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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.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34461      (added 6/21/2012)
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MSRP: $52.99
Age Range: 4 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
General Toys
General Games



Another stone building set from Anker Blocks, made of natural ingredients, these shapes of stones will allow kids to create endless forms. It contains 20 sample cards to fire kids' imaginations. With 36 stone building bricks made from the original Anker stone material kids can construct creative buildings and let their imagination run riot. There are countless possibilities to build mosaics, aesthetically appealing puzzles and edifices using the stones of the New Stone Age. Made in Germany of chalk, quartz sand, pigments and linseed oil.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34009      (added 3/26/2012)
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MSRP: $150.00
Age Range: 3 to 8
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: E6001
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Wooden Toys
Preschool



The possibilities are endless with the 147-piece Quadrilla Twist and Rail Set. A combination of straight and curved rails and even funnels plus color-coordinated blocks offers a new level of fascination to a build and play toy. Launch date: January 2012.
Awards: 2006 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award; 2007 TDmonthly Top Seller Award; 2007 Creative Child Preferred Choice Award.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34006      (added 3/26/2012)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys
Category: Miniatures
Construction
Boats



This 500 piece model of the Titanic celebrates the 100th anniversary of the doomed ship's voyage.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33999      (added 3/26/2012)
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MSRP: $44.99
Age Range: 1 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Construction
Play Sets
Preschool



This is the first line of construction toys designed for preschool girls ages 1 and up. Features sparkly translucent blocks,  princesses with sparkling tiaras, ponies, and more. This tub includes sparkly and regular blocks, two princesses, and a little pony. Launch date: Fall 2012.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33698      (added 2/15/2012)
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Age Range: 7 to 14
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Play Sets
Halloween Merchandise



The set contains a ghost train with three ghosts, and a red plane with four flick-fire missiles for the two Monster Fighters. When the train moves, the ghost train wings move too. All the ghosts glow in the dark. 422 Pieces. Launch date: 2012.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33655      (added 2/12/2012)
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MSRP: $12.99
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Collectibles
Licensed Products



Relive the opening scene of "The Fellowship of the Ring" in LEGO form. As Gandalf the Grey makes his way through the Shire on his horse and cart, he meets an excited young hobbit, Frodo Baggins. Includes 2 minifigures: Gandalf the Grey and Frodo Baggins. 83 pieces. Launch date: June 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33654      (added 2/12/2012)
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MSRP: $69.99
Age Range: 7 to 14
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys
Category: Construction
Licensed Products
Action Figures



This set consists of a large model of the Batcave, and is the second set to be based off of this location, the first being 7783 The Batcave: The Penguin and Mr. Freeze's Invasion. The Batcave playset is comprised of three sections, two vehicles - the Batcycle and Bane's drill - , as well as five redesigned minifigures, three of which are exclusive to the set; Batman in his blue Super Heroes suit with a cape, Robin, Bruce Wayne, Bane, and Poison Ivy. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33651      (added 2/12/2012)
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MSRP: $119.99
Age Range: 9 to 14
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys
Category: Construction
Licensed Products
General Toys



The Malevolence is Genereral Grieveous' flagship and one of the Separatist military's most feared weapons. Unbeknownst to Grievous and his crew, Anakin and Padme have entered the giant craft in an attempt to rid the galaxy of this deadly curse. The Malevolence features a cargo bay with transport train, detailed interior with removable-opening sections for easy access and twin quick-fire missile launchers. Includes LEGO minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala, General Grievous, Count Dooku , Battle Droid Commander and Battle Droid. Launch date: June 2012.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33650      (added 2/12/2012)
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Includes 24 blue and turquoise magnetic rods & 20 chromed steel spheres. Magnetic rods combined with non-magnetic spheres transform into thousands of geometric forms.
Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Products For Kids

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32992      (added 10/6/2011)
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MSRP: $64.99
Age Range: 1 to 10
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
General Toys
Preschool



SmartMax allows children to explore magnetism safely. The oversized pieces are specifically designed for handling by young kids as they learn about the effects of magnetic attraction and repulsion. Older children will have fun using the pieces to construct towers and bridges. The magnets are strong enough to carry up to 60 times their weight. Basic 36 includes long bars, short bars, large 1.8" diameter metal balls and a guide to build models. 25-piece and 42-piece sets are also available.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32820      (added 9/1/2011)
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MSRP: $34.99
Age Range: 2 and up
Target Age Range: 3 to 5
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: CTBLB22
Launch Date: June 2011
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Infant & Toddler
Eco-Friendly



This 22 piece rattling building block set was designed specially for Little Builders. Shake, rattle, and build with these colorful blocks sized for little hands. Launch date: June 2011.
Awards: Dr. Toy 10 Best Toys of 2011

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32412      (added 5/27/2011)
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MSRP: $79.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys
Category: Construction
Electronic Games



Kids can use over 400 colorful pieces to create their own thrill ride with the Techno Gears Marble Mania Accelerator. The marble launcher will propel marbles through the giant marble loop and into a series of twisting and turning roller coaster tracks. The set includes multiple channels, 3-D connectors and structures, a power lifter, flashing lights and much more - everything necessary to build and “accelerate” hundreds of marble run designs. Requires five AA batteries and 2 button cell batteries. Colors may vary.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31767      (added 2/24/2011)
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MSRP: $30.00
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



These mix-and-match dinos spawn buildable species.  15 multi-colored parts assemble to build three complete dinosaurs or endless custom creatures with a little imagination. Encourage your little archaeologists to hatch the traditional terrors (shown)--Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus and T-Rex--before giving rise to a mob of new critters. Made in the USA of non-toxic wood and water-based paint.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30920      (added 10/19/2010)
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MSRP: $69.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Target Age Range: 3 to 5
Made in: Europe
SKU or Item #: 3435
Launch Date: August 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Wooden Toys
Developmental Toys



