September 2005 | Vol. IV - No. 9
These toys are too active to stay still. Click on the following video links to see how they move and why they´re bound to be the talk of the town.
Videography by Alison Marek. Edited by Mark Zaslove.
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Let´s Pretend Blender by EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS INC.
Kids can whip up their own fake smoothies in this child-sized pretend blender. It has two settings, a clear measuring cut that holds real liquids, and a sturdy weighted base. A "pulse" button adds extra authenticity. The base is bright yellow, the dial is red, and the base is blue. It needs 3AA batteries, which are not included. ( Watch Video) 8/26/2005 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Lotty Ladybird Activity Toy by MAMAS & PAPAS LTD.
This cheerful toy is a brightly patterned plush ladybug with lots to stimulate babies’ senses. Her flower antennas make a crinkle noise when crunched in the hands. Her pillowy body is crunchy, too. Two legs squeak, two crunch, and two rattle. One of her rattle legs even plays a synth version of “You Are My Sunshine” when pressed. Tots can examine their own smiles in the kid-safe mirror that’s sewn into the ladybird’s tummy. She has a red body, yellow face, orange hat, and multicolored patterned legs. She’s 7”H x 10” W x 10” deep. ( Watch Video) 8/26/2005 (MSRP: $19.95; Age: 0 and Up)
Creme Puff Giraffe by FIRST & MAIN INC.
This 15" giraffe is a cuddly soft armful of velvety plush. He has yellow fur accented with orange stripes, and deep yellow tufts of hair on his head, heck, horns and tail. His feet are weighted with beans so he can sit upright, as is his bottom. He´s a nice addition to any kid´s crib zoo. ( Watch Video) 9/8/2005 (MSRP: $9.00; Age: 0 and Up)
Tonka Chuck & Friends Boomer My Talking Tow Truck by HASBRO INC.
Boomer is a talking truck who’s always got something to say! It’s so much fun getting him to speak one of seven electronic phrases, because his mouth moves when he talks! Turn the wheels, lift and lower the tow hook and attach him to his friends, or move him around using the easy-to-grip handle! The Boomer My Talking Tow Truck toy is revved up, ready for adventure and filled with things to talk about.
( Watch Video) 9/8/2005 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Leaf Man by HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT
Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one´s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man´s got to go where the wind blows. With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children. 11"x12", 40 pages. ( Watch Video) 9/8/2005 (MSRP: $16.00; Age: 4 to 8)
Rubber Rubberband Man by SMATTWORKS INC.
Rubber Rubberband Man™ is made entirely out of common rubber bands. Each man is individually hand-crafted and provides hours and hours of stretchy fun. He loves dangling from corkboards, amusing co-workers, and bouncing and wiggling among kids. Please keep away from small children and hungry adults. ( Watch Video) 9/8/2005 (MSRP: $9.99; Age: 6 and Up)
Rep Pals (Red-Eyed Tree Frog) by DARMOS TOYS
This is a cool, squishy, squashy, vibrantly colored replication of a Red-Eyed Tree Frog. It feels clammy, it looks clammy, and it´s altogether gross ... which is the whole point. It´s a fairly accurate reproduction (except that it´s an order of magnitude larger than a real Red-Eyed Tree Frog), and would look quite comfortable out in the wilderness. It´s very fun to play with. ( Watch Video) 9/12/2005 (MSRP: $4.95; Age: 5 and Up)
The Peanut Butter Jam by HEALTH PRESS NA INC.
Sam, the story´s main character has an allergy to peanuts, and after reading this book, even healthy readers will recognize Sam´s friend and tormentor, Jack, and come to appreciate the value of tolerance for people who are different from them. Author Elizabeth Nassau is a writer and the mother of a child with a dangerous peanut allergy. With illustrations by Margot Ott, the book will delight kids and inform them (along with their parents and teachers) about allergies and living with them. ( Watch Video) 9/12/2005 (MSRP: $14.95; Age: 4 to 8)
Pooch On The Loose: A Christmas Adventure by MARSHALL CAVENDISH CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Bart is a city dog who lives in a huge apartment building in Greenwich Village. His owner is Max, the nicest owner in the world. Bart longs to see the sights of the city on his own, especially at Christmastime, sans leash. Unfortunately, Max always forces Bart to stay on a leash (for his own good). One day in December, when Max is carrying an oversized Christmas Tree into the apartment, Bart goes for it and dashes out into the big city, where he dances with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, ice skates in Rockefeller Center, takes a trip on the Staten Island Ferry, then heads back to his warm home in Greenwich Village, and snuggles with his owner, awaiting Santa´s arrival. ( Watch Video) 9/12/2005 (MSRP: $14.95; Age: 4 to 8)
If You Were My Baby by DAWN PUBLICATIONS
This book spotlights baby animals and their loving relationships with their parents. It includes a baby duck, possum, mountain goat and human, along with other wild animals, against a natural setting. Kirkus Reviews says: "if the goal is to introduce a love of nature, this will do it." ( Watch Video) 9/12/2005 (MSRP: $8.95; Age: 2 to 7)
Hot Wheels Dropstars Maybach 62 by MATTEL INC.
This Die-Cast Custom Vehicle features four doors and two sun roofs. A special Phat Lip technology gives the tires a deep-dish look and menacing stance. ( Watch Video) 9/13/2005 (Age: 8 and Up)
Clout Fantasy Throwing Game Starter Sets by HIDDEN CITY ENTERTAINMENT
In the fantasy world of Clout, elves, goblins, and centaurs are pitted against each other in a game that combines the intellect of traditional card strategy games with physically challenging activity. Cards are replaced by small disclike chips in this game, and not only must players recognize which chip to play, but they also must be able to toss it from a distance to the spot on the board that is most beneficial. Starter Set comes with two 15-chip stacks and a measurer for long-distance play. ( Watch Video) 9/13/2005 (Age: 8 and Up)