Vehicles That Move Kids for Real
Little ones with a restless spirit can tool the sidewalks on their very own Vespa ... or just "mow" the lawn. Following are some of the coolest wheels around:
Easy Steer Sportster by THE STEP2 COMPANY
Unique modern styling and adapts to multiple terrains! Made in USA of US and imported parts. Accessories made in China. Stylish and fun design eases the transition from strollers. Adult steers with push handle. Full turn front wheels provide better maneuverability. Handle folds under for easy storage and transport. "Whisper Wheels" provide a smooth, quite ride. Caster wheel engages for easy swivel turning and retracts for riding on rough terrain. Pretend steering wheel with "beep beep" horn sounds. Large capacity under-hood storage is perfect for snacks or supplies. Cup holders for child and parent. Adult assembly required.
— Steven Levy, owner of Toy City in Keene, N.H., told TDmonthly in a March 2015 survey that the Sportster from Step 2 is his store's best-selling ride on toy. 3/30/2015 (Price: $74.99)
John Deere Backhoe Loader by KETTLER INTERNATIONAL INC.
* High impact blow molded resin
* Fully functional front loader
* Fully functional backhoe digger with stabilizer foot and safety latch
* 2 position adjustable seat to grow with child
* Front hood lifts for additional play 10/29/2014 (Price: $349.99; Age: 3 to 7) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Scoot-Around by HAPE
Four-wheel drive takes on new meaning with this foot-powered rider. Encourage lots of short rides to develop muscle strength and balance. As your child gains more power and confidence, increase the wheel time and distance.
Awards: 2013 - Oppenheim Toy Portfolio - Gold
— Diane Gervais, owner of Amato's Toy & Hobby in Middletown, Conn., told TDmonthly in a March 2014 survey that Hape ride-ons were best-selling ride-on toys. 3/31/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Mega Bloks Jeep Ride-On (available in Classic and Pink) by MEGA BRANDS
Makes real mechanical sounds. Includes10 Jeep-colored blocks. Storage under the seat. Ride along or use as push toy. Can also be used as a walker. Launch date: Fall 2013. 12/20/2012 (Price: $44.99)
Pocket Mod Euro-Style Electric Scooter by RAZOR
Cruise the side streets in style with this Euro-style electric scooter from Razor. Featuring a high-performance, chain-driven electric motor and a vintage-inspired body, the Pocket Mod can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour-plenty fast enough for a quick trip to the corner store or a fun ride in the country. The scooter also teams a pair of 12-inch pneumatic tires with a rear suspension system to ensure a comfortable ride. Other features include a retractable kickstand, variable-speed acceleration, a padded seat, and a built-in battery that travels for up to 10 miles on a single charge. 10/11/2012 (Price: $219.97) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Rocktivity Walk 'N Roll Rider, Pink by PLAYSKOOL
The Playskool Rocktivity Walk 'N Roll Rider will surprise and delight babies with more than 15 rockin' tunes and fun sounds. It converts easily from walker to ride-on, and makes music with every step and scoot. Babies will jam along as it plays tunes parents already know and love like "I Like to Move It," "Walk Like an Egyptian," "Life Is a Highway" and "Ticket to Ride." Encourages kids to be active. Dashboard has beeping horn, revving engine key and a Giraffalaff character with fun phrases. Launch date: 2012. 9/19/2012 (Price: $44.99; Age: 0 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
PlasmaCar Blue by PLASMART INC.
Now more than 10 years old, PlasmaCar continues to intrigue and fascinate with millions of units sole and multiple awards in over sixty countries worldwide. Just sit, put feet up, and turn the steering wheel to propel forward up to 6 mph on any smooth, flat surface. With a maximum weight capacity of 220 lbs., even parents and grandparents have experienced a giggle by taking it for a spin. Made from state-of-the-art, high-quality ABS plastics, this kid-powered, durable, ride-on vehicle comes in a variety of colors.
