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The Baby Buzzer from IQ Baby is a unique baby toy with the amazing ability to calm a fussy baby. This musical, vibrating baby soother fits easily in a purse or pocket and has soft teethable ears. It features three buttons set to play sweet, soothing and classical lullabies by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. Vibrating motion and eyes that light up add to the buzzer's considerable list of features. The Baby Buzzer requires 2 AAA batteries. Demo batteries are included.
— The Baby Buzzer was among the popular baby gift items in the store of Ginger Milligan, owner of Fantasy Island Toys in Fairhope, Ala.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14506 (added 8/7/2007)
Kids can perform like a pro with the electronic Tune in Violin with bow that produces 18 pre-programmed tunes and a light show, too. Made of plastic, the instrument features volume control and requires 2 AA batteries (not included). "Featuring a bow that moves over faux strings to create realistic notes, flashing lights and 18 different programmed songs that children can listen to or play along with, the Tune in Violin is a playful way to encourage imaginative play, develop cognitive thinking and instill a lasting love of music," said Debra Fine, CEO of Small World Toys.
— “The Tune In Violin or the Saxophone from Small World still seems to be our most popular seller,” said Kim Emigh, VP of e-commerce at Growing Tree Toys in State College, Pa.
— This product was named as a top-10 best seller by Jamie Burdette, owner of LB Toys in Media, Pa., in spring 2008. “It’s a good, interactive toy and good quality,” he said, noting a few months later that he sells about 30 per month.
— Three of 45 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly in summer 2007 said Small World or Neurosmith musical toys were selling well, reporting average sales of about 10 to 20 units a month. Ten percent of 68 retailers listed Small World as their top supplier of musical toys in summer 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14258 (added 7/23/2007)
The Cozy Clubhouse makes for a perfect play house setting. It's a cabin-shaped tent with two mesh windows, hook-and-loop enclosures, and an awning that rolls up and ties. It comes with a waterproof ground sheet, lightweight and brightly colored polyester, and plastic poles for safe and active play. The Clubhouse includes a bag with hook-and-loop closure for easy storage, and it connects to Tube Travel, Hide In Hideout and See Mee TeePee.
— "Small World's crawl tent" was among the best-selling items in play houses according to Amy Barrett, owner of Lasso the Moon Wonderful Toys in Helena, Mont.
— Three of 62 retailers cited Small World play houses as best-sellers in their stores. These specialty retailers told TDmonthly in spring 2007 that they sell about one Small World tent per month.
— "Lightweight, brightly colored, and ideal for indoor or outdoor fun, this clubhouse strengthens all of the skills associated with active play, including movement and agility, while also encouraging imaginative play. It makes for the perfect playhouse for all children," said Debra Fine, CEO of Small World Toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13514 (added 6/15/2007)
This sturdy, three-story dollhouse is the perfect setting for expansive living. There’s plenty of room for all kinds of accessories and endless imaginative play. Features include an open design for easy access, stairs from the second to third floor, and a built-in handle in the roof for easy carrying. "With its sturdy, heirloom-quality wood construction and open design, this beautiful dollhouse is not only a home where little imaginations can play and grow, but also a wonderful setting to encourage cooperative play with caregivers and other children," said Debra Fine, CEO of Small World Toys.
— "They're really good quality," said Tristan Hewitt, manager of Dragon's Toy Box in Seattle, when asked about Ryan's Room dollhouses.
— Seventeen of 62 retailers told TDmonthly in spring 2007 that Small World is generally the best-selling brand in play houses. One or two dollhouses a year was a common sales figure given among retailers — especially those concentrated in the Northwest — regarding the Ryan's Room brand.
— Ryan’s Room dollhouses and furniture are in the top-10 best sellers at LB Toys in Media, Pa. “The traditional dollhouses and furniture are made of natural wood,” Owner Jamie Burdette told TDmonthly in spring 2008. “That’s obviously a plus with the lead-paint situation.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13511 (added 6/15/2007)
This All-In-One Fashion Set comes with 150 fashion accessories to make a girl's doll the best-dressed baby on the block. Kids will love styling every aspect of their dolls, from hair to clothes to makeup. The Fashion Set features a beautiful doll with a number of different outfits. It comes with a working hair dryer, pretend makeup and cool accessories. There's no end to the stylish looks kids can create with this set.
