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Holiday Preview: Novelties

Pigs Snort Their Way Into the Spotlight


Pigs that pop, store change, play party games, and support the outrageously popular fad of snap-back, shaped rubber bands are the focus of TDmonthly’s Holiday Preview of Novelties below. It might turn out to be a boar-ing holiday season.

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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 13 and up
Target Age Range: 13 and up
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Adult Games
Board Games



This cross between Pin the Tail on the Donkey and darts allows the user to take a snout peg and snout their enemies on the Pig Board. It can be played as a novelty party game, individually or used at the office. Snout A Pig founder Sue LoGuercio told TDmonthly, "There is nothing out there like it that is fun, satisfying, hilarious and therapeutic — which is harmless and not harmful." The Pig Board has been featured in the Oscar celebrity gift bags , the Teen Choice celebrity gift bags, and on the Ellen Show in 2010. Launch date: 2010.
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 4 and up
Target Age Range: 6 to 8
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 54300
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Toys
Novelties
Sporting Goods & Accessories



Children can squeeze this pig's belly to launch soft foam balls. The harder the pig is squeezed, the farther it shoots. Six soft foam balls and a convenient carry net are included.
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MSRP: $7.99
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 228
Launch Date: May 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
General Toys



Junior is just like the Original Slinky Dog, only miniature for optimal portability. Launch Date: May 2010.
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MSRP: $6.99
Age Range: 4 and up
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties



The Pop the Pig Piggybank will stores loose change for a rainy day.  Kids can feed him coins either through his mouth or the slot in his back.  When ready to “cash out”, they can just use his spatula key to open his clear vault stomach and get their money. Jennie Robinson of Goliath Games told TDmonthly, "It’s an addition to the popular game Pop the Pig." Launch date: 2010.
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys and Girls
Category: Electronics
Novelties



These squeeze-powered, kid-sized flashlights come in a variety of animals whose noses light up when switched on. The side lever stores inside the body and can be released and squeezed to charge up the light. The 12-piece counter displays include four assorted animals in each assortment. The Zoo assortment includes a tiger, panda, monkey, and penguin, whereas the Farm assortment features a cow, pig, duck, and dog.
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Set of 24 rubber band shapes including Oscar the owl, Emmet the boar, Leonard the lion, Franklin the buck, Rusty the racoon, and Willie May the wolf.
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Licensed Products



UglyDoll tin trucks come in an assortment of six: three styles of banks and three styles of pencil holders featuring artwork and characters from the UglyDoll line of plush toys. Each truck measures 7.5" long. Launch date: 2010.
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 35500
Launch Date: February 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Outdoor Fun
Novelties



Use the beanbags to launch softballs into the air. The game is over when all the balls have been launched. Catch more than your opponent to win. For up to 4 players. Launch Date: February 2010.
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MSRP: $11.95
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 11973
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Animal Figures
Gifts
Novelties



Individuals can stock their cupboards with these Cat-in-a-cans so they'll have ample inflatable felines to get you through the winter. Each 12-1/2" (31.8 cm) vinyl cat offers a convenient companion that won't leave hairballs on the carpet or use the armchair as a scratching post. It comes deflated in a 3-3/4" (9.5 cm) round, 2-1/2" (6.4 cm) tall illustrated tin. Launch date: January 28, 2010.
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This novelty chalk with google eyes comes in a packs of 2. Chose between a tool, ice cream or solar theme. Dimensions : 17.5 X 10.75 X 11.75 inches.
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Gender: Boys
Category: Novelties



Temporary tattoos that glow in the dark. Includes 10 designs per sheet.
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MSRP: $11.99
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: TBZBGZ-1
Launch Date: February 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Gifts
General Toys



Users can light up the day and night with BLINGKEEZ, a fun, multi-use light with 10 LED bulbs. The 2.5" sphere features three light settings (disco strobe, party flash, all on), an 18" lanyard with a breakaway safety clasp, and automatic shut-off. Launch date: February 14, 2010.
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MSRP: $5.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: December 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles
Fashion & Accessories
Novelties



Animal and shape bracelets are made to be worn, traded and collected. These shaped bands are made of 100-percent silicone, and they bounce right back to their cool shape after each and every wear. The 24-band Stretchy Shapes packs are exclusive designs in custom colors, sized to fit comfortably on the wrist. The line includes tie-dyed, glow-in-the-dark and scented bands. "An all-kid test group even helped develop our product. Product sales success is proven — a retail store in Birmingham, Alabama, sold over 10,000 of the three original Stretchy Shapes packs shown above in less than one month," April Mraz, CEO, OCG Products, LLC, told TDmonthly. Launch date: December 2009.
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The Bat'nBall was designed to take what kids use most and organize it. With its sleek baseball design, the Bat'nBall is a must have in boys and girls rooms. The rack easily mounts to any wall and is small enough that it doesn't take up much space.
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These fun pens will keep kids distracted during math class.
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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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