Awards: 2012 Parents Choice Awards Recommended, 2009 Green Parents List Check Mark, 2009 DisneyFamily.com Top Action Figures and Toys for Toddlers, 2009+2008+2005 The National Parenting Centre Seal of Approval, 2008 iParenting Media Toy Award, 2008 Fat Brain Toy Award Active Play, 2006 TIA Outdoor Toy of the Year - Specialty Toy of the Year, 2006 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, 2005 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, 2005 Dr. Toy Best Vacation Products, 2005 Creative Child Seal of Excellence, 2001 International Patent Fair, Hong Kong Gold Medal
— Mary Sisson, owner of Kazoodles in Vancouver, Wash., told TDmonthly in a Fall 2012 survey that the Plasmacar is one of her top-2 overall best selling toys. 8/2/2012 (Price: $69.95; Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Buddy Pedal Go-Kart by BERG USA, LLC
A rugged, four-wheel pedal kart with air-filled pneumatic tires and a wide wheelbase. Riders can pedal forward, backward, and brake without taking their feet off the pedals. Thanks to an adjustable seat, kids can continue to ride as they grow older. 6/22/2012 (Price: $319.00; Age: 3 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Bounce-A-Long Buddies by FABRICAS SELECTAS USA (FS-USA)
These kid-powered bouncies feature animals like Moo Moo and Trotter. Launch date: 2012. 2/13/2012 (Price: $39.99; Age: 3 and up)
Pillow Racers Dino by LITTLE TIKES INC.
A stuffed animal, riding toy and pillow in one. The dinosaur Pillow Racer is great for scooting around indoors, and is a perfect companion for looking at a book or watching TV. Kids can sit on it, lay on it, ride on it. The wheels and bottom half detach, leaving a soft plush dino behind. Launch date: 2012. 2/12/2012 (Price: $39.99; Age: 1 to 3)
Power Wheels Fisher-Price Dune Racer Ride On by FISHER-PRICE INC.
The Power Wheels Fisher-Price Dune Racer Ride On is a 2 seat, open cockpit design 12v battery operated ride on with large off road tires. This dune buggy's main feature is Monster Traction which delivers superior terrain performance versus other battery operated ride ons. The Power Wheels Fisher-Price Dune Racer Ride On drives 2.5 and 5mph forward and 2.5 mph in reverse. It also has a front storage compartment and seat belts for added play, a metal frame and nickel plated side safety bars. For enhanced appearance the product has metal plated wheels, front bumper, and shifter.
— As of 10/18/2011 this product had 4.3 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews on ToysRUs.com. Pros: Low and wide build makes it more stable than other Power Wheels vehicles; fun; two kids can ride at once. Cons: Tires are very noisy; battery does not last long. 10/19/2011 (Price: $279.99; Age: 3 to 9)
QuickSmart™ Scuttlebug Bug by SCHYLLING
It's got three wheels on the floor and produces lots of giggles. QuickSmart Scuttle Bug's compact folding system makes it a convenient toddler ride-on. Compact and lightweight; Quiet, non-scratch wheels; Ideal inside or outside; Four friendly characters; Teaches to push and steer.
— Ari Miller from Off the Wagon in Kent, Ohio, told TDmonthly in an March 2015 survey that Scuttlebugs are their store's best-selling Ride-On toy. 9/16/2011 (Price: $49.99; Age: 1 to 3)
QuickSmart™ Scramble Bug by QUICKSMART PTY LTD
The QuickSmart Scramble Bug has four quiet wheels that move 360 degrees. Four cute characters. Folds flat to store & travel; Teaches to push and steer; Ideal inside or outside; Quiet, non-scratch wheels; Ready to roll - no assembly.
Awards: Dr. Toy's 10 Best Active Products - 2011 9/16/2011 (Price: $64.99; Age: 1 to 3) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Englacha 2-in-1 Junior X Rider by ENGLACHA USA, INC.
2-in-1 Junior X Rider has a seat connected with our Rider, this Rider can be used on most of strollers sold in the market. This new item is an unique Rider with a seat in the market. Launch date: September 2011. 8/2/2011 (Price: $120; Age: 1 to 3) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Radio Flyer Odyssey Wagon by RADIO FLYER
The Odyssey Wagon is a roomy luxury vehicle with several different seating configurations, a bonus cooler pack, safety belts, and easy to fold handle for transportation, just to name a few of its features. It also comes with a UV sun protection canopy, as well as an abundance of cup holders (two for the kids; two for the adults). Flip-up seats make for a comfortable ride for kids, but can also be folded flat to haul stuff around. 5/5/2011 (Price: $149.99; Age: 2 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Ride-on Violette by BOIKIDO
This high-quality, durable and easy-to-assemble wooden ride-on toy encourages the development of balancing skills and stimulates the imagination. It's been tested to meet European and U.S. safety standards. 12/27/2010 (Price: $59.99; Age: 1 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Wheelybug Large Bee by PRINCE LIONHEART INC.