— "We sell quite a lot of the Small World baby line. Across the board their stuff does well," said Karen Leppmann, owner of Finnegan's Toys and Gifts in Portland, Ore., when asked about hot-selling dolls.
— Two of 62 retailers TDmonthly spoke with in spring 2007 said Small World is a best seller in the doll category. Some specialty retailers told TDmonthly they sell three or four units a month of the Small World dolls.
— "Featuring a smiling doll, three complete outfits and an exciting assortment of styling tools and accessories, this all-in-one fashion playset comes complete with 150 pieces, giving it endless imaginative play value for children and economic value for parents," said Debra Fine, CEO of Small World Toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13508 (added 6/15/2007)
This deluxe 45-piece cookware and food set has everything a child needs to pretend-cook delicious and nutritious meals. The brightly colored plastic set includes a cutting board, knife, fry pan, cooking pot, pretend foods and everything else kids come to expect when play-dining. The set comes in its own see-through plastic carrying box with a lid that snaps shut on both sides and can be turned over to use as a tray.
— When asked about playsets in spring 2007, Teri Soelter, owner of Teri's Toybox in Edmonds, Wash., said, "We sell a lot of kitchen-type things for boys and girls — play food. We get them from Small World. We probably sell a couple of dozen per month.”
— Two of 39 retailers cited Small World Gourmet as part of their top-selling lines of playsets.
— Marilyn Sipila, owner of Toys Etc. in Poulsbo, Wash., named Small World Toys as one of her favorite vendors in spring 2007. “I like companies that churn out high-quality product,” she said.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12555 (added 5/2/2007)
The Pull-Along Cart combines the attributes of three different styles of play: pull toy, building blocks and puzzle solving. The cart comes with 25 brightly colored and assorted wooden blocks. There’s rubber on the wheels for traction and safety.
— “I sell a lot of the Small World IQ baby products,” said Amy Barrett, owner of Lasso the Moon Wonderful Toys in Helena, Mont.
— “I couldn’t give you one figure,” Barrett admitted about the sales of IQ baby products in her store. “Let me just say that we sell a lot.”
— "The Pull-Along Block Cart incorporates traditional block play with the added benefits of storage and pull-along fun," said Lisa Orman, public relations manager for Small World Toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12288 (added 4/12/2007)
The Tolo Fishing Boat Bath Toy is actually 3 toys in one: a fisherman inside a small boat that fits insides a larger boat. It's made of durable plastic in bright primary colors. The Tolo Fishing Boat is a real catch for young sailors in their tubs.
— "One thing we sold a lot of is little boats from Small World," said Mary Sisson, owner of Kazoodles in Vancouver, Wash.
— Sisson said she sold 22 units in the last year: "We would have sold a lot more if we had gotten a lot more, too."
— "This is the only fishing toy in the market that actually works to really catch the fish, since it brings the magnets together in the water," said Lisa Orman, public relations for Small World Toys. "They are European-made to last forever and are diamond polished so that the edges are completely smooth."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12274 (added 4/10/2007)
The Grinch who stole Christmas is coming to town. Activated with a clap or a touch, the Grinch features superior sound quality and mechanical head movement. With rhymes straight out of Dr. Seuss's classic book, it's a playfully perfect way to encourage early language skills and introduce rhyme patterns to little Whos over 18 months old. Launch date: July 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12051 (added 3/22/2007)
The Cat in the Hat is back, here to inspire giggles and joy with rhymes straight out of Dr. Seuss’ famous book. Activated with a clap or a touch and made from soft, high-quality plush material, the Cat in the Hat features superior sound quality and mechanical head movement. It’s a playfully perfect way to encourage early language skills and introduce rhyme patterns to little ones over 18 months old. Launch date: March 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12050 (added 3/22/2007)
Small World Toys has the perfect new item to help little ones find their navel, just in case it’s gone astray. Karen Katz’ adorable book “Where Is Baby’s Belly Button,” along with a cuddly plush toy that comes to life from the story, will help baby solve this caper in no time. The plush doll measures 12”, and the company requires a minimum order of four units. Launch date: June 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12049 (added 3/22/2007)
The Gertie Ball now has a little barnyard twist to it. Designed to fit into the smallest of hands, yet consisting of the same unique materials that have made the Gertie ball famous, Baby Gerties are sure to provide joy and fun for the littlest among us. They feature smiling farm-animal designs, which include a cow, sheep, pig and duck.
