Coding, customizing and poop may seem to have little in common, but they could shape your child's wish list this year.
With more than 1,000 exhibitors, including big names such as Hasbro and Mattel, the Toy Industry Association's annual Toy Fair can be a bellwether of where the market is headed. Wandering the show floor, attendees can spot some of the major themes and sometimes baffling ideas that toymakers hope will catch kids' attention.
But it's not a full picture.
"The show doesn't shape what people are going to buy," said Jim Silver, CEO and editor of TTPM, a kids entertainment site that puts out a holiday hot toys list each year.
Manufacturers keep plenty of toys in development under wraps to announce later in the year, both to prevent knock-offs and generate consumer excitement closer to the shopping season.
"Why get excited in February, if I can't buy it until September?" he said.
These nine trends could influence the toy market this year.
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By CNBC's Kelli B. Grant
Posted 22 Feb. 2014