These building blocks move into action with wheels and ball tracks. The 26-piece Basic Vehicle Pack includes blocks, clutches and clamps, and is designed to teach motor skills and basic physics principles. An instruction booklet is included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30687      (added 9/29/2010)
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MSRP: $44.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Target Age Range: 5 to 9
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



This multicolored magnetic building toy is a 30-piece set that includes 18 squares and 12 triangles with 108 magnets. Kids can create 2-D or 3-D objects for open-ended building possibilities.
— Lynda Blankenship, owner of Smart Toys & Books in Knoxville, Tenn. told TDmonthly in late Spring 2011 that Magformers were a best-selling construction toy.
— Want this? As of 05/10/2011, this product was available for purchase at Smart Toys & Books
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30679      (added 9/27/2010)
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MSRP: $185.00
Age Range: 5 and up
Target Age Range: 6 to 8
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: TWTSHBS
Launch Date: April 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Construction
Educational



Timberworks Toys are heirloom quality, large-scale construction sets made from hard maple. 52 pieces of high quality timbers, widgets, gable ends (triangles) and more are included to spark a child's imagination. Builders can start by making a small house, and then transform it into a bridge or a tree house.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30227      (added 8/25/2010)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 6 to 16
Gender: Boys
Category: Construction
Action Figures



This set includes 19 pieces for building this member of the Lego Hero Factory Alpha Team. The finished figure stands 6" tall and comes equipped with a removable hero core, high-tech air armor, a camera helmet and a communications headset.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30193      (added 8/24/2010)
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MSRP: $55.00
Age Range: 12 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



This LEGO Architecture replica of the White House can be assembled from the 560 pieces that come with the set. This set is part of the Signature Series from BrickStructures. For ages 12 and up.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 29517      (added 7/14/2010)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 7 to 14
Launch Date: August 2010
Gender: Boys
Category: Books
Construction
Licensed Products



Full-color photos combine with clearly labeled instructions, trivia and a compelling story to make this 48-page Brickmaster kit ideal for LEGO fans. Young builders can build fantastic models of undersea craft from LEGO's Atlantis line or come up with distinctive Atlantis creations of their own. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 29348      (added 7/7/2010)
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MSRP: $30.00
Age Range: 4 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Toys
Kits
Construction



Made of heavy-duty plastic with snap-together tubes and chutes, this kit includes plenty of marbles for hours of building and rolling.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28949      (added 6/16/2010)
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MSRP: $18.45
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Vehicles - Small Toy
Battery Operated



This battery-powered 25-piece set lets kids build an take apart a miniature airplane. 21 vehicle parts and a power screwdriver with three different bits are included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28948      (added 6/16/2010)
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MSRP: $20.00
Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Vehicles - Small Toy
Pretend Play



Children can build a realistic miniature army Jeep with this 100-block set.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28947      (added 6/16/2010)
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Age Range: 4 and up
Target Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



Designed to be compatible with other popular brands of building toys, Cobi's snap-together building bricks are a familiar classic. Kids can build sturdy structures from simple walls to complex designs that will hold together through play and manipulation. The 1,200-piece set contains plenty of material to stimulate children's imaginations and motor skills.
― “The theme with [Cobi] is availability,” said Sue Banducci, owner of Games Unlimited  in Danville, Calif., when asked about her best-selling construction toys in spring 2010. Banducci added, “It's really appealing for the kids.”
― “It was a huge hit over the [2009] holidays,” said Nathan McKelvey, manager of Toy Castle in Jonesboro, Ark.
― Three of 43 retailers told TDmonthly in April 2010 that Cobi is a top-selling construction line.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28452      (added 5/6/2010)
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MSRP: $10.99
Age Range: 1 to 3
Gender: Boys and Girls
Category: Preschool
Construction



These 2-in-1 toys combine simple building with the excitement of pull back and go action. Each package includes five colorful chunky parts that are easy for little hands to construct. Comes in 2 assorted styles: Helicopter & Sports Car.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28073      (added 4/16/2010)
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MSRP: $44.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 2010
Category: General Toys
Construction



Dado Planks by Fat Brain Toy Co. are made of recycled plastic, feature notches which can connect and interlock with other peices for different configurations. Standard planks in various colors are also included. Dado Planks are interchangeable and can be used with all the other plank building systems. Set includes 106 pieces in five colors. Awards: Parent's Choice Award 2010. Launch date: 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28056      (added 4/16/2010)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Developmental Toys
Animal Figures



Each box set contains 24 Reptangles in green, yellow, orange, red, purple and blue that can be snapped and slid together in more than 100 ways. The turtles connect at various angles and come with an activity book with 40+ puzzles to encourage kids to think about geometric concepts and design as they build.
Awards: Parent's Choice Award 2010. Launch date: 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28021      (added 4/15/2010)
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MSRP: $39.95
Age Range: 3 to 8
SKU or Item #: HP821537
Launch Date: July 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Construction
Preschool



The intelligent design of this product uses bamboo rings to form very unique building blocks. The distinct angles of the bamboo rings combined with textile edges that act as "grips" create endless possibilities for building exciting shapes and structures. It includes 24 angular bamboo rings and an instruction guide. Hape International Marketing Manager Robin Lehnert told TDmonthly, "The eco-friendly activity helps children develop a sense of spatial awareness, geometry and hand-eye coordination." Launch date: July 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27998      (added 4/14/2010)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 2 to 7
SKU or Item #: E0411
Launch Date: February 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Educational
Wooden Toys



Children start by joining the puzzle bases together and then twist the shapes on the appropriate post. Children can make up their own way to play this stacking and sorting activity that triples as a puzzle, too. Designed with solid baltic birch bases, the Creative Peg Puzzle posts have elasticized bases in case a child falls onto the post. Multiple bases allow for more than one child to play at the same time. Launch date: February 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27994      (added 4/14/2010)
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MSRP: $29.90
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Robotics
Construction



This robot construction kit includes pieces for children to make animals and figures that move via a one-geared motor.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27805      (added 3/30/2010)
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MSRP: $15.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Creative Activities
Outdoor Fun



Straws and Connectors are colorful plastic straws and connector pieces that are simple to use for hours of imaginative play. Children can make play houses and forts, design buildings, or even engineer spacecrafts with this design and build set. The package contains 230 pieces and includes an idea guide.

