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Cards Dictate New Game of Musical Chairs


MishiDesign transforms play with an adaptable wooden baby walker that later converts to a ride-on and even a trolley for older children's playtime. Among the other Staff Picks for this month — items TDmonthly Magazine puts forth for specialty retailers to consider — Ectropy Science offers experiential learning with kits that challenge students to solve mysteries, and PB&J Toy Company makes players take a seat in a competitive card game of Musical Chairs.



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MSRP: $7.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Target Age Range: 6 to 8
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 2113
Launch Date: September 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Family Games
Card Games
School Supplies



In this card game, when a player gets four-of-a-kind in his hand, it is just like the music stopping in a traditional round of musical chairs. The player grabs a chair and all other players react and grab for a chair, too. There is one less chair than the number of players in the round and the player without a chair is out.
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MSRP: $90.00
Age Range: 1 to 6
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: LU0409 LU0408 LU0409
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Wheeled Toys
Designer Toys



Lift Up is a unisex transformable wooden toy that follows kids from the moment they start to walk until the age of 6. The toy can be adapted in shape and function to the requirements of children in different stages of their growth. At the first stage Lift-Up is used as a baby-walker, then it can be easily transformed into a wheelbarrow.
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MSRP: $99.99
Age Range: 15 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Launch Date: May 2010
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls
Collectibles



This 12" Pullip doll wears in a lavish cocktail dress, and comes accessorized with a hat, choker, fur shawl and handbag.
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 10 and up
Target Age Range: 9 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: FC002
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games
Family Games
Educational



Word FRENZY is a fast-paced, word-forming card game that aims to foster spelling, vocabulary, word association and math skills. Playing with letter cards, players try to be the first to collect cards that spell a four-letter word relating to a category. "It's stealth education made fun!" Tame Tiger Marketing VP Steve Kam told TDmonthly.
Awards: 2009 Parents' Choice Approved Award; 2009 Dr. Toy's Best Picks; 2009 The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval; 2010 Family Review Center Gold Award; 2010 Family Review Center Editor's Choice Award
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MSRP: $27.99
Age Range: 9 to 12
Target Age Range: 9 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: AE-1001
Launch Date: October 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Educational
Science & Nature



The Sterling Police have just announced a major breakthrough in the case of the pirated video game MazTech Ultimate SK8 and need help breaking up the piracy ring. In this game, kids can join the Ectropy Secret Science Team, using science skills to help solve the mystery. "Secret Science Team is about taking what you learn about science and applying it to everyday situations ... it is more than science experiments, it is truly a science experience," Ectropy Science President Walter Thompson told TDmonthly.
Awards: 2010 Parents' Choice Approved
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Age Range: 0 to 2
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Infant & Toddler



TAGGIES Colours Puffy Characters are huggable plush toys made with ultrasoft colours prints and patented floppy tags. All four paws feature a crinkle sound. This plush toy is available in elephant, tiger and frog.
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Age Range: 2 and up
Target Age Range: 3 to 5
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: 000
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Designer Toys
Creative Activities



This deluxe play dough gift set, created by a preschool teacher, is American-made and non-toxic. The set includes three containers of Miss Brittany's Organic Preschool Fun Dough, a 100-percent organic toddler apron featuring the "Organically Awesome!" logo, a wood rolling pin, and four wooden shape stampers.
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games



Reggie the Pigeon dreams of a life in the circus as a high wire acrobat. Now he needs help to perfect 12 poses to “land” his dream job. Players must master the 12 unique poses and be the first to make it to the end of the line. Sturdy Birdy is designed to challenge children on a physical level while encouraging counting skills, self-esteem and more.
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Novelties
Interactive



This 5" plush bush baby comes with a removable hooded panda costume. When its tummy is squeezed it makes a "chatter" sound.
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MSRP: $59.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: July 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Kits



The art of marbling paper has been historically associated with the craft of bookbinding. The technique of marbling involves creating a multi-colored pattern of paint that floats on the surface of a gel-like medium. Paper or fabric is then laid on the surface to pick up the floating paint and transfer the design. This pack allows students to create elegant patterns on fabric or paper. The pack comes with: eight (2 oz.) bottles of Jacquard Marbling Colors, alum for treating the paper or fabric), methocel, cotton fabric (two yards of 61" cotton sheeting), eight droppers for applying paint and easy-to-follow instructions.
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Age Range: 3 and up
Target Age Range: 6 to 8
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China, United States
SKU or Item #: 00003
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys
Category: Apparel
Arts & Crafts
Educational



This pair of zimbi shoes can be painted and erased again and again. The kit includes a pair of zimbi shoes, six waterproof paints, 32 magical erasing pads, two paint brushes and a mixing palette.
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MSRP: $25.00
Age Range: 4 and up
Target Age Range: 6 to 8
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: 8907685618
Launch Date: October 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Educational
American-Made



With the Eye Can Art kit, kids can draw a pastel picture or make a collage inside a frame, then melt a layer of wax and draw on top. This wax drawing kit contains everything needed to make two ready-to-hang encaustic artworks, along with easy-to-follow illustrated instructions.
Awards: 2010 A+ Education.com Award
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Launch Date: May 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Designer Toys
Animal Figures



Medicom's set of two Be@rbricks, designed in collaboration with CLOT and Levi's, features bears patterned to resemble a strawberry and watermelon. These vinyl designer toys are available in 100% and 400% sizes.
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Age Range: 0 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Interactive
Plush
Infant & Toddler



Nicky the duck is fully of activities for children to explore. She quacks when her beak is squeezed, and can also make a rattling sound. Nicky contains a book designed to teach about water creatures.
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Launch Date: July 2010
Gender: Boys
Category: Construction



This collection is designed for Magformers to transform into hundreds of creative emergency vehicles.
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Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: FOX-310147
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
General Toys



Using the Architect precision blocks, players attempt to replicate the Tangram models illustrated in the challenges book. Initially, the puzzles are illustrated on a scale of 1:1 allowing players to experiment on the puzzle surface itself. As players advance, the illustrated models are reduced, thereby introducing the concept of scale. In addition, players are required to use the pieces horizontally and vertically, exposing them intuitively to more advanced concepts in geometry. Tangramino offers creative play for players 6 years and over.
Awards: Triple Star Canadian Toy Testing Council
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Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Stickers
Stationery



This set includes one sheet of acid free 3-D stickers with a candy motif.
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MSRP: $15.99
SKU or Item #: 90441
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Stationery
Creative Activities



This designer clear In the Garden stamp set designed by Max & Lucy includes 12 flower and garden inspired stamps to add a touch of nature to card, paper and craft projects. Made from a non- yellowing clear silicone, Janlynn's Designer Clear stamps are easy to use. Simply peel the stamp from the protective backer and stick to a Designer Clear acrylic block, sold separately.
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