Wheely Bugs are hand-crafted ride-on toys that go backwards, forwards, sideways and in circles. They provide free movement so children can be entertained while developing gross motor skills. ( Watch Video) 9/27/2010 (Price: $69.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Pewi by NATIONAL SPORTING GOODS
Pewi is an innovative walker/ride-on for the toddler market. Designed for children as young as nine months old, and as a child grows with the Pewi, it transitions into a foot to floor ride-on. With specially designed caster wheels, the Pewi ensures a quiet smooth ride that is suitable for indoor and outdoor play. As a ride-on a child can easily move the Pewi in any direction. The Pewi is designed to help develop early stage balance and motor skills. For ages 9-24 months. Available in 3 colors – Red, Pink and Blue.
— Michael Ziegenhagen, owner of Playmatters in Avon, Ohio, told TDmonthly in a March 2014 survey that the Pewi was a best-selling outdoor toy. 9/15/2010 (Age: 1 to 2) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Trikke T78 Deluxe Carving Vehicle by TRIKKE TECH INC.
A blend between the T8-08 and the T78 air, it features the T8 style handlebars, black painted machined rims, animal free leather hand grips, upgraded brake cables, aluminum brake levers, bolted aluminum stem, and black foot decks. Available in two colors (green and pink). 8/23/2010 (Price: $369.99; Age: 12 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Combicar by NIC TOYS
The nic CombiCar is a basic vehicle with four different set-ups. It's now also availabe with a trailer. The set-ups are very easily interchangeable. The system is suited for use inside and outside, but should be kept dry. Made of beech wood.
— “In our view, it’s the best scooter toy that's ever been made," said Dean Ruggierio Smith, co-owner of JaZams in Princeton, NJ. 5/5/2010 (Price: $250.00; Age: 2 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
John Deere Plastic Pedal Tractor by LEARNING CURVE
Licensed from John Deere, this authentic-looking kid’s tractor features an adjustable seat, easy to reach pedals and a working steering wheel. It carries a 90-day limited warranty and weighs 22 lbs. Measurements are 38” x 19” x 22.5”.
— Two retailers mentioned this tractor when asked about top-selling ride-on toys in spring 2010. The Wooden Toy in Wethersfield, Conn., sells two to three per month, Owner David Ekwall told TDmonthly. 3/30/2010 (Age: 3 and up)
3-in-1 Learning Zebra Scooter™ by VTECH
The 3-in-1 Learning Zebra Scooter grows with your child and is ideal for little ones on the go. It easily converts from riding to pushing and scooting as your infant begins to walk so the fun keeps on rolling. Lights and music entertain as infants learn colors, numbers and sounds with this versatile toy that keeps going and growing. 2/17/2010 (Price: $44.99; Age: 1 to 3)
Chopper Balance Bike by SMART GEAR LLC
The Chopper Balance Bike from Smart Gear Toys is for children ages 2 to 5 years. This beautifully eco-friendly balance bike promotes balance, grossmotor coordination and overall gross motor skills. A great therapy tool to employ with children who have weakness in these areas. The bike comes with a comfy cushioned adjustable seat, inflatable rubber tires and a convenient built-in handle for easy carrying or hanging (if you choose to store it that way). The Chopper also features motorcycle decals to give it the appearance of an actual chopper.
— "My own daughter, who just turned four, still has some issues with pedal coordination and this bike could really help her keep up with her big brothers when we all take a ride," Jennifer Shuman, owner of 1SmartNoodle, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 2/17/2010 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Whiplash™ by STREET SURFING LLC
The patent-pending Whiplash™ provides enough momentum to self-propel – so much so – riders’ feet never need to touch the ground. The revolutionary new ride is part scooter, part Wave® (caster board) and totally fun because you can ride it like a scooter and carve and drift like The Wave®. Centered around the award-winning design of The Wave’s® unique caster design and Torsion technology, Whiplash’s™ flexing deck and handlebar fuse together to provide riders with a cool, side to side, whip-like ride. ( Watch Video) 2/4/2010 (Price: $79.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Rody Wooden Rocking Horse by TMI TOYMARKETING INTERNATIONAL INC.
