with new strategy-based board games like "Terra Mystica," which is said to require sophisticated reasoning skills.

One new game which has got younger children talking is "Kakerlakak." The action-based game, made by the famous Ravensburger toy manufacturer, is predicted to do well this year.

Organizer of the fair Dominique Metzler said that while more sophisticated games are growing in popularity, traditional family board games are still selling well.

Click here to see some of the exhibits at the toy fair


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