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July 2012 New Toys — Kits





Age Range: 10 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Licensed Products
Kits



Build a mini model of the game that’s sweeping the Internet with a LEGO® microbuild version of Minecraft. Selected by LEGO CUUSOO members, this build features a cool design with lots of 1x1 LEGO tiles and 2 buildable Micromob characters: Steve and Creeper.
— As of 7/30/2012 this product had 4.1 out of 5 stars from 14 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Nice collector's item. Cons: Pricey.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34742      (added 7/30/2012)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



Electric motors and generators are in countless devices, appliances, and vehicles we use every day. They are an essential technology in our modern world. With this kit, kids can conduct 25 experiments to learn how an electric motor converts electricity into motion, and how an electric generator does just the opposite, converting motion into electricity. The electric motor is made of transparent plastic to show how the inside components work. Set up the motor to run on battery power and learn how a motor works. Then reconfigure the device to work in reverse as a hand-crank electric generator. Experiment with magnets to learn about the force of magnetism, and how magnetic fields relate to electric current. Build simple circuits consisting of the motor or generator, wires, and a light bulb to learn about the flow of electricity. Learn about gears and drive-trains and how they work to effectively convert kinetic energy into electrical energy and back again. The full-color, 48-page manual guides your experiments with step-by-step instructions.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34647      (added 7/20/2012)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Kits



Kids can make a colorful book about themselves, their family, friends, school and hobbies. Color, create and bind together the 12 activity sheets to create this unique book. Crayons, markers, glue, glitter, scissors, and 24 additional sheets of construction paper are included.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy Best Classic Toys
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34438      (added 6/19/2012)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Kits



Ahoy, matey. Sail the seven seas with a pirate, ship, parrot and treasure chest. Includes 9 tubes of sand and 8 sheets to design.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34402      (added 6/8/2012)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Kits



Don't be frightened...it's just ArtiSands Monster kit. Frankenstein, Dracula, the Hunchback and a swamp monster are waiting to come to life in this frighteningly fun kit. Includes 9 tubes of sand and 8 sheets to design.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34401      (added 6/8/2012)
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Age Range: 4 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
SKU or Item #: 41006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Kits
General Toys



Kids can build and create their own optical prism. Kit contains: cardboard tubes, plastic mirror pieces, assorted beads, rhinestones, adhesive paper, foil confetti pieces, craft glue and instructions.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34397      (added 6/8/2012)
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Age Range: 10 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



The state of Earth's atmosphere affects us all, which explains why the weather is one of the most popular topics of conversation and scientific study. Build a model of Earth and its atmosphere and then use it to conduct experiments that show how the global wind system works. Trace air currents from the icy cold poles to the warm equator and back with a wisp of smoke. Model Earth's heat reservoirs, thermals, and global and local winds. Recreate ocean currents in a small basin of water. Simulate Earth's rotation and revolution to learn how the sun affects the weather daily and seasonally. Learn about the climatic zones and the composition of the atmosphere. Experiment to see how carbon dioxide levels affect temperature. Explore the hydrological cycle to learn about humidity, clouds, and precipitation. Build a simple barometer, set up a rain gauge, and track the temperature. Full-color, 48-page manual featuring 23 experiments.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34364      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 10
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 64037
Gender: Boys
Category: Arts & Crafts
Educational
Kits



It’s a robot riot. These futuristic fighters are here to save the world. Follow a simple legend and add cool foam pieces to these droid destroyers so they can squash the bad guys. Arrange the army in different battle formations and take out evil once and for all. This kit includes 10 FlipMotion™ stickers to add real movement to these mosaic masterpieces. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34327      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 15
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 65546
Gender: Boys
Category: Arts & Crafts
Kits
Educational



It’s time for a dragon duel. These deadly dragons are breathing fire and sharpening their talons. Follow a simple legend and add cool foam pieces to these battling beasts. Hang these magical dragons on your bedroom walls for some truly monstrous décor. This kit includes 9 FlipMotion™ stickers to add real movement to your mosaic masterpieces. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34326      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 15
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 65805
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Stickers
Kits



Add sparkling jewels to these adorable little monsters. Use 7 reusable stickers to decorate mirrors, windows, notebooks and more! Meet mischievous friends by matching sparkling tiles to a numbered legend. Best of all, these stickers can be peeled right off with no residue and reused for years to come. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34325      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 15
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 65539
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Stickers
Kits



Add sparkling jewels to these funky far out decals. Use 15 reusable stickers to decorate mirrors, windows, notebooks and more. Create totally groovy designs by matching sparkling tiles to a numbered legend.  Best of all, these stickers can be peeled right off with no residue and reused for years to come. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34324      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 15
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 65508
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Stickers
Kits



Add sparkling jewels to these prehistoric dinos. Use 8 reusable stickers to decorate mirrors, windows, notebooks and more.Create dino-mite designs by matching sparkling tiles to a numbered legend. Best of all, these stickers can be peeled right off with no residue and reused for years to come. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34323      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 15
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 65492
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Stickers
Kits



Add sparkling jewels to these glittering bugs. Use 11 reusable stickers to decorate mirrors, windows, notebooks and more. Create beautiful bug designs by matching sparkling tiles to a numbered legend. Best of all, these stickers can be peeled right off with no residue and reused for years to come. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34322      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 65713
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Furniture & Decor
Kits



