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December 2010 | Vol. IX - No. 12
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December Staff Picks


New craft kits allow kids to batik their own shirts and bake their own cups. Great gift items include sweet new Zoobies and Scare Me Nots plus a finger-puppet theater for Shakespeare fans. Be sure to scroll down for all of TDmonthly Magazine's December picks:



MSRP: $14.95
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles
Dolls - Talking



A great whimsical gift and it's educational too: each doll comes with a multilingual hangtag with phrases you say after someone sneezes in 5 different languages.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31138      (added 11/4/2010)
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MSRP: $9.95
Launch Date: November 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles
Licensed Products



This second series of figures features two alternate versions of your favorite nuclear family and 15 new characters including extended family members and loveable barflies, including Mariachi Homer, Mariachi Marge, Zombie Homer, Zombie Bart, Sideshow Mel, Carl Carlson, Selma Bouvier and many more. Each vinyl figure stands 3-inches tall, includes a character sticker, and comes blind boxed to preserve its identity.
— Tom Levin from Tom's Toys Inc in Great Barrington, Mass., told TDmonthly in a Fall 2013 survey that minifigures from Kid Robot are a popular choice for tween customers.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31132      (added 11/4/2010)
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MSRP: $9.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Plush



There are four different storybooks and four matching plush animals in this series. Each storybook tells a story about the featured animal -- where it lives and how.  These are little science books told in simple fashion with clear illustrations. Each is packaged with a small huggable plush animal that fits in a little hand. There's one about Little Gorilla, Little Polar Bear, Little Elephant, and Little Panda. You can't go wrong with any of them.
Awards:  2010 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31128      (added 11/4/2010)
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MSRP: $41.90
Age Range: 5 and up
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: 410, 415
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities



LI-QUA-CHÉ is a paper-fiber reinforced, polymer based compound that is air-cured, not fire hardened. Designed to be used with plaster ceramic molds, it dries to a hard, durable, break resistant product.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31126      (added 11/4/2010)
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MSRP: $4000.00
Launch Date: November 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



The king of the jungle is here in an unbelievable lifesize replica from Steiff in Germany that stands a whopping 43-inches tall in soft brown plush, complete with realistic mane and attitude. This big kitty is certain to intimidate any unwanted guests who cross his path.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31114      (added 11/3/2010)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



Not only is Lola a cuddly lamb, but also a cozy pillow and super-soft coral fleece blanket all in one. Perfect for road excursions or just snuggling in bed. Lola also makes for the perfect baby shower gift.  Features microbead stuffed head for ultimate squishibility, large, super-soft coral fleece blanket, 100% polyester, blanket zips off/on for easy washing, two bottom hook-and-loop Velcro tabs gather Zoobie into animal shape.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31107      (added 11/3/2010)
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MSRP: $40.00
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Apparel



What you get with your kit:  pre-treated ready to dye short sleeve tee (adult tee's are a fashion fit), Hiho Batik wax,  Batik pen, sponge brush for painting, microwaveable Hiho Batik mug, step by step instruction manual, and fun Hiho Batik stickers for inspiration.  100% Cotton.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31103      (added 11/2/2010)
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MSRP: $14.95
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Pretend Play
Gifts



Contents include:  Sixty finger-puppet cards featuring Shakespeare's most famous characters, including Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, Shylock, and Falstaff.   Twelve stand-up sets of castles, forests, balconies, and battlefields.  A 96-page "folio" of classic scenes—from Hamlet's "To Be or Not to Be" soliloquy to Romeo and Juliet's classic balcony serenade.  Once you've finished staging the Bard's entire canon, you can mix and match masterpuppets to produce your own Shakespearean mash-ups. Perhaps your Romeo will fall in love with Lady Macbeth.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31101      (added 11/2/2010)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles



A collaboration between Areaware and Monocle, designed by David Weeks Studio.  A limited edition of 100 pieces.  Made from Sustainably harvested Beech wood, elastic band.  11 x 4 x 5.5 inches
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31091      (added 11/2/2010)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



Freaky Pets are the first-of-its-kind line of transformable plush creatures that are cute one second, then cranky the next (by turning the plush pet inside out).  A passion for everything fast, Monket is also one of the most acrobatic pets. Nothing delights a Monket more revving up and racing. Fiercely loyal to their friends, a cranky Monket turns into a reptilian wrecking machine when it thinks danger is near.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31083      (added 11/1/2010)
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MSRP: $11.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



This product is a ball full of finger holes that is incredibly easy to catch, and safe to throw.  Shiny, Smooth, Flexible, Durable.  100% Dishwasher Safe, PVC, Latex and Phthalates Free.  3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches ; 1.6 ounces
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31061      (added 11/1/2010)
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Alison MarekWriter's Bio: ALISON MAREK is an award-winning writer, director and cartoonist whose work has been published by Fairchild Publications and DC Comics (Piranha Press), broadcast on Showtime and other cable networks, and viewed worldwide in film festivals. See her short films and print work on www.alisonmarek.com. Watch her nefarious villains in the web series www.MuggsMovers.com. Get inspired by her cartoons "Daily ARFFirmations to Unleash Your Inner Fido" at www.ARFFirmations.com. Phew! And then ...  Read more articles by this author

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