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December 2011 | Vol. X - No. 12
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MSRP: $12.95
Age Range: 3 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: GPP19LT and GPP19DK
Gender: Girls
Category: Plush
Christmas
Dolls - Accessories



Now available in both girl and boy, these Plushee Pals™ are toy versions of their REAL North Pole scout elf counterparts. Unbelievably soft to the touch and gentle to the cheek, these elves are meant to be held and squeezed at Christmas and all year. Each elf is made of the softest material Santa’s toy makers could find—perfect for a child’s loving arms. The elves are available in both light and dark skin tones, and each comes with a special gift tag attached. Each elf stands 19” tall.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32940      (added 9/21/2011)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
General Games



Players must complete each word challenge and motor across the USA. "Rest Stop" cards add to the fun along the way, with lucky breaks and the occasional pothole. Road Trip game contains 120 Challenge Cards, 40 "Rest Stop" cards, 7.5" x 20" Vintage Road Map Board, 30-sided Alphabet die, and 4 retro Station Wagon movers.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Award; 2011 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award for Best Toys
— As of 10/21/2011 this product had 5 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews on Amazon.com.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33093      (added 10/24/2011)
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MSRP: $39.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Animal Figures
Plush
Gifts



Soft, white, and squishy, this 15" spherical polar bear is made of all new polyester fiber.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33104      (added 10/26/2011)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 4 to 11
Specialty: No
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 00440
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Gifts
Pretend Play



Pawparazzi Pet Personality Sets are the newest addition to the Pawparazzi line. 6 new 'mini' Personality Sets offer kids their Pawparazzi pet fix at a retail price of only $9.99. Each set includes a plush pet, clothing accessory, sticker, and trading card with fun facts about the famous pet. "Kids become engaged in the fantasy world built around Pawparazzi. Every pet has a personality that is enhanced through the product accessories and offerings and online at PlanetPawparazzi.com," Susan DeCoste, marketing coordinator at Noodle Head,Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 2011.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33108      (added 11/3/2011)
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MSRP: $59.00
Age Range: 2 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: 57087002010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Preschool
Developmental Toys



CircaToys is a family business that designs and manufactures heirloom quality wooden toys that are handmade in Franklin, N.C. USA.  The company was founded in 2009 by Gary Murphy whose inspiration for the first toy "Wagon of Blocks" came from the original toy itself which he received on his birthday in 1942.  The original toy still exists, although beginning to show its age, having been played with by 3 generations. It is a simple toy made from basic wood shapes and threaded nuts and pegs that can be taken apart easily. It is a mechanical learning toy that opens the door for imagination building and hand eye coordination. Safety tested and approved for children 6 months and up. Launch date: January 2009.
Awards: 2010 Creative Child Magazine TopToy of the Year; 2010 Brain Child Tillywig
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33138      (added 11/8/2011)
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MSRP: $34.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: Bi-Plane
Gender: Boys
Category: Eco-Friendly
Wooden Toys
Interactive



A Bi-Plane in which parts turn. Ideal for little aviators. The propeller and steering wheel spin and the little pilot comes out. The size is 28cm x 20cm x 18cm (3y+). "Dicoveroos toys are 100% Plantation Wood and only use non-toxic paints," Jane Wood, president of Bug In A Rug, told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 2011.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33139      (added 11/8/2011)
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MSRP: $7.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
SKU or Item #: 2178D
Launch Date: October 2011
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Die-Cast



2178D International Traveling RV. This International Traveling RV is a 5.25"Lx 1.6"Wx 2.5"H die cast metal with pullback motor action. 12 pcs per display box and in assorted colors. 72 pcs per inner box.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33022      (added 10/10/2011)
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MSRP: $99.99
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Play Houses
Pretend Play
Creative Activities



This box can be decorated with the custom stickers to look like a fire station. They can also be drawn on and erased using washable markers. The play box consists of six (6) pieces: a front panel, a back panel, two side panels, the roof and the floor, which locks everything into place. The play box weighs approximately 16 lbs. Once assembled, the play box's dimensions are 55.75" L x 36" W x 57.5" H. Once stored, the play box and carrying case's dimensions are 53.25" L x 20.5" W x 3.5" H. The play box is 100% corrugated plastic, made of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32971      (added 10/5/2011)
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Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Gifts



This silver leaf necklace is new to the Cool Jewels®. Each pendant is made from a real leaf!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32970      (added 10/4/2011)
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MSRP: $14.98
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Music
Christmas



Celtic Christmas follows previous successful Putumayo Christmas releases such as A Jazz & Blues Christmas, New Orleans Christmas and Christmas Around the World, which combined have sold over 1 million copies. Celtic Christmas offers Celtic interpretations of Christmas classics along with an original recording. The collection begins with the joyful singing of The Albion Christmas Band on “Here We Come A-Wassailing,” and moves into Charles T. Cozen’s instrumental version of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Dougie MacLean closes out the collection with a soulful Scottish rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.” Launch date: 2011.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32956      (added 9/26/2011)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Action Figures
Animal Figures
Collectibles



