All the Rage at the Toy Fair: Robotics

The International Toy Fair is under way in New York. This year's big trend: robotic toys. Thanks to cheaper microchips, most of the toys at the year's fair have a little computer. There's a life-like pony named Butterscotch that moves its head towards you when you pet it. And, there's a Superman "inflata-suit," which makes it look like you're growing muscles. And Ken is back, buff, with a new hairstyle, hoping to win back Barbie.

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The International Toy Fair is under way in New York. This year's big trend: robotic toys. Thanks to cheaper microchips, most of the toys at the year's fair have a little computer. There's a life-like pony named Butterscotch that moves its head towards you when you pet it. And, there's a Superman Inflata-Suit, which makes it look like you're growing muscles. And Ken has returned, newly buffed, with a better hairstyle, hoping to win back Barbie with his makeover.

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