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This easy-grasp toy with colorful, textured teething rings makes an adorable first friend. It measures 10” x 11” x 2.5”. This was formerly a Lizzybee product.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 611 (added 9/1/2004)
This set consists of four adorable sweets in a candy jar with lid. It measures 8” x 12” x 6”, boxed. This is formerly a Lizzybee product.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 612 (added 9/1/2004)
Babies can experience the classic story of “The Three Little Pigs” again and again with these three nesting houses with self-stick fabric closures, a “fall-through” chimney, three squeaking pigs and a wolf. The easy-grasp play figures wipe clean. A story sheet is included. The set measures 16.5” x 7” x 12.25” boxed. This is formerly a LIzzybee product.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 613 (added 9/1/2004)
Block sets are a classic that never go out of style, and FamilyEducation.com notes that blocks allow kids to “master math concepts about shapes, space, balancing and gravity.”
— “Wooden blocks by Melissa & Doug” were expected to be a 2006 holiday hit at The Name Dropper in Montgomery, Ala., owner Shea Schroll told TDmonthly.
— “Standard building blocks by Melissa & Doug … we sell those every day,” Peter (Mr. Toad), owner of Mr. Toad’s Toy Company in Naples, Fla., told TDmonthly in April 2008. Erica Welton, manager of Bedford Falls Toy Store in Charlotte, N.C., said her store sells “two or three sets a day.”
— More than 17 percent of retailers who spoke with TDmonthly in spring 2008 named this item as their best-selling construction toy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 2283 (added 1/31/2005)
Age Range: 3 and up
These chunky, patterned wooden beads with extra-long laces are adorned with designs of numbers and familiar objects.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3236 (added 3/17/2005)
Age Range: 4 and up
More than 200 wood letters fill this brightly colored kit by Melissa & Doug.
--It was selected by Learning Shop to be a part of their Best Toy Guide.
--“[Melissa & Doug] design all products with education in mind, fostering…a strong sense of accomplishment in children of all ages,” says Genius Babies.
--Toys2Wish4.com listed it as a Favorite Toy for ages 9 and up in February 2005.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3244 (added 3/17/2005)
Age Range: 3 and up
This set of 15 pastel-colored wooden tea pieces comes fitted in a tea tray. The sturdy kit includes a teapot, sugar bowl with lid, creamer, two tea cups and saucers, two plates and three spoons.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3945 (added 7/15/2005)
Age Range: 2 and up
Taking the traditional peg puzzle to the next level, realistic animal sounds are heard when the puzzle pieces are properly placed on the board.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3958 (added 7/15/2005)
Age Range: 3 to 7
This 48-piece puzzle has large, colorful pieces and comes with a paper insert of the dinosaur picture to help kids put the pieces in place.? Mary Tague, owner of Toy Town in Key Biscayne, Fla., said "the puzzle speaks for itself" which helps it to sell well at her store.
? Susan Israel, sales person for Toy Box in Asheville, N.C., said the dinosaur-themed puzzles of the Melissa & Doug products sold well at her location.
? On Imaginarium.com, this product received five stars from L. Ansley who wrote, "My 4-year-old daughter loves dinosaurs, but not puzzles so much. She does like this puzzle, though, because the large, sturdy pieces fit together well and stay where they are put."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3960 (added 7/15/2005)
Age Range: 4 and up
Children can make a statement with their own personal creative door hanger. The kit includes markers, stickers and glitter glue. It?s great for party favors and party activity.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3998 (added 7/18/2005)
Age Range: 3 and up
This 10-piece set of musical instruments (heavy on the percussion with maracas, a tambourine and a triangle) lets a child explore the wonders of sound, music, anthropology or just the fun of making some noise.
― Richard Gibson, owner of Learning Express of Newton, Mass., says his store sells about 6 or 7 of these sets per month.
— In summer 2008, Meredith Zellweger, owner of Toy Jungle in Manhattan Beach, Calif., touted this set as her “go-to musical toy.” Melanie Anderson of Daly City, Calif., said, “The kids have so much fun playing with them. They are real instruments, not plastic imitations that don´t sound quite right. This was a purchase I don´t regret.”
— Three of 45 retailers cited Band in a Box when asked about best-selling musical toys in mid 2007, citing sales of between three and 10 units per month. Seven of 48 retailers named it as a musical best seller in January 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4401 (added 8/31/2005)
Kids can paint with sweeping gestures when they use this generous-sized easel. One side is a chalkboard, the other´s a dry-erase board. Load a piece of paper into the paper holder and kids can paint and scribble to their heart’s content. Each side of the easel features a colorful tray that can hold paints, cups, chalk, erasers, clips and more. “Our Deluxe Easel has become one of our best-selling items because of its great value, high-quality construction and versatility,” said Rick Davis, part of the marketing team at Melissa & Doug. It has two adjustable boards that allow children of all sizes to enjoy painting and creating, and the easy-to-clean trays are removable in seconds.”