Named for its 2 horns similar to those of a bull, this carnivore had extremely short arms, even shorter than those of the T-Rex. This Carnotaurus is in scale and was developed with the collaboration of paleontologists of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. This model is intricately hand-painted and is phthalate and lead free and thoroughly safety tested. The scale for this figure is 1:30 and measures approx. 1.75” tall. It includes educational information in 5 languages and is appropriate for ages 3+.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32947      (added 9/23/2011)
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MSRP: $59.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Made in: India
SKU or Item #: B-1001
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Designer Toys
Eco-Friendly



Blocks by brinca dada were designed to engage kids and adults. Unlike other blocks that fit together simply, these blocks are designed to conflict. We play with the simplicity of imperfection. They are a puzzle with infinite solutions. They are spontaneous, not pre-programmed--the opposite of video games. Handmade of teak hardwood. Launch date: November 2011.
Awards: 2011 New York Gift Fair Blogger's Choice Award
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MSRP: $69.99
Age Range: 1 to 3
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 793573058928
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Creative Activities
Infant & Toddler



lapiluv is the only wearable attachable activity center for parents to play with their children, mixing technology and traditional toys. Launch date: September 2011.
Awards: 2012 PAL AWARD;  2012 Creative Child Top Choice of the Year Award
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32907      (added 9/16/2011)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Travel
Safety
Special Needs



The new “Special CARES” has an additional 10 inches of webbing added to the straps so it can accommodate a flyer up to 6 ft. tall. The harness-type device works like the flight attendant and pilot restraints by safely securing and supporting the upper body, instead of relying solely on the lap belt. Special CARES is exactly like the original device, only with longer straps to accommodate taller travelers. The Special CARES aims to make flying a more viable travel option for those with special needs. Sometimes extra gear, braces, or special seats don’t fit onto an airplane seat. When that happens, passengers are forced to check those items until the end of the flight. Flying with a lap belt as the only restraint simply isn’t an option in most cases, so air travel isn’t an option, either. Special CARES provides much needed upper body support throughout the flight.
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MSRP: $35.99
Age Range: 4 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Preschool



In this multiplayer game, players must unearth dinosaur bones by excavating the mountain. But watch out- If more than one boulder tumbles off, if Tim is hit, or the big dinosaur topples over the turn is over.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33202      (added 11/18/2011)
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MSRP: $16.99
Age Range: 2 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Preschool



These playfully smart, multi-feature puzzles offer more than a standard shape puzzle. With surprise pictures under the pieces and pieces that can be mixed and matched, these playful puzzles fine-tune motor skills, entertain children longer and challenge creativity.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33193      (added 11/17/2011)
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
General Toys
Puzzles & Skill



A cleverly cunning cubical conundrum. Individual cubes attached by twisting, turning joints. Flexible tetris-shapes are satisfying to flip and spin. Attempt to recreate the cubical configurations of emerald, ivory & black shown in the Tridio Puzzle Book. Scan the two-dimensional designs pictured, and set kids' minds & hands in motion. Modify the three tetris-shapes. Consider the color placement. Stack the Tetris pieces. Bring images to life in three-dimensional structures. 48 visual challenge puzzles.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33191      (added 11/17/2011)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys
Category: Cars
Vehicles - Small Toy
General Toys



MagnaMobiles are vehicles that feature an innovative, multi-faceted, connection feature called "rotating magnet technology." Put the pieces together and take them apart to create new and inventive vehicles. The blocks and pieces also make a clicking sound when joined together and rotated - adding another element of fun. These one-of-a kind vehicles are designed for kids to exercise their creativity.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33190      (added 11/17/2011)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
General Toys



The 150 piece set of Playstix allows kids to build a wide variety of models right out of the box, without the need for any additional or specialized parts. An Idea Booklet illustrates fun things to build, from a simple table and chairs to a two-story cabin. Each Playstix piece has grooves that interlock when one Playstix piece is placed across another. The different length Playstix pieces are color-coded, so it’s easy to see how each model is built.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33189      (added 11/17/2011)
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MSRP: $8.99
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puppets
Animal Figures
Plush



Looking deceptively like a domestic cat, the bobcat remains wild at heart as it hunts through the night for prey. Bring the wonder of nature to kids' fingertips with this Bobcat Finger Puppet from Folkmanis. Launch date: July 2011.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33186      (added 11/17/2011)
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MSRP: $24.95
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys
Category: Aircraft
Vehicles - Small Toy
Eco-Friendly



The Hape e-copter is ready for take off. The e-copter takes to the skies in style with its bamboo body and vibrant graphics.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33183      (added 11/17/2011)
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