Now Rody fans can rock as well as bounce. This sturdy wooden rocker can hold a child of up to 55 pounds. It's made in Italy of Scandinavian birchwood, by Lucio Londero. It measures 28" x 22". Some assembly is required. Launch date: 2010. ( Watch Video) 1/12/2010 (Price: $120.00; Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Gyrowheel by GYROBIKE INC.
Designed as an alternative to training wheels, the Gyrowheel senses imbalanced riding and recenters the bicycle once it begins to wobble. This effect is accomplished by an interior disk that spins independently of the wheel to stabilize the bike even at very low speeds. It installs quickly with a wrench and has a simple on/off button, three stability settings, rechargeable batteries, and light and sound indicators. The 12" Gyrowheel is available in black and white. Watch Demo Video; Watch Gyrowheel: Top-5 Video, Toy Fair 2010
— John MacDougall, owner of Golden Apple Learning Store in Pleasanton, Calif., was impressed with this product at Toy Fair 2010. It's "a step up from a balance bike with a gyro that keeps balance without training wheels. Tech + Bike = Perfect," he said. ( Watch Video) 1/6/2010 (Price: $115.00)
Freerider by BROOKLYN WORKSHOP
This hubless, human-powered ride-on features two wheels set in a straight line on a variable axis. The rider puts sets a foot through each wheel and self propels the Freerider. Launch date: January 2010. 12/16/2009 (Price: $150; Age: 12 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
EzyRoller - Pink by EZYROLLER LLC
This sleek ride-on is fueled by cambering motion — the rider pushing his or her legs against the front bar, to the left and right. It has a hand brake and features an extendable design to host riders up to 6' tall. Maximum recommended weight is 150 lbs.
— Learning Tree Toys, Games & Books in Oklahoma City, Okla., sells about a dozen EzyRollers per month, Owner Patti Tepper-Rasmussen told TDmonthly in fall 2009.
— Jackie Roy, owner of Learning Resources Toy Magic in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., told TDmonthly in late 2009 that she brought in five EzyRollers on trial on sold out in a week and a half.
— Two of 37 specialty retailers cited the EzyRoller as a top-selling ride-on in spring 2010. “The EzyRoller, by far, continues to be the best,” Christine Osborne of Wonder Works in Charleston, S.C., told TDmonthly in March 2010, reporting sales of a couple dozen per month.
Past Videos: WTHRA 2008 ( Watch Video) 11/3/2009 (Price: $99.95; Age: 3 and up)
Huffy Green Machine Xtreme Ride by HUFFY SPORTS
The three-wheeled Green Machine features a steel frame and two hand levers that control the rear wheels. it has oversized exhaust pipes and low-profile molded seat. 10/29/2009 (Price: $109.99; Age: 6 and up)
Denny Dog by DAYLA BABY
Denny the Dog features a rattle or squeak toy in one ear. Press the other and you'll activate a classical music selection. He's easily assembled and doesn't need to be taken for a walk. ( Watch Video) 10/20/2009 (Price: $89.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Smart Trike "Classic" by Smart Trike U.S.A. LLC
Smart Trike “Classic” is a sturdy tricycle, suitable for babies 10 months and up. The product contains a 3 in 1 concept that grows with your child, easily converting from a safe and comfortable baby tricycle to an independent tricycle. The Smart Trike Classic is equipped with a long back rest with shoulder belts, providing back support, comfort and safety. 10/7/2009 (Price: $89.99; Age: 1 to 2) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Fuzion Landshark by NEXTSPORT
Combining the distinctive aspects of conventional kneeboarding and various wheeled products, the LandShark is designed to show off razor sharp steering and maximum maneuverability. It is ridden on the knees and powered by kicking or “pumping,” so users are presented with a sleek design optimizing a low center of gravity. Launch date: September 2009. 7/23/2009 (Price: $79.99; Age: 6 to 14) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Leo Riding Lion by STEIFF NORTH AMERICA
Steiff's update on the classic rocking horse, Leo Riding Lion, is made of high-quality woven fur and solid beech. With a handmade inner frame of stainless steel that can hold up to 300 lbs., this handcrafted rocker stands 28" tall and is surface washable. With a soft, full mane and loving face, Leo is marked with Steiff's signature "Button in Ear," representative of the company's trademark commitment to ultimate quality and workmanship. Launch date: September 2009. 7/7/2009 (Price: $550; Age: 3 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Lil Red Tractor by PEG PEREGO