— This product has been making the TDmonthly Best-sellers lists since 2005.
— As of 1.06.2011 this product had 4.5 out of 5 stars from 647 reviews on Amazon.com and was No. 18 on the top 100 bestselling toys and games. Pros: Double Sided; easy to clean. Cons: Supplies must be purchased separately.
— "The Melissa & Doug Easel, hands-down, beats everything in terms of dollars. It's well-made and good value," was the praise given by David Campbell, owner of Amazing Toys in Great Falls, Mont.
— “Our easel, from Melissa & Doug, just blows out of here,” said Nishan Shepard, owner of Rockridge Kids in Oakland, Calif., in early 2010.
— Seven of 48 retailers named the easel as their top-selling art item in January 2010, reporting average sales of three per month.
— This easel has been a consistent best seller for Jillie Beans Toys & More of Westminster, Colo., since the store opened in 2006. (April 2010)
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4844 (added 9/29/2005)
Age Range: 3 and up
Children can learn while playing with this colorful 12” x 18” puzzle made of painted wood. The pictures under each piece represent the numerical value.
— Kim Walter, manager of Giggles in Stoughton, Wis., said that this is one of her strongest products. “Just fabulous” is how she described it.
— “The bright colorful pieces help kids tactilely learn about numbers and feel the accomplishment of solving the puzzle. They sell really well,” noted Susan Waterstreet of Tree Top Kids in Washington, D.C. “We do really well with puzzles,” she added.
— All Melissa & Doug products are top sellers at Golden Aspen Toys in Chicago, sales associate Sherri Anaya told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4884 (added 9/30/2005)
Age Range: 2 and up
It’s “all aboard!” for this toy. The train is leaving the station to have plenty of kiddie passengers. The 15 interchangeable brightly colored pieces let kids design their own cars. It measures 17" x 3" x 6".
— This train moves off the shelves for Kim Walter, manager of Giggles in Stoughton, Wis. She told TDmonthly, “People seem to love all the vehicles in this line.”
— “That’s one of our best selling items,” said Susan Waterstreet of Tree Top Kids in Washington, D.C. “We also now have a jumbo version; they’re fabulous sellers for kids 2 and up.”
— This toy is a steady seller at Be Beep A Toy Shop in Columbia, S.C.
— Since Jillie Beans Toys & More opened in Westminster, Colo., in fall 2006, Melissa & Doug’s Stacking Train has been a consistently strong seller, Owner Valerie Elsea told TDmonthly in April 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4886 (added 9/30/2005)
Each side of this peek-a-boo birdhouse features a window that houses a velvety bird that rattles, jingles, squeaks or crinkles, and can be sorted by shape or color. It measures 12” x 10” x 12”, boxed.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 5616 (added 11/21/2005)
Tucked away in a wooden box are 16 different animal and nature stamps that kids can use to create their own designs. Two different inkpads are included, as are seven colored pencils for filling in the spaces.
— “Holy Moly, there’s a ton of stuff that does well” in Melissa & Doug, particularly the stamp and bead sets, enthused Steven Levy, owner of Toy City in Surry, N.H.
— Of 58 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly, four cited Melissa & Doug as makers of popular holiday stocking-stuffer items. Additionally, of the four, three cited Melissa & Doug’s art kits as being the “it” product.
— It was one of the best sellers at Imaginit in Decorah, Iowa, said Kayla Storlee.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 5634 (added 11/21/2005)
This 40-piece set encourages creativity and constructive play. Children can create walls, fences, forts, houses or skyscrapers. The bright, colorful blocks are durable to withstand years of rough play. The set includes three different block sizes.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7582 (added 4/14/2006)
This fantastic colorful plush dragon inspires children’s imaginations while staying soft and snuggly. He measures 40” by 20” by 12”.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8343 (added 6/21/2006)
This big, soft bird is ready to warm up with a friendly hug. He has long, outstretched wings and a wire frame so that he is partially poseable. He is quite realistic looking and measures 23.5" by 13" by 12".
— “Anything penguin,” was the state of plush toys described by Kim Duff, manager at Giggles Toys & More in Bozeman, Mont. “Our favorite is the one that's 2' tall from Melissa & Doug.”
— Angel Stahl, owner of Angel’s Toy Barn in Greensburg, Pa., concurred: “Melissa & Doug is our No. 1 seller. For them, penguins sell the best.”
