January 1900 | Vol. I - No. 1
More Toys Movin´: Watch Toys in Video Clips
Mr. TOYDIRECTORY has got his hands on a few more products this month, and he´s improving his style. Watch as the following products come alive right before your very eyes (just click on the video links).
Videography by Alison Marek. Edited by Mark Zaslove.
Smarts PyramidŪ - Soccer by USE YOUR HEAD UNLIMITED INC.
Other products from USE YOUR HEAD UNLIMITED INC.
This brain teaser is available in six of the world’s most popular sports themes, including golf, soccer, baseball, football, basketball and tennis. Challenge yourself alone or play as a team for a fun educational activity. The Smarts Pyramid® makes a great sports trophy, gift idea or corporate premium.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 1657 (added 12/7/2004)
The Bossman by CREATIVE HOLLYWOOD NOVELTIES LLC
Other products from CREATIVE HOLLYWOOD NOVELTIES LLC
The character is a hilarious spoof of the angry middle manager on a power trip that everyone has had to endure at one point. Actor Scott Valentine, formerly of the '80s hit show “Family Ties,” lends his voice with several comical quips including “to err is human, to forgive is against company policy” and “I didn’t say it was your fault. I just said I needed to blame it on you.” The doll also comes in a small size that retails for $5.99.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3492 (added 5/3/2005)
This 15" giraffe is a cuddly soft armful of velvety plush. He has yellow fur accented with orange stripes, and deep yellow tufts of hair on his head, heck, horns and tail. His feet are weighted with beans so he can sit upright, as is his bottom. Heīs a nice addition to any kidīs crib zoo.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4483 (added 9/8/2005)
Tonka Chuck & Friends Boomer My Talking Tow Truck by HASBRO INC.
Other products from HASBRO INC.
Boomer is a talking truck who?s always got something to say! It?s so much fun getting him to speak one of seven electronic phrases, because his mouth moves when he talks! Turn the wheels, lift and lower the tow hook and attach him to his friends, or move him around using the easy-to-grip handle! The Boomer My Talking Tow Truck toy is revved up, ready for adventure and filled with things to talk about.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4485 (added 9/8/2005)
This cheerful toy is a brightly patterned plush ladybug with lots to stimulate babies? senses. Her flower antennas make a crinkle noise when crunched in the hands. Her pillowy body is crunchy, too. Two legs squeak, two crunch, and two rattle. One of her rattle legs even plays a synth version of ?You Are My Sunshine? when pressed. Tots can examine their own smiles in the kid-safe mirror that?s sewn into the ladybird?s tummy. She has a red body, yellow face, orange hat, and multicolored patterned legs. She?s 7?H x 10? W x 10? deep.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4334 (added 8/26/2005)
Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No oneīs quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Manīs got to go where the wind blows. With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children. 11"x12", 40 pages.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4486 (added 9/8/2005)
Rubber Rubberband Man™ is made entirely out of common rubber bands. Each man is individually hand-crafted and provides hours and hours of stretchy fun. He loves dangling from corkboards, amusing co-workers, and bouncing and wiggling among kids. Please keep away from small children and hungry adults.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4487 (added 9/8/2005)
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Red Riding Hood had better hide because Bad News Wolfie looks like he needs a snack. This full-size costume features a rubber mask accented with fake fur, a fur jumpsuit with buttoned coveralls and rubber and fur gloves. Grownups will have fun scaring little children out of their shoes with this nasty wolf.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4488 (added 9/8/2005)
This interactive plush puppet is also the host of the “Baby da Vinci From Head to Toe” video. Press his left foot and he sings the classic "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes." Press his right foot and he'll recite the names of familiar body parts. Parents can encourage babies to sing along by making the puppet´s mouth open and close, thereby controlling the speed of his singing. This toy won a Toy Tips “Tested and Trusted” Mark in 2005.
— “Puppets that sing and talk when you move their mouths are selling loudly,” said Kevin Pohle, Head Wizard and Owner of The Wizard’s Chest in Denver.
— A mom from Western North Carolina was captivated by her daughter’s reaction: “We got this little guy on Saturday and so far he hasn't left her side yet! She loves him so much that she will not let me go for anything or any reason. I have sung her ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ since she was just a couple of days old.”
— This toy won a Toy Tips “Tested and Trusted” Mark in 2005.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4432 (added 9/1/2005)
Letīs Pretend Blender by EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS INC.
Other products from EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS INC.
Kids can whip up their own fake smoothies in this child-sized pretend blender. It has two settings, a clear measuring cut that holds real liquids, and a sturdy weighted base. A "pulse" button adds extra authenticity. The base is bright yellow, the dial is red, and the base is blue. It needs 3AA batteries, which are not included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4330 (added 8/26/2005)
A niche product from Japan, distributed here by DRAGON MODELS USA, Pinky Street is being collected by kids and adults in specialty comics and anime stores. Conceived as a ?girl next door? fashion doll, Pinky Street figures were designed by modeler Yuki Kanaya (Baby Sue). Influenced by anime and current Tokyo fashion trends, the 4? vinyl dolls have interchangeable heads, hair, body parts, clothing and feet. Each doll comes dressed and with one extra vinyl outfit. The more Pinky Streets collected, the more mix-and-match outfit possibilities there are! Fun, imaginative and a good alternative to ?brattier? fashion dolls. Warning: Pinky Streets are collectibles, arenīt produced on a mass scale and are sometimes in short supply, so if you think the doll is right for your store, you should get your order in as soon as possible.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4263 (added 8/23/2005)
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Writer's Bio: ALISON MAREK is an award-winning writer, director and cartoonist whose work has been published by Fairchild Publications and DC Comics (Piranha Press), broadcast on Showtime and other cable networks, and viewed worldwide in film festivals. See her short films and print work on www.alisonmarek.com. Watch her nefarious villains in the web series www.MuggsMovers.com. Get inspired by her cartoons "Daily ARFFirmations to Unleash Your Inner Fido" at www.ARFFirmations.com. Phew! And then ... Read more articles by this author
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