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Teifoc Brick and Mortar Construction Sets
From: EITECH AMERICA
Other products from EITECH AMERICA
Teifoc allows kids to build with real bricks made from high-quality materials. The mortar is made from a mixture of fine sand and a corn-extract, easy to create by just adding water. Teifoc offers many sets that include all materials needed to build housing structures. The bricks are reusable after immersion in water for a few hours. After the cement is dissolved, the bricks are easy to clean with fresh water. Launch date: June 2010 (U.S.).
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27453 (added 3/4/2010)
Inchimals is a set of 12 wooden blocks with animal images that measure from 1” in height (ladybug) to 12” high (giraffe). They can be combined with the 100 write on/wipe off math puzzles for kids to practice counting, number values and recognition, fine motor skills, language and more. Launch date: Spring 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27388 (added 2/26/2010)
Magformers XL Cruisers Construction Vehicle Set
From: MAGFORMERS LLC
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This collection is designed for Magformers to transform into hundreds of creative construction vehicles. Each set includes emergency lights and engine sound, plus an attachable, poseable figurine. Launch date: June 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27386 (added 2/26/2010)
This set includes 32 seven-sided design blocks in various shapes and colors that are designed to allow for nearly unlimited constructions.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27382 (added 2/25/2010)
Building Blocks Sakrada
From: HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
Other products from HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
These beechwood blocks in a pastel palette are made in Germany and come in a 10-piece set.
— Two of 38 specialty retailers named HABA blocks as a best-selling wooden toy in February 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27376 (added 2/25/2010)
This bright block set features 28 pieces colored with water-based, non-toxic stains.
— Two of 38 specialty retailers referenced HABA blocks when discussing best-selling wooden toys in February 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27375 (added 2/24/2010)
This colorful collection of 36 wooden blocks comes in a red-wheeled wagon with a rope for transport. It measures 13" x 11" x 3."
— Five of 38 specialty retailers named Melissa & Doug's blocks as a best-selling wooden toy in February 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27374 (added 2/24/2010)
Complete with interchangeable parts like the rest of the Automoblox collection, the T900 features a chrome grill and bumpers, all-terrain tires on chrome wheels, and an overall sleek, sporty design.
— Four of 38 specialty retailers named Automoblox as a top-selling wooden toy in February 2010. "Automoblox do really well," said Stacy Solie of Leapin' Lizards Toy Co. in Bend, Ore., citing sales of about 2 dozen per month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27301 (added 2/22/2010)
This kit gives some structure to free-form building with planks, including an idea book with instructions for building ball-track structures, ramps, funnels and more. It allows for scientific experimentation as kids test rolling the two included lightweight balls to see if they move as anticipated.
— "A new concept kit will help kids build bigger and better — simple, open-ended and smart," said John MacDougall, owner of Golden Apple Learning Store in Pleasanton, Calif., at Toy Fair 2010.
— It was also a top-two favorite at ASTRA's Share the Fair event during Toy Fair 2010.
— In an April 2012 survey, Elmer Carranza, manager of Doodlehopper 4 Kids in Springfield, Va., told TDmonthly that KEVA blocks are their best selling construction toy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27299 (added 2/19/2010)
Jaw Bones – The Buildable Art System™
From: BE GOOD COMPANY
Other products from BE GOOD COMPANY
JAWBONES® is The Buildable Art System™ with construction pieces that swivel, ratchet and snap together in countless ways. The precision pieces in the four Jawbones sets will provide many hours of enjoyment for any budding artist, architect, sculpter, designer engineer or builder.
— "We liked that most of the sets include a storage jar for the pieces," Joe Mitchell, owner of YoYo Joe's Toys & Fun, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27186 (added 2/17/2010)
This set comes with five blocks and a rolling car that are made of natural rubber with nylon flocking. Watch Weebabu WEDGiTS: Top-5 Video, Toy Fair 2010
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27173 (added 2/17/2010)
Each set consists of soft, flexible pieces in various colors that slide together and lock to create an endless number of different shapes or random creations. Watch Space Chips: Top-5 Video, Toy Fair 2010
Awards: TDmonthly Top Toy Award, June 2011
— Why it won: The pieces are small, flat and flexible, so they won't break if Mom or Dad accidentally steps on them. Kids can play with the toys they make with the Space Chips— balls are both throwable and kickable. And though they were designed to create traditional building structures, kids have used their imaginations and turned the flat clips into suits of armor and costumes.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27172 (added 2/17/2010)
This set combines a fun construction toy with active play. It includes colorful interchangeable pieces to create sculptures that can then be tossed around and thrown on the ground both indoors and out. Watch OgoBild: Top-5 Video, Toy Fair 2010
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27169 (added 2/17/2010)
The intelligent 612-piece NXT Lego brick features 32-bit microprocessor, a large matrix display, 4 input and 3 output ports, and Bluetooth and USB communication link; batteries not included. This set includes interactive servo motors and four sensors (Ultrasonic Sensor, 2 Touch Sensors and the all-new Color Sensor). The Color Sensor has triple functionality; it distinguishes colors and light settings, and functions as a lamp. This product comes with easy-to-use software (PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming and 16 fun building and programming challenges, along with building instructions for 4 new amazing robots. Awards: 2010 TOTY Award
— As of 7.27.2010, this product had 4.5 out of 5 stars from 46 reviews on Amazon.com, and was listed No. 44 in the top 100 best-selling toys and games. PROS: Teaches simple programming with well-designed, easy-to-use software. Encourages creative play. CONS: Not innovative enough; doesn't allow for open-ended play; one customer received two defective sets before receiving one that worked.
