March 2006 | Vol. V - No. 3
Bella Pop Star by SPIN MASTER TOYS
From the company's Star Vision line, which produced 2005's top-selling Bella Dancerella, comes Bella Pop Star. It will have kids dancing and singing like their favorite pop stars. Bella Pop Star comes with a vinyl step mat with color-coded numbers that makes it easy for kids to follow along. It also includes a working headset that projects music and amplifies their voice as they sing along. This 30-minute instructional DVD/VHS is a great way to get kids up and moving in a fun, high-energy way. It requires 2 AAA batteries, which are not included. 2/1/2006 (MSRP: $24.99; Age: 3 to 8)
The Creative Clazzic by Z BECKY BROWN INC.
This unique box-shaped purse allows the owner to change the purse's appearance on a whim. Owners create their own design layouts and insert them into the purse between the clear base and liner so that the purse can take on any design the owner so chooses. It acts as a fantastic way to showcase scrapbooking, stamping, needlecraft, fabric, artistry and altered arts skills. It is available in black or white lid; black, white or bamboo handle; and brass or nickel hardware. It ranges in price from $85.00 to $139.00. 2/1/2006
Chopper by SAFETY 1ST
It has the traditional styling of a hot-rod chopper, providing the ultimate motorcycle experience for little riders. Custom-made, this vehicle comes complete with authentic engine sounds, a flame decal package and a big boa back tire. It comes with a 12-volt, rechargeable battery and a two-speed transmission, allowing it to go 2.5 mph or 5 mph in forward or reverse. It can hold a maximum of 130 pounds. It requires 3 AA batteries, which are not included. 2/1/2006 (MSRP: $239.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Animal Sounds Wall Clock by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
It’s dolphin o’clock. How can one tell? The National Geographic Animal Sounds Wall Clock blares out an appropriate animal sound that corresponds to the animal of the hour. Starting with 12:00 lion and progressing to 11:00 wolf, this hanging timepiece features 12 different sounds (one on each hour) from the mammal kingdom, ranging from the endangered Bengal Tiger to the American Bison. Each clock is accompanied by an educational booklet that provides detailed information about each animal featured, and is designed to educate children or facilitate interaction between parent and child. The Animal Sounds Wall Clock was launched in 2005. ( Watch Video) 2/1/2006 (MSRP: $29.95; Age: 5 to 11)
Glockenspiel by HOHNER
Eight multi-colored, precision tuned bars give any toddler room to make bright, colorful sounds. This product includes an attractive vinyl bag and child-safe mallet.
— When asked about hot-selling music items in his store, Jude Larene, owner of Izilla Toys in Seattle, said, "Probably the Hohner toddler [Glockenspiel].”
— Larene said he sells about 10 a month of the Hohner xylophone-like toy.
— Two of 45 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly said Hohner musical toys are customer favorites. ( Watch Video) 1/6/2006 (MSRP: $17.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Big Dump Truck Floor Puzzle Book by CHRONICLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
The latest in the Caterpillar series, this book contains big puzzle pieces in the pages that pop out to assemble into a picture of a big dump truck. Kids can flip the pieces over to assemble a play mat that's perfect for children to use with their own toy trucks and machines. It's two puzzles in one for twice the fun. ( Watch Video) 12/29/2005 (MSRP: $9.95; Age: 2 to 5)
The First Years Bumble Bee Wiggles by LEARNING CURVE
The Bumble Bee’s motion encourages baby to follow, building upper body strength needed for crawling. Its bright patterns and multiple textures and crinkle offer both visual and auditory stimulation. ( Watch Video) 1/6/2006 (Age: 0 and Up)