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Holiday Preview: Electronics

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Simple USB-bots from Desk Pets can entertain at the computer, as can Kiz Toys action figures — the distinctive character avatars explore islands and embark on adventures in a virtual world. See TDmonthly’s Holiday Preview of Electronics below.

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MSRP: $24.99
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Action Figures
Interactive
Electronics



Jessie comes packaged with a USB key that provides access to Hub City and to Nuna, a magical, natural forest off the mainland in KizPlanet. Jessie is the steward of the "green" island of Nuna. She loves nature and animals, doesn't mind getting dirty, and is a mix of a tomboy spirit and a compassionate nature. With Nuna KizPals Jessie or Takoda, kids gain additional interaction points in Nuna and Hub City, unique areas for their avatar to check out, and new quests, games and adventures. Launch date: 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28015      (added 4/14/2010)
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MSRP: $14.95
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronics
Educational



3 great tools in 1: Pencil Case, Spelling Corrector and Calculator

  • Spell correction corrects thousands of words, such as “serkut” finds “circuit”
  • Use “?” and “*” in place of letters to find prefixes, suffixes and other parts of words
  • Confusables® finds words that sound alike, such as “peace” and “piece”
  • Play games to learn new words
  • Use the calculator and measurement converters for quick calculations
  • Ages 7+
  • 2 LR44 batteries included
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27918      (added 4/7/2010)
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Encased in the hand blown glass dome is a mountain with tiny taxis and buses circling on an oval track. Propulsion technology moves the miniature pieces along a very narrow track; and in this case, Pseudo Random Electronics Control causes the vehicles to stop periodically and move at varying speeds. The product features a resin base with a burl wood finish, plus non-scratch felt pads.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27803      (added 3/30/2010)
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MSRP: $11.99
Age Range: 7 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Robotics
Electronics



This window-climbing robot scoffs at the forces of gravity, using suction cups built into its feet to climb up, down, around and even upside down smooth surfaces like windows, mirrors and metal file cabinets. It requires 2 AAA batteries. Instructions for product can be found sandwiched between the cardboard insert that includes important battery replacement directions.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27582      (added 3/15/2010)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 8470
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Outdoor Fun
Electronics



The Bubbleizer lights up bubbles as they stream out and float in the air. The light show lights the bubbles and entertains you at the same time, making bubbles look great both in the light and in the dark. Requires a bottle of bubble solution and three AA batteries, all included. Launch date: 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27719      (added 3/24/2010)
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Launch Date: April 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronics
Fashion & Accessories
Gifts



Earloomz is a lightweight, all-in-one earpiece that combines Bluetooth technology with a bold fashion statements, featuring anything from pop-culture designs to sports teams to cheetah print. Launch date: Spring 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27451      (added 3/4/2010)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: June 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Robotics
Electronics
Novelties



GoBot is a micro bot with a compact remote control powered by an internal battery that jumps to attention upon command. It is available in four colors: Clear, Clear Smoked Black, Clear Blue and Clear Black. "It's powered by a unique remote control with that can charge GoBot through USB," David Piltz, Managing Director, Desk Pets, told TDmonthly. Schylling distributes Desk Pets to specialty stores in the United States. Launch date: June 2010.  — John MacDougall, owner of Golden Apple Learning Store in Pleasanton, Calif., thought the no-batteries Desk Pets "cool" at Toy Fair 2010. Watch Video

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27360      (added 2/23/2010)
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MSRP: $299.95
Age Range: 14 and up
SKU or Item #: 00321
Launch Date: December 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Rail Roads & Trains
Hobby Goods
Electronics



This set features a powerful diesel locomotive and three streamlined passenger cars, a 40" x 60" oval of snap-fit roadbed track, and a powerful 80 Watt AC transformer. "This set includes everything needed to get started in O gauge model railroading at an affordable price," Jack Lynch, Communications Manager, Bachmann Industries, Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: December 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26940      (added 2/4/2010)
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MSRP: $29.95
Age Range: 6 and up
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: SJ1S
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Board Games
Electronics



The Sketch Jr is Hi-Tec Art LLC's most versatile version of Hi-Tec Art. It runs on three AA batteries and is very lightweight and portable. Includes patented technology that lets the user "play" with LEDs. There are three versions of this toy: Camo for boys, Flower Power for girls, and Games for kids of all ages. "The technology is brand new, the possibilities are endless, and kids absolutely love bringing light to their art!" Roy Smith, CEO, Hi-Tec Art, LLC, told TDmonthly. Launch date: January 5, 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26918      (added 2/4/2010)
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MSRP: $34.99
Age Range: All Ages
Launch Date: December 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronics
Audio & CD
Videos & DVDs



These IR wireless headphones are designed specifically for children with guaranteed 100-percent compatibility in all U.S. cars having built-in DVD/video systems, the unique features like automatic power off when not in use, independent volume control on the ear-cup and a comfortable design. "[The] unique design specifically focused on children's comfort, safety and fit make the Kidz Gear Wireless Car Headphones ideal for travel in the car or even at home (use the separately sold IR68KGTR wireless transmitter)," Jack Peterson, VP Sales and Marketing, Kidz Gear, toldTDmonthly. Launch date: Dec. 15, 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26451      (added 12/16/2009)
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Julie L. JonesWriter's Bio: Julie L. Jones has written articles for both newspapers and magazines. Before joining the staff of TDmonthly Magazine, she worked as a communications writer and provided editorial support for a market research company. Read more articles by this author

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