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MSRP: $3.99
Launch Date: March 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Tween



PakNaks are soft, rubbery 3-D decorations designed for kids (and adults!) to use to personalize backpacks, lunch bags, headbands, computer bags, household items and more. There are more than 40 available designs. Customized Velcro makes them interchangeable and weather resistant, and they quickly and easily adhere to surfaces. Robert measures 2.5” x 2.5”.
— “PakNaks are from a new little small company, and we’ve been selling them like hotcakes since Easter,” said Michelle Smith, owner of Piccolo Mondo Toys in Portland, Ore., in December 2008. “We were the first ones to launch them.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20554      (added 9/19/2008)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 2582
Launch Date: August 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puppets
Plush



This 18”-tall turkey puppet needs only a hand to come alive. Designed in multitextured and multihued plush, it's a true representation of the cherished American icon. Featuring a one or two-handed design, the turkey's tail displays proudly. Launch date: August 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14174      (added 7/19/2007)
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MSRP: $1.00
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
School Supplies
Gifts



These hamster-themed erasers are available in six assorted colors. They can be taken apart and put back together like a puzzle.
—  As of 05/13/2011 this product had 5 out of 5 stars from 10 reviews on Amazon.com. Cons: Not suitable for younger children because the small pieces constitute a choking hazard.
—  Belmont Toys in Belmont, Mass., sells from 800 to 1,000 Iwako erasers monthly, Manager Gage Brownell told TDmonthly in October 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19975      (added 8/1/2008)
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MSRP: $24.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls



Dolly Licorice is a 10” vinyl doll with a cloth body and black hair. She’s dressed in bright colors with striped stockings and a pink streak running through her hair. Launch date: January 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17361      (added 1/30/2008)
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MSRP: $73.00
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 5090
Launch Date: January 2001
Gender: Girls
Category: Plush



Handmade in Germany, this rabbit is created as close to nature as possible and is 7.1" long. Its exterior consists of high-quality woven fur and leather imitation. All KÖSEN plush animals conform to the highest safety standards. The materials, products and production are inspected by TÜV and meet all requirements of the European safety standard for toys, EN 71. Children may even keep this toy beyond childhood, to eventually pass on to their own children. The product received a 2008 Toy of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine. Launch date: 2001. Display Ideas: Group animals by natural habitat or geographical area.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20302      (added 8/27/2008)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: HEXBUG-WORM
Launch Date: October 2008
Gender: Girls
Category: Remote Controlled
Robotics
General Toys



The HEXBUG Inchworm is the first Micro Robotic Creature in the HEXBUG line to feature a full-function IR remote control. Users drive the Inchworm forward, back, left and right. A and B control bands allow users to control two Inchworms at once or multiple Inchworms on the same band. The product features a unique crawling and pirouette motion around its center pod foot. "This unique HEXBUG Micro Robotic impulse item is offered in a five-pack impulse counter display with five-color variety assortment," Joel Carter, VP of marketing for Innovation First, told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 15, 2008.
— The Inchworm has been a top seller at Pufferbellies in Staunton, Va., for at least a year, according to co-owner Susan Blanton in fall 2009.
— The Hexbug Inchworm is a popular item at the Toy Shop of Concord in Concord, Mass., Owner David Hesel told TDmonthly in late 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20882      (added 10/2/2008)
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Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts



This firefighter art smock's design includes the suspender overalls of a typical firefighter, but not its fire retardant jacket. It is 100% waterproof and can be fastened on from the back with Velcro.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21866      (added 12/18/2008)
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MSRP: $30.00
Age Range: All Ages
Launch Date: June 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Licensed Products



These plush toys by Kids Preferred are made from 100-percent organic materials and are the first products in the Peter Rabbit...Naturally Better line. Each super-soft toy, dressed in a monogrammed outfit to identify the character, comes in a recyclable, reusable and PVC-free display/gift box. Peter stands 18" tall and carries a carrot. Launch date: June 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20301      (added 8/27/2008)
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MSRP: $15.00
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: A22544
Launch Date: November 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Preschool



These 11" stuffed animal babies are wrapped in a removable blanket, that features a plush decorative velcro closure. 27 styles available from teddy bears, jungle animals, woodland creatures, and sea life.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21228      (added 11/7/2008)
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MSRP: $25.00
Age Range: 1 to 3
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Developmental Toys