Showcase a special memory in this sparkling frame. Follow a numbered legend and add sparkling jewels and tiles to create a colorful Picture Perfect frame. This frame will brighten up any little girls’ bedroom. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34321      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 65683
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Costumes & Accessories
Kits



Kids can go to school in style with this totally blinged out Fashion Bag. Follow a simple numbered legend and add over 200 sparkling jewels to create this totally fashionable messenger bag. With a sturdy over the shoulder strap, this bag will carry books and important notes. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34320      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 65850
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Kits
Costumes & Accessories



Kids can show off their fashion flair with Hippy Chic Crystal Cuffs. Follow a simple numbered legend and add sparkling jewels to create cool denim cuffs and add a flower power any outfit. This kit comes with two different cuffs to wear and share. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34319      (added 5/25/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Kits
Arts & Crafts
Eco-Friendly



Find & Make has added a new project kit that directs children to make their own original creations using Makedo connectors and packaging commonly found in the home. This product invites child to be resourceful by sourcing boxes and packaging from around the house and using them as the ‘building blocks’ . Once built, the Shop becomes the source of endless role-play fun. Through this experience, the child changes their perception of a box as something they would throw away. Instead it becomes an object of value. The child has learned about reuse and upcycling in a fun and playful way. Each Makedo Find & Make kit includes a safe-saw for cutting and punching through materials safely; re-clips and lock-hinges for connecting, themed decorative stickers, beautifully illustrated step-by-step instructions and a gorgeous inspiration poster. The material contents and packaging has been kept to a minimum. The reusable nature of Makedo’s connectors means that the child is able to pull apart and reconstruct their shop over and over for new building and role-play experiences. Construction with Makedo also minimizes the use of virgin materials by directing the child to make their own toy rather than going out to buy something completely new.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval, 2012 Dr. Toy Best Green Toys
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34248      (added 5/18/2012)
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Age Range: 6 to 9
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Eco-Friendly
Kits



2 Birdie Banks™ is a new activity kit in the ALEX Eco Crafts series. Kids can save their money and at the same time help to save the planet! This all-in-one environmentally-friendly craft kit lets kids create 2 bird-shaped banks out of recycled paper molds. It comes with 2 makeshift banks (fashioned from recycled paper) that kids can outfit with coin slots and lids before decorating them with colorful squares. Using the included sponge brush, kids can easily affix the paper tape with glaze and wait a while for their creation to dry. Launch date: 2012.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy Best Green Toys, 2012 Dr.Toy Best 20 for $20
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34243      (added 5/18/2012)
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Age Range: 6 to 12
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Construction
Pretend Play
Kits



Andrea works at the City Park Cafe and loves dishing out tasty treats — when she is not singing into her broom and daydreaming of her big performance. It's the perfect place in Heartlake City for all of the Lego Friends to meet for milkshakes and burgers or to chill and have fun. Kids can bake goodies for the girls in the cafe kitchen, complete with everything needed to serve up cafe cuisine in style. Then hang in the outdoor dining area and have a milkshake in the sun. Order up a sweet snack, serve the customers and pay with Lego money bricks. Includes 2 mini-doll figures: Andrea and Marie.
— As of 4/18/2012 this product had 4.9 out of 5 stars from 14 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Cute; fun to play with; very detailed. Cons: Too easy to put together; not as much educational or developmental value as other LEGO sets.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34107      (added 4/18/2012)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



Relate rocks to the history of the planet. Uses exciting eruptive experiments to foster comprehension. Mold and slice open a model of the earth, Create a lava fountain to explore density, Spew a volcano, Make pyroclastic eruptions, Discover which rocks will float and which will burn, Identify, break & display volcanic rocks, Sediment sedimentary rocks, Acid test rocks, Explore metamorphic rocks, and Form fossils.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval
— John Blair, owner of Science Safari in Cary, N.C., told TDmonthly in a late Summer 2012 survey that Norman & Globus products "are perennial. I continuously do well with these."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34106      (added 4/18/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 10
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 64006
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Furniture & Decor
Kits



Store your secret treasures in these super sparkly KeepSake Boxes! Follow a numbered legend and add sparkling jewels to make three special boxes. Each box features a different Princess along with her special animal friend. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34040      (added 4/4/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 15
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 64594
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Stickers
Kits



Add sparkling jewels to these ghoulish girls. Use 8 reusable stickers to decorate mirrors, windows, notebooks and more. Create colorful frightfully fashionable designs by matching sparkling tiles to a numbered legend. Best of all, these stickers can be peeled right off with no residue and reused for years to come. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34036      (added 4/4/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 15
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 65546
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Stickers
Kits



Add sparkling jewels to these retro owls. Use 8 reusable stickers to decorate mirrors, windows, notebooks and more. Create colorful owls on their perches by matching sparkling tiles to a numbered legend. Best of all, these stickers can be peeled right off with no residue and reused for years to come. Launch date: March 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34035      (added 4/4/2012)
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Age Range: 5 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 65676
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Costumes & Accessories
Kits



Look sweet as sugar with this Cupcake Clutch. Follow a simple numbered legend and add over 150 sparkling jewels to create this tasty clutch. Skip right to dessert and pair this with any outfit for some funky fashion flair. Launch date: March 2012.
— In a May 2012 survey, two of 13 retailers said that The Orb Factory was a best selling brand of activity kit.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34030      (added 4/4/2012)
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