September 2010 | Vol. IX - No. 9
Lockrobots 30-Piece Medium Bucket by LOCKROBOTS
Lockrobots are brightly hued interlocking plastic robot-shaped blocks designed for building, stacking, balancing and creating puzzles. Made in the USA, the Lockrobot 30-Piece Medium Bucket includes six each of green, red, yellow, blue and orange Lockrobots.
— Brandi of Living Solo Gratia tried Lockrobots with her kids, who “had a ball playing with these little guys,” stacking the Lockrobots and making pyramids. However, Brandi recommended buying a larger Lockrobots set: “The 15-piece set is fun but we would have been able to be more creative with a larger set.” 8/6/2010 (MSRP: $21.00)
Krazy Kars: Light Up Marble Racers – Cat's Eye by SKULLDUGGERY
Light Up Marble Racers brighten the world of mini cars. Each Light Up Marble Racer contains a rolling and flashing LED marble. The exterior of the cars can be customized with the slick racing decals included with the cars.
— Bonggamom Finds declared, “Move over, Matchbox! Take a hike, Hot Wheels! There's a new kid in town.” She loved that the Racers offer girl-friendly varieties to “spark their imaginations” and are compatible with similar toy cars.
—“The Light Up Marble Racers are nothing like I have seen before” raved Shop with Me Mama Kim Delatorre. The stickers make the cars “super cool looking” and piqued the interest of both her son and daughter.
— In a summer 2011 survey, Rebecca Goblish, owner of Picayune Toys in Dunwoody, Ga., told TDmonthly that Marble Racers are her best-selling die-cast toys. She sold 3 dozen of their race tracks last Christmas season.
Awards: 2010 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, Gold Seal. 8/6/2010 (MSRP: $7.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Kaloo Perfume by KALOO
Kaloo Perfumes are specially designed to bring comforting scents to babies via carefully balanced fragrances. The perfume is all natural and alcohol-free, and comes packaged in a bottle with a plush animal head topper.
— Cheryl of Madhouse Family Reviews loved the “sweet, fruity, delicate fragrance that smells light and summery.” Additionally, Cheryl reported, “The bottle with the soft toy head on the lid is so cute that it has pride of place on the shelf.” 8/6/2010 (MSRP: $39.99; Age: 0 to 3)
Panic Tower! by GOLIATH GAMES
In this game, players must take a card and stack the blocks without making the towers fall. The winner is the last player standing. When a player knocks over any blocks they receive a panic token and when they have three they are out of the game. For two to six players. Jennie Robinson of Goliath Games told TDmonthly, "It’s more than just stacking blocks, it has rules and has twists and turns that other 'block' games don’t have." Launch date: 2010.
— Candice Broom of Mom Most Traveled called Panic Tower! “a great, no-tech game for kids that need to be unplugged and use their minds!”
— Even without children of her own, Krystal of Krystal’s Kitsch found Panic Tower! to be “easy to play and explain” for “fast-paced” fun and “fierce competition.” She recommended the game “for anyone — especially young adults.” 4/8/2010 (MSRP: $24.99; Age: 6 and Up)
Discoverers' Meadow Fabric Ball by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
Baby will discover a whole world of wonder with Haba’s Discoverers’ Meadow Fabric Ball. A squeaking bird, rustling shamrock and other sensory delights are scattered around the colorful velour ball.
— GreatDad Tom Green liked the movable bird, snail and flower and felt that the ball was “a nice size for a baby to hold.”
— Michele Zipp of The Stir said she and her infant son love squeezing the “crinkly and ringing little critters.” Her son always “gets excited when it gets in his little hands.” 8/6/2010 (MSRP: $17.99; Age: 1 and Up)