— Rick Davis, from the marketing department at Melissa & Doug, told TDmonthly, “This embracably soft plush penguin will march into your heart with its colorful coat and cute features. Nearly 2' tall and 12" wide, this cuddly emperor's 'waddle' can make any penguin lover happy.” Launch Date: Summer 2005
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8353 (added 6/21/2006)
It's every girl's dream home, the beautiful Victorian Dollhouse. Decorative detailing throughout the interior and exterior of this amazing dollhouse makes it a high-quality heirloom to be cherished for years and years to come. Matching room furnishing sets are also available.
— “Melissa & Doug Victorian dollhouse with dolls,” Helen Ulrich, assistant manager of Hardware Center Inc. in Paoli, Pa., told TDmonthly when asked about best-selling furniture and playhouse items in summer 2008. “This time of year, we don't sell as many (it's more of a Christmas item) but we sell pieces or dolls.”
— “We have a three-tiered [dollhouse] display as you walk in the door. I have all [Melissa & Doug’s] furniture around it. The kids love that doll house,” said Jeanne McCullough, owner of Children’s Store Inc. in Boise, Idaho.
— Six of 62 retailers mentioned doll houses by Melissa & Doug as a strong seller in the furniture and playhouses category in June 2008. Three specifically referenced the Victorian design.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8442 (added 6/29/2006)
This neat little craft set allows kids to combine creativity with structure to make a work of art. The crown comes in a plaque, but it's up to the kids to decide how they want to personalize it. It comes with paint, glitter, gems, glue and stickers that are included in a sectioned wooden box.
— "We sell a lot of crafts from Melissa & Doug," Cindy Nelson, owner of J. Skylark Co. in Duluth, Minn., told TDmonthly.
— An insightful observation came from Natalie Reese, manager of Angel’s Toy Barn in Greensburg, Pa., who said of the toy, "They have a small price [sic], and kids will often buy it as a gift for their brother or sister."
— Specialty retailers continually report Melissa & Doug as a top seller.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9062 (added 8/21/2006)
Role-play is not difficult for kids when it comes to this complete play kitchen set. It’s made of wood and comes with stove, refrigerator, freezer, oven, sink and microwave. Knobs and handles provide added realism. The color and design also add to the appeal of this set. Assembly is required.
— “It’s not really a surprise, but Melissa & Doug is getting more popular. People ask for it by name,” said Alyssa Cox, owner of Animal Quackers in Raleigh, N.C.
— Rick Davis of marketing at Melissa & Doug told TDmonthly that the Country Kitchen “has been a tremendous success for us this year, and we’re looking forward to introducing even more exciting items in 2007.”
— Almost 25 percent of 58 retailers who shared their thoughts with TDmonthly stated that Melissa & Doug kitchens would be their stores’ wow item during the 2007 holiday season.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9726 (added 10/23/2006)
This alphabet puzzle toy was designed to combine fun and learning. It comes with large pieces containing letters and drawings that are visually and intellectually appealing to the growing mind. It’s handcrafted of solid wood.
— "We sell a lot of puzzles. Most of the ones we sell well are Melissa & Doug. They’re a really great company," said Rene Leonardi, assistant manager at Ouray Toys in Ouray, Colo.
— Owner Elaine Hackney of Boing! JP’s Toy Shop has carried these chunky puzzles for a couple of years and said they are best sellers due to their graphics and play value. “Each puzzle piece stands alone and can be used for pretending as well as for the puzzle,” she told TDmonthly in summer 2007.
— Rick Davis, from marketing at Melissa & Doug, told TDmonthly that “We just try to make it fun to sell our toys, and from what we hear from our vendors, customers, and from the media, it sounds like we’re succeeding.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9730 (added 10/23/2006)
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These creative creatures add color, texture and a whole lot of fun to traditional bowling. Soft yet firm plush pins stand up on their weighted bases, ready to be toppled by the monster ball. Storage is easy with the clear zippered carrying case. Measurements are 10" x 7.5" x 7". Launch date: Fall 2006.
— Melissa & Doug products have been top sellers for Michelle Deutschmann, owner of Kaleidoscope Toys in Falmouth, Mass., since July 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10141 (added 11/17/2006)
Say hi to the nice policeman as he tips his hat in response. The play possibilities are endless with this quality hand puppet from Melissa & Doug. Measuring 6.5" x 15", the puppet comes with a wooden rod to allow children control over this play guardian of the community. The Policeman is part of the Melissa & Doug career hand puppets that all come with finely detailed uniforms. Others puppets include a Fireman and Construction Worker.
— In a late Spring 2011 survey of 15 retailers, two retailers said that character puppets from Manhattan Toy were best-sellers in that category.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10278 (added 11/28/2006)
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