June 2010 | Vol. IX - No. 6
Holiday Preview: Sporting Goods & Outdoor Toys
Soccer Balls Kick Up Some Fun
Saturnian 1 Sport and Monkey Business Sports will give kids workouts large and small with soccer this holiday season, while Can You Imagine makes a big boom with its new rocket. See more of TDmonthly’s Holiday Preview of Sporting Goods and Outdoor Toys in the list below.
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The Delta wing style of the Back Yard Flyer Vector is ready to launch in seconds for fast paced flying. Kids wear the high performance stealth charger on their wrists to fully charge the Back Yard Flyer Vector in 10 seconds for up to a 45 second flight. Requires 3 "AA" batteries, not included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28723 (added 5/28/2010)
This scooter has 120mm wheels and ABEC5 bearings for a smooth ride and high speed. It weighs 6.4 lbs. and can hold a rider up to 220 lbs. Measurements are 27” x 38” x 13” (unfolded) and 26” x 10” x 4” (folded).
— “It's perfect for the age group with the bigger wheels and [the] construction is stellar, and it's responsive. It's a medium price point, retails for $80, so it's not something that sells all the time, but does well. This is the time that will start picking up,” Eric Masoncup, owner of Gepetto’s Toy Box in Oak Park, Ill., told TDmonthly in March 2010.
— In early summer 2010, Brooke Andrews, owner of Millers Toys in Mamoraneck, N.Y., cited sales of 18 Micro Scooters a month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27799 (added 3/30/2010)
Camo Series Marshmallow Crossbow by MARSHMALLOW FUN COMPANY
Other products from MARSHMALLOW FUN COMPANY
This patent-pending crossbow assembles quickly and can shoot large marshmallows 30'. The shooter just loads one piece of "ammunition" into the marshmallow chamber, pulls back on the plunger grip until locks into place, and then pulls the trigger to release the plunger tube and shoot the marshmallow.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28408 (added 5/4/2010)
The Reel Roaster is designed to prepare roasted marshmallows, hot dog, S'mores and more. Kids can simply place a marshmallow or two or even a hot dog on the telescopic skewer, then crank the handle on the fishing reel to rotate the skewer and ensure that the snack is cooked to perfection.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28720 (added 5/28/2010)
The Giant Fun Gripper Soccerball is durable and can be used indoors or outdoors. It is constrbrightly colored assorted nylon, vinyl and composite materials with Fun Gripper foam matrix covering and comes with it's very own foot pump. Available in three sizes: 16 inch, 24 inch, and 36 inch (smallest shown). Launch date: 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28210 (added 4/22/2010)
SMASH Soccer allows any soccerballer the ability to practice their skills anywhere. One can play alone or with a group, and four cones are included to make a field or set up skill courses. Kids can juggle, dribble, play 1 vs.1 or 2 vs. 2 and have fun with SMASH sports soccer. This product is foam pellet filled for safety and performance, and double stitch sewn for durability. Features: Soccer ball, 4 cones and reusable backpack.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28718 (added 5/28/2010)
The newest way to play catch! This innovative system comes with two flexible sport nets with cushioned hand grips that allow participants to toss balls up to 100 feet. Three Games in One.
. 2- Trick sport nets
. 1- Rubber Ball
. 1- Fun Gripper ™ Bean Ball
. 1- Water Ball
7 years and up
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28529 (added 5/14/2010)
Whether at the park or in the pool, kids can make a huge splash by dunking the splash ball in the pool and then hitting it with the foam bat. Can also be played without water. The bat measures 22" long, and the ball is 3" in diameter.
Awards: 2010 Tillywig Top Fun
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28710 (added 5/28/2010)
The Rockboard Scooter uses propulsion technology, allowing it to be ridden without having to put a foot on the ground. It can be used as a kick scooter or a Rockboard. When in Rockboard Mode it requires no kicking, batteries, charging or gasoline. It can also be folded up for easy storage and transport. The Rockboard combines fun, fitness and functionality into one product. "While standing on the deck in Rockboard Mode the rider shifts their weight back and forth, and this powers the drive chain. Propulsion is achieved with each rock, wasting zero energy and allowing the rider to reach speeds of up to 10 mph," Zane Andrews, Account Manager, M.Y. Products, told TDmonthly. Launch date: November 18, 2009.
