April 2010 | Vol. IX - No. 4
Reptangles: Turtles That Snap by FAT BRAIN TOY CO.
Each box set contains 24 Reptangles in green, yellow, orange, red, purple and blue that can be snapped and slid together in more than 100 ways. The turtles connect at various angles and come with an activity book with 40+ puzzles to encourage kids to think about geometric concepts and design as they build.
Awards: Parent's Choice Award 2010. Launch date: 2010. ( Watch Video) 4/15/2010 (Age: 6 and Up)
Big Bang Rocket by CAN YOU IMAGINE
The Big Bang Rocket is a "green" toy that recycles old newspapers to operate. Lindy Borkin, marketing manager at Can You Imagine, told TDmonthly. "Remember 'caps'? They used to be the only way to create a big bang. Well this is better, safer AND it recycles old newspaper," she said. Launch date: March 2010.
— “Everyone likes it. They buy one for their kid, then they come back and buy one for a birthday present," John Blair, owner of Science Safari in Cary, N.C., told TDmonthly in April 2010. His store was already selling its second dozen of the rocket since ordering at Toy Fair in February. 4/14/2010 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 6 and Up)
Friendship Bracelet Maker by CROREY CREATIONS
Designed to make it easier and convenient to create colorful friendship bracelets, the Friendship Bracelet Maker features an adjustable butterfly clip to hold the top of the bracelet during construction, as well as a holder to keep all the strings in place. It's travel-ready, with a pull-out drawer for string storage and instructions, and comes with 56 threads in 14 colors. Launch date: Fall 2009.
Awards: Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Products 2010
Past videos: Product Demonstration ( Watch Video) 7/16/2009 (MSRP: $24.95; Age: 6 and Up)
OLLO Action Kit by ROBOTIS
This robot construction kit includes pieces for children to make animals and figures that move via a one-geared motor. ( Watch Video) 3/30/2010 (MSRP: $29.90; Age: 8 and Up)
Eco-friendly Stainless Steel Drinking Bottles by I.D. GEAR INC.
Free of BPA and phthalates, these stainless steel drinking bottles features colorful, attached caps, clips for attaching to a bag, and a wrap-grip personalized for the child. Designs in more than 100 names are available. 4/15/2010
The Big Bag of Science by BE AMAZING!
With more than 60 activities, this set can serve as a great introduction to the wonders of science. It allows kids to set up their own science lab and investigate activities in chemistry, physics, biology, geology, weather, magnets and electricity. Activities include Insta-Snow , the Geyser Tube (Mentos and diet soda geyser), Water Gel, Gravity Goo, Windbags, Twister Tube and more. "We have billed it as “the best of Be Amazing!” since it contains many of our signature science activities," Renee Whitney, president of Be Amazing Toys, told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 2010. 4/15/2010 (MSRP: $39.99; Age: 8 and Up)
KizPal Jessie by KIZ TOYS
Jessie comes packaged with a USB key that provides access to Hub City and to Nuna, a magical, natural forest off the mainland in KizPlanet. Jessie is the steward of the "green" island of Nuna. She loves nature and animals, doesn't mind getting dirty, and is a mix of a tomboy spirit and a compassionate nature. With Nuna KizPals Jessie or Takoda, kids gain additional interaction points in Nuna and Hub City, unique areas for their avatar to check out, and new quests, games and adventures. Launch date: 2010. ( Watch Video) 4/14/2010 (MSRP: $24.99)
Picnic Pal Finger Puppet by APPLE PARK LLC
Made of organic materials, the Picnic Pal Finger Puppets are individually boxed and include Ducky, Lamby, Bunny, Cubby and Monkey. Launch date: May 2010. 4/19/2010 (MSRP: $9.00)