August 2007 | Vol. VI - No. 8
|“Dogs have become really popular … overtaken any other animal.” — Jackie Keyes, Over the Moon|
Cozy Animal Cushion: Nighttime Tooth Fairy Owl by ZID ZID KIDS
This soft cushion is the safest place to tuck in a newly lost tooth for the Tooth Fairy to find. Soft brushed cotton flannel, high-quality embroidery and a clever one-of-a-kind pocket make this owl truly special. Julie Klear, co-founder and creative director of Zid Zid Kids, told TDmonthly her company’s product line is designed and crafted in Marrakech, Morocco, with local fabrics. “We blend our artist hand with the century-old craft traditions [of] Morocco. Our designs are seen as somewhat extraordinary in terms of design and craftsmanship,” she said. Launch date: Holiday 2006. 7/3/2007 (MSRP: $38.00; Age: 6 and Up)
Lanky Cats - Ziggy by MANHATTAN TOY
The big, curious, yellow eyes stand out on this loveable 14.5" plush kitty. His understuffed, extra-long body makes him incredibly poseable and huggable, too. He's made out of a silky, soft fabric that simply begs to be petted. Ziggy's friends in the Lanky Cat line include Iggy and Moe.
— "It's crazy. I don't know what it is. It's like an addiction," said Jude Larene, co-owner of Izilla Toys in Seattle, about the Lanky Cat craze that has hit his store. 6/14/2007 (MSRP: $10.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Jellybeanies - Strawberry Bear Sammy by TOMORROW INC.
Strawberry Bear is one of eight candy-colored plush animals with a patent-pending scent release feature. The fragrance is designed to last up to 24 months. Each character includes a unique story and a special alphanumeric code to access a customized online environment where children can interact with their toy and make new friends. “It’s a consumer promoted, advertised line that’s sold exclusively outside of Top 3 Mass Customers,” Chief Marketing Officer Jim Huntley of Tomorrow Incorporated told TDmonthly. He also said that scent “rose to the top” of the preferred list in a study of 10 features among 500 6- to 12-year-old girls. Launch date: July 1, 2007. 6/8/2007 (MSRP: $13.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Dog House With 5 Dogs by UNIPAK DESIGNS
A unique combination for lovers of dogs and plush, the Dog House contains five plush dogs in an equally plush house. Each dog has its own door to peak out of in the light brown and cream colored house that also comes with a handle. It's decorated with paw prints and dog bones. The five stuffed dogs include a Dalmatian, Poodle, Rottweiler, Cocker Spaniel and Labrador. The entire set measures 6" x 7" x 12" and weighs 2 lbs.
— "I'm also selling quite a lot from Unipak Designs. They have these barns and houses that generally have five stuffed animals sticking out. I sell a number of those. They have a dog house, a cat house, and so on," said Scott Loveless, owner of Toys That Teach in Bothell, Wash. 6/14/2007 (MSRP: $10.00; Age: 3 and Up)
BabyPookies - Mina by POOKI & CO.
BabyPookies are soft and colorful plush items that come packaged in a little box that includes the story of the character’s birth. Mina, for example, came out of a glass sphere that looked like a giant space green pea. She measures 5” tall by 2.75” wide. This gift is ideal for both children and adults. The collectible line includes seven characters. This product offers “lots of detail work on the plush and a beautiful[ly] designed box,” Sales Director Gail Collins told TDmonthly. Launch date: Fall 2006 (first four characters); Spring 2007 (three new characters). 4/18/2007 (MSRP: $12.00; Age: All Ages)
Baby Puppet by MELISSA & DOUG
The full body Baby Puppet is a perfect pretend pal. The cute character is easily animated with a working mouth. It's fun to play with and sure to inspire the imagination of kids, adults and drama departments alike. All Melissa & Doug people puppets have removable clothing and include a hand-operating rod. The Baby is constructed with super-soft quality fleece, measures 4" x 8" x 18" and weighs 11.2 oz.
— "We sell quite a few puppets from Melissa & Doug," said Char Mcaulay, manager of Toy Town in Casper, Wyo., when she talked to TDmonthly about store sales in the spring of 2007. 6/14/2007 (MSRP: $20.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Bunglies Mutt by JELLYCAT
This 15" plush mutt will be a best buddy for kids and adults. It has soft fur, floppy ears and cool spots. Sophisticated, quirky and irresistibly soft, sweet meets hip with the unique and quirky designs of Jellycat. They're delightful to give and precious to hold for a long time. With more than 180 London designs to choose from, the Jellycat collection is a one-stop specialty gift and toy resource. The Bunglies Mutt is surface washable, too.
— "For plush, it's Jellycat," said Cindy Nelson, owner of Skylark Co. in Duluth, Minn., when asked by TDmonthly about hot sellers in the spring of 2007. 6/14/2007 (MSRP: $21.95)
Dusk, the Sitting Wolf by DOUGLAS CUDDLE TOYS
This 10" sitting wolf is part of the growing collection of Douglas wildlife plush that also includes Hillary the Hedgehog, Night the Black Bear, Arthur the Armadillo and many more fascinating species with adorable names.
— "Wildlife toys by Douglas. We're close to the mountains here so people want to go home with something that looks like it's from the mountains," said Joel Hardy, owner of Magpie Toys in Red Lodge, Mont., about plush items customers are buying in his store. 6/14/2007 (MSRP: $14.00)
Miss Marilyn Sak by DOUGLAS CUDDLE TOYS
Miss Marilyn Sak is dot darling in the sassiest shades of pink polka dots accenting a black background. The hot-pink quilted flap is trimmed with a white ruffle sprinkled with even more speckles. The double-handled bag holds Spec, the Dalmatian puppy. The Sassy Pet Sak collection continues to grow and suit the demands of today's style conscience fashionistas, as Miss Marilyn is joined in the line by such favorites as Margarita Lime and Denim Hobo. There are 11 styles to choose from. Launch date: Spring 2006.
