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TDmonthly Goes Inside … Can You Imagine

Undulating Dolphins and Pocket Laser Shows Mesmerize the Specialty Market


If you’re looking for boys’ toys, tween items, novelties and things that are just plain fun and imaginative, you might want to step into the Can You Imagine showroom to check out their latest inventions for the specialty toy and gift market. Can’t afford to take a trip to L.A.? Then scroll down to watch TDmonthly Magazine’s videos, shot at Can You Imagine’s Los Angeles-area showroom!

Videography and editing by Paolo Marino Blanco.

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Bob Lundquist, sales manager for the company, gives a rundown of the company’s history and mission statement (above).

Following are just a few of the inventive toys and novelties available to the specialty market from Can You Imagine:
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MSRP: $5.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Tween
General Toys



This magical light show can be held in the hand. It includes 36 built-in light show patterns from super bright LEDs.  It's so portable kids can take it anywhere: parties, concerts, amusement parks ... anywhere they want to dazzle their friends! Even the batteries are included so they can enjoy their Light Show Stick immediately.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25787      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $34.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Construction
Puzzles & Skill



The Amazing Magnetic FridgiGears Deluxe Light Show Puzzle Gear Edition lets kids make creations light up & glow in the dark. Each gear is a puzzle that a child puts together to create a moving work of art. A rotating magnetic black light is included. The motorized picture frame gear powers all 20 gears with an easy "tap on/tap off" function. Included are over 103 black-light responsive magnetic fridgi puzzle pieces.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25786      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $16.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Tween
General Toys



 Airzooka is a hand-held device that  blows a harmless "ball of air" towards any object or person. Laugh with amusement as, seemingly from nowhere, you are able to mess up someone's hair, ruffle their shirt or just plain blow them away! It's available in four blacklight-responsive colors: Blue, Green, Orange and Magenta.
― Out of 39 retailers who participated in an October 2009 survey of specialty retailers, two said the AirZooka is their best-selling item for tween boys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25785      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $19.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Tween
General Toys



You have seen it in movies and on TV hundreds of times. Just before the marksman takes the shot, the red laser dot appears on the target. Now kids are able to do the same! Turn on the Laser AirZooka™, place the laser dot on the target and shoot a harmless ball of air. Laugh with amusement as, seemingly from nowhere, you are able to mess up a person's hair, ruffle their shirt, dress or office papers or simply try your luck at indoor target practice from a distance of over 50 feet away!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25781      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Tween
General Toys



With a gentle spin, watch in amazement as the Non-Stop Top™ picks up speed and keeps its balance — defying physics, gravity and logic. Add to this a light show that seems to change with every spin and watch as it fills the room with wonder. It spins on any hard surface and comes with replacement batteries.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25783      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $14.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Tween
General Games



The rules are simple but, unlike regular Tic Tac Toe, you never know who will win until the last chip is played. Each player takes a turn “flicking” his or her chip up the ramp and on to the “Chip Magic” playing area where the chips are held perfectly in place. You can even take over your opponent’s square by landing on top of their chip and changing that square to yours. There are even built-in side walls for bank shots. Two different skill levels - Beginner & Professional - means kids and families will never out-grow this game. Even though the playing field is over 2-1/2' long, it all folds up into a handy case for easy portability.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25782      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $14.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Tween



Watch in amazement as The Magical Animated Butterfly comes to life with the flick of a switch. Not only will you be amazed by the butterfly’s animated wings but you will be mesmerized by the optical effect that the built-in black lights create when the lights in your room are off. Use it where you want a center of attention. Use it in your living room, den or bedroom. Add to this a sleep timer that automatically shuts your butterfly off after 15, 30 or 60 minutes or you can choose continuous operation. The choice is yours.
Wings available in 4 black light responsive colors: Blue, Orange, Green and Pink
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25780      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Puzzles & Skill
Construction



The Amazing Wave of Light Animatronic Dolphin is a work of art that combines lights, sound and movement. The visual experience is hypnotic, creating a relaxing tranquil environment for any room in your home or office. You can choose from three modes: 1) Watch it move in a well-lit room with the Sound & Movement Mode; 2) Bring it into the bedroom shut the light off and watch the Movement, Sound and Light Mode take over - completely relaxing you; 3) Simply use it in the Movement Only Mode (with no sound or light) and be mesmerized by the slow graceful movement of the Dolphin. The Amazing Wave of Light Animatronic™ Dolphin has a built-in Sleep Timer Mode; with the push of a button it can be set to turn off in a 30 minutes to one hour. Cons: One user reported that the dolphin's nose got stuck and wouldn't go back down.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25788      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Tween
General Toys



The Amazing String Thing transforms an ordinary piece of string into a magical moving rainbow nearly 3' in the air. Point it up, down, even sideways and watch as the string playfully dances in mid-air. Gently touching the string generates wave patterns and interactive shapes that seem to defy gravity. Kids can operate The Amazing String Thing while inside the custom base (directly on any table top), or they can simply take the lightweight hand-held wand wherever they go and conduct their very own string show. It requires 4 "AA" batteries, not included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25784      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $25.00
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 6-04020-04140-3
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games



String Thing Limbo is a portable, self-contained limbo dance party, ready to play anytime. Users simply turn it on, adjust the height dial, press the music button and limbo the night away. It has a built-in black light and black light-responsive rainbow-colored string for a magical sound and light experience in the dark. It can also be used handheld when removed from the base.

Past Videos: Toy Fair 2007
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11802      (added 3/6/2007)
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MSRP: $69.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
General Toys



The Laser Kaleidoscope is not just a laser pointer; it's real holographic and laser technology combined to create an infinite star-like display of kaleidoscopic images that you control, at your fingertips.  All this power and still just the size of a pen; it even has a pocket clip. Use it anywhere you want a light show; it fills a whole room with kaleidoscopic moving images.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25793      (added 10/28/2009)
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Alison MarekWriter's Bio: ALISON MAREK is a writer/artist/filmmaker whose work has been published by Fairchild Publications and DC Comics (Piranha Press), among others. Her short films have won awards in festivals around the world and have been broadcast on Showtime and other cable networks. Her new web series, "Mugg's Movers," was sponsored by FlatRate Moving Systems LLC and was selected for an NYU webseries showcase at writerslabwest.org/webshowcase. Alison is also the writer of the 2011 Emmy-nominated PSA "Tell Someone," for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Read more articles by this author

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