— "The kind of ball is important. [We] have Gertie balls," was a comment about outdoor best-sellers provided by Donna Dobkin, owner of Leapin' Lizards Toy Company in Bend, Ore.
— "We like...Gertie balls," said Frances Finfrock, owner of Aunt Franny's Toys in Richland, Wash.
— Four of 18 retailers told TDmonthly that Gertie Balls remain hot-sellers in their stores.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11896 (added 3/13/2007)
Children can mix-and-match these cuddly plush friends that feature magnetically interchangeable heads and tails. Collecting all six in the collection allows kids to create more than 200 PlajaPets. In June 2007, new PlajaPets Tiger, Platypus, Rhino, Monster, Pig and Monkey were launched. “The very unique look and feel of our characters draws kids (and adults) to them. Once children get these in their hands, they honestly do not want to put them down. [They have been embraced by] teachers ... in classrooms all over the United States, as well as by child psychologists who teach cognitive development,” COO Jason Johnson of Plaja International told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11548 (added 2/21/2007)
These solid rubberwood blocks are cut into a variety of fun, architectural shapes, and finished to prevent splinters and slightly rounded at the corners to keep play safe. Each of the precisely engineered blocks — rectangles, columns, pillars, arches, triangles and more — is exactly related in size to the basic unit blocks, which helps develop problem-solving and perception skills while nurturing creativity.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10626 (added 12/11/2006)
Active Edge Extreme Virtual Distance Football tells you how far you've thrown the ball. The football has a digital LCD readout on it that displays the distance thrown in yards. Super grip texture and durable foam construction are just like a real football.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10238 (added 11/27/2006)
The Virtual Speed Baseball is just like a real baseball, with a leather cover and stitching. The difference is that it clocks the speed of a throw with an LCD display that’s powered by non-replaceable batteries. So, although you can throw it, you can’t hit it. It’s a specialty item that’s neat for all kids but can be used as a training tool for up-and-coming baseball players, too.
— “Small World Toys has a baseball that you can throw and it will tell you how fast you’re throwing. That’s been popular,” described Terri Bracken, owner of Earth Explorers Toys in Zionsville, Ind.
— “Virtual Speed Baseball,” was the answer given by Warren Brown, owner of French’s Toy Shop in Concord, N.H. when asked about top-selling fitness toys in his store.
— Lisa Orman, public relations rep for Small World Toys told TDmonthly, “Children love to challenge themselves, and the Virtual Speed Baseball allows them to challenge themselves again and again, and try to beat their ‘best throw.’ It lasts for more than 100,000 throws!”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9448 (added 9/21/2006)
This 4-piece set includes a helmet, breastplate, sword and shield. It’s available in silver or black.
— “Mostly knight armor and swords: That’s what consistently sells well,” was the sales trend observed at Blue Turtle in Dayton, Ohio, by owner Carolyn Meyer.
— “What’s popular are swords and things that would go with that. ... That seems to be best now,” seconded Gwen Bowden, manager at Doodlehopper 4 Kids in Springfield, Va.
— Lisa Orman, public relations for Small World Toys, shared with TDmonthly: “This set is a great value. All pieces are soft plastic, and made for safe, comfortable, imaginative play.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9442 (added 9/21/2006)
This is a natural for kids who want to imagine themselves engaged in fantastic activities. It comes with a plastic handle and is made with foam, so the only thing it clobbers is boredom.
— "Magical Sword from Small World does real well," said Marilyn Walker, owner of Play Fair Toys in Boulder, Colo.
— "Foam Swords from Small World," was also the quick response that Betty Quigley, manager of Grandrabbits Toy Shoppe in Superior, Colo., gave when asked to name a best-seller in the foam category.