— "We also sell the purses with the plush animals from Douglas — the Sassy Saks," said Mary Sisson, owner of Kazoodles in Vancouver, Wash., when asked about hot sellers in the spring of 2007. 6/14/2007 (MSRP: $22.00; Age: 3 to 9)
Shining Stars™ Christmas Plush - Penguin by RUSS BERRIE
The Shining Stars Christmas collection includes this adorable penguin, a reindeer and a snowman. When kids purchase a Shining Stars friend, they can log onto the Shining Stars website and use the secret code inside the plush’s hangtag to register and name a star with the International Star Registry. Children can print a star certificate that gives the exact location of the star, and the site also offers fun games and activities. Launch date: October 15, 2007. 6/25/2007 (MSRP: $15.00; Age: All Ages)
14" Plush T-Shirt Bear by HAYES SPECIALTIES CORP.
This adorable bear stands 14” tall and is filled with soft polyester. The bear wears a striped T-shirt that is available in two varieties: red and black or blue and black. Wholesale purchases are available for as low as $1.60 per bear in a case of 30. Launch date: June 1, 2007. 6/25/2007 (MSRP: $9.99; Age: 5 and Up)
Co-edikit® 8" Plush – "Don't Make Me Kick You" and "Here I Am! What Were Your Other 2 Wishes?" by FIESTA
These characters are two of eight 8” plush in a line created by artist and humorist Cheryl Caldwell. The characters serve as a personal guide on how to Live Out Loud™, and are great to play with or set on a computer or desk. They feature witty phrases and graphics that make light of everyday life, girl talk, romance and office chat. Launch date: mid-2007. ( Watch Video) 6/13/2007 (MSRP: $8.00; Age: 5 and Up)
Plush Walking Horse by B&F GIFTS CO., LTD
Children can ride on this plush horse, holding the handles and trampling the footplates. It can move forward and slightly turn left or right. Different sizes and designs are available. 6/13/2007 (MSRP: $39.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Roly Poly Friends by THE CHILDREN'S FACTORY
The 8"-tall Roly Poly has a chime inside. Two skin tones are available, and the product is machine washable and dryable. 6/27/2007 (MSRP: $17.95)
Tickled Pink and Blue Beary by FIRST & MAIN INC.
This adorable teddy bear is accented with polka-dot ribbons. It is available in pink and blue for baby girls and baby boys, respectively. Launch date: September 1, 2007. 6/25/2007 (MSRP: $10.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Annekatrin Melan Limited Edition Collection – Anteater "Tamandua" by KÖSEN USA, Inc.
This anteater is handcrafted in Germany with special emphasis on naturalistic appearance and excellent quality. It is optimally designed with the utmost in children’s play requirements in mind. As a limited edition of 500 units, it also appeals as a collectible for all ages. It has a long flexible and extractable tongue, and its silky fur is made of golden yellow alpaca wool. This anteater is 15.4” long and comes with a wooden display box and a certificate. “The life-like appearance and top-quality craftsmanship,” set this plush product apart from others, Sales Manager Sybille Hartmann of Koesen USA told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2007. 6/25/2007 (MSRP: $242.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Hopscotch Gang by MARY MEYER CORP.
The Hopscotch Gang is a new collection of eight 10”-tall whimsical characters with soft, low-pile fabric and fresh, distinctive, sculpted features. The collection includes a frog, elephant, moose, hound, giraffe, turtle, horse and penguin. Launch date: May 2007. 6/25/2007 (MSRP: $9.00; Age: 0 and Up)
Chantilly Lane® Senior Moments™ Guys by PBC INTERNATIONAL INC.
These musical and animated gray chenille bears wear vests that "bear" sentiments of old age. Their heads sway and their mouths move while they sing "When I'm 64." The MSRP is between $19.99 and $24.99. Launch date: March 2004. 6/25/2007 (Age: 8 and Up)
iBedoo by sigikid
With the brand-new iBedoo line, sigikid has taken the traditional music box to the next level: Just put your iPod into the little pouch on the back of the iBedoo, and play your favorite lullabies, downloaded from sigikid's iBedoo website. The iBedoo music box is part of an entire collection of snugglies, squeakers and grasp toys, in fun colors and unique designs. 6/19/2007
Ace Berriman by THE BOYDS COLLECTION
Ace Berriman isn't one to bluff. This 16" plush fur teddy bear with poly stuffing is a true-blue card playing kind of bear, with a poker face and all. This gold chenille fella wears his lucky poker outfit with a visor and red vest, and he's holding all the cards in this game. Think Ace has a full house? He's poseable, so you can have him holding any hand you want. Launch date: Spring 2007.
— "We have Boyds," said Debbie Hough, buyer for Hartville Collectibles in Hartville, Ohio, when asked by TDmonthly about the best-selling plush in her store. 6/14/2007 (MSRP: $38.99)
Rat "Rosine" by KÖSEN USA, Inc.
This plush animal is handcrafted in Germany with special emphasis on naturalistic appearance and excellent quality. It fulfills the demands of collectors and enthusiasts who ask for plush toys to be produced with selected natural materials. It is optimally designed to give children an understanding of shy animals that are difficult to observe in the wild as they conceal themselves from humans. When these animals are in soft toy form, children can come to like them while including them in their play. The rat is made of mohair wool. It won a 2006 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine. Launch date: 2006. 4/18/2007 (MSRP: $71.88; Age: 3 and Up)