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August 2007 | Vol. VI - No. 8




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Cover Photo: Calin by Corolle

TOO MUCH OF NOT ENOUGH

Got a toy that’s too big for its britches? Driven mad by demand you can’t supply? Afraid a current toy craze will turn off your customers for good? Retailers advise patience, rectitude and the courage to be uncool in How to Survive a Monster Hit.


GET READY TO ORDER

If your baby and toddler lines are looking skimpy, TDmonthly’s selected some products for you in New Toys for New Folks (0 to 4 Years). There are individual plush stuffing kits from StuffySoft, an elephant stacking toy from Rich Frog Industries, a twisty dominoes set for little ones by Blue Orange … and more!

Slightly older kids might appreciate mind-bending mosaic puzzles from Paradoxy Products, transparent giant building “blocks” from Tinker Minds, a yoga-inspired board game from Spiraling Hearts … and more in Gifts for Real Kids (5 to 8 Years).

Kids who’ve seen it all but still want more might be tempted by a flight school in a box from Tree Toys Corp., a new NASCAR racing board game by Griddly Games Inc., an engineering kit from Thames & Kosmos and more in Gifts for the Jaded (8 to 12 Years).


TOYS WITH STAYING POWER

Everybody loves a new toy … when it’s new. But what about tomorrow? Or next week? Or next month? TDmonthly’s Roundtable moms and kids went back and re-rated the toys they’d tested from March to July, based on how often the toy was played with each week. Winners included Ernie Fire Engine by Wow Toys, Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor With Trailer by Peg Perego, Touchdown by K&T Toys Inc. and Karito Kids Ling by KidsGive. Find out what else kept kids’ interest in Roundtable Roundup: Our Favorite Toys.

And to see how all the toys fared, read Roundtable Roundup: When New Toys Get Old.


ASTRA MARKETPLACE ON TDMONTHLY’S TOYTV

Find out what a great show you missed in Las Vegas by letting TDmonthly’s ToyTV show you the best of the new products and new companies at the ASTRA Marketplace. We have toy demonstrations by more than 50 manufacturers, a TDmonthly Video Top-10 New Toys list, and highlights from the Marketplace seminars. Plus, your peers share their favorite toys and pointers from the show.

We also shot 20 new TDmonthly ToyTV in-house demonstrations to help you finalize your ordering decisions.


BEST OF 650

TDmonthly Magazine uploaded more than 650 new products since last month. Because you might not have time to browse them all, we picked out some favorites for you. Here are a few; read TDmonthly’s August Staff Picks to see the rest:




MSRP: $49.95
SKU or Item #: 301
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts



Arnold Grummer's Papermill turns household wastepaper into stationery, cards, paper ornaments and more in just minutes. Easy to use, set up and clean up, this kit makes 5.5" x 8.5" paper and comes complete with supplies needed to form, press and dry paper. All supplies are high quality and reusable. Individuals can learn how to use botanicals and paint with pulp in Arnold Grummer's Guidebook, a step-by-step guide with three decorative techniques, directions for six projects and tips on product care.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13887      (added 7/3/2007)
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MSRP: $16.95
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 00250
Launch Date: February 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games



In this observation game, players race to get the farm animals home by calling the animals by name (“Pig! Cow! Duck!”) or by making the animals’ distictive sound (“Oink! Moo! Quack Quack!”). The adorable tri-colored farm animals all coincide with different combinations of the three dice. All the components are made of quality wood and are housed together in a wooden carrying box. “The wooden box makes a nice addition to the kid’s room and the cotton pouch is convenient for carrying Quack Quack wherever you go,” Blue Orange Games Sales Manager Adeline Bertrix told TDmonthly. This product is a winner of the 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, the 2007 Dr. Toy Best Product Award, the 2007 Parents’ Choice Foundation Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and the 2007 Creative Child Award Preferred Choice Award. Launch date: February 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13751      (added 6/27/2007)
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