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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.

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Gender: Boys
Category: Pretend Play



A sure hit for any King Kong fan, this role play set includes two hands and extending arms with sound – walking, roaring, screaming and jungle noise. The right hand has flexible fingers and the left hand is fisted.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3129      (added 3/3/2005)
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Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls



These hip diva dolls are glammed up for a night out in the City of Angels, wearing their best bling bling for clubbing and socializing. The newest in the line of Barbie spin-off dolls, these modelesque girls wear fur stoles atop platform heels and lacy tops. Tween girls are the target audience, as they have a little more spunk than the traditional Barbie dolls.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3071      (added 3/1/2005)
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MSRP: $13.00
Age Range: 1 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls



The Little Mommy doll provides your child with the opportunity to play with and nurture a baby of their own. Children can bottle-feed the baby (no liquids), play with a set of toy keys, and teach the baby using a building block. The doll´s torso is soft, for holding and cuddling, while the head and limbs are sturdier and more realistic. The Little Mommy doll also offers a line of accessories, including a swing, a rockinghorse, a high chair, and a stroller, all purchasable separately.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4562      (added 9/13/2005)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 9 to 11
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational



This large yellow plastic clock features three completely synchronized dials that can be moved clockwise and counterclockwise (forwards and backwards in time). The large display features hour and minute hands with easy-to-read numerals and minutes noted in five-minute intervals. There are two small dials that are synchronized to the large face to display the elapsed and beginning and/or ending time. It measures 15" high with a clock face 13" in diameter.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4414      (added 9/1/2005)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



Just in time for the release of his new movie, the beloved feline is on the loose again. These poseable plush figures come in 12" and 18" versions. Whether he´s taking his bows or making his escape, this Pink Panther is irresistible.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3643      (added 5/24/2005)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 1 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



This collection includes four multi-colored baby-safe plastic blocks, each focusing on a different developmental concept: colors, animals, numbers, and real-world objects from nature. The six-sided control block features one panel for each of the five featured colors: blue, pink, red, green and yellow, while a sixth panel contains an image of the lovable Baby Einstein orchestra. Match any color from the number, animal or nature block to this control block, and you?ll hear the color name and the name of the object pictured. A match of the Baby Einstein orchestra will play a score from Contradance by Beethoven, specially re-orchestrated for little ears. This toy won a Toy Tips ?Tested and Trusted? Mark (2005).
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4433      (added 9/1/2005)
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MSRP: $15
Age Range: 2 to 6
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Pretend Play



Mary Meyer Yesteryear Stickhorses feature a new retro styling reminiscent of the last century. The stick horses are 33" long and are made with soft, washable fabrics. Mary Meyer stick horses were chosen by the Toy Industry Association as one of the "Toys of the Century." In 1963, Mary Meyer´s son Walter, made a "stick horse" for his two-year-old son Steven, who liked to spend many hours each day dressed up as a cowboy. When Walter saw how much Steven enjoyed playing with the toy horse, he made stick horses for his other five children. Stick Horses were introduced into the Mary Meyer product line the following year.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4126      (added 8/9/2005)
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MSRP: $75.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games



This beautiful game lets 2 to 5 players experience the full throttle excitement of America´s fastest sport. Players roll the dice or play a card to move a cast metal racecar around the track while managing valuable resources such as fuel, suspension and tires. A metal dashboard with magnetized markers helps keep track of the car and its opponents. Bumping and crashes are part of the sport but damage to the chassis might force the car into the pits at the wrong time. A clean fast race to victory and the player will receive the Raceway 57 trophy. The game measures 15"L x 12"W x 2"H and comes in a wooden carrying case. Raceway 57 won a Dr. Toy award.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4436      (added 9/1/2005)
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MSRP: $23.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



This dynamic duck waddles from side to side and rattles when pulled along by his string. Press Dudley´s beak and he´ll flap his wings and quack. Dudley also likes to sing three different songs, including his very own version of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4434      (added 9/1/2005)
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MSRP: $35.95
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



The 126-piece Superstructs BIG Builder set gives you everything you need to build detailed, hard-working construction vehicles. Build a working forklift, dump truck, crane or utility truck with the enclosed step-by-step plans. And once you have mastered these, you can take them apart and use your imagination to build other great creations.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3737      (added 6/1/2005)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls



From the movie "Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus" comes a new line of Barbie toys. This doll sets Barbie as a princess in a world of winged horses and cloud castles, and along with her sparkling purple gown comes a tiara and light-up wand. A bonus activity DVD with three games is also included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4564      (added 9/13/2005)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 4 to 9
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



LEGO´s been doing what it does so well for 50 years: creating interlocking pieces that kids can use to build anything their imaginations can dream up. This LEGO-brick-shaped bin holds 500 classic pieces that includes special limited edition gold bricks.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4415      (added 9/1/2005)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



Blobbiemorphers, introduced in the picture book and CD-Rom set “Here Come the Blobbies,” are now featured as a morphing plush toy. The first set of Blobbiemorphers includes: Red Reindeer, Orange Eagle, Yellow Dolphin, Green Rabbit, Blue Llama, Indigo Angelfish and Violet Dragonfly. The book, “Here Come The Blobbies,” was a Finalist Award Winner for “Children’s Book of the Year” at the 2004 Foreword Magazine Awards and a Finalist Award Winner for “Best Children’s Book of 2004” at the Writers Notes Book Awards. In addition, it won a Preferred Choice Award in the Plush Toys for Kids category at the 2005 Top Creative Toy Awards. It is also winner of 7 iParenting Media Awards for Greatest Product of 2005, winner of the Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award and selected by Better Homes & Gardens magazine as one of the best gifts for 2005. The Blobbiemorphers were selected as "Toy of the Year 2006" by Creative Child Magazine and "Best Toyline of the Year 2005" by Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Awards. "Here Come The Blobbies" was selected as "10 Best Toys of 2005" by Dr. Toy and as "Book of The Year 2006" by Creative Child Magazine.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 2999      (added 2/25/2005)
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MSRP: $14.95
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Board Games
Preschool



"Toads of Fun" is a game to help children develop cognitive skills and learn more about colors and numbers. Players move their toads around the lily pond catching flies based on matching a color and number on the spinner to the same color and number on the lily pads. This game also develops manipulative skills as the players spin the spinner and move the game pieces. Memory skills are used as rules of the game are applied to situations that come up. Analytical thinking skills are used when players control the bumblebee and consider different places to put the bee and what consequence each choice might have. Instructions are provided in English and Spanish.  "Toads of Fun has a wide age appeal,” Theodore Fiala of Dad’s INK told TDmonthly. "There's nothing I enjoy more than playing the game with a family and  seeing that it holds everyone's interest." Watch Games Expo Video
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4149      (added 8/12/2005)
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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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