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August 2012 | Vol. XI - No. 8
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MSRP: $64.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: No
Made in: China; United States
SKU or Item #: 38189
Gender: Boys
Category: Construction
Vehicles - Small Toy
Video Games



Kids can bring Mario Kart Wii to life as they race Mario and Bowser through a series of ice-themed obstacles. The set includes the parts to build Mario and Bowser, 2 Standard Karts with super-fast battery-powered motors, 2 moving obstacles: Penguins & Shy-Guy Snowboarders PLUS 2 collectible items from the game: a golden mushroom and a spiked blue shell. Also includes 16 pieces of buildable, interconnectable track that creates a closed loop - combine this set with other sets from the Mario Kart Wii Series to build even bigger tracks. Building set includes 182 parts. Launch date: May 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34553      (added 7/5/2012)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
General Toys



The multiple, award-winning 126-piece Superstructs™ Big Builder set provides everything you need to build detailed, hard working, construction vehicles. Build a working forklift, dump truck, crane, or utility truck with the enclosed step-by-step plans. And once you have mastered these, you can take them apart and use your imagination to build other great creations!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34478      (added 6/22/2012)
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MSRP: $20.00
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Hobby Goods
Wooden Toys



Enter the Dragon. Made from natural wood this moving model, with leg action and moving wings, is easy to paint. Automata are whimsical mechanical toys that make movements when a crankshaft is turned. This dragon moves its head, neck, legs, wings and tail while flying gracefully through the air.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34461      (added 6/21/2012)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 1 to 5
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Preschool
General Games



Build and stack for limitless fun with the award-winning First Builders Big Building Bag by Mega Bloks. These bright primary-colored blocks encourage hands-on exploration as children imagine and create. First Builders blocks are big and easy for little fingers to assemble. When playtime is over, zip the blocks up in the bag and stash them in the toy box until the next adventure. Includes 80 First Builders blocks.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy Best Classic Toys
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34449      (added 6/19/2012)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 2 to 5
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Preschool
Developmental Toys



Teach stacking and sorting with a colorful assortment of big LEGO® DUPLO® bricks as children learn to build basic animals.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy Best Classic Toys
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34445      (added 6/19/2012)
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MSRP: $64.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
General Toys



Build 30 Amazing Erector Models. Designs include Dune buggy, lawn mower, crane, speedboat, tractor, forklift, motorcycle with rider. Kids can make their own masterpiece with a 6 Volt Motor (Requires 4 AA batteries not included). Set has 352 Parts and includes instructions and illustrations for 18 models.
— Joe Berardoni Jr., owner of Puns Toys in Bryn Mawr, Pa., told TDmonthly that Erector sets are one of their top selling hobby items.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34366      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Preschool
General Toys



This 85-piece set contains 72 easy-to-handle building blocks in a variety of brightly colored, interlocking geometric shapes, 8 wheels to construct buildings and vehicles with and 5 figurines. A convenient handled carrying case stores all the blocks neatly away when not in use.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval
— Mary Porter Green, owner of Curiostiy Zone in Ashburn, Va.,  told TDmonthly in a May 2015 survey that this was a best-selling construction toy at their store.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34365      (added 5/25/2012)
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MSRP: $79.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Play Sets
General Toys



With a simple click, wheels, cockpits, wings and panels attach to the magnetic bars. 48 magnetic pieces provide building variation and fun that reaches the finish. 18 medium bars, four long bars, two cockpits, four pairs of wheels, ten metal balls, two ramps, two containers, and four panels. Giant, non-swallowable 1.8 inch diameter metal balls.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34346      (added 5/25/2012)
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The nanoblock ‘Miniature Collection’ includes a wide range of musical instruments. Form a miniature band with the Drum Set and Electric Guitar or perform a piccolo concerto on the Grand Piano or violin. nanoblocks are all about the creative construction process with rewarding sculptural results – the perfect three-dimensional puzzle. The miniature blocks connect securely to create extremely detailed objects of varying size and complexity. Challenging three-dimensional puzzle with amazingly small sized building blocks.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34345      (added 5/25/2012)
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MSRP: $34.00
Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
General Toys
Developmental Toys



With over 90 different attachments the Nexus offers maximum play value. With attachments like wheels, a scoop, hands, feet, wings, springs and more, the possibilities for creations are endless. Build a flying Martian, a hovering robot, or objects that fly, drive, and spin. The Nexus includes 4 flexible OGOBILD balls for hours of fun, and increased variety.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34344      (added 5/25/2012)
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MSRP: $32.00
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Educational
Developmental Toys



How can kids move a ball into a target with 2 high walls from 2 feet away? Build a ramp? A catapult? A trampoline? A zip-line? There are no right answers and we provide no solutions--it's up to kids to use ZOOB pieces (and other materials that they choose) to build contraptions that solve the challenges. The ZOOB Challenge features 175 ZOOB pieces, string, wheels, a ball, rubber bands, a foam play pad, and 25 challenges based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) skills-skills that educators have targeted as essential to helping the US compete successfully in the 21st century.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34343      (added 5/25/2012)
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MSRP: $14.95
Age Range: 2 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Construction
Preschool



Colorful blocks with unconventional basic shapes. Learn matching shapes, sequencing and stacking. Develops hand-eye coordination, logical thinking, and trial & error skills. Made in Thailand from environmentally friendly rubberwood. Strictly using Non-Toxic Paint; Dyes and Lacquers. Formaldehyde Free Glue. Packaging is made from at least 70% recycled paper.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34330      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 3 to 10
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
General Games
Construction



Contents: 61 colored domino blocks, 6 pieces of untreated wood, 1 ball, 1 building block clamp, 1 arched clamp with little bell. Endless building fun with abundant options for experimenting. Helps kids learn cause and effect.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34298      (added 5/23/2012)
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MSRP: $29.99
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Creative Activities



100 piece GLOW IN THE DARK building block set. The building fun doesn't have to stop when the lights go off. Safe and non-toxic glow paint adds a new dimension to block building. Set includes 70 glow blocks and 30 natural color blocks. Building guide included.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34262      (added 5/18/2012)
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