Past videos: Toy Fair 2010
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27785      (added 3/30/2010)
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Art Revelations introduces Innovation in coil. The modular sculpture product that lets you create a sculpture of "whatever comes to mind" in minutes without tools. Just expand the coil, shape and connect the ends. Available in eight colors and three sizes.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27678      (added 3/24/2010)
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Child can learn about construction with this fabric covered foam product. Easy assembly using color-coded Velcro. Children 2 and up can enjoy learning to build this barn and play farm games with it. There are 15 sections to put in place with picture steps provided. A self-confidence building product with creative play value.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27484      (added 3/8/2010)
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MSRP: $32.00
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



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)
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MSRP: $49.95
Age Range: 7 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Wooden Toys



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)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



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.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27172      (added 2/17/2010)
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MSRP: $15.00
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Outdoor Fun



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

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27169      (added 2/17/2010)
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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)
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China; United States
SKU or Item #: #1, #3, #101, #105
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Creative Activities
Educational



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

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26990      (added 2/9/2010)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Educational
Creative Activities



Nanodots are sets of spherical magnets (dots) held together by magnetic force. You can use them as a stress ball, putty, or constructor to build fascinating creations. Inspired by the miniature craft of nanotechnology, Nanodots are designed to supply players of all skill levels with endless fun and creativity, wherever they go. The magnets are protected by a shiny resilient surface with anti-bacterial properties, offering the benefit of industrial, kid-proof strength in a lightweight form. "There is no predefined set of rules one has to follow. As the players advance their skill levels, they experiment with magnetic properties and discover a diversity of unique applications. Nanodots can be rearranged into an infinite number of formations and original compositions," Tim Szeto, Director of Sales & Marketing, Nano Magnetics Ltd., told TDmonthly. Available in Original ($29.99), Black/Silver ($34.99), and Gold ($39.99). Launch date: September 2009.
— Jeanette Lauture, owner of Aunt Jean 's Toys and Treats in Montclair, N.J., sells about three Nanodots per week, she said in autumn 2010.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26676      (added 1/14/2010)
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MSRP: $22.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Target Age Range: 6 to 8
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: CTBSW100
Launch Date: August 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Eco-Friendly
Educational



This set of 200 precision-cut pine planks for building features red, yellow, orange, pink and natural color planks. Each plank measures 1" x 4.5" x 0.25", and the color comes from water-based stain that is naturally absorbed by the wood. Fifty- and 100-piece sets are also available. Launch date: February 2010.
Awards: The National Parenting Center's Spring 2010 Seal of Approval; 2010 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, Platinum; 2010- Dr. Toy Best Green Products, NAPPA 2010 Honors Award recipient, NAPPA 2010 Best Bang for Buck Award winner.
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26563      (added 1/5/2010)
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MSRP: $43.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: February 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Creative Activities
Eco-Friendly



The multicolored 200-piece "Cool Colors" set features four different block colors plus natural wood blocks. This set features redesigned packaging, revamped colors and a lower price.
Awards: 2010 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, Platinum; 2010 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval; 2010 Dr. Toy Best Vacation Products,
NAPPA 2010 Honors Award recipient, NAPPA 2010 Best Bang for Buck Award. Launch date: February 2010.
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26562      (added 1/5/2010)
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Age Range: 1 and up
Launch Date: March 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Infant & Toddler
Construction



Designed for ages 6 months and up, this colorful set of 18 oversized building blocks is made in the USA from recycled plastic milk containers. The lightweight blocks are free of PVC, phthalates and BPA. Launch date: March 2010.
— "Green Toys looks like a choice for parents that lean green and want a toy product that advertises no BPAs, no Phthalates and no PVCs. Really, a perfect first toy!" Jennifer Shuman, owner of 1SmartNoodle, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010.
— Jeremiah of Z Recommends appreciated that the blocks are “chunky but hollow, making them lightweight and giving them built-in handles all the way around for little hands.” Jeremiah found the moderate size of the set perfect “for those of us who already have plenty of toys, but no oversized-Lego-style locking blocks for toddlers.”
— Reviewers on Amazon gave the Green Toys Blocks an average of 4 stars out of 5, praising the blocks for their large size and eco-friendly yet tough construction. However, some reviewers had trouble keeping the blocks attached to each other.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26559      (added 1/5/2010)
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MSRP: $29.95
Age Range: 14 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Novelties



This set includes 216 powerful rare earth magnets that can be molded, shaped and snapped together in an endless variety of configurations. Each Buckyball has two poles — one repels, one attracts. Not intended for children. Watch video
— ''Pun's has sold about four dozen in the last month alone,'' Joe Berardoni, Sr., owner of Pun's Toy Shop in Bryn Mawr, Pa., shared with TDmonthly in the fall of 2010.
—Jeanette Lauture, owner of Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats in Montclair, N.J., sold nine of 24 units in two days after opening a box for display, she told TDmonthly. Two of 39 retailers named Buckyballs as a best-selling travel toy in March 2010.
— Dean Smith, Co-owner of JaZams in Princeton, N.J., told TDmonthly in a Summer 2011 survey that he sells "probably 50" sets of Buckyballs each month.
— May 27, 2010 RECALL of 175,000 sets (prior to March 2010) with 13+ labeling violating a federal standard that powerful magnets not be sold to children under 14.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26179      (added 11/25/2009)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Puzzles & Skill
Construction



