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July 2012 | Vol. XI - No. 7


Holiday 2012 Toy Trend Spotting: Save ‘n’ Splurge

Toy Industry Association (TIA) experts identify new trends for the holiday season

By Kristin Morency
July 2012

Trends identified by Toy Industry Association (TIA) experts at the 109th American International Toy Fair are piping hot this summer and expected to sizzle well into the 2012 holiday shopping season.

One of the year’s top trends – “Save ‘n’ Splurge” – indicates that post-recession wallets are expanding, but that consumers are also staying mindful of what they buy and who they spend on. Recent toy industry data confirms that parents are making purchasing trade-offs – spending more on their own families than they do on friends.

“Buying a less expensive gift for a classmate’s birthday allows parents to shell out more for their own child’s ‘Big Ask’ during the holiday season,” says TIA trend expert Adrienne Appell. “Toymakers are rolling out products that hit both ends of the spectrum…We’re seeing toys that have a certain ‘WOW’ factor for those who are willing to loosen their purse strings a bit, but there also continues to be a wide range of products that offer big play value at an affordable price.”

The following are some examples of toys in the Save ‘n’ Splurge category that were identified from among 100,000+ products on display at last February’s Toy Fair:

SAVE

Super BuildsWABA Fun, LLC ($9.99): Plastic and foam pieces are connected to create vehicles using the illustrated construction guide. Fun construction play for children aged 3+.

DistractionThink Fun ($12.99): This quirky all-play game is fun for the whole family, providing hours of entertainment. Players take turns drawing number cards and remembering a growing sequence of digits … but if a distraction card is drawn, they must answer a quirky question before reciting the numbers in order.

Star Wars Anti Gravity BallsUncle Milton ($9.99): These high-bounce anti-gravity balls feature new Star Wars caricatures that will excite collectors of all ages. Perfect gifts for stocking-stuffers or “just because.”

Waverly and the Magic SeashellsThe Bridge Direct ($3.99): Mini-collectible seashells that contain little “pets.” The seashells are part of a larger universe of “play” that includes mermaid dolls and play sets. Fun for kids to collect, display, and trade with friends.

National Geographic PuzzlesTechno Source ($9.99): These unique National Geographic puzzles are great for puzzle fans (10+) who love animals and nature. Puzzles come in four themes: Into the Wild, Natural Wonders, Monumental Marvels, and World Travel.

My Very Own Kitchen SetAmerican Plastic Toys ($19.99): A kitchen play set that offers tons of role-play opportunities at an affordable price. The “kitchen experience” is made complete thanks to a microwave, range, grill, conventional oven, dish organizer and shelf space. Includes a 19-piece kitchen set so little ones can “cook” just like Mom and Dad.

Crazy Cubes Spin Master ($4.99): A collectible that transforms traditional marble play into something entirely new. Each Crazy Cube comes with its own unique combination of marble brain and collector card, which doubles as a blocking wall or shooting target. More than 50 to collect and 10 teams to choose from – each team has one rare cube with changing eyes or mouth.

SPLURGE

Electric GuitarSchoenhut Piano Company ($129.99): Kids ages 6+ can rock out with this 36-inch classic electric guitar. An ideal “first guitar” for kids, and a great, lightweight travel guitar for musicians of all ages.

Video Spy Surveillance SystemJAKKS Pacific ($69.99): A part of the company’s recently expanded “spy line,” this role play toy includes a video camera operated by a remote control that enables kids to view their subjects from 250 feet away.

Desk to Easel Art Cart GuideCraft USA ($199.99): Children as young as three can explore their creativity with this classic, versatile arts and crafts unit, which can be positioned as an angled easel or folded down into a flat workspace. Features easy-to-clean laminate surfaces, a write-on/wipe-off surface, a chalkboard and plenty of storage space.

Wi Spi Helicopter Interactive Toy Concepts ($99.99): Tweens and teens will get a kick out of this remote control helicopter, which can be flown using an iPhone or Android app and includes a built-in camera that beams live feeds to the mobile device. “Spy” videos can also be recorded and uploaded to social networking sites.

Kid Tough Portable DVR PlayerFisher-Price ($149.99): From the popular “Kid Tough” line, this new, touch-screen device plugs into a dock that connects to a set-top-box and acts as a DVR, recording a child’s favorite television shows for them to enjoy on-the-go. The player can record two hours of live or pre-set programming, with the option of using a microSD card for additional memory. Holds a charge for 4-6 hours.

Radiate SkateboardRockboard ($99.99): This cutting edge skