Whether you call them Kidults, Rejuveniles, Adultescents or big overgrown kids; adults just want to keep playing. Last week, guest blogger Elizabeth Wilson, wrote a very nice piece on the decision by the “Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair’s to have a “Kidult Section” at this year’s show.
One of the questions that arises, however, is what exactly qualifies as a Kidult toy? To find out, I contacted my friends at the HKTDC (Hong Kong Trade and Development Council) to find out what they thought. Here is what they will include in the Kidult Section: Action Figures; Air guns; Board Games; Collectables; Hobby; Mehanical toys; Miniature vehicles; Puzzles; Magic; Models.
Well, I think that they have made a good start but only a start. For example, Urban Vinyl toys(also called Designer Toys) certainly belong in a Kidult section. They are typically produced in limited numbers by gifted designers and demand high prices. If you want to see some of these you can visit anywhere from Kid Robot retail stores to the Museum of Modern Art. These types of toys are frequently made out of vinyl but also can be made out of fabric, wood or steel. For example, “The “Smorkin’ Labbit Clean 1—Inch Pink Edition” by Frank Kozik can be purchased for $60.00.