Lil Red Tractor is a high-quality, rechargeable, battery powered mini-tractor for boys or girls. It can be driven up to 2 mph indoors or out, on semi-hard surfaces. It has a large, adjustable seat for growing legs, and on-off foot pedal, and a one-year limited warranty with a free second year extended warranty and toll-free customer service. It is made in Canada. "Lil Red Tractor is a very high quality product, powered by a rechargeable battery (included). Kids love the bright shiny red finish and it's the perfect size for use indoors or out. [It is] not distributed in big-box stores," Ken Maxwell, VP of marketing for Peg Perego, told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 2009. 6/29/2009 (Price: $169; Age: 2 to 4) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Toys Toys Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 12v by BIG TOYS USA
Only for the exclusive few, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 is every bit as desirable as its adult version but even harder to get your hands on. You now have the chance to own this fabulous supercar. Its extraordinary looks are the first thing that hit you - this is a car that screams opulence and exclusivity. This is a car against which all other childrens cars will be measured. 4/26/2009 (Price: $579) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Crocodile Rocker by THE ORIGINAL TOY COMPANY
Smooth rounded corners with 2 easy grip handles. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Includes self-mounting stickers. Danish designed, made in Denmark. Maximum weight 150 lbs. 42"L x 15"W x 16"H. Ages 3 years +. Launch date: February 2009. ( Watch Video) 4/14/2009 (Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
PedoBike by WOODENBIKE
Manufactured by German company Holz-Hoerz, this wooden balance bike is constructed of sustainably grown birch and is finished with a linseed oil treatment. It has 12" pneumatic rubber tires and supports riders up to 100 lbs. Multiple accessories, including a ski bob conversion kit, are available. Launch date: 1991 (Germany); 2003 (United States). 4/13/2009 (Price: $219.00; Age: 2 to 6)
Go Glider - Pink by GLIDE BIKES
Designed for children who are learning to ride a bike, the Go Glider allows kids to practice balance and movement on a model that does not consist of pedals or training wheels. It has 16" EVA foam tires (no air), adjustable handlebars and a seat that is adjustable from 17.5" to 23". Launch date: 2008. 4/1/2009 (Price: $129.99; Age: 5 to 10) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
KinderBike Balance Trainer by KINDERBIKE
This trainer bike is designed without pedals or training wheels in order to help young children learn balance and crucial motor skills as they ride. It is available in red, blue, green and pink. 3/31/2009 (Price: $109.99; Age: 2 to 5) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Strider Running Bike by STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL INC.
This lightweight running bike is designed to help children gain practice in balance and control as they ride without pedals. It features a steel frame and handlebars and has Launch Pad™ footrests. The handlebar and seat height are adjustable to accommodate riders from 30" to 44" tall. Rider weight limit is 50 lbs. The bike is available in green, red, blue, yellow, orange and pink.
Awards: A TDmonthly Classics Award for being an all-time favorite toy.
— As of 7/21/2011 this product had 4.7 out of 5 stars from 140 review on Amazon.com.
— "We've sold 10 of the 12 [bikes]," Fred Meyer, owner of Meyer's Toy World in Battle Creek, Mich., told TDmonthly of this new product in his store in April 2010. 3/31/2009 (Price: $99.00; Age: 1 to 5) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Flying Turtle - Turquoise by MASON CORPORATION
This American-made, child-powered ride-on toy features an injection-molded polyethylene seat. Kids simply put their feet on the handlebars and swing the handlebars side to side with their hands to generate movement. The Flying Turtle, which comes pre-assembled, may be used both indoors and out, and holds up to 150 lbs.