— Thanks to a product demo in the store, Learning Express of Newton, Mass., had sold at least 15 Rockboard Scooters in 2010 as of July, Owner Richard Gibson told TDmonthly.
— In a March 2012 survey, Grafton Stine, owner of Toys on the Square in Hummelstown, Pa., told TDmonthly that Rockboard Scooters were one of their best selling ride-on toys.
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27575 (added 3/15/2010)
Dunk the Geyser baseball into the water, hit it with the bat and get sprayed with water! Play with this great set with or without water.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28707 (added 5/28/2010)
This 10' plastic jump rope features heavy nylon rope that is protected by unbreakable plastic sections. It comes in assorted colors and is also available in a 16' version.
— This product is a best seller at Neely's in South L.A.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28693 (added 5/28/2010)
The Skyball is a distinctive play ball filled with helium. The brightly colored ball can bounce up to 75 feet in the air, giving a whole new dimension to play for one or a group. Kids can add this astronomical bounce to existing games like handball, or invent whole new things to play.
— “Skyballs would be No. 1 if I had any right this minute, but I don't. They are the best seller. I sell as many as I have, 48 or more. Sixty. Can't keep enough in stock,” said Gage Brownell, manager of Belmont Toys in Belmont, Mass., during a March 2010 survey.
— Two of 37 retailers told TDmonthly in March 2010 that Skyballs are a top-selling outdoor toy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27773 (added 3/29/2010)
This tabletop retail display holds 12 Big Squirt!® toys and ships with 24 toys.
Big Squirt! can be filled from any outdoor faucet or garden hose. Fill it, squirt it, and let the fun begin! Made in the USA.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28522 (added 5/14/2010)
The Sandkidz Beach Guide contains games and crafts for a full day or weekend of beach fun for the whole family. All items come in a vinyl pouch attached to the guide and can be replaced as needed for more beach activities. The Sandkidz Beach Guide was awarded the 2009 "Seal of Excellence" by Creative Child Magazine. Launch date: June 12, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28392 (added 5/3/2010)
Best for heights up to 4’10" suitable for ages 5-8. Awarded both the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2004 and The National Parenting Center 2004 Seal of Approval, The Trikke T5 features durable steel construction, color options and encourage fitness disguised as fun for smaller children. 3 wheel contact and no foot pushing provide excellent stability.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27479 (added 3/5/2010)
Duck Hunter Xtreme by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.
Other products from INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.
In this 2 player interactive RC hunting game, player 1 takes flight control with full function RC Duck while player 2 takes aim at the Duck with safe infrared blaster. The Duck Hunter Xtreme takes 7 minute flights off a single charge and requires 3 direct hits to bring the duck down. Requires 6 AAA batteries for the controller and 3 AA batteries for the blaster.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27626 (added 3/17/2010)
This shoe-sized skate simplifies the skateboard concept for on-the-go ease. It features three 64mm urethane wheels, a Grip tec system, weighs 2.5 lbs, and holds riders up to 220 lbs. It can attach to backpacks (clip not included) and comes in red, blue and white.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27545 (added 3/12/2010)
This full-view periscope allows stealth viewing around corners and over boulders, high bushes and backyard fences. Three rugged, lightweight sections telescope for a reach of over 4'. Kids can flip the Mega View Periscope upside down and a full 16" is submersible for under-water viewing.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28605 (added 5/21/2010)
Stamos Enterprises' Glow and Throw UFO illuminated flying disc is a lightup flying disc for day or night-time flying that allows for the creation of bright and colorful UFO flying shapes. The design element not only challenges the imagination, but provides recreation by combining the fun of a flying disc and the mystery of a U.F.O. The 9 1/4" Glow and Throw UFO Flying Disc comes complete with 14 Glowsticks and 14 Couplers. Launch date: 2008
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28221 (added 4/26/2010)
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The Big Bang Rocket is a "green" toy that recycles old newspapers to operate. Lindy Borkin, marketing manager at Can You Imagine, told TDmonthly. "Remember 'caps'? They used to be the only way to create a big bang. Well this is better, safer AND it recycles old newspaper," she said. Launch date: March 2010.
