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We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store! Check this space every weekday to see brief video clips of new and specialty products.

In the spotlight today? Snuggle up to big sales when you carry the Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Custom Plush Doll from MRS PINKELMEYER LLC

MSRP: $34.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush

This soft and cuddly plush toy plays the music of Mrs. Pinkelmeyer's latest hit, “Mrs. Pinkelmeyer Makes You Happy,” and provides love and warmth to all those who carry her around. Playful Moopus is never far from her side, but he is detachable so he can be played with alone if child wishes.
Awards: A Summer 2011 Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children's Product

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31289      (added 12/15/2010)

MSRP: $4.99
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories

The Fashion Diva line includes many different styles of nail art including glittery stickers and press-on nail decorations.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31746      (added 2/22/2011)

MSRP: $37.95
Gender: Boys
Category: Guns & Accessories

The Double Barrel Crossbow fires mini marshmallows from two magazines.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31762      (added 2/23/2011)

MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 4 to 6
Gender: Girls
Category: Costumes & Accessories
Pretend Play

This size-flexible dress is made of heavy satin and embroidered brocade. Encourages creative play. Fully machine washable.
— In a December 2011 survey about best selling Halloween items, seven out of 12 retailers named Creative Education as their best selling brand of costumes.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31880      (added 3/8/2011)

MSRP: $35.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: January 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
General Toys
Creative Activities

A marvel of engineering, the Ball of Whacks is made up of 30 magnetic, rhombic pyramids that can be taken apart and rearranged in endless creative ways. More versatile than a puzzle and lots more fun than a brainteaser, there’s no right or wrong way to use it. Just pick it up and play with it! Designed to be a creativity workshop in a box, Ball of Whacks comes with a 96-page illustrated guidebook providing exercises for creative brainstorming, strategies for problem solving, insights into the creative process, and challenges to construct shapes and mosaics and invent new ones. The game is also a good stress reliever for active individuals working under pressure, the manufacturer informed TDmonthly. "This item is immediately engaging and challenging for all ages up to adult, with endless ways to play," said Creative Whack Company Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations Kathryn Cooperman. This product received a Spring 2007 Parents' Choice Recommended Award. Launch date: 2006.
— Although this ball comes with an illustrated guidebook, it virtually has no limitations for imaginative combinations. It’s largely the open-ended appeal, in fact, that earned this product a TDmonthly Top Toy 2007 award. Fascinating for kids and adults, the magnetic structure takes on various forms with creativity, forming aesthetically pleasing configurations that lend themselves to further exploration.

Where to Buy: Escapade Direct

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15866      (added 10/23/2007)

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