When Disney opened its first major toy store in the United States in 1883, the store was packed with toys.
Now, the company has nearly 6,000 outlets across the country, but many of its biggest sales come from its toys.
Here’s a look at some of the trends that are reshaping the toy market.
(Alice Li/The Washington Post) “I’m a little bit surprised to see them having a major store,” said David J. Bock, the vice president of retail research at Forrester Research, a research firm.
“I think it’s a bit of a shift in what toys people are buying.
I’m a bit surprised by the number of toys that are being sold, but that is a trend that I think we’ll see continue to be the trend.”
Forrestest recently released a report on the retailing trends in the toy business, calling out several trends, including a shift toward smaller-sized toys, higher prices for toys and increasing demand for toys made with toys rather than machines.
Some of the major trends the research firm has seen include: – Smaller toys are being bought by more people than ever.
The average age of the consumer buying a toy is about 34, according to Forresters research.
– The trend toward more realistic toys.
For example, last year, the Toy Story 2 dolls were the most realistic toys on Amazon, selling for about $8.99 each.
The next closest toys were the LEGO Star Wars set and the Lego Minifigures set, which were at $4.99.
– Toys with more realistic facial expressions.
For instance, last summer, Barbie’s ears, nose and mouth were more realistic than the last generation of toys, and the toy company recently added a new face for the doll.
And the trend toward toys made by the same company.
The trend toward smaller toys is particularly strong for toys like the Winnie the Pooh figurine, which has been selling for $19.99 since 2012.
The trend towards more realistic faces has also grown as people are turning to online shopping for face-replacement services.
Forrester also found that the trend is spreading among teens, particularly in the U.S. The percentage of 15-to-19-year-olds who are buying dolls and other figurines rose from 13 percent in 2012 to 19 percent in 2016, for example.
Toys made with animals were also trending upward in 2017.
A recent survey by the National Toy Manufacturers Association found that a majority of consumers said they would buy a doll made with a non-human animal in 2020, up from 43 percent in 2017, and that of all toys that have an animal, more than 80 percent would buy one made by a human.
“It’s really a trend,” said Kevin P. Murphy, the CEO of ToyBiz, a company that makes toy accessories.
“You’ll see a trend of more people buying animals.
The reason is they like the animals and they love the company.
I think that will continue to grow.
I don’t think it’ll go away any time soon.”
In 2017, for instance, toys made of PVC and ABS plastic, including Barbie dolls and Playmates toys, sold for $4 to $8 each.
Toys made of metal, plastic and other materials also are up, and for the first time in years, toys sold at retail outlets and at big box stores were sold at a higher level than online.
Other trends include the growing popularity of robots, and a more diverse marketplace.
Robots are increasingly popular in the toys business, and many of the new products being sold are made with humans.
For more on toys and robotics, see our article, “Why Robots Could Make Your Life Easier.” –