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September 2005 | Vol. IV - No. 9
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Toys Makin´ Their Move Onto Video


These toys just can´t sit still. They´re makin´ their move and how! Just click on the following video links to see these toys in motion.


Videography by Alison Marek. Edited by Mark Zaslove.

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MSRP: $16.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Category: Board Games



“I Spy” a snake, a wiggly worm ... so what´s “In Common?” Things that squirm! Turn over the timer; you have 3 minutes to find the tiles that have something “In Common” and place them in rows on the game board. In Common is the recipient of three awards: Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice, Dr. Toy´s Best, Smart Play/Smart Toy and Parent´s Choice Gold Seal of Excellence.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4291      (added 8/24/2005)
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Category: Construction



The possibilities are limitless with the traditional MAGZ bar, so just imagine the boundless capabilities of an adjustable MAGZ bar! SKROOZ is a revolution in magnetic construction toys and in the MAGZ family itself. The bars come in two different sizes: 1" and 1 1/4" that can be adjusted to 1 1/2" and 2", respectively, by a simple twist of the bar. Perfect for beginners or advanced sculptors, the adjustment ability of the bar makes it easy to create intricate bends, curves, accents or just broad angles and structures. SKROOZ comes in three primary color sizes (42, 84, and 168 pieces) and in a metallic set with 84 pieces.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 629      (added 9/1/2004)
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MSRP: $69.95
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



This gym provides an environment for infants up to 10 months to achieve the essential milestones of their early development. The floor mat converts from a large play area to a cozy, secure environment. The touch pad is an adjustable kick and touch response pad. The musical pad can be used upright as a kickboard or flat for tummy time, with baby-activated flashing lights and music. There´s also a mirror to encourage lifting the head, a teether and interactive hanging toys. - Aire Norell
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 2069      (added 12/27/2004)
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MSRP: $20.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Aircraft



The Backyard Flyer Double Pack is a high-flying plane from Kid Galaxy that brings the wonder of flight to the backyard. The toy provides two great planes, one red and one blue, with one launcher for high-flying variety and value. The Backyard Flyer is a powered flight plane that charges on its own integrated hand-held, battery-powered launcher. Made of high-strength EPP foam, both planes are ideal for young daredevils. This product is a 2007 Creative Child Seal of Excellence Award winner.
— "Kid Galaxy's Backyard Flyer, that is a good seller," noted Helen Noland, owner of Father Goose in Macon, Ga.
— "For 8 and up it's a terrific seller," observed Judy Bielewicz, manager of Imagination Toys in St. Louis, Mo.
— “Backyard Flyers from Kid Galaxy” are a best-seller at Izilla Toys in Seattle, Co-owner Jude Larene said in mid-2007. “My [7-year-old] son bought our first one and he has really spread the gospel about this toy. Amazingly, these sell well year-round.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 2179      (added 1/7/2005)
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Age Range: 7 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games



Experience a whole new level of fun! Play a card from your hand, place a chip on the board. Stack up three of your chips and it´s a crown. Play two rows of three crowns and you win. Use your strategy to stop opponents and crown your chips first.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3308      (added 3/25/2005)
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MSRP: $14.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties



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)
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Age Range: 2 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Bath



Spongeables Soap ?N Sponge All-in-One are infused with olive oil and glycerin-based soap for loads of rich, whipped cream suds. Kid-friendly shapes include Dinosaur, Bunny, Teddy Bear and Fish. Adults can choose hearts, circles or mushroom shapes. Available in eight light fragrances or fragrance-free.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3648      (added 5/25/2005)
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MSRP: $21.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games



In the Gloom card game, the goal is to suffer the greatest tragedies possible before passing on to the well-deserved respite of death. There are horrible but winning mishaps such as Pursued by Poodles or Mocked by Midgets that lower a player’s Self-Worth scores, or happy, but losing events such as marriages. The player with the lowest total Family Value wins. Printed on transparent plastic cards, Gloom features an innovative design by noted role playing game author Keith Baker. Multiple modifier cards can be played on top of the same character card; because the cards are transparent, elements from previously played modifier cards either show through or are obscured by those played above them. You´ve got to see (through) this game to believe it.
— Gloom is a great seller at the Wizard’s Chest in Denver, Colo., said owner Kevin Pohle.
— “It's a darker humored game, but well-adjusted children will understand and enjoy it,” Eric of Gamescape in San Francisco assured TDmonthly Magazine.
— “I have high hopes it will do really well; it’s the first time it’s been available at Christmas,” John Nephew, president of Atlas Games told TDmonthly. “It’s ideal for older kids and teenagers who are at the point of appreciating things morbid and ironic — especially surly teenagers with a Goth bent!”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4153      (added 8/15/2005)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational



To children between the ages of 3 and 6, monsters can be real. This book and monster trap set shows kids how to catch their very own monsters. Included in the monster trap (a gold box), are monster stickers, a gold wand, a magic potion bottle and a magic dust satchel all used to convince children that they, with the help of their parents, have caught the monsters hiding under their beds. The trap has received the following awards: The Dr. Toy Award, the iParenting Media Award and the Creative Child Magazine Toy of the Year award.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4215      (added 8/19/2005)
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts



Foiling dates back to as early as 3000 B.C. of the Egyptian cultures where they mastered the technique of applying gold and other metals into leaf to decorate statues, building and beautiful objects. These kits simplify the process by using our Foil Art TM glue pen. First, draw the artwork with our Foil Art glue pen, then rub the colorful foil over the glue, wait for a few seconds, then peel the foil off and watch your incredible artwork come alive with shiny dimensional effects. Perfect for decorating picture frames, note books, greeting cards, scrapbooks, diary and more. The deluxe kit includes 1 Foil Art glue pen, 45 sheets of foil, 1 rubbing stylus, 2 sticker sheets, 1 plastic stencil, 10 sheets of black paper and easy instructions.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4217      (added 8/19/2005)
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MSRP: $29.95
Age Range: 12 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games



Picture+This is a picture-word guessing game where players solve picture puzzles that range from simple fun to highly challenging brain-teasers. With four categories: people, places, clichés and entertainment (television or movies), both player and clue givers select cards randomly and give their best clues to help their team solve the picture-word puzzle. The graphics for the puzzles are uniform so that as players learn the picture words they become better at solving the puzzles.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4226      (added 8/22/2005)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games



Players get 10 wooden building blocks, a timer ticking per the number rolled and a card showing players what to build in that time. When the time is up, players total the points on their completed building cards and collect tokens. After four rounds, the one with the most points is the winning builder. The game comes with an expert version as well.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4241      (added 8/22/2005)
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MSRP: $20.00
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



Developed by artists David Horvath and Sun Min-Kim, this irresistible 12” to 14” tall hot pink plush creature looks like a Cyclops caught in a nuclear meltdown. The “dog” has four feet and a tail, all in a row. Made of a soft fabric akin to the inside of a fleece sweatshirt, the doll is easy to squeeze and hard to put down. Uglydoll describes the character as “the ultimate pet” because “what he really likes to do is stand on his tail and live out his big dream … to be just like you!!!” Whether full-size, half-size, swinging from a keychain, or decking a t-shirt, the Ugly Dolls are the coolest hot toy for kids of all ages.
— “They’re so popular, and across such a broad age range!” enthused Elaine Hackney, owner of J.P. Boing’s Toy Shoppe in Jamaica Plain, Mass. “They´re great. When they first came out several years ago, I didn’t think so, but I was proven wrong.”
— A TDmonthly Magazine reporter spotted a tourist at a Los Angeles airport carting off a whole bagful of the Uglies. All the retailers we called said they haven’t slowed down a bit.
— Uglydolls have been seen on CNN and The Today Show. The t-shirt is featured in the Sony picture “Zathura,” out this month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4249      (added 8/23/2005)
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MSRP: $9.99
Gender: Girls
Category: Collectibles



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, aren´t 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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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 12 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Board Games



Make your fortune on the volatile stock market through stock buying to earn dividend payouts or selling for profits. The key to success in this game lies in a player´s ability to make the most money from each stock purchase while taking into consideration the effects of supply and demand on stock prices. Although being the first-mover confers tremendous advantage, exercising major shareholder influence on dividend payouts can perhaps give a player the added edge toward financial victory!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4288      (added 8/24/2005)
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Alison MarekWriter'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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