Nuremberg Toy Fair 2016

Logo Spielwarenmesse 2016
Logo Spielwarenmesse 2016 DE


Spielwarenmesse 2016
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The Nuremberg Toy Fair is trade show takes place in Germany each year and makers of many kinds of toys display their wares there, including model kit companies. This year is the 67th anniversary of the show and it ran from January 27th to February 1st. According to a press release from Spielwarenmesse, the company that puts on the toy fair, 2,851 companies from 67 countries attended the fair,


displaying every kind of toy you could think of. Major scale model makers attending included Academy Plastic Model, Hasegawa Corporation, Hawk/Lindberg Models, Italeri S.p.A., Miniart Models LTD,  Tamiya and others.

This is an opportunity for these companies to highlight their new releases and generate excitement for their product lines during the coming year. Here’s a few photos of some of Tamiya’s new releases and  a video tour of their exhibit at the fair.



Courtesy of Tamiya Inc.


Courtesy of Tamiya Inc.


Courtesy of Tamiya Inc.

Another video from the fair shows off new releases from the Miniart company. Here you can see that they have their wares all arranged neatly with a nice clean design to the booth to tempt people to come a look at their new products. Here are some photos of their products.




Courtesy of Miniart

Of course, it’s not all about plastic models. Some companies offer R/C cars, helicopters, tanks, boats and other vehicles. There are other companies that sell accessories for scale models, such as paint, weathering pigments, photo-etched parts, replacement parts for model kits and much more. Also in the miniatures field are the model trains and accessories on display. The Marklin company had a variety of products at the show. This video shows what they had to show off.

The show went well and there were no problems. There were more visitors from outside Europe this year, but the number of visitors from Europe and especially Germany were consistent. The visitor’s reaction to this year’s fair was positive, up over a few percentage points from the previous year, with 78.8 percent of the visitors and 83.1 percent of the exhibitors saying they were pleased with this year’s fair.