June 2009 | Vol. VIII - No. 6
|“We’ve seen some customers start out as kids, then come in as boyfriend and girlfriend.” — Linda Tsukamoto, Puzzle Zoo|
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Fea Bea™ by PRETTY UGLY LLC
Fea Bea: The Ugly Stick. Ugly Sticks are sort of the perfect sidekicks to have with you at all times in the Uglyverse. They are there for you. Feeling sad? Ugly Sticks will knock that right out of you. Happy now? No, wait ... feeling really ugly? Good! Ugly means unique! Anyone can retouch a photo to look beautiful, but you can't fake ugly. Launch date: March 2009. ( Watch Video) 3/12/2009 (MSRP: $20.00; Age: All Ages)
Yomiko Classics - Cow by RUSS BERRIE
This cute little Yomiko Classics Cow stands 12" high. ( Watch Video) 5/5/2009 (MSRP: $12.00)
Domo - Medium by JAKKS PACIFIC INC.
This Domo is not too small and not too big... he's just right. Confide in him, play with him, listen to him - he's the perfect everyday companion. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009 (MSRP: $16.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Kookeys - Lion by 10VOX ENTERTAINMENT INC.
This lion's king of the jungle, both online and off. While he seems to be an adorable, snuggly plush animal, he also has a secret code that allows kids to access the Kookeys website for fun and educational games. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Sammy Woodchuck by ANNA CHAMBERS
The follow-up to Anna Chambers' Lucy Owl, each twin brother and sister Woodchuck is limited to 400 pieces.Suzy (Orange) is friendly, and loves to sleep in. She's a lazy one, and loves to dream.
Sammy (Blue) is fast, and loves to climb trees. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009 (MSRP: $29.99)
Shining Stars Alligator by RUSS BERRIE
This 8" long Shining Stars Alligator is more than a cuddly plush. He comes with a code that allows kids to go online and play educational games. In addition, they can sign up for their own star on the National Star Registry. ( Watch Video) 5/5/2009 (MSRP: $15.00)
Plush Internal Organs Set - Heart, Lungs, Liver and Kidney by I HEART GUTS
This entire guts set can be yours to cuddle or to give away (donate organs without having surgery). It includes a heart (6" x 8.5"), lungs (9" x 9"), a liver (8" x 6.5") and a kidney (5" x 6.5"). It is made in China. ( Watch Video) 12/13/2007 (MSRP: $67.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Ernie by GUND INC.
Ernie, one of the most playful characters on Sesame Street is an 11" character with his trademark jeans and striped jersey, red sneakers, and a big wide smile. Launch date: December 2002. ( Watch Video) 4/27/2009 (MSRP: $16.00; Age: 0 and Up)
Cookie Cutters Pig by GANZ
This floppy pig is super soft and cuddly. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009 (MSRP: $18.95)
GUNDFun's Arnold the Snoring Pig™ by GUND INC.
Kids can go hog-wild with Arnold the Snoring Pig, a cute, quirky companion sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. Arnold’s oversized snout, curly pink tail and sleepy expression make him a cheerful gift for animal lovers of all ages. Press Arnold’s hoof and the 16” snuggly swine comes to life, moving his ears, mouth and body as he happily snores the day away. Arnold includes 3 AA batteries. “Like all GUNDFun characters, Arnold stands apart from other animated plush because of the quality of his design – his movements are impressively fluid, and he is still a soft, huggable companion,” GUND Marketing & Licensing Manager Shallu Chhabra told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2007.
Past Videos: Puzzle Zoo Video ( Watch Video) 2/27/2007 (MSRP: $36.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Curious George in Pajamas by RUSS BERRIE
George stands 12" tall in his striped pajamas. Like any little boy, he needs his own teddy to get a good night's sleep. ( Watch Video) 5/5/2009 (MSRP: $15.00)
Broken Heart Doll - Susiee by BROKEN HEART DOLLS
Broken Heart Dolls are soft, plush dolls that are in the shape of hearts. Each character has a story and a fun fact. Susiee's story reads: "Why was life such a struggle? Would Susiee never find love? She tried putting on a happy face but negativity followed her everywhere. Luckily she had enough black eyeliner, black polish, black fishnets, black boots and black hair dye to cheer her up - at least temporarily." Her fun fact states: "Once wore pink and tried out for cheerleading as a joke." This Broken Heart Doll is 7" high and very plump. ( Watch Video) 11/3/2008
Simply Natural - Elephant by RUSS BERRIE
Going green takes a whole new hands-on approach with new Simply Natural plush. Made using 100% all natural cotton, 100% recycled paper hangtag and vegetable dyes for coloring, what could be more eco-friendly... or fun! The Elephant is 7" tall. ( Watch Video) 5/5/2009 (MSRP: $8.00)
Webkinz - Pink Googles by GANZ
This super-soft plush toy comes with a code that gives kids access to an online world of fun and games. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009 (MSRP: $14.99)
Beanie Baby - Kicks the Bear by TY INC.