The Amazing Wave of Light Animatronic Dolphin is a work of art that combines lights, sound and movement. The visual experience is hypnotic, creating a relaxing tranquil environment for any room in your home or office. You can choose from three modes: 1) Watch it move in a well-lit room with the Sound & Movement Mode; 2) Bring it into the bedroom shut the light off and watch the Movement, Sound and Light Mode take over - completely relaxing you; 3) Simply use it in the Movement Only Mode (with no sound or light) and be mesmerized by the slow graceful movement of the Dolphin. The Amazing Wave of Light Animatronic™ Dolphin has a built-in Sleep Timer Mode; with the push of a button it can be set to turn off in a 30 minutes to one hour. Cons: One user reported that the dolphin's nose got stuck and wouldn't go back down.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25788      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $34.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Construction
Puzzles & Skill



The Amazing Magnetic FridgiGears Deluxe Light Show Puzzle Gear Edition lets kids make creations light up & glow in the dark. Each gear is a puzzle that a child puts together to create a moving work of art. A rotating magnetic black light is included. The motorized picture frame gear powers all 20 gears with an easy "tap on/tap off" function. Included are over 103 black-light responsive magnetic fridgi puzzle pieces.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25786      (added 10/28/2009)
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Age Range: 1 and up
SKU or Item #: 826029
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Animal Figures
Construction
Infant & Toddler



These soft flexible mini edulocks include 6 soft animals that attach to the blocks, too. This toy can enhance shape and color recognition plus help develop fine-motor skills. There are 28 pieces in a set.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25653      (added 10/20/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



Founded on the idea of a modular construction set that integrates with many other popular systems such as K'Nex and Lego, Uberstix is also intended for use with whatever recycled materials one might have lying around. Mixing Uberstix pieces such as the 60 contained in this set with found materials yields numerous possibilities. This model set is designed to yield a bird that can really flap its wings. The kit also includes a 40-page book of Uberstix basics.

― During an April 2010 survey of best-selling construction toys, two of 43 retailers named Uberstix as their top line.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25114      (added 8/26/2009)
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Kids can build various models of wooden cars and vehicles using this kit. Included are wooden tools, such as wrenches and screwdrivers, to aid in the assembly. Also included are rubber tires. Baufix is distributec by Carrera of America in the U.S.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24896      (added 8/6/2009)
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Over 270 parts! You can build at least 3 models. Illustrated instructions and tools included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24687      (added 7/20/2009)
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MSRP: $249
Age Range: 5 to 12
SKU or Item #: 210200
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Vehicles - Riding
Wooden Toys



MOOV is a full-size construction toy designed so that children can construct MOOV by themselves without the use of any tools or help from their parents. The wooden parts, rings, shafts and frames are multifunctional. The spare parts in the wood are specially designed so it's easy to remove the rings from the shafts. MOOV has received the following awards: TDmonthly Top Toy 2009; Toy of the Year, 2008, The Netherlands; Honorable mention, Reddot Design Award, 2008 (International Design Award); Toy of the Year, 2008, Germany; and Right Start Award, Toy Awards, 2008, United Kingdom. Launch date: June 2009.

Where to Buy: Escapade Direct

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24641      (added 7/17/2009)
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Age Range: 5 to 12
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Vehicles - Riding
Outdoor Fun
Construction



The MOOV by BERG is both a construction toy and a rideable vehicle for children, ages 5 to 12. Children can construct MOOV by themselves without the use of any tools or help from parents. The wooden parts, rings, shafts and frames are multi-functional. Once the model is complete, the fun continues. MOOV construction toys are available in three kits: Starter, Advanced, and Street. The Starter kit ($210.00) can create three wooden models, the Advanced ($300.00) seven models, and the Street ($376.00) up to 10 models. For each new construction, the old model must be taken apart.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23891      (added 5/27/2009)
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MSRP: $44.95
Age Range: 3 to 7
SKU or Item #: EZF54-C
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Play Houses
Educational



EZ-Fort is an open-ended building toy that just requires the addition of sheets. The easy to use, 54-piece building system can transform into a playhouse, a ship, or even an obstacle course. Also, it's designed as an educational toy for developing critical thinking skills and nurturing the creative thought process. Launch date: September 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23866      (added 5/22/2009)
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MSRP: $22.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



This 15-piece set contains a mixture of favorite Wedgits pieces, as well as new angled and straight Wedgits Building Stix. The distinctive pieces allow for even more building possibilities, and the set integrates fully with other Wedgits sets so children can take the complex geometry, balance and stability of this building system to new heights.
— “Wedgits are doing very well. We sell them weekly,” Cathy Albrow, owner of Creative Learning Toys, told TDmonthly in spring 2009 of the construction toy best sellers in her store in Grand Rapids, Mich. 
— Diana Nelson, owner of Kazoo & Company in Denver, Colo., named Wedgits as a best seller in an April 2009 survey about construction toys, remarking, “We sell a few sets a day.”

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23616      (added 5/11/2009)
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MSRP: $90.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



Who knows what 500 pieces of poseable, snap-together Zoob could stir in the imagination? Geometric structures, funky creatures, buildings and whimsical characters can be built and rebuilt easily with the simple ball-and-socket joints that connect Zoob pieces. The set comes packed in a sturdy, reusable storage case complete with four removable play pads that fit into the lid to act as foundations for the creations. 
— “Up until now, Zoob has been best,” Jeff Oslick, owner of The Enchanted Toy Store in Fullerton, Calif., told TDmonthly during an April 2009 survey about best-selling construction toys. 
— “I have a good run on Zoob year round,” said Amy Barrett, owner of Lasso the Moon Wonderful Toys in Helena, Mont., of her top selling construction items.
— Four of 49 retailers listed Zoob as a best-selling construction item in spring 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23613      (added 5/11/2009)
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MSRP: $140.00
Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: U00370
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Vehicles - Small Toy
Play Sets



This 500-piece starter kit includes enough components for the construction of 12 lineal elevated feet of monorail track. It also comes with a powered engine and a car to ride the rail and weather 30-degree grades.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22677      (added 3/2/2009)
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MSRP: $75
Launch Date: July 2009
Category: Construction
Creative Activities
Designer Toys



