Hey gang, Valkor here. Just before my journey outside the US, I took in a little event over in NYC that, going in, I knew there would be more there than what was being mentioned. It was just before Toy Fair 2015 and the gang over at SuperheroStuff wanted to show off a couple of a new product – one in particular was considered the main attraction and most certainly caught my attention. Check it out it’s Sphero and he’s looking to roll into your hearts this year.
First up a little bit of something about Superhero Stuff. And from their about page:
We pride ourselves on having the widest possible selection of superhero merchandise. We carry t-shirts and other products from even the most obscure heroes and villains, so obscure that the guys at Marvel and DC probably forgot they exist. Find another site out there that has more Batman and Superman gear than we do. You can’t. We scour the ends of the earth for this stuff. We have personal relationships with our suppliers, so if there’s a problem, we won’t give you the "runaround." We’ll do our best to let the manufacturer know that your Thor puffy doll has threads coming out of its head or the lead paint flavor of your pint glass doesn’t taste as it should (kidding). We ask all our suppliers to meet current safety standards, so you can be assured that our products are safe and bursting with fruit flavor.
In short, they look to fulfill all of your superhero merchandise needs with a bevy of products that range from outerwear, trinkets, mugs, hats, backpacks - you name it! When I learned who was hosting the event, I was almost expecting to walk into a room, wall-to-wall with superhero schtuff. While the place wasn’t filled to the brim with hero items, what they had in store was still worth checking out. Pics below are very related, I wouldn’t mind seeing a lady friend or two in those Batman undies.
There were a lot of items for the ladies, but there was some stuff that we gents can get behind. I’m kinda privy to the Chewbacca hoodie as well as the Deadpool jacket with hood that covers over your face to form a mask. But ultimately what brought me to the show was Sphero.
Orbotix Sphero is a robotic, Bluetooth controlled ball that works with several apps from either your Android or iOS device. At the time of the event we only got to see just one app that went over the ball’s basic controls of throttle, bump and boost. Pick and play was pretty simple and before I knew it, I had little Sphero rolling over the place. Along with Sphero we were shown other accessories such as a ramp and a nub cover, which should decrease breakage when slamming Sphero into things.
After Sphero, we were treated to Ollie – I guess you can say Ollie is Sphero’s older brother. Ollie is a smart toy that is a same concept but with a longer shape, but is also app driven; however I don’t believe it has as many as Sphero. Both toys run at great speeds and you’re able to pick up and play straight away. We were given an Ollie to take for a test run so expect a review from Alacran very soon.
It was a pretty short yet an entertaining experience hanging with SuperheroStuff and I’m looking forward to featuring many of their items on these pages in the near future. We’ve still got that Ollie review with a Sphero review to follow so stay tuned for this and more.