— “Everyone likes it. They buy one for their kid, then they come back and buy one for a birthday present," John Blair, owner of Science Safari in Cary, N.C., told TDmonthly in April 2010. His store was already selling its second dozen of the rocket since ordering at Toy Fair in February.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28009 (added 4/14/2010)
These Spielstabil German-made Ocean Sand Molds are perfect for the beach or sand box. The Ocean Sand Molds are brightly colored in different ocean shapes. HABA USA National Accounts Manager Janet Walker told TDmonthly, "This item's construction will make it last for years to come!" Launch date: March 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28008 (added 4/14/2010)
JUMPAROO BOING! Pogo Stick by GEOSPACE INTERNATIONAL
Other products from GEOSPACE INTERNATIONAL
The JUMPAROO BOING! Jumping Stick is capable of 24” leaps with a little practice. Constructed from all-metal materials with a Y-shaped handle with foam grips that offers more hand positions than standard pogos, and greatly increases its control and ease of use. The rugged metal spring is completely encased by a steel housing, so there’s no possibility of pinching, and all surfaces are rounded for extra safety. The rubber “foot” has a diameter is twice that of most pogos for greater security and stability. The JUMPAROO BOING! Pogo Stick has two models: one for users with a body weight of 44-86 pounds and another for users between 86 and 160 pounds.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28079 (added 4/16/2010)
With this 4 x4 sandbox, kids get to dig for treasure and build sand castles in their own backyard. This sandbox is made of weather-resistant wood and comes with a mesh cover that protects the sand in inclement weather. The shady canopy helps keep kids in the shade and out of the hot sun and the sandbox is large enough that multiple children can play at once. Reinforced wooden panels prevent warping and weathering. Launch date: 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28212 (added 4/22/2010)
Make a Copter Ball, a Rocket Ball or a Glider Ball with the new OGOBILD-FLY. The soft bouncy rubber ball has 12 sockets that let you reposition and twist the wings to create your own flying creation. Part of the new OGOBILD Building Ball system from OGOSPORT. Can be combined with any of the other OGOBILD attachments offering a brilliant combination of active and constructive play.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27807 (added 3/31/2010)
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Built strong enough that you can help on the farm! Introduce children to the legendary John Deere quality with this officially licensed Kart – built BERG-tough! Pneumatic tires keep you from slipping in the dirt, ball bearings in each wheel keep you rolling smoothly. An adjustable steering wheel and seat will keep kids riding the kart for years! Pedal forward, pedal back slightly for the coaster brake, once stopped pedal backwards to go in reverse. While coasting pedals stay static. Weighs about 40 lbs, measures 44 inches long, 26 inches wide, and 25 inches tall; 150 pound weight limit. Launch date: May 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27510 (added 3/10/2010)
Little Nutty Helmets from Nutcase are designed to stylishly protect the noggins of little ones. Engineered for toddlers to 5-year-olds, the helmets include the Nutcase’s Spin-Dial Fit System to ensure a perfect fit. Little Nutty Helmets feature ABS injection shells and are available in 10 trendy designs perfect for a variety of outdoor activities.
— Justine of Babygadget, who bought a Little Nutty helmet for her daughter, declared that “all Nutcase's designs are so much more interesting than the usual, gender-stereotyped fare that they are bound to help foster any child's INDEPENDENT style.”
— WestchesterMom of The Children’s Blog had high praise for the entire Nutcase range, calling them the “holy grail of helmets.” She recommended using a soft tape measure to attain perfect sizing.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27910 (added 4/7/2010)
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.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28443 (added 5/5/2010)
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Writer'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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