— Deborah Smith, owner of Toys That Teach in Richmond, Va., listed the Flying Turtle as her best-selling ride-on toy in a March 2009 survey. “In spring and summer, [we sell] at least a dozen per month,” she said.
— Five percent of 60 retailers told TDmonthly in spring 2009 that Mason Corporation's Flying Turtle is a best seller in their stores.
— Three of 37 retailers named the Flying Turtle when discussing best-selling ride-on toys in spring 2010. Creative Kids Inc. in Columbia, S.C., sells about three dozen annually, Owner Melodie Ingwersen told TDmonthly in March 2010.
3/27/2009 (Price: $79.99; Age: 3 to 12) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Hot Seat Sled by ERA GROUP
This sled is available in assorted colors and measures 22” x 14” x 2”.
— Sleds from ERA Group in Canada were good sellers at Twirl Toystore & Playspace in Taos, N.M. in late 2008. “We had some great snow over the holidays!” Owner Molly McMullin told TDmonthly. 3/27/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Tri-ton Mobo by ASA PRODUCTS INC.
This three-wheeled cruiser boasts features that distinguish it from the rest of the Tri-ton line - namely, a reclining seat back and folding design for portability and storage. In addition, it has an adjustable front frame, caliper hand brakes and free wheel maneuverability. Launch date: February 2009. 2/16/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Hobby-Bike - Blue by INTER-AXION INC.
Hobby-Bike, a learning bicycle for children with a removable drive system (crank, pedals,chain, etc.), allows for two modes of operation: learning and riding. The bicycle's primary purpose in the learning mode (without drive system) is to teach young children the basic skills (balancing, braking and control) needed to ride a bicycle without the use of training wheels. Without the pedal system it is lighter and easier for a child to maintain balance and steer. Once these skills are mastered, the drive system is fastened and the bicycle is ready for use in the riding mode. The Hobby plush toy serves as the handlebars protective padding to protect the child from direct impact with the handlebar. Available in red, blue, yellow, and pink. Comes with a comfortable saddle and pneumatic rubber tires, making rough and bumpy paths comfortable for the rider. Awards: Mom's Best Award 2010 ( Watch Video) 2/9/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Toot Scoot by BUCKALE LLC
The Toot Scoot has no pedals or training wheels. Children sit on the seat while pushing off the ground with their feet, scooting themselves and the bike forward. By first learning balance, coordination and motor skills on the Toot Scoot, children as well as parents will find the transition to a traditional two wheel bike much easier than without a Toot Scoot. Available in Red, Blue, Black, and White. ( Watch Video) 12/1/2008 (Price: $79.95; Age: 2 to 5) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
SIBIS Flix by SIRCH
Designed for children ages 1 1/2 and up, this ride-on made of birch plywood features quiet wheels and encourages toddlers to use their own leg power to scoot along. MSRP is in the range of $180 to $200. 11/14/2008 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Log Rocker by 10 GRAIN
Kids can rock the house with this simple rocker solution that epitomizes “play potential." It can be used as a speeding motorcycle, a galloping horse or even a balance beam. The open-ended design allows kids to bring their imagination to life and create an experience all their own. Its large size allows for two kids to grab a hold and take off. It is constructed from durable molded ply as strong as the log that inspired it. It's a "new-school version of an old-school classic ... the teeter totter," General Manager Matt Genova of 10 Grain told TDmonthly. Launch date: December 2007. 11/13/2008 (Price: $215; Age: 2 to 5)
Pink Pegasus Retro Tricycle by MORGAN CYCLE LLC
The frame is constructed of handcrafted steel and modeled after the classic 1934 Van Doren design displayed in museums. Timeless treasure featuring chrome trim, durable steel spokes, solid rubber wheels, a leather saddle seat, working headlight, and adjustable handlebars. Adult supervision required. 8/26/2008 (Price: $149.00; Age: 2 to 4) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Police Sedan Pedal Car by AMERICAN RETRO LLC
Let imaginations soar with this Police patrol car designed in the classic retro look. Just like the originals, this American Retro pedal car is made of heavy gauge steel and is ready for hours of play. Standard features include chrome-trimmed windshield, chrome hood ornament, chrome steering wheel and chrome hub caps. Pedals are adjustable. Recommended ages 2 to 6 years old. Adult supervision required. 7/10/2008 (Price: $289.00; Age: 2 to 6) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Foam Saddle Scooter by FUN AND FUNCTION LLC
The scooter boards are soft, comfortable, durable and available in a variety of sizes and features. They feature high-density foam construction and non-marring rubber swivel casters. “Fun, functional and therapeutic, the Saddle Scooters allows the rider to choose from three riding positions, two sitting options or on the tummy. It is a fantastic way to incorporate play and movement into upper body strengthening activities,” Fun and Function LLC President Aviva Weiss told TDmonthly. Launch date: July 2008. ( Watch Video) 6/16/2008 (Price: $44.99; Age: 2 to 6)
Backyard Riding Train by GREAT AMERICAN TRAIN CO.