Charming play cube awakens all of the senses and entices curiosity! Each cube keeps the little ones occupied thanks to their optical and acoustic elements and the different features to pull at, turn or touch. Colorful World has magnetic blue, pink and orange flaps, and a peephole with kaleidoscope.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16520      (added 12/7/2007)
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MSRP: $38.00
Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: 10-05-109
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Designer Toys



Boogaloos are adorable, rounded creatures that are soft, cuddly and funny. Handknit by a Peruvian artist, they are 100-percent cotton stuffed with polyfill and are designed to provide a simple and vibrant play experience. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20008      (added 8/5/2008)
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MSRP: $7.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puppets



This soft plush  kangaroo puppet keeps her joey snugly tucked in her pouch. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21558      (added 12/4/2008)
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MSRP: $12
Age Range: 0 and up
SKU or Item #: A21676H
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Plush
Gifts



Snuggle Buddy is a plush toy and security blanket that offers play and soothing and tactile benefits. It is a wonderful gift that grows with baby and becomes a comforting companion for months, even years. Winner of the 2010 Top Choice of the Year Award and the 2010 Seal of Excellence Award from Creative Child Magazine.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21904      (added 12/19/2008)
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MSRP: $21.95
Age Range: 4 to 10
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Bags & Backpacks
Arts & Crafts
Eco-Friendly



The Kidzsack is a high quality, multifunctional, and durable bag with a screenprint that kids can color in using the 8 provided color markers. The Sea Life Kidzsack design includes common sea creatures such as a dolphin, stingray, and octopus.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21924      (added 12/19/2008)
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KidsRuler was created by a veteran elementary school teacher, who noticed that students consistently struggled with using the standard ruler to learn the beginning concepts of measurement. KidsRuler was created to help students visualize the increments of measurement, and give them a fun way to practice their skills. The KidsRuler helps students master the NCTM standards of measurement. They also connect together to allow kids to measure real-life objects, such as a desk or chair.
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MSRP: $2.99
Age Range: 1 to 5
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



In this palm-sized package is a full size, clean, safe, portable, disposable, biodegradable potty that is truly a better way. It simply flips open and is ready to go. Pottyflip provides a quick dependable way to answer the universal call “I GOTTA GO.” It is easy to carry a Pottyflip in your pocket or purse. Keep one in the glove compartment of the car. Keep a spare in your diaper bag for playtime emergencies or while at the beach, lakes or parks. Use it, fold it back up, and dispose of the whole potty - no mess, no fuss. Use a clean new potty each time.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21837      (added 12/15/2008)
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This kit allows kids of all ages to design their own works of art that can then be displayed in a fun-to-see light. Children can simply design and/or color their picture with any markers and then place it into the night light. Each kit comes with four blank coloring sheets plus a promotional, preprinted butterfly design coloring sheet. Replacement insert pages for the GLOWTASTIC! U-Draw Light Kit are also available.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20516      (added 9/16/2008)
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MSRP: $120.00
Age Range: 1 to 6
Gender: Girls
Category: Apparel
Gifts
American-Made



This pink pettidress is made with extra soft nylon chiffon to allow for the dress to be extra fluffy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20673      (added 9/22/2008)
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MSRP: $255
Age Range: 5 and up
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Creative Activities
Tween



Style Paige LLC introduces Shailie™: going beyond “dress-ups.” With Shailie™, girls design, create, and wear their own fashions. Shailie™ includes a life-size designer dress form and stand. Shailie™ dresses come in pieces. Sleeves, skirts, tops, and accessories come in various styles, colors, and lengths. All pieces easily attach and detach; girls can mix and match creating endless looks to wear. Launch date: February 13, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21761      (added 12/12/2008)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 1 to 6
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Girls
Category: Bath
Plush
Water Activities



ZooPoo puts the FUN in functional. Tucked away inside each plush character is a refillable Shampoo (or Poo, if you will) tube so that the product can be applied by squeezing it out right on a little stinker. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21754      (added 12/12/2008)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 3 to 12
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Arts & Crafts
Eco-Friendly



The CALAFANT Castle is part of the CALAFANT cardboard kit line and is extra sturdy and easy to build. Children can decorate it any way they like and get really creative. Not only is it fun to decorate the castle, it's also a wonderful toy and a cool home for knights, kings, princesses and dragons. The toy is fully recyclable and won't take up space in a landfill. Launch date: January 4, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21833      (added 12/12/2008)
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