April 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 4
|“[We want to] raise a generation who grow up with our products and know science.” — Rachael Norman, Norman & Globus|
Pumpkin by ESTIA HOLZSPIELWAREN
This hard-carved piece of fruit is one in a new collection of fruits and vegetables that are first put on a drexel machine for one minute and then require approximately ten minutes of expert hand carving per piece. ( Watch Video) 3/31/2008 (MSRP: $5.00)
Pohaku™ by SCIENCE WIZ / NORMAN & GLOBUS INC.
Pohaku is a set of games and puzzles with only one rule. Different variations of each game can be played, making the game challenging for players of all ages and skill levels. The set includes a 40 page color rulebook, stones, a sliding puzzle tray and scorecards. ( Watch Video) 3/17/2008 (MSRP: $19.95; Age: 8 and Up)
TimberKits – The Pianist by MK AND COMPANY
Kids can assemble the pieces in this rubber-wood kit and then, thanks to the toy’s mechanical capabilities, watch the piano player perform. 2/26/2008
Math Maze Starter Set by MATH MAZE USA
Math Maze makes learning fun for the whole family by providing a platform to practice multiple skills and strategies in an exciting gaming environment. Kids can play by themselves or with their parents or friends. The cards are printed in both Spanish and English, and the Starter Game helps learners master the basic mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers. Math Maze "is a fast-moving, fun game that takes the win or lose theme out of play. It allows family and class members to help each other learn," R.C. Glymph of Math Maze USA told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 1, 2008. ( Watch Video) 2/29/2008 (MSRP: $14.95; Age: 5 and Up)
ScienceWiz™ Cool Circuits by SCIENCE WIZ / NORMAN & GLOBUS INC.
Part of a line of ScienceWiz Thinking Games, this puzzle game created by Harry L. Nelson and Hiroshi Yamamoto provides 40 challenges at different skill levels. Players put a puzzle card down and solve the puzzle by making sure all the pieces are looped together, at which time the board will light up with the solution.
( Watch Video) 3/31/2008
Bakery Wooden Peg Puzzle by LEE BROTHERS TOYS
This high quality wooden puzzle is constructed of solid wood, and thicker than the industry average. The puzzle pieces include colorful bakery themed images directly silk screened to the pieces with names of the pieces underneath them. Educational and fun, it is a safe product at a great value. 3/12/2008 (MSRP: $9.99)
Uberdart by A&J SUPPLIERS
This giant flying foam toy can be thrown in 12 different ways and flies up to 200'. The Uberdart is soft and light, making it easy to catch and throw, and may be used for group games and family fun activities. It is ASTM safety tested for ages 6 and up. Launch date: March 2007.
— Two of 47 retailers named Uberdarts as their best seller for boys in June 2009.
— In March 2010, TDmonthly surveyed 37 specialty retailers about their top-selling outdoor toy. Sheryl Guidera, owner of Kaleidoscope the Parent Teacher Store in Capitola, Calif., said, “There is no question, it's the Uberdart. Absolutely the best.”
Past videos: WTHRA 2008 ( Watch Video) 3/12/2008 (MSRP: $10.00; Age: 6 and Up)
Aqua Yackle by TTALF "TOYS" CORPORATION
This water-proof, x-shaped ball is perfect for the pool or beach. There are lots of fun and exciting games for the whole family, and it comes with a floating goal to enhance game play. Launch date: June 2008. 1/11/2007 (Age: 5 and Up)
Set Cubed by SET ENTERPRISES INC.
This "curious game of clever connections" challenges two to four players to compare and identify SETs on the dice with those on the board, scoring as many points as possible by making SETs up, down and across the game board. Playing time is 30 to 45 minutes. Launch date: April 2008. ( Watch Video) 2/21/2008 (Age: 8 and Up)
Sun Moon Star Activity Drum by JAMTOWN, LLC
Surprise your friends with a novel new instrument and a JAMTOWN formula for making music. Start with three drums in one, decorated in bright sun, moon and star designs. A colorful guide walks one or two players through a foolproof way to create jammin’ rhythms that bring smiles to faces young and old. It’s as easy as saying, “Sun. Sun. Moon. Star. Moon.” It’s fun and easy to demo in your store. It comes complete with guide and two sticks for duets. It can hang on a peg for retail display. ( Watch Video) 2/9/2006 (MSRP: $19.95)