The world cup is his dream. Kicks the bear is the best on his team. He hopes that one day he'll be the pick. First he needs to improve his kick. THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN RETIRED. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009
BB2.0 - Maiden by TY INC.
One of the Beanie Babies 2.0, this ladylike plush ladybug comes with a secret code that lets kids play games on the web. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009
Ty Girlz - Totally Trish by TY INC.
Trish's purple hair can be styled with her own little comb. She's posable and flexible — she can even wander onto the web, thanks to a secret code that lets little girls access an online Ty Girlz world. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009
Groovy Girls - Lakinzie by MANHATTAN TOY
Glamorous all around, Lakinzie is ready to take on anything. Stylin' in pink, purple and green, her outfit features: purple shoes, pink polka dot orange tights, a cute shiny patterned dress accented with lime green fur and beautiful bright highlighted blonde hair.
— Manhattan Toy’s products were listed as best sellers in spring 2009 by Steve Melody, owner of Melody’s Choices in Fayetteville, Ark. “Groovy Girls make up a good portion of the sales here, but the line offers much more,” he said. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009 (MSRP: $20.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Mademoiselle Rose by COROLLE DOLLS
Mademoiselle Rose makes a perfectly snuggly first companion for Baby. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009 (Age: 0 and Up)
Groovy Girls Luckie by MANHATTAN TOY
Perfectly playful, the Groovy Girls sensational pets have many lives - in person and online. This sweet 5" long dog is dressed in its party best and comes with an exclusive web-access code to unlock virtual fun and games. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009 (MSRP: $12.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Oball Stranz Football by RHINO TOYS INC.
The Oball Stranz Football is made with yards of soft strands and may be used for any indoor or outdoor tossing activity. Just like the original Oball, it can be crushed, stomped or kicked, and it bounces right back to a perfectly formed sphere. It's an all-around ball that is designed to be soft, durable and super catchable. Launch date: August 2008. ( Watch Video) 4/28/2009 (MSRP: $8.99; Age: 1 and Up)
VikingToys Cute Cars Mom & Baby Assortment by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC
The VikingToys Cute Cars Mom & Baby Assortment feature cute big "Mom" and small "Baby" car sets in four different themes: Frog, Pig, Cat and Bear. Featuring new colors, VikingToys are sized just right for little hands, and their smooth, soft edges are safe for teething toddlers. "VikingToys Cute Cars are designed to be safe for young children to mouth. They are sanitary, allowing for top dishwasher rack cleaning. Additionally, they are made of soft, pliable plastic with smooth, round forms," Nicole Tiedemann, PR account executive for International Playthings, told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 15, 2009. ( Watch Video) 2/27/2009 (MSRP: $12.99; Age: 1 and Up)
Lamaze - Kerry the Fairy by LEARNING CURVE
Kerry the Fairy will flutter anywhere ..her portable clip means take-along fun "on the fly". This plush toy's interactive features include a multi-colored rattle and crinkle wings for endless discovery play. High-contrast patterns stimulate vision. Perfect for baby's first doll. ( Watch Video) 5/6/2009 (MSRP: $13.99; Age: 0 to 2)
Tolo First Friends - Lamb by SMALL WORLD TOYS
Tolo First Friends Lamb has a movable head and squeaky legs. ( Watch Video) 5/7/2009 (MSRP: $7.99; Age: 0 to 2)
Rubbabu by RUBBABU
Made of rubber and covered with colorful flocking, these fun, easy to handle activity vehicles are as durable as they are soft. Available in micro, mini and large sizes and an assortment of colors – collect them all. (Product was formerly dist. by PlaSmart)
Past Videos: ABC Kids Expo 2008 ( Watch Video) 10/2/2007 (Age: 2 and Up)
Switch Pitch by HOBERMAN DESIGNS INC.
Toss it in the air and watch the colors magically flip! Handheld, magical color-flipping balls make a fun, portable toy. Collect all four cool color combinations. Toss just one or try to juggle with three. ( Watch Video) 5/7/2009 (Age: 4 and Up)
Rodeo Bull by SCHLEICH NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Part of the Farm Life series, this Rodeo Bull is ready to buck. He measures 14.3 x 6.9 x 6.8 cm.
— Schleich’s small animal figures are consistent best sellers at Melody’s Choices in Fayetteville, Ark., as reported by Owner Steve Melody in April 2009. ( Watch Video) 5/7/2009 (MSRP: $5.49)
Kuromi by SANRIO
This 8" plush Kuromi is ready to charm, with her exciting new polka dot hood with pink accents and pompoms. ( Watch Video) 4/30/2009 (MSRP: $15.00; Age: 6 and Up)
Toy demonstration by Lizette Orozco. Direction and videography by Alison Marek. Editing by Osvaldo Cuevas. Hairbrush "microphone handle" provided by Herdoos: Cheerleader Funky Folks ™ Gift Set