This set includes 100 pieces of various colors to make creative construction projects and marble runs. Launch date: July 1, 2009.
— Rebecca Goblish, owner of Picayune Toys in Dunwoody, Ga., told TDmonthly in a May 2013 survey that Q-Ba-Maze is one of her best-selling construction toys.
— Dean Smith, owner of Jazam Toys in Princeton, N.J., told TDmonthly in a May 2015 survey that this was a best-selling construction toy at their store.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22481      (added 2/16/2009)
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Age Range: 4 to 12
SKU or Item #: 4242
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Educational
Pretend Play



Open the Sphinx’s secret mummy hiding place with your amulet. Includes two figures, skeleton that glows in the dark, and many other accessories. Recommended for ages four and up. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for ages under 3 years.
— Playmobil products continue to be great sellers at Melody’s Choices, as reported by Owner Steve Melody in spring 2009. “Although this line is in the big box, if you support it well, you have something the [big] box does not … selection,” he told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22005      (added 1/6/2009)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 4 and up
SKU or Item #: CF01
Launch Date: July 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Pretend Play
Creative Activities



Crazy Forts is a construction toy that uses 25 solid plastic balls and 44 reinforced sticks and allows children to create whatever their imagination allows. Then, they simply add their own bed sheets to complete their creation. A house, an igloo, an princess castle or pirate ship are all possible with Crazy Forts. "Crazy Forts has proven to sell itself. Our first test involved a small chain of nine stores. They sold out of 350 units in three and a half weeks," President Geoff Thomas of Crazy Forts told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21482      (added 11/25/2008)
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From the company's traditional collection of wooden blocks made in the USA, this set features 68 blocks in 12 shapes: 10 units, 10 half units, 10 half pillars, eight pillars, six columns, 4 double pillars, four Roman arches, four half circles, four small triangles, four double flats, two roof boards and two double units.
— “They don’t require minimums,” said Peg Scholtes, owner of Capitol Kids in Madison, Wis., when naming BEKA as a preferred vendor in fall 2008. Two other retailers, out of 52, also listed the company as a favorite.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21436      (added 11/20/2008)
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MSRP: $179.97
Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Pretend Play



The BRIK-A-BLOK™ toy system provides an easy means for any child to recreate the world that surrounds them, at their scale. Easy to assemble panels come together to give kids the power to build their own world. Creative freedom coupled with our toy system liberates kids to custom build the perfect fort, playhouse, or any other structure they care to imagine. (Product Image depicts two BRIK-A-BLOK-46 sets)
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21291      (added 11/12/2008)
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MSRP: $60.00
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Play Sets



This colorful construction kit comes in a plastic carrying case that snaps closed and has a handle on the top. It includes more than 650 pieces, including wheels and connectors to build moveable models. Projects include a water mill house, a merry-go-round, a car, a helicopter and a sports car. The pieces make a click sound when connected or pulled apart.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21264      (added 11/11/2008)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 3 to 12
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Developmental Toys



For children 3 and up, Special Cross building blocks have more available shapes in comparison to Baby Cross allowing for more design possibilites. Special Cross 80 includes 12 blue squares, 12 red squares, 12 yellow squares, 12 green squares, 16 red circles, and 16 blue round pegs.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21220      (added 11/5/2008)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Preschool



This set comes with two cars and colorful, click-lock track that children can use to build and rebuild their own roads for play.
— Three of 32 retailers predicted in October 2008 that this product will be a hot seller for the holiday season. "Got 12 in yesterday; sold through half," James Burdette, owner of LB Toys in Media, Pa., told TDmonthly.
—    “People keep asking for it,” said Terri Bracken, owner of Earth Explorer Toys in Zionsville, Ind., in November 2008. “We’ve gone through 36 and have 18 left.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21169      (added 10/30/2008)
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MSRP: $129.99
Age Range: 10 and up
Launch Date: August 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Eco-Friendly



The ÜBERARC™ 1200 Empire State Building is part of the architectural series, designed for students, architects, engineers and anyone else who just loves to build. Using full-scale authentic blueprints, builders create a foundation and representation of the Empire State Building. Builders apply for a building permit online that will show the seismic and wind loads for their proposed ÜberArc Empire State Building location. They can even pinpoint the location on a map and create their own unique building name displayed to other ÜberArc builders. This architectural dream set will teach basic building techniques to create load-bearing walls, curves, arches and more. The completed UberArc Empire State Building is more than 4' tall. Launch date: August 2008. This set is a JCPenney exclusive until January 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20083      (added 8/19/2008)
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MSRP: $59.95
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Wooden Toys



When precision wooden shapes and vibrant color meet, expect nothing less than masterwork. Twig features natural wood, carved with care and colored with brilliance. Light plays its way through the windows of Twig - illuminating lines, contours, space and arrangement, opening the mind and imagination to new exercises in visual spatial development. Each Twig set consists of 72 wooden pieces; all are compatible with one another. The interactivity between components means limitless combinations in open-ended play. Launch date: February 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20009      (added 8/5/2008)
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MSRP: $70.00
Age Range: 5 and up
Launch Date: May 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Creative Activities
Puzzles & Skill



The kit allows anyone to create a variety of spheres. The unique shape and clever angles of the block pieces opens an infinite possibility for hours of creative fun for children and adults. Children will love the fun snapping noise when piecing the parts together. Various LaQ kits with moving parts are also available. Launch date: May 1, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18852      (added 5/19/2008)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: March 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Preschool
Construction
Creative Activities



The feet, hands and heads of the figures contain larger, stronger magnets, than the original Quili, allowing young children to build up the figures with ease. Launch date: March 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18545      (added 4/24/2008)
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Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Robotics
Kits
Construction



The kit is designed for children, allowing them to easily create a variety of unique robots. Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18502      (added 4/18/2008)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: 094922868244
Launch Date: May 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Kits
Educational