The train is only 3’ tall at its highest point, and yet is powerful enough to carry the operator and seven to eight additional adults or children. The train is 24-volt battery-powered for safety, reliability, ease of operation and low maintenance, and features solid bronze and brass trim, cast-iron wheels, powder-coat painted steel and cast aluminum. The trains run on 7.25" and 7.5" gauge heavy-duty, aluminum track mounted to specially treated 2" x 2" wooden railroad ties. A built-in digital sound system and smoke and steam generator are included to provide a more realistic and authentic riding train experience. Launch date: May 10, 2008. 6/16/2008
California Chariot - Skoooch™ by MARKY SPARKY TOYS
The dual-footboard scooter features dual rear skids, a front-caliper hand brake, an MX-style front tire, a non-skid footboard, a dual rear urethane wheel and a foam handlebar pad. Minimal assembly is required.
— “Skoooches by California Chariot…we sell about four a month” Nancy Hay, owner of Toy Works in Fort Worth, Texas, told TDmonthly.
— This item is one of the two best-selling ride-on toys in Tucson, Ariz.’s Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, manager Lisette Demars told TDmonthly.
— Two of 45 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly in early 2008 singled out the Skoooch as their stores’ most popular ride-on. 3/24/2008 (Age: 3 to 6) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
KidVenture Interactive Ride-on Toy by KidVenture
KidVenture will unlock the full potential of ride-on toys. This is more than just a stop and go driving experience! KidVenture vehicles respond to interactive accessories to create live action games. These games grow with your child, providing purpose and challenge for a whole new way to play and a new experience every time. The KidVenture concept is currently being presented to a number of potential licensees within the ride-on market. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT YET AVAILABLE: SEEKING LICENSEE. Pitched at Toy Fair 2008.
3/21/2008 (Age: 3 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Pumgo Scooter by LAND SURF INC.
The scooter features two pedals that are similar to a stair climber and propel the scooter forward. The rider can either pedal the scooter, or push-off the scooter like a kick-scooter. The scooter is multifunctional, serving as a toy, fitness and exercise equipment and a mode of transportation. Both parents and kids can ride together. (Max 180 lbs) Launch date: February 2009. www.pumgo.com ( Watch Video) 2/19/2008 (Price: $299.00; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
LeapFrog® See and Learn Alphabet Train by KIDDIELAND TOYS LTD.
The Alphabet Train takes kids on a ride with realistic train sounds, the Alphabet Song and classic children’s music. The kids go on a ride and learn their ABCs through interactive play guided by LeapFrog’s mascot, Tad. 10/11/2007 (Price: $39.99; Age: 1 to 3) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Trunki - Trixie by TRENDYKID
Manufactured by Magmatic Ltd. and distributed by TrendyKid, this ride-on children’s suitcase brings versatility and fun to kids' travel. Terrance (Blue), Trixie (Pink) and Towgo (Green) are crafted in brightly colored, durable plastic and are “hand luggage approved.” Trunki lets toddlers participate in the traveling experience in a practical, safe and fun manner. Soft rubber rims prevent little fingers from being caught, and a wide, stable wheel base ensures safe riding. Trunki also can be pulled by parents or shoulder carried. It holds travel items up to a 5-gallon capacity. 10/2/2007 (Price: $40.00; Age: 3 to 6)
Chicco Ducati Monster by CHICCO USA INC.
