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April 2005 | Vol. IV - No. 4
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WTHRA Show Wrap Up


The Western Toy and Hobby Representatives Association’s 44th Annual Western States Toy and Hobby Show attracted many top exhibitors to the Los Angeles Convention Center Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. on March 12-15. Of the numerous innovative products unveiled last month, the following caught the attention of TDmonthly staff:



MSRP: $19.95
Category: Construction



All proceeds from this set of stacking blocks support the National Parks. Made entirely of recycled materials, all blocks fit one within the other in a tidy box with an easy to carry rope handle. The blocks stack high to reveal a giant redwood tree, as well as pictures of birds and pine cones. An enchanting poem rounds out the decoration.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3289      (added 3/22/2005)
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Category: General Games



Players follow the trail of rare artifacts to the pyramid of Tutankhamen finding golden statues, jeweled scarabs, and stunning masks along the way. The trick is to choose the best path, so as to locate the most valuable treasures before other players snatch them up first. Fun for two to six players, the game includes one pyramid, 70 artifact tiles, 90 tribute coins, six player tokens, quick play rules and an artifact reference sheet.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3291      (added 3/22/2005)
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Category: Card Games



This two- to 12-player game of speed involves six decks of cards, with each team dealing out six cards up and six cards down in front of them from their deck. Cards are played in the center of the table, across a number of piles, with teams racing to play the next consecutive card in suit from their 12 cards. They can also use the remainder of their deck to find appropriate cards. The object of the game is to be able to play all 12 cards in the middle of the table.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3304      (added 3/25/2005)
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Category: Plush



This soft, cuddly lamb comes with a removable security blanket and a Velcro opening at the back to store pajamas. Made of 100 percent polyester, this safe, snuggly friend is suitable even for newborns, and will grow with the child through its early development stages and beyond.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3305      (added 3/25/2005)
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This 50.5" long by 34.5" wide by 20" tall solid hardwood table has a double-sided white melamine surface that is easy to clean and fantastic for puzzles, Play-Doh, arts and crafts. In addition, the table comes with an easy to clean, light-weight plastic play mat with detailed digital graphics that include roads/trails, airstrips, trees, rocks, grass, beaches and water. The table railing includes a number of holes that allows for an expanding line of playtime accessories. This table is featured in specialty toys stores only, no mass market stores! It is also the only train/activity table that allows a child to sit with their legs comfortably under the table! Its the number one table in the specialty market!
— “We have Nilo play tables,” Chuck Harper, owner of Explorations Inc. in Granger, Ind., told TDmonthly when asked about his best-selling children's furniture in May 2009.
― Three of 48 retailers surveyed in May 2010 listed Nilo as their best-selling furniture item.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3306      (added 3/25/2005)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Toys



This unique Tinkerbell toy comes with actual flapping wings that allow kids to reenact flight scenes from Peter Pan. Attach her to a string on the ceiling and watch her fly! Kids can now take Tink anywhere ? land, air, or water ? as the plastic model won?t rust when played with at the beach.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3310      (added 3/30/2005)
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Designed to take an irreverent look at the corporate office environment, the game takes players, or ?employees,? through typical work situations dealing with the bureaucratic and often surreal world of a corporate office. The circumstances presented are actual experiences with incompetent management, office politics, corporate rules, unending meetings, nepotism, discrimination and dysfunctional office workers.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3219      (added 3/15/2005)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Pretend Play



This unique shaped lip gloss set, part of the Club Girlz bath line, has five individual ice cream shapes filled with a yummy assortment of lip gloss colors. It comes with a lip brush and is sold in a 12-piece assortment.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3327      (added 3/31/2005)
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MSRP: $200.00
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles



Terri Lee wears her very favorite poodle skirt and saddle shoes for the local sock hop in this version of the popular designer doll. At 16? tall, this hard plastic creation is a limited edition piece, one of only 500 made.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3329      (added 3/31/2005)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties



Remember sliding around on hardwood floors in your socks? Now enjoy the same fun on any carpeted area using these special skates. Strap them onto athletic shoes and you´re ready to glide. The smooth plastic with built-in toe grips lets users coast across carpet, yet they are safe to walk in. One size fits all. FunSlides was awarded Dr. Toy’s "10 Best Active Products" in 2004, The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval 2004, and, most recently, the IParenting Media Excellent Product Award. "Our toy has created a whole new category — toys and games that slide on carpet! It is a great toy that is fun and easy to demonstrate," Linda Willrich of Simtec told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3330      (added 3/31/2005)
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MSRP: $32.95
Age Range: 2 to 14
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Creative Activities



Shy preschoolers and self-conscious teenagers find it easy to communicate with Talk Blocks. The set includes two large red “I feel” blocks with12 different emotions (sad, embarrassed, angry, etc.) illustrated both with words and images and two large green “I need” blocks with 12 different needs (a hug, to cry, to be alone, etc.). Children learn through the blocks how to recognize their emotions and meet their needs. A training guide and 10-minute instructional VCD is also included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3234      (added 3/17/2005)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities



This easy to transport toy can be taken on car trips and airplane rides, or played with at the doctor?s office or on the couch at home. Perfect for small laps, the lap pad makes it easy for kids to draw and write while on the go. They can doodle on the pad of paper or turn it over and play games on the chalkboard. The lap pad comes ready-to-use with crayons, color pencils, art paper pad, a box of chalk and a sponge.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3340      (added 4/5/2005)
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Age Range: 6 to 10
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls



These dolls are part of the Legends of the Faery Folk property that consists of an expanding doll line, book series, Web site and future DVD series. The dolls are magical interpretations of the fairies that inhabit gardens and forests, and each character is supported by a rich back-story that has a strong environmental message. The Web site includes craft projects and downloadable fairy tales.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3212      (added 3/14/2005)
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Gender: Girls
Category: General Games



Based on the ancient Chinese Tangram puzzle, Tangoes Ultra involves black, blue, green and white tiles that need to be placed in a certain order to create the desired overall shape. This engaging game combines artistic and mathematical elements. It includes two identical sets of seven puzzle pieces and 27 cards with 54 images. Tangoes can be played by one or two people or in teams.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3342      (added 4/7/2005)
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SKU or Item #: 0000001
Gender: Girls
Category: Board Games



This challenging game brings players laughter, tears, and pure fun as it allows them to experience the American government in action first hand. Politics offers players of all ages the highs and lows of a political career, as they rise from mayor to president, all competing to become the richest and most popular politician.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3218      (added 3/15/2005)
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Age Range: 2 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Preschool



Danny and Sally explore the caves with their four pet dinos and a ptereodactyl! All caveman furnishings and characters are included as shown. Danny and Sally are 5” tall. The cave measures 18.5” long by 7” high by 11” wide. The volcano measures 9” in diameter by 11” high.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3351      (added 4/12/2005)
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