November 2007 New Toys — Construction
Rok Jr. Beginning Builder Complete Play Set
The playset comes with a front-loading, wireless controlled dump truck, large construction blocks, easy-to-assemble roadways pieces and an automatic motorized conveyor that sorts the red and blue “ROKs”. Launch date: October 1, 2007. 11/21/2007 (Price: $99.99)
Action Sorter & Conveyer
This motorized conveyer carries ROKs to the Action Sorter, where they can be sent in four directions for either reloading or storage. It requires three AA batteries. 11/5/2007 (Price: $64.99)
Baby's First Blocks
by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
Suitable for ages 6 months and up, this simple set includes 12 colored cubes in six different shades. Each measures 1.75” square. 11/5/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by FAT BRAIN TOY CO.
The colorful, 3”-flat plastic squares can be arranged to construct almost any 3-D design. The squares can be put together by even very young children, and can help them develop advanced visual-spatial development and problem-solving skills. The 35 squares can be used to build a design up to three feet high. ( Watch Video)
10/26/2007 (Price: $22.00)
Mars Mission MT-101 Armored Drilling Unit
This Lego building set portrays a Mars' mission vehicle that can be used to help mining specialists searching for energy crystals. Players have access to a connecting air pump that can be used to transport sleds and battle aliens. The aliens come in their own glow-in-the-dark attack ship.
— “LEGO and more LEGO,” Phil Wrzensinski, owner and manager of Toy House and Baby Too in Jackson, Miss., told TDmonthly
in April 2008, when asked to name the best-selling construction toy in his store. “The Mars Mission is hot.”
— “I’ve been in business for 22 years, and a lot of stuff come[s] and go[es], but some things just stay around,” Barbara Fineblum, owner of Barston’s Child’s Play
in Baltimore, Md., told TDmonthly
in April 2008, when asked to name the best-selling construction toy in her store. LEGO was one of three manufacturers she mentioned.
— In April 2008, more than 31 percent of 50 retailers surveyed named LEGO products as the best-selling construction toys in their stores. 10/11/2007 (Price: $79.99)
80 pc. Foam Building Block Set
by VENTURE PRODUCTS LLC
The building blocks are made of soft foam, but look like real wood. The pieces are durable, lightweight, quiet and water-resistant, making them playable anywhere, even in the pool or tub. The blocks promote creative, open-ended and imaginative play. ( Watch Video)
9/27/2007 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
KAPLA Dual Colors with Artbook
by KAPLA USA
The Dual Color Kapla 40-piece Building Set comes with a special Artbook Instruction Book for extra Kapla building pleasure. This set is also a great gift with extra play value for building beautiful Kapla constructions. Kapla is guaranteed SAFE, NON-TOXIC and GREEN. Kapla planks are distinctive in shape and conception for extra special building fun. ( Watch Video)
9/24/2007 (Price: $27.50) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
KAPLA 100 Piece Building Set
by KAPLA USA
The new Kapla 100 piece set carries creative building instructions right on the cover of the attractive new box. The Kapla 100 includes 100 pieces of precision cut marine pine planks. A perfect holiday gift for a broad age range of girls and boys. These unique planks offer stability and grace and hours play value and building fun. Kapla is a super construction toy for everyone. 9/24/2007 (Price: $40.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Fun Rides 10 Model Building Set
by K'NEX BRANDS
Part of the K'NEX line of tub and case sets, the Fun Rides 10 Model Building Set is loaded with more than 170 original K'NEX parts, micro K'NEX parts and new K'NEX bricks. The set allows kids to build exciting thrill rides to create their own theme park. It includes instructions for 10 models.
— When asked to predict will sell for older boys during the holidays 2007, Mary Sisson, owner of Kazoodles
in Vancouver, Wash., replied, "I'm guessing some of the more advanced construction kits. We just finally brought in K'NEX, and they've got some good ones."
— Four of 54 retailers TDmonthly
spoke with said K'NEX would connect with older boys during peak selling seasons.
— "The Fun Rides 10 Model Building Set incorporates our new brick system. Even the very young can build fun amusement parks and playgrounds with it," said Barb Rentschler, vice president of global marketing for K'NEX Industries. 9/20/2007 (Price: $9.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by RIVER DOLPHIN TOYS
This set of interchangeable parts features the following eight animals plus extra pieces: black bear, dart frog, Madagascan moth, seal, swine, lobster, kangaroo and Komodo dragon. It comes with a 20-page educational booklet and a large playmat of the world. The pieces can be popped together to create all sorts of poseable animals. Launch date: October 2007.
— TDmonthly has been tracking Zoomorphs’ success from the beginning, and sales haven’t wavered yet. Kids have an unquenchable appetite for building new critters or, for the more fastidious, faithfully recreating the real things with these multicolored animal parts. The newest set adds an educational play mat and booklet. Altogether, Zoomorphs have earned a TDmonthly Top Seller 2007 award.
Where to Buy: Kazoo Toys; LB Toys ( Watch Video)
9/17/2007 (Price: $35.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
How-to-Build Pirate Ships Building Cards
How-to-Build Pirate Ships comes with a deck of 64 beautifully illustrated laminated leaves that break into 226 separate cards, cleverly shaped and notched to fit securely with every other card. Builders follow the book’s guidelines using an innovative design to assemble the cards into a sturdy ship in full sail. There are literally billions of different combinations in every pack, so one can make anything from a dinky dinghy to a super sailing vessel. It's written by Doug Stillinger.
— Heather, manager at Toy Shop in Bethel, Maine, specifically predicted that the How-to-Build Pirate Ships Building Cards would do well with boys ages 4 to 8 during the upcoming 2007 holiday season. 9/7/2007 (Price: $12.95)
Supermag Super Circus
by PLASTWOOD CORPORATION
This magnetic set includes colorful figurines that are ready to put on a show. Launch date: 2007. 8/29/2007
This finely detailed replica of the famous Paris landmark is available in a variety of colors. The tower measures 7.1” x 7.1” x 14.2” when assembled. 8/24/2007 (Price: $14.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Golden Gate Bridge
The beautiful suspension bridge is a symbol of San Francisco. This model of the beloved bridge is easy to build and measures 46 inches long when assembled. Easy-to-follow instructions are provided in English, German and Latvian. The completed model measures 46.5” x 2.4” x 5.5”. 8/24/2007 (Price: $12.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
The Parthenon, which dates back to 431 to 404 B.C., is a Doric temple dedicated to the virginal goddess Athena. It is a brilliant landmark of the entire Greek culture. The very detailed model replicates both the inside and outside of the temple on a 1:250 scale. It measures 11.4” x 5.3” 3.5” when assembled. 8/24/2007 (Price: $10.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
ImagiBRICKS™ Giant Building Blocks 24pc Basic Set
by SMART MONKEY TOYS
Designed for ages 18 months and up, this sturdy 24-piece set features blocks that are made in the U.S.A. of at least 50-percent recycled, lightweight corrugated cardboard. The set includes four large red blocks, six medium yellow blocks and 14 small blue blocks, all of which are printed with non-toxic inks and have a water-resistant coating. Adult assembly is required. 8/22/2007 (Price: $46.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by MEE-SUB ENTERPRISE
This construction set contain of 60 wooden soldiers along with a castle fence. Can be used as a playset or set up the soldiers to be played as dominoes. 8/22/2007