You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy Big Boys Toys, the luxury lifestyle and innovation exhibit, which kicked off Friday at the new World Market Center conference center.
The event, in its second year in Las Vegas, showcases innovative products, gadgets and collectibles that only a millionaire can afford to buy, but that doesn’t make them any less fun to see up close. .
âThis is truly the only show in Las Vegas where it doesn’t matter whether you are a man or a woman, young or old or anyone of color,â said Biju Jayaraaj, CEO of the show which has its origins in Dubai.
âAnd you don’t have to be rich to get in,â he said. âAnyone can come here and be inspired. “
The show continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to the public with $ 10 admission. Parking in the World Market Center car park is free and the garage is connected to the entrance by a hallway.
On the exhibition floor is a bathtub encrusted with Swarovski diamonds, vintage classic cars, e-bikes, gemstone artwork and a flying car.
Stephen Cook, an entrepreneur based in South Jordan, Utah, said he plans to drive his Volante flying vehicle on the Strip on Friday night.
Cook said the Volante aircraft is the only street legal ATV experimental aircraft registered and licensed by the Utah Department of Transportation to operate on highways and streets and by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly as a experimental aircraft.
He said one of his goals in exhibiting the flying car was to get investors to support his bid to perfect the vehicle and ultimately build a manufacturing facility to mass produce them.
âAnyone who likes to go fast and get away from traffic will want to have one,â Cook said in his exhibit space.
Cook estimates that once the vehicles are mass produced, it would cost $ 180,000. Owners would also need to obtain a pilot’s license to be able to fly it.
The two-passenger vehicle has retractable fenders for street driving, a 36-gallon fuel tank, and a range of 600 miles.
It acquired the Volante from its designer and builder, retired Marine Col. KP Rice, who first piloted the vehicle in 2003.
Cook is convinced an auto company would want to back him, or he could appear on the “Shark Tank” TV show, which features entrepreneurs in front of a panel of potential investors. He thinks that if nothing else, an appearance on âShark Tankâ would provide him with additional public exposure.
âI like being in the spotlight,â he said. âEvery time I drive it, I always see people taking videos. This is what I expect on the Strip, more visibility.
While Jayaraaj says flying cars, jewelry, and high-powered off-roaders steal the show, the coolest thing he ever saw at a Big Boys Toys show was a stress reduction game. . He said people sat in a circle at a table, each wearing a headband that would calculate stress levels. A floating globe would travel within the group, driving away those with less stress and coming closer to those under stress. The idea is to stay as calm as possible while playing to keep the globe away.
Jayaraaj plans to return the show every year to Las Vegas during the first two weeks of November, and he plans to develop a global competition for the most innovative products available to display for free at future shows.