The 96-piece kit contains 36 Qubits, 30 connectors and 30 bridges. The educational set’s easy-slide connectors slip into place, keeping the structures strong and steady. All designs touch on architecture, structure and basic concepts of geometry. Launch date: May 2008.
— "My husband came home to find [our four children] immersed in fabricating various projects and was so intrigued that he spent 30 minutes building with them," said Teresa Wilson, a reviewer among the five families that evaluated this product for a TDmonthly Roundtable.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18271      (added 4/4/2008)
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MSRP: $29.95
Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: 6-89076-86880-8
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Educational



Used to position toothpicks precisely for gluing into strong trusses, the TwigJig makes short work of otherwise tedious projects, allowing individuals to easily build complex designs. The Starter Kit contains one TwigTrimmer for cutting toothpicks to the right lengths, one Square TwigJig with a rubber core for making square trusses, one Triangle TwigJig with a rubber core for making triangular trusses, 16 TwigClips for holding trusses together before gluing, 200 rubber bands, one bottle of Elmer's glue, 800 toothpicks, and instructions for making trusses.  Plans for projects may be downloaded from the TwigJig website. “It is truly a brand new idea and a 100-percent unique product,” Chris Naramor of Epsilon Industries told TDmonthly. “[It’s] the only product that uses ‘jigs’ and lets you build structures out of something as simple as toothpicks.” Launch date: January 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18079      (added 3/24/2008)
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MSRP: $12.50
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 611
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Construction
Puzzles & Skill



Players attempt to position all five of their playing pieces on the playing field, while blocking their opponents’ attempts to do the same. No same colored pieces may touch or stand on the same side or edge; at the same time, no two pieces of the same height can be positioned next to each other. The game is available in four languages. Awards: TDmonthly Top Toy 2008. Launch date: 2008.

Where to Buy: 1 Smart Noodle

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17965      (added 3/17/2008)
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MSRP: $26.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Musical Toys
Construction
Creative Activities



The instrument construction set consists of colorful, anatomically incorrect and interlocking construction pieces that children can use to assemble a variety of distinctive musical instruments. The set includes a CD of original music, a large metallic whistle, a canister with a top that converts into a tambourine and a bottom that converts into a drum, drumsticks, a washboard rattle, sand-filled shakers and four poseable eyes that turn the musical instruments into characters. The 42 construction pieces are all compatible with other Bonz sets. Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17947      (added 3/12/2008)
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MSRP: $109.95
Age Range: 4 and up
SKU or Item #: D11189
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Kits
Vehicles - Small Toy
Construction



This 150-piece game set allows kids to construct their own racing system. It includes instructions for 30 raceways as well as track, connectors, loops and two cars in a reusable storage bin with handles and a top that locks.
— Products by DARDA, including this set, are best sellers at Kazoodles in Vancouver, Wash., Co-owner Mary Sisson told TDmonthly in early 2008.
— Racing sets were best sellers at Twirl Toystore & Playspace in Taos, N.M., in early 2009, according to Owner Molly McMullin. “They are a great example of how having a demo out to be played with makes all the difference in selling,” she told TDmonthly. “Our salespeople all love showing people how to get the most effective run out of the pull-back cars.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17226      (added 1/28/2008)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: FNKE0011
Launch Date: April 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Construction



With Flibbix™, players build their own board game, make their own rules and then play. It's super easy and lets players rebuild and replay the game as much as they want. Players race to the finish, but things can get wacky along the way — even the game board and rules can change during play. “It's the first-ever build-a-board-game set: Players can easily build and play their own, custom board game with Flibbix. Because each game is different, it has great replay value and players can make a game that’s fun and perfect for them,” Jason Ivan of Merillian told TDmonthly. Launch date: April 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17085      (added 1/17/2008)
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MSRP: $79.99
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 28396
Launch Date: September 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Electronics
Musical Toys



The iCoaster combines sight, sound and speed with extreme magnetic force, high-tech design and ultra-cool physics. Each track features hidden magnets, causing the metal ball to move along the track performing stunts and passing through sensors to trigger a beat or song. Kids can build the suggested extreme coaster configurations and use the pre-included sounds, or use their imagination to build their own track and plug in their digital music players and use their own songs. This product is a winner of numerous awards, including a 2007 iParenting Media Award, Fall 2007 Parent’s Choice Award, 2007 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Award and Parents Magazine Best Toys for the Holidays Award. “The iCoaster is the perfect toy to promote creativity, allowing kids to construct a visual and technological masterpiece,” Carine Sroujian of Mega Brands told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16636      (added 12/18/2007)
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MSRP: $16.99
Age Range: 7 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Construction



These new construction/craft kits from ÜberStix take the company's commitment to recycling one step further. When kids open the construction kit, they will discover that it requires more than just building it. The ÜBERSTIX LANDSAILER™ and ÜBERDRAGSTER™ are both working models that require Push Ups® ice cream pops for wheels, coffee stir sticks, straws and more. The LandSailer requires very little wind to move it across the ground. Kids can set up their own unique race courses for their working models — even build a speed ramp. "This is the first build system that rewards kids for recycling," ÜberStix founder Dane Scarborough told TDmonthly. "In doing the Scavenger Kits, we're starting a new category of toys."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16613      (added 12/17/2007)
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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.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15880      (added 10/26/2007)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: F812
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Preschool
Construction
Developmental Toys



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.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15461      (added 9/27/2007)
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MSRP: $27.50
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Wooden Toys



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.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15364      (added 9/24/2007)
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MSRP: $35.00
Age Range: 4 and up
SKU or Item #: 894167000016
Launch Date: October 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Animal Figures
Play Sets



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

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15186      (added 9/17/2007)
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MSRP: $79.95
Age Range: 4 to 7
Launch Date: January 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Play Houses
Pretend Play



The colorful Invent a Tent system is designed to help build children’s minds through creative play, allowing them to construct a unique play structure every time they pull it out. The kit includes set pole lengths and fabric dimensions and condenses easily into one storage bag. “Compared to similar products on the market, Invent A Tent builds a much sturdier play structure that is large enough for multiple children to play in at once. It also comes with an ample amount of fabric to cover the whole structure,” Cameron Scott of Invent A Tent told TDmonthly. Launch date: January 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13986      (added 7/6/2007)
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MSRP: $149.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Remote Controlled



