June 2011 | Vol. X - No. 6
|June 2011 | Vol. X - No. 6|
ASTRA Preview: Outdoor Fun and Action Toys
These toys from companies who are exhibiting at the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy encourage kids to exercise their bodies their imaginations, indoors and out.
This wooden trike is sturdy and durable. It can hitch up to a little wooden trailer so toddlers can pull their treasures along with them. It measures 14" x 33" x 14".
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32064 (added 3/31/2011)
Coast downhill or pedal in gear. Features Synthetic MaxXtread wheels, Dual rear wheel handbrake, High carbon steel frame with fade resistant powder coat finish, Coasting lever, 3 position easy adjust high back racing seat, Oversized anti-slip pedals, Sporty steering wheel, Fully enclosed chain for safety, and Four bolt easy assembly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31769 (added 2/24/2011)
This pump-action device fires miniature marshmallows approximately 30 feet on a line. This shooter has two magazines that hold 25 marshmallows each and is top-rack, dishwasher safe to clean. The shooter, like all Marshmallow Fun Company products, is designed to shoot nothing but soft, safe marshmallows.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31763 (added 2/23/2011)
Melissa & Doug Bella Butterfly Beach Chair by MELISSA & DOUG
Other products from MELISSA & DOUG
This child's beach chair features a bright design of pink butterflies and green accents. The collapsible chair features a cup holder in one arm rest, a brightly striped seat, and a metal frame. As of 1.06.2011 this product was listed as a bestseller in the Pretend Play & Dress Up category on Toysrus.com. As of 1.06.2011 this product was listed as a bestseller in the Specialty Toys category on Toysrus.com. Pros: Colorful yet functional; cup holder.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31419 (added 1/7/2011)
Hot Wheels™ZipBin®Patch Racer Backpack by NEAT-OH! INTERNATIONAL LLC
Other products from NEAT-OH! INTERNATIONAL LLC
Unzip the graphic, patch adorned exterior of this backpack into a 2-lane drag strip with a winding cityscape in the background. The car’s body is integrated into the shape of the backpack – with a sewn on Hot Wheels patch on the hood.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31587 (added 1/25/2011)
Sturdy spring steel construction makes for long lasting fun in this Dinosaur Train themed tunnel. Assists in developing cooperative play. Great for muscle development. Stimulates the imagination for creative playtime.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31884 (added 3/8/2011)
Racin' Rody Horse by TMI TOYMARKETING INTERNATIONAL INC.
Other products from TMI TOYMARKETING INTERNATIONAL INC.
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Made in Italy, the Gymnic Line's NEW Racin' Rody Horse is a favorite with children to learn balancing and coordination while hoping on their Racin' Rody or to do Racin' Rody Races! Also used for therapy with special needs children due to its softness and ride-on qualities. Made of heavy duty, latex-free vinyl. Inflates according to size and weight of the child (inflation by adult). Base is available for transforming to a Rocking Racin' Rody. Launch date: February 2011.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31817 (added 3/4/2011)
Air Swimmers Flying Fish - Clownfish by WILLIAM MARK CORP
Other products from WILLIAM MARK CORP
These helium-filled clownfish balloons are remote controlled to "swim" through the air. The infrared remote functions include climb, descend, and tail fin control. Up to a 40 ft range. 57 inches long, 36 inches high. Launch date: 2011.
— As of 10/14/2011 this product had 3.3 out of 5 stars from 16 reviews on ToysRUs.com. Pros: Entertaining. Cons: Flimsy; hard to balance; does not work well in areas with AC, fans, or open doors or windows.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31736 (added 2/22/2011)
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Writer's Bio: Justina Huddleston graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing in 2009. After graduating she was the on-site director of the Boston Children's Museum gift store for a year, selling educational, developmental, and creative activity toys that tied in with the museum's exhibits. Justina also interned at children's book publisher Candlewick Press before moving from Boston to Los Angeles, where she is now Assistant Managing Editor at TDmonthly. Read more articles by this author
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