A child’s first ride-on motorcycle, the Ducati Monster features two-position adjustable side training wheels, accelerator sounds, colored headlights, blinkers and a working horn. It helps develop coordination and creative and social skills, and is suitable for children 18 months and up. 3/14/2007 (Price: $69.99; Age: 2 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Vector by INNOVATIVE TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES LLC
This electric-powered vehicle features a quiet motor and a top speed of 20 mph. Children can cruise around the campground, golf course, beach, race track or neighborhood without disturbing others. The Vector has dual front disc brakes, low-profile tires, rechargeable sealed batteries, an adjustable seat with a safety belt, rearview mirrors, aluminum wheels, direct chain drive, a fiberglass safety flag and a twist throttle with a keyed switch. Called a "skoogo," it falls somewhere between an electric scooter and a go-cart in design and functionality. "Continuous improvement is part of our theme at ITV. We are constantly looking for improvements in safety and performance, weight [and] cost,” Founder Ron Carl of Innovative Transportation Vehicles told TDmonthly. ( Watch Video) 2/23/2007 (Price: $499.00)
Dominator Ride-On Car With RC by AMAV ENTERPRISES
This product has cool all-terrain styling, oversized wheels, detailed hub caps and a sporty front bumper, as well as two forward and one reverse gear, and auto-lock brakes for safety. It is the first ride-on with a remote control that allows parents to stop the vehicle. The Dominator stops automatically at the push of a button, and when it is out of RC range. The remote control is a nice feature for parents who are used to “following behind [their children] in sort of a zig-zag fashion” when their kids are learning to ride, VP of Sales Peter Lowe of AMAV Enterprises told TDmonthly. He added that parents, especially while shopping in specialty stores, “can stop and focus on the safety feature” and really understand how it works. Launch date: March 1, 2007. ( Watch Video) 2/1/2007 (Price: $299.00; Age: 3 to 7) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Mercedes SL 500 - Black by CARS FOR CHILDREN INC.
The body of this collector’s dream features high-density fiberglass and a paint finish, and the interior boasts two adjustable seats covered with imitation leather. It has heavy-duty tires, full suspension, a rear disk brake, a gearbox and more. The car is 81” long, 40 ½” wide, and 27” high, and can go up to 12 mph. Production is limited, and it also comes in red and white. “The attention that is given to detail and the meticulous engineering built into the mechanical workings of these cars makes them very special and worth the price,” the President of Cars for Children told TDmonthly. 12/14/2006 (Price: $9800.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Jeep Minimoto Dune Buggy by TOYQUEST
This product is designed for mild off-road terrain and boasts an 800-watt electric motor as well as a 36-volt rechargeable battery. Young riders can learn with the product’s training mode, and can experience the buggy’s dual disc brakes, dual shocks, forward and reverse modes, suspension system, controls, seat belt, roll bar and tool kit. The buggy does not go above 18 miles per hour, and the maximum passenger weight is 200 pounds. Launch date: December 2005. 11/10/2006 (Price: $600.00; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
The Skuut Wooden Balance Bike by SKUUT LLC
The Skuut wooden balance bike gives preschoolers the big-kid riding experience, as well as a leg up on the competition. Its design helps youngsters forgo the awkward "training wheel" period. The Skuut has no pedals, so children kick off the ground as if running, thus pushing or "skuut-ing" themselves and the bike forward. Developing strength and balance as they go, kids can walk, coast or "skuut" along before transitioning to a two-wheeler. Launch date: November 10, 2006.
— “People like it because it's a little different. It's not a bike or a trike; it's not an infant ride-on. It covers that in-between stage and has a nice age range,” said Owner Tye Steinbach of Thinker Things in Portland, Ore., during a March 2009 survey.
— “We're starting to see more interest in coaster bikes," Phil Wrzesinski, owner of Toy House and Baby Too in Jackson, Miss., told TDmonthly in spring 2009. Skuut offers “fun for pre-bike riders,” according to Patricia Fieldler, owner of Green Frog Toys in Portland, Ore. This bike was on her top-nine best-seller list in spring 2009.
— Two of 37 retailers named Skuut as a best-selling ride-on in March 2010. Skuut "is a huge seller," noted Elaine Hackney of Boing! JP Toy Shop in Jamaica Plain, Mass. Past Videos: Toy Fair 2008 ( Watch Video) 11/10/2006 (Price: $99.99; Age: 2 to 5) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
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