“Kids” can create radio-controlled, rumbling robots and pit up to six of them against each other at a time, thanks to six interchangeable RC frequencies. Working with sturdy, yet flexible interlocking Uberstix components, builders utilize physics, engineering and creative skills to design robots that can trounce their opponents. In the heat of battle, UberBots employ jabs and hooks and even speak preprogrammed Japanese phrases designed to conquer all foes. Knocking down an opponent three times is a win. Then the fighters retire to redesign their Bots and devise another unbeatable strategy for victory. The 621 kit includes two UberBots, 250 Uberstix pieces, two remote controls, two flags, 14 rechargeable Ni-Cad batteries, two chargers and building instructions.
— These Japanese-speaking robotic construction toys received a TDmonthly Top Toy 2007 award for many reasons: the scientific knowledge they invite in construction and redesign, their RC capability to fight multiple robots at one time, the creativity and inventiveness required when reprogramming the UberBots, and the signature, interlocking Überstix parts that make up their distinctive structure. Finally, Überstix are made from recycled plastic and can be combined with other building toys, setting their kits on a higher plane than other construction toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12117      (added 3/28/2007)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: Q20C
Launch Date: May 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



Designed by a former architect, Q-BA-MAZE (kyoo-ba-maze) is a construction system of interlocking cubes that form pathways for rolling balls. The system uses just three kinds of cubes and is easy to learn, but is also endlessly fascinating because the cubes attach in many different combinations and the action of the balls is so unpredictable. It is part art and part science, and even adults can enjoy it as an interactive desktop sculpture. “We believe in the value of design: product design that inspires creative play for children and adults; packaging design that uses resources efficiently, stands out on the shelf and demonstrates the product in the box; and web design that provides lasting value beyond the box with helpful videos, interactive tools and printer-friendly PDF instructions,” CEO Andrew Comfort told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 1, 2007.
— “We picked up a new toy called Q-Ba-Maze and those have been really, really popular,” Alicia Smith, owner of Juneau’s Imagination Station in Juneau, Alaska, told TDmonthly in May 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12039      (added 3/22/2007)
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MSRP: $24.95
Age Range: 9 and up
SKU or Item #: TK1006
Launch Date: August 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Wooden Toys



These rubberwood kits allow children and adults to create “mechanical marvels in natural wood.” Each set includes two layers of components packed in covered plastic trays, a parts list, sand paper, glue and visual instructions. Paint and a battery kit may be added to customize a model. The company requires a minimum wholesale order of 12 pieces. Launch date: August 2006. 
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11952      (added 3/16/2007)
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MSRP: $16.00
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



Thirty-five rugged plastic pieces snap together easily to form endless poseable creatures. In this set, children can make a grizzly bear, bluebird, bighorn sheep and mountain king snake, or morph them to make all sorts of fantasy creatures. Extra pieces are included and the heads have hinged jaws. All Zoomorphs sets are interchangeable.
— “I’m a little store, but Zoomorphs are a very big hit in the 4 to 8 age group. It’s a big birthday party hit and nice price,” summed up Patty Tepper-Rasmussen of Learning Tree in Oklahoma City, Okla. She sells about 15 to 20 units per month in her store.
— Three of 39 retailers agreed in spring 2007 that Zoomorphs are top-selling construction toys in their stores.
— Mark McFarland, co-owner of River Dolphin Toys, said, “The beauty of the building toy category is that if you have a system that kids like, and come out with fresh new products on a consistent basis, they will stay with you for many years.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11807      (added 3/6/2007)
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MSRP: $16.00
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



Thirty-five rugged plastic pieces snap together easily to form endless poseable creatures. In this set, children can make a Mammoth, Brontosaurus, Sea Scorpion and Ancient Amphibian, or morph them to make all sorts of fantasy creatures. Extra pieces are included so kids can create even more poseable creatures. The heads have hinged jaws. All Zoomorphs sets are interchangeable.
— “We’ve had them for about one and a half years,” Owner Elaine Hackney of Boing! JP’s Toy Shop in Jamaica Plain, Mass., told TDmonthly about best-selling Zoomorphs. “[It] captures the kids’ imagination and seems to give them a sense of personal creativity.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11754      (added 3/1/2007)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Launch Date: May 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



This building blocks set includes everything kids need to construct a complete section of Brickadoo City: building bricks, water-soluble cement, wooden building elements (doors and frames), a trowel, a mixing bin, a base plate and a foam card with press-out figures and materials. The white bricks and water-soluble cement are made of natural raw materials that don't contain any harmful substances. The bricks are paintable, and each box contains several sacks of cement, enough for four to five playing sessions. Launch date: May/June 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11753      (added 3/1/2007)
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 3 to 5
Launch Date: October 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



ZOOB Jr. features soft pieces that bend, snap together snugly and move. Both sets (15- and 30-piece) feature larger pieces in three basic shapes that are simple to use. Softer, more flexible pieces make connections easier and the larger scale results in giant creations. “ZOOB Jr. brings its unique and dynamic building characteristics to a younger audience. Now toddlers and preschoolers can also enjoy and benefit from ZOOB’s Mind-Building Construction System,” Greg McVey of Infinitoy told TDmonthly. The 30-piece set has a suggested retail price of $24.99. Launch date: October 2007.
— Terry Myers of Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock, Texas, told TDmonthly ZOOB Jr. was one of the best toys at Toy Fair 2007.
— A top pick, retailer Kate Tanner, owner of Kidstop Toys, informed TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11728      (added 2/28/2007)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Educational



The Überfrog is made of a combination of Uberstix and K’NEX materials. It features realistic movement and lots of personality. The project is rated an 8 on a difficulty scale of 1 to 10, and requires the following: 40 Quarks, eight CubStix, two LocHubs, two yellow K’NEX, five green K’NEX and two yellow K’NEX rods.
— "All the children were delighted with how the projects looked upon completion," reported Teresa Wilson, a TDmonthly Homeschooling Roundtable mom who evaluated the Uberfrog. "This toy is a winner." She awarded it five out of five stars.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11683      (added 2/27/2007)
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MSRP: $160.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: November 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Wooden Toys
General Toys



Designed by architect Steven W. Hurd, these blocks are the first in a series of architecturally themed building blocks created for all ages. Each set is designed around a particular building type, but the unique pieces allow for creativity and imaginative construction. The blocks are carved from imported hardwood, and the set includes 145 pieces, 15 different shapes, a printed plan and instructions. Castle Blocks are also available. “The Cathedral shape offers a dramatic initial building project and the unique shapes allow for a different level of imaginative play than most sets of building blocks,” Hurd told TDmonthly. Launch date: November 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11539      (added 2/21/2007)
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Category: Construction



This revolutionary life-sized building toy consists of strong, adjustable connectors and several different-sized panels, allowing children to build any number of structures to play in or around. When play is finished, Panelos can be taken apart and stored in a compact area.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11139      (added 1/12/2007)
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MSRP: $29.95
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 94922 63261
Launch Date: February 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



Konstruk-Tubes allows kids to safely build creations of all shapes and sizes. There are three sizes of tubes to choose from and ten types of easy-fit connectors. All pieces are dishwasher safe and helps kids improve many skills, including problem-solving, hand-eye coordination, color recognition and hand dexterity. This item is featured on Dr. Toy's Summer 2007 Best Products List. Launch date: February 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11050      (added 1/9/2007)
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MSRP: $34.00
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 90
Launch Date: February 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



DragonBonz joins a series of colorful, anatomically incorrect and interlocking construction pieces that enable children to assemble whimsical characters from their imaginations. It includes 55 construction pieces and is compatible with other Bonz sets. Specially designed hooks allow any DragonBonz character to “fly,” using lengths of monofilament included in the package. Featured pieces include a bright green and blue dragon head with moveable jaw, translucent orange tongues of fire, rattling snake tails, a teal chrome sword and six poseable eyes.
— "What makes it so innovative and distinctive is that it's not electronic but it's totally modern!" Susan Holden, head of Curious Toys, told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 11, 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11007      (added 1/8/2007)
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The completely original AquaStruct™ spraying surfboard tub mat and spraying tube wave shower curtain make it possible for tweens to slip through a giant tube wave on Hawaii’s North Shore or to ride the impossible waves at Northern California’s Maverick. No matter the weather, the distance to the ocean, or the time of day or night, with AquaStruct™, you can always Ride Your Inner Wave.™
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10717      (added 12/18/2006)
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MSRP: $34.99
Category: Construction



This versatile set includes 100 beautiful hardwood maple planks and a full color KEVA Guide Book. Children can play games of strategy, skill and balance with these perfectly cut, identical construction blocks that stack with surprising stability. Narrow towers can reach all the way to the ceiling. This incredible stability is achieved by cutting the planks with great precision.
— President Ken Scheel of Keva Planks pointed out that “the concept of using a construction set that only has one piece to choose from is very unique. … Each person can build with his or her own skill level and have lots of fun with it.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10696      (added 12/14/2006)
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MSRP: $20.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Construction



This square wooden box holds planks in six distinctive Kapla colors, with 40 planks of each color.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9712      (added 10/20/2006)
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MSRP: $299.00
Category: Construction
Wooden Toys



1000 planks in natural wood. Includes a booklet of building techniques with 40 illustrations.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9710      (added 10/20/2006)
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MSRP: $27.50
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: FB024-O
Launch Date: September 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
American-Made



Dado will engage your imagination and help develop a keen eye for design, color, shape, size, space, balance, proportion and composition. Constructed horizontally, vertically or nested together, Dado invites unlimited visual spatial development and problem solving through design-centered play. Dado features ten cubes, scaled from 1” to 5”. This game is "self-expression revealed through a contemporary palette of play, " Kathy Lorkovic, at Fat Brain Toys, told TDmonthly. This product has won numerous awards, including a 2007 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Award, a Spring 2007 Dr. Toy Best Product Award, a 2007 iParenting Media Excellent Products Award and a Creative Child Preferred Choice Award. Launch date: September 1, 2006.
— “Dado Cubes forms the foundation of a series of design-centered educational toys,” offered Mark Carson, developer and president of Fat Brain Toys. Dado is “that rare toy that combines intuitive fun with fine design. Equally rare is its ability to entertain young and old alike,” he added. “Beyond Dado, we have a number of products in development that have been inspired by true educational research.”

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9637      (added 10/6/2006)
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MSRP: $49.50
Age Range: 3 to 7
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



According to Valtech Co., Magna-Tiles were inspired by Pythagoras of Samos (560-480 BC), an important historical mathematician. (Perhaps you recall the Pythagorean Theorem from high school.) If this lofty inspiration doesn’t impress you, perhaps the design of the magnetic tiles themselves will. While using the tiles to build various constructs, children will also be developing familiarity with geometric shapes, which will lay a strong foundation for advanced mathematics, such as geometry and calculus. This product has no equal, Michael Ziegenhagen, owner of Playmatters in Cleveland, told TDmonthly. "It's used in some schools to teach geometry and spatial reasoning," he added.
— Two of 50 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly in spring 2008 singled out this item as the best-selling construction toy in their stores.
— “We're constantly selling Magna-Tiles. This is a weekly seller, and they're even high end,” said Peggy Sebert, owner of Becky & Me Toys in Glenview, Ill., during an April 2009 survey of 49 retailers on their best-selling construction toys.
— “We sell the Magna-Tiles from Valtech really well on a consistent basis,” Kim Emigh, VP of e-commerce at Growing Tree Toys in State College, Pa., told TDmonthly of her store’s top-selling construction items in spring 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9551      (added 10/3/2006)
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