August 2004 | Vol. III - No. 8
Prepare for the Holiday Shopping Rush
Be prepared for the holiday shopping rush with these timely released products. This is the first in a series of two sections that will feature products to stock-up on in time for the holiday season. Make sure to read our September issue, which will feature the second part of the ?Holiday Preview.?
Douglas Co. Inc.
Ring in the holiday season with the 2004 Holiday Collection by the Douglas Company, Inc (ToyDirectory). A family owned company since 1956, Douglas Company prides itself in producing high quality plush items with unique designs. Most notably, their talented artists bring the products to life with subtle facial expressions and gestures, which has become a trademark
Available in October, just in time for Halloween, Electric Tiki will present The Ghostly Trio , the #1 most requested characters from the popular comic book, ?
NECA announces a new license to produce collectibles and action figures for Rob Zombie?s ?House of 1000 Corpses? and its sequel ?The Devil?s Rejects: House of 1000 Corpses Part II.? Randy Falk, Director of Product Development, states, ?We are all fans of Rob Zombie and ?House of 1000 Corpses? so we are thrilled to be working with Rob.? In ?The Devil?s Rejects,? a band of bounty hunters want to avenge the deaths of the Wydell family, who were killed by the Firefly family. Expect nothing less than quality when NECA unveils the new merchandise, as they are a major producer of popular horror licenses, such as Friday the 13th and Halloween.
Happy Hollow Designs
Bendos SportsŪ presents Bendos Figures for Major League Soccer (MLS). Each collectible figure is designed with each team?s logo and colors. They have gripper hands and weighted feet and can stand on their own! These figures make great presents and souvenirs. Collect all 10 MLS teams! (Ages 3 to 99; $6.99)
McFarlane Toys , one of the world?s largest toy manufacturers, have been at the forefront of producing amazingly realistic action figures for the toy shelves since 1994. In late August, McFarlane unveils its latest product, from a collaboration between McFarlane and horror legend Clive Barker himself. Clive Barker?s Infernal Parade features six action figures, such as Tom Requiem (the King of Showmen and Clovio) and Mary Slaughter (the Spike Swallower). The details on these figures are so intricate and lifelike; you will stand in awe of its beautiful artisanship. Included with each six-inch tall figure is a chapter of a new story by Clive Barker about the wicked circus, specifically written for the Infernal Parade. You have to collect all six figures to find out how the story ends. (ages 17 and up)Cub Cruiser (ToyDirectory)
Cub Cruiser builds authentic 1937 toy wagons called the Cub Cruiser Toy Wagon. With previous exclusive licensing agreements with the Campbell?s Soup Company and the Ford Motor Company to produce its own special series of toy wagons, a Cub Cruiser is a definite collector?s item. The Cub Cruiser Toy Wagon is a classic all-steel wagon that comes in blue, green, and red, with a Cub Cruiser logo on the side. It is a terrific gift for all ages. Children can sit in it and be pulled along or they can use it to carry around their toys around the house and at the park. Toy collectors and car fanatics will be ecstatic to add the Cub Cruiser Toy Wagon to their collections.
Fly by Night Sports
Innovators of creative glow in the dark products, Fly by Night Sports came out with a hot new item mid-summer called Glow Stick Powered Balls. Earl Sullivan, the President and CEO of Fly by Night Sports is proud of this ?relatively low ticket item with immense appeal.? Attach the harness around any official size basketball, soccer ball, or volleyball, and place up to four glow sticks into the harness to surround the ball. Neither the harness nor glow sticks will interfere with your dribbling or kicking the ball. You can play sports all day long and into the night, since your ball will be brightly illuminated against the dark sky.
Although fall is just around the corner, it does not mean that the warm days of playing outside have disappeared entirely. A great addition to your trip to the park, beach, or to your backyard is the Air Nautique Wakeboard Boat by NKOK, Inc, released during the summer. Endorsed by Scott Byerly, called the ?Godfather? of wakeboarding, the Air Nautique is an R/C boat that is fully loaded with a mini-wakeboard attached to the side guard rail, a display stand, a four hour Quick Charger, and a 9.6V rechargeable battery park. It comes in two models, Super Air 210 (rear engine) and Air 206 (mid-engine). NKOK also makes other cool R/C products for the land and water. ($49.99)
DidYa Know? by Tootti Inc. is a fun card game that brings families and friends together. Creator Rob Mathewson was inspired in the fall of 2001 to make a game families can play in a restaurant to learn more about each other. He decided to expand his vision for a game that can be played in any setting, first as a card game and then as a board game, due to come out later in 2004. You can play DidYa Know? in as little as 10 minutes with at least three players. There are different versions of the game, such as the ?Belly Laugh Edition? and the ?Grins and Giggles Edition? with more titles being added in 2005. Using the cards, you complete Story Topics and Story Lines using your own personal stories, and then the players vote on the best story. It is a great game to spark conversation and to build relationships with others.TDC Games, Inc.
Winner of the Hobby Outlook Educational Item of the Year and featured in Craft Trends Magazine this past summer, Make Your Own Opoly by TDC Games, Inc. allows you to customize your own trading real estate board game by using a PC and a color printer. You decide on the look of the game board, cards, and play money. Print it out or write it out with a pen on the peel and stick labels included, to apply to the box and game board. "A game can be constructed by an amateur designer for almost any purpose." Says Larry Balsamo, President of TDC. "We have found that people not only give the game kit as a gift, but also use the kit to create personalized games to give as gifts to loved ones, friends or clients." This is a unique product one can make on thier own with a simple click of a button. ($29.95)Out of the Box Publishing, Inc.
Winner of the Best Classic Toys by Dr. Toy, Out of the Box Publishing, Inc. re-introduced a 100-year old game, Gavitt?s Stock Exchange in April 2004. This game sold a million copies in the early 1900?s and it is being reprinted in its original form for your enjoyment today. Gavitt?s Stock Exchange comes in a collector?s tin box and includes background information on the history of game. The object of the game is to trade your cards with the other players and to get all your cards on one railway line first! Mark Osterhaus, President of Out of the Box Publishing Inc., states ? We believe that whatever happens, if you donīt have good products, you wonīt survive. So we put a lot of effort into our products.? This effort has obviously paid off, because since its establishment in 1987, Out of the Box Publishing has won many awards, such as the Mensa Select Award and the National Parenting Center Award. ($12.99; ages 7 and up)
Preferred Plush announces an exclusive gift partnership with the Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co. to distribute ? Shrek 2 ? products, starting on
SKM Enterprises, Inc.
SKM Enterprises, Inc. offers the classic stick pony with updated features, such as a retractable stick for easy storage and battery operated sounds like galloping and neighing.
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