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November 2015 | Vol. XIV - No. 11
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November Staff Picks


The holidays are coming, and TDmonthly's Staff Picks for November are all about great gifts - and what kid wouldn't want one of these top-notch construction toys?



MSRP: $129.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Kits
Play Sets



Enjoy an amazing stay at Heartlake City's Grand Hotel! Heartlake Grand Hotel over 3 modular stories has an elevator, lobby, 2 bedrooms, rooftop pool, taxi, 5 LEGO Friends mini-dolls and much more. Includes 5 mini-doll figures: Andrea, Olivia, Stephanie, Susan and Nate, plus a dog and a cat. The three-story Hotel features a lobby, reception area, cafe, jazz bar, master bedroom, single bedroom, rooftop pool area, functioning elevator, outside dining area, fountain and a black cab. The hotel lobby features a revolving door, chandelier, reception desk with computer element, cafe and a jazz lounge with stage, grand piano, saxophone and microphone elements. The master bedroom features a double bed, vanity desk and a sliding door to the balcony.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37436      (added 10/28/2015)
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Read the funny story of two inquisitive kids and build simple models of the vehicles they encounter on their comical trip to the supermarket with their dad. Along this roundabout journey, the kids build various vehicles to help the people in their town solve problems and complete tasks. As you follow the story, you can build models of the 10 vehicles in the story. Large, colorful plastic building pieces make it easy for small hands to put the models together.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37414      (added 9/30/2015)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Preschool
STEM Skills



The Trix Track Cat & Mouse Track is more than a classic wooden ball run with fun and exciting eye-catching tricks and an easy locking system that keeps your creations stable while you build your maze. With your imagination there are endless configuration possibilities! The Trix Track Cat & Mouse Track includes exciting new blocks that add an entirely new dimension to Trix Tracks which allow you to build faster and higher than ever before. Watch the mouse chase after the cheese thru many obstacles and the challenge of big cat waiting at the end of the track! Trix Tracks help understand the cause and effect relationship. Specially designed bricks are made from a combination of eco friendly recycled saw dust and food grade plastic so it is safe, durable and good for the environment. Combine with other Trix Track sets to create even larger tracks, more trix and endless fun!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37408      (added 9/30/2015)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Licensed Products
Pretend Play



Hop aboard the sleigh and join Anna and Olaf as they pay a visit to Queen Elsa's beautiful ice palace for some frosty fun! What will they do first? Play hide and seek behind the secret staircase, or go skating around the castle? They could ski down the ice hill or prepare frozen treats in the castle's ice cream bar and then get ready for a picnic in the snow under the magnificent icicle tree. It's all up to you! First have fun building Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle. Then it's time to play! Includes Queen Elsa and Princess Anna mini-doll figures, plus Olaf the snowman.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37405      (added 9/30/2015)
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MSRP: $49.99
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Dolls
Play Houses
Construction



Girls can build their very own unique structures with the Roominate Chateau! Using the included building pieces that easily snap together, girls can tap into their imaginations to design two-level structures, bunk beds, balconies, a house on wheels, and other endless possibilities. Teaches important STEM skills: hands-on problem solving, spatial and fine motor skills, self-confidence, and creativity. Electrical circuits enhance designs so girls can watch their creations come to life with real movement, including spinning windmills, carousels, lamps, and more. Included in this 131-piece set are 8 wall/floor panels, 52 furniture building pieces, 32 connectors, 4 arches, 4 wheels, 2 axles, a motor, string of 4 lights, 2 switches, 2 battery packs, a screwdriver, doll, pet, and 20 sheets of craft paper. Requires 4 AAA batteries, not included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37399      (added 9/30/2015)
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Journey through the Star Wars galaxy in the countdown to Christmas! Reveal minifigures, starships, vehicles and more with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar with 24 doors and a fold-out playmat. Take a journey through the galaxy this holiday season with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar! Open each of the 24 doors to reveal a fun Tatooine, Endor, Hoth, Space or Christmas-themed gift. With minifigures, starships, vehicles and more to discover, as well as a great fold-out playmat, Christmas will arrive faster than you can say "May the Force be with you!"
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37404      (added 9/30/2015)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Construction
Educational



Contains a set of pre-cut colourful foam boards, a set of plastic cases, gears and wheels, a motor, a screw, stickers and detailed instructions. (Also required two 1.5 V AA batteries but not included. The battery cover needs to be fixed with a cross-head screwdriver.) Learn how motors work. Connect a simple circuit to build this amazing Tractor with a lightweight but sturdy body. Have fun exploring basic mechanics. Easy-to-build! No screws are needed!
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37384      (added 8/31/2015)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Creative Activities
General Toys



Get creative and build with the Sweet Shop Building Set! Mix, match and create your own beautiful, spinning sweet shop! Set includes: colorful gears, cupcakes, lollipops, ice cream cones, gum drops, and more! Parts are all interchangeable, allowing for endless combinations and designs. Let your imagination grow!

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37341      (added 7/2/2015)
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Age Range: 1 to 3
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
SKU or Item #: 32345
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Preschool
Infant & Toddler



Part of Miniland’s best-selling construction sets, our super blocks contain versatile parts that can be assembled in different ways. They surprise the little ones and the infants, and amuse them with their multiple possibilities, as with the same set different results can be obtained. This particular set is a great track of Super Blocks with 2 characters, 2 cars and 57 pieces. Large, tough and durable blocks. Include activity cards and made for children aged 18-36 months.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37301      (added 4/28/2015)
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Age Range: 3 to 7
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
SKU or Item #: 95020
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Construction
STEM Skills



This toy lets you build on 2 dimensions on a sturdy mounting bracket which at the same time is the top of the box where the content is saved. It includes various formats of platelets and strips with different designs, plus screws and screwdriver to secure the assemblies. This valuable collection includes 12 different activity cards, represented in large sheets that complement the game.  We emphasize the practical container box that will help you organize and store all your pieces neatly. No batteries required. Suitable for children 3-7 years old. Builds on STEM abilities. Includes 180 pieces and 12 activity cards.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37299      (added 4/28/2015)
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MSRP: $140.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
General Toys
Science & Nature



Discover exciting new worlds with your epicly sized 28 in long ZOOB® Galax-Z™ Z-Star Explorer™. Your 2 Zoobonauts, Gamma and Helio, are ready to explore uncharted space in dual cockpits! Contains 316 pieces and easy Instructions for 3 alternate builds.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37192      (added 2/3/2015)
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