— The “blade” comes in red, yellow or blue and has a plastic handle.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9064 (added 8/21/2006)
This spacious two-story dollhouse has a charming A-frame design and six large rooms. There’s easy access through the roof, sides and front sliding doors, so that little hands can reach in to play, and the upstairs balcony has two rows of colorful flowers. There’s lots of floor space, more room for fun… and a built-in handle for carrying.
— "I like the Ryan’s Room dollhouse sets by Small World," said Kristen Fennell, manager of Kids R Kids in West Roxbury, Mass.
— "We also do well with Ryan’s Room dollhouse by Small World," added Roger Lee, co-owner of Olney Toys in Olney, Md.
— Three of 51 retailers specifically cited the Ryan's Room dollhouses as favorite wooden toys in their stores.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8439 (added 6/29/2006)
Designed especially for younger children, this plastic play mat keeps kids amused, while a gentle, adjustable stream of water keeps them cool. Activities include whimsical, floating characters, a safe plastic mirror, three squirting fish and water spraying fountains. The pool attaches easily to any standard garden hose.
— “This is the one that parents get because it’s for the very young,” commented Terry Meyers, owner of Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock, Texas. “It’s like a mini water park for little ones.”
— “When blown up, the sides are higher than the bottom, so it’s safe for kids 12 months and up,” Small World Toys president Debra Fine told TDmonthly. “The water only comes up about 1 to 1½ feet.”
— This product was launched in 2005 and has been selling well ever since, added Fine.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8400 (added 6/27/2006)
Attach a hose to this sprinkler and kids will have to be fast to dodge the unpredictable spraying action. It’s a twisting, spraying typhoon that’ll keep everyone cool, and the grass green, all summer long. It’s new for 2006. “It’s done incredibly well,” Small World Toys president, Debra Fine, told TDmonthly. “It’s fun because it’s random and a lot of kids can play at once.”
— The Geyser Blast is a hit at Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock, Texas, owner Terry Meyers told TDmonthly. “It’s got tubes so water goes all over the place.”
— As of 06/08/2011 this product had 4 out of 5 stars from 24 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Sprays a lot of water in different directions; more fun than a regular sprinkler; great for watering the lawn. Cons: Does not work as well as advertised; boring; intended age group should be lowered.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8399 (added 6/27/2006)
Kids can now create an American classic – the hamburger! This 8-piece plastic set includes all the fixin’s for the best burger ever: hamburger patty and bun, sliced tomato, sliced pickle, lettuce leaf, cheese slice and plastic knife. Each piece has Velcro on both sides for easy stacking. If kids take a look on the back of the box, they’ll learn fun facts about burgers plus be able to review the food pyramid.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7989 (added 5/24/2006)
Everything a kid needs for pretend construction play! The 22-piece set includes a wrench, hammer, work-board, 4 nails, 4 nuts and bolts, pliers, screwdriver, drill plus 3 drill bits. The drill even makes a realistic drilling sound when it is used! Pieces store securely in the hard plastic carrying case with window, snap closures and convenient handle.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7839 (added 5/10/2006)
Kids can discover more than 400 fascinating facts about animals in the jungle. An interactive talking quiz map makes it fun for kids to learn about what these amazing creatures eat, live and do. It rewards correct answers and provides information on missed questions. It measures approximately 13" x 15" and requires three AA batteries (not included).
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7673 (added 4/21/2006)
Catchy sing-along songs teach toddlers all about shapes as they explore the many surprise features and textures of this giant block of fun. It’s plush with six different geometric-shaped flaps that hide secret pockets, surprise activities and various zippers, buttons and snaps. Each block includes six upbeat tunes and a peek-a-boo mirror. They teach shapes, colors and dress-me skills — it can even help babies age 6 months and up to stand.
— Breck Hewitt, co-owner of Dragon’s Toy Box in Seattle, finds that the “Neurosmith music blocks are always great.”
— Jana Rogers, a Syracuse, N.Y., mom, said, “My daughter started using it around 6 months. She used it to help her start pulling up and feeling all the different sides. By 9 months she was standing (with its help) and playing. She is almost 2 now and still loves it.”
— It was selected as one of the Top 10 Toys of the Year, as seen on The Today Show.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7666 (added 4/21/2006)
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