— In late Spring 2011, 25% of retailers surveyed said LEGO was their best-selling brand of construction toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27105 (added 2/15/2010)
Bright and colourful building blocks made from lightweight bamboo. The blocks are printed with various abstract designs which encourage creativity and imaginative play. Particularly suited for child hands, they can be very easily built on top of each other.
— "Fresh off winning the Toy Innovation Award at the 2010 Nuremberg Toy Fair, Hape has introduced these really big colorful hollow, bamboo construction blocks. Painted with water based paint, the blocks are big and easy for little hands to manipulate," Joe Mitchell, owner of YoYo Joe's Toys & Fun, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27095 (added 2/15/2010)
Used as a toy, create playhouses, soccer goals, spaceships and so much more with this high quality building toy. Just connect, twist and create with our patented locking mechanism.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27007 (added 2/10/2010)
TOOBEEZ is a teambuilding prop, an educational tool, and can serve as a health / therpeutic aid for teens and adults. With 7 activity books and over 300 fun group games, "these activities were designed with Brain Based Research, Multiple Intelligence Theories, Differentiated Instructions, Problem Solving, and are Character Education Focused. It's all about connecting with others," Joe Donahue of TOOBEEZ, LLC, told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27006 (added 2/10/2010)
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The Wall Coaster is NOT an ordinary marble run. Kids can just stick it to the wall and let their imaginations soar. The Wall Coaster uses the basic laws of physics and gravity to enable hours of fun and imaginative play. Plus, it is super easy to use. What makes the Wall Coaster different? The Wall Coaster can be applied to almost any vertical or horizontal surface. The new add on parts allow the user to build all kinds of crazy contraptions.
— Dean Smith, owner of JaZams in Princeton, N.J. told TDmonthly in late Spring 2011 that he sells between eight and 10 Wall Coasters each month.
— Want this? As of 05/10/2011, this product was available for purchase at JaZams
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26990 (added 2/9/2010)
These blocks were created for parents as concerned as their child's development as the environment they will inherit. They are made from 100-percent renewable bamboo, as is the storage box. They can be decorated by kids using non-toxic Be Block markers. The stencils are made from partially recycled polyester. All the paper and packaging is partially or completely recycled. The set comes with 18 blocks, eight markers, more than 100 stencils and an idea booklet. They're perfect for “people who want to design everything,” Founder Leah Hamilton told TDmonthly. A percentage of the proceeds funds arts education. Watch Be Blocks: Top-5 Video, Toy Fair 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26984 (added 2/9/2010)
This construction toy designed for little hands allows children to explore their imagination with freeform creations and unlimited possibilities. The three shapes (rectangle, square and octagon) have several slots that lock together to build three-dimensional structures in multiple ways that are simple, challenging and fun. "Locktagons is an excellent introduction into building and is a great way to develop imagination, stimulate logic, develop spatial reasoning skills, and encourage creativity. The magic of these toys is unlocked with a child’s imagination. An activity guide is also included that will give parents suggestions on educational ways to build and interact with their child," Jessica Wineke, Public Relations Coordinator, Patch Products, told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26937 (added 2/4/2010)
VentureView Science Kits
From: PERISPHERE & TRYLON INC.
Other products from PERISPHERE & TRYLON INC.
These science construction kits are designed to allow young minds to build and understand Solar, Water, Elastic, Dynamo and Wind power sources while building kinetic models and vehicles. They are "well-conceived and comprehensive kits with many variations and high value," a representative of Perisphere & Trylon, Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2010.
— John MacDougall, owner of Golden Apple Learning Store in Pleasanton, Calif., was impressed with the Wind Energy kit with giant turbine blades at Toy Fair 2010. "We love renewable energy education kits," he said.
— ''Science kits do well overall,'' Cheryl Richmond owner Punkin Doodles Havre, Mont., shared with TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26930 (added 2/4/2010)
This is a classic old-school wood caddy made to help kids keep their art supplies organized. Each caddy can be customized with the name of the child in the color of their choosing. It is offered in a clear finish or stained Mahogany and comes fully stocked with crayons, markers, pencils, finger paints, scissors, glue, water color paints, modeling clay, construction paper and a doodle pad. A tool box version is also offered, and includes a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers and more. Launch date: February 14, 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26909 (added 2/4/2010)
Designed by Cas Holman, Geemo is a grabby, stretchy, quirky companion designed to occupy a child's mind as much as his hands. This playful building block for the imagination is sold in Geemanisms (sets) of five. Geemo's flexible, magnetic limbs grab and repel each other in unpredictable ways. As Geemo comes to life in one's hands, he can build, discover, create and imagine with freedom. Awards: Conduit Brave New Design 2005. Launch date: October 2006. Watch Geemo: Top-5 Video, Toy Fair 2010
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26906 (added 2/4/2010)
The Imaginal Hamacron Kit is the ideal kit for educational and creative play using moving parts. A child's imagination becomes reality with the innovative Hamacron Parts and the Hamacron Mini Parts. You can build 9 interchangeable models with the Hamacron Parts to explore the infinite possibilities of creating models with moving action.
Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26848 (added 2/1/2010)
The LaQ Gift Set L is a super value buy kit offering the complete assortment of all LaQ block types in all 10 colors and Hamacron Parts for moving action. The new Headband Part is also included for creative dress-up play. Kids can make bunny ears, a flower headband, or a funny head ornament by connecting LaQ blocks to the unique headband.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26847 (added 2/1/2010)
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