March 2006 | Vol. V - No. 3
Mindstorms NXT by LEGO
For kids who have tired of swatting at gnats and mites, this new robotics construction set will give them something bigger to aim at. Kids can build a variety of critters, including a robotic bug. The bug will back off if it gets too close to an object or, if it feels threatened, it will reach out and “sting” the intruder.
This robotics toolset includes a “Quick Start” guide to build and program a robot in 30 minutes. Mindstorms uses “intelligent brick” and light, sound, motion and touch sensors. This product is blue-tooth wireless technology capable. LEGO Mindstorms NXT won first prize in the category “Technical Innovation” at the international Nürnberg toy fair in Münich. Launch date: 2006.
— "LEGO, if I can get them, but that's a whole other story," said David Campbell, owner of Amazing Toys in Great Falls, Mont., when discussing upcoming holiday 2007 hot sellers for young boys.
— "We're the best ones to sell it for LEGO,” Campbell added. “I can steer people toward Mindstorms in my store, and I can steer them away from Mindstorms [if they] shouldn't have it. Walmart.com doesn't talk to people."
— Seven of 54 retailers said that despite the availability of LEGO in the mass market, it will still sell in specialty stores during the holidays. ( Watch Video) 2/28/2006 (MSRP: $249.99; Age: 10 and Up)
Snappy by GOODREAU DOLL LLC
Snappy is an 8" manufactured artist design doll that you can build yourself. She has removable legs, arms, head and wig that snaps together easily. She comes in six standard colors and special holiday colors, so the more you collect, the more varieties you can build. She also has many clothes and accessories that are easy to use. Launch date: May 2006. 2/28/2006 (MSRP: $20.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Krypt Kiddies: Flash by UHL HOUSE
Designed by a wholesome husband-and-wife team, Flash and his coven of creepy brothers and sisters canít quite disguise their underlying lovability. The tale of Darktown is true. When a person departs the earth with pent-up mischief, his unleashed evil essence may remain. If all nature is in alliance, he will be brought back into the world. Presenting the evil reborn ... Krypt Kiddies. Flash is one of the many "cuter than hell" collectible dolls from the UHL house. Dressed in a baby blue jumper, his eyes glow in the dark and he comes with a demon skull rattle and birth certificate. TO BUY THIS: TDmonthly still has the sample for this product, which it reviewed a few years ago. You can buy it for $49 plus shipping. Call 310-979-4330 and ask for the publisher. 12/9/2005 (Age: 18 and Up)
Monster Under My Bed by FUNDEX GAMES
This is a perfect game for kids who like to be grossed out. Kids are afraid of the monsters under their beds, but they should also be afraid of other gross and gooey things that sometimes get stashed there … such as dirty diapers. In this yucky-fun game, kids have to pick nasty things out from under the bed without disturbing the monster, or else they lose! "I think the kids will absolutely love it!" Ricki Block, owner of Ariel’s Child in New Windsor, N.Y., enthused to TDmonthly Magazine. Right after Toy Fair, buyers from Tree Top Kids in Washington, D.C., were also eagerly anticipating this new game's release. The game won a Toy of the Year Award from Family Fun Magazine in 2006. 2/24/2006 (MSRP: $29.95; Age: 4 and Up)
NONO Dolls - Les by GOODREAU DOLL LLC
These offbeat new cloth dolls with a cool humorous twist are each tagged with a description that acknowledges the doll’s struggles and celebrates their differences. NONO Les likes wearing a dress but is no less of a man. NONO Dolls are just one of the products in a very diverse line designed by Goodreau Doll LLC. The company offers a variety of lines that are for fun, or are fun to play with. NONO has branched out to clothing, stationery and other products. The quirky collectible NONO dolls have been adopted by none other than that classic play doll, Ginny, by Vogue Dolls. VIEW ARTICLE 12/29/2005 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 13 and Up)
KOOTIKOOTI by STIKFAS/SAIZON
Tiddlywinks go designer. KOOTIKOOTI is an addictive, strategic interactive game that is played with 2.5” flexible rubber game pieces. Using a finger to nudge or flip their KOOTIKOOTI, 2 or more players take turns, using their skill and judgment to try and ‘pin down’ their opponents KOOTIKOOTI to win the round. Series 1 comprises 50 unique designed colorful game pieces for kids to collect and trade. KOOTIKOOTI will be available in January 2006. 12/9/2005 (MSRP: $3.45; Age: 6 and Up)
Toilet Buddies Ca Ca Cow by JECKIDA INC.
Toilet Buddies Toilet Bowl Attachments help create early awareness of the toilet bowl, reduce fear and anxiety, and make toilet training a fun and positive experience. Designs include Gatago Giraffe, Poo P. Bunny, Puddles Puppy and Ca Ca Cow. Each character’s friendly head is displayed on the toilet’s tank. The animal’s feet and other features adorn the rest of the toilet. Ca Ca Cow gives going to the head a whole new meaning. She and her buds are great for those way past toilet-training, too. ( Watch Video) 12/15/2005 (MSRP: $14.99)
Needies by CODEPENDENT DESIGNS
Needies are interactive plush dolls inspired by codependent, high-maintenance relationships. Totally attention-starved, they compete with each other for human affection — or "getting touch", as they like to say. When you give Needies touch (by hugging and squeezing them), they will return your kindness with songs and shameless flattery. But remember that Needies always know when other Needies are getting touch! If one Needie is getting touch while others are neglected, the unloved Needies will conspire to take its place. These huggable dolls with built-in mp3 players and touch-sensitivity offer a hilariously playful spin on the complex, demanding relationships every teen knows all too well. Best of all, because Needies communicate with each other, fans of the toys will want them all. Needies are new for 2006. 12/15/2005