October 2009 | Vol. VIII - No. 10
|“I’m pleasantly surprised at how many small retailers are at such a big show.” — Kathy Link, Imagination Creations|
The Safe Sippy2 by KID BASIX LLC
This 11-oz., two-in-one sippy to straw bottle is equipped with a stainless steel body, a thermo plastic rubber sleeve for insulation and grip, a straw-shaped spout to support physical and speech development, removable handles, a tapered waist with ribbing, a dust cap, a travel plug to prevent leakage, and a straw and straw adaptor to easily convert the Safe Sippy2 as a child grows. 10/12/2009
ReUsables by DANDELION
Dandelion’s ReUsables are made from a formula derived primarily of corn-based bioplastic. The ReUsables include divided plates, bowls and utensils for toddlers. Each ReUsable is durable and lightweight for use at home or on-the go. Designed with ease-of-use in mind, the divided plate keeps foods separate, the bowl has deep sides to reduce spills, and the utensils are ergonomically designed for baby’s tiny hands. Plates and bowls are sold in packs of two. The utensil pack comes with four spoons and four forks. "Dandelion’s line of ReUsable tableware is made primarily from renewable and sustainable corn-based bioplastic, which is free of bisphenol A and phthalates, and offers an inspired alternative to conventional plastic," Anthony Pinkett, account executive for Productivity PR, told TDmonthly. The line received an iParenting Media Best Product for 2009 Award and the PTPA Media Seal of Approval. Launch date: April 15, 2009. 6/11/2009 (MSRP: $7.99; Age: All Ages)
Kid Kanteen™ Classic Sippy - Indicator Red by KLEAN KANTEEN
Made of food-grade stainless steel, this 12-fl.-oz. sippy cup features a cap and spout constructed from BPA-free polypropylene, has a large mouth for simple cleaning and to hold ice cubes, and is 100-percent recyclable. It is available in seven colors, plus natural Sport. 10/12/2009 (MSRP: $17.95)
Ferret Puppet by FOLKMANIS INC.
Kids can slip their hand through the opening of this soft, slinky ferret puppet's chest to work his mouth. There's an additional rear pocket for extra wriggling. Launch date: August 4, 2009.
Awards: A TDmonthly Classics Award for being an all-time favorite toy.
— As of 7/21/2011 this product had 4.8 out of 5 stars from 4 review on Amazon.com.
— In late Spring 2011, eight out of 15 retailers surveyed said that puppets from Folkmanis were best-sellers in the category. "They have all kinds, and people can get odd things, like a ferret," Lisa LeStrange, owner of Lucky Duck Toys in Wayne, Pa., told TDmonthly. She sells 10-15 Folkmanis puppets each month. 6/29/2009 (MSRP: $29.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash by EARTH MAMA ANGEL BABY
This clinically tested castile soap is made with pure, organic ingredients and is free from phthalates, artificial preservatives and synthetic surfactants. It comes in three sizes: 50 ml, 160 ml (shown) and 1 liter. 10/12/2009 (MSRP: $10.95)
Little Auto by HAPE
Little Autos are child-sized vehicles made of maple with natural wood wheels painted with a vibrant burst of color and sweet graphics. They are available in four colors: lime green, blue, red and yellow, and accented with one of two whimsical patterns: checkers or blossoms. Little Autos are an "exceptional value for a modern, wood vehicle. This is available in a display with 8 autos in 4 colors," Robin Lehnert, marketing manager for Hape Intl., told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2009. 6/29/2009 (MSRP: $4.99; Age: 0 to 3)
Mermaid Set by IMAGINATION CREATIONS INC.
This light blue mermaid set features a two-piece swimsuit and mermaid fins. ( Watch Video) 10/12/2009
Jr. Train Engineer by AEROMAX INC.
Every little “Casey Jones” will love the chance to take the controls wearing this great Jr. Train Engineer gear. The durable “poly/cotton” fabric is comfortable and long-wearing. This outfit includes the matching engineer’s cap, matching leather-feel gloves (not with 18 month) and red bandana. Also available in small and large adult sizes ($63.95) and infant size (18 mos, $33.95, gloves not included). 9/15/2009 (MSRP: $43.95; Age: 2 to 14)
Rainbow Pack by WIKKI STIX
With 24 sticks in a rainbow of colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple), kids can construct shapes and figures without the use of glue or other materials. Each Wikki Stix is 8” long.
- Sallie Kashiwa, owner of Timbuk Toys in Denver, told TDmonthly in late summer 2009 that her store sells about 80 Wikki Stix sets per month.
— Wikki Stix have been consistent best sellers for the last two years at The Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too in Louisville, Ky., Owner Kimberly Kopatz told TDmonthly in fall 2009. 9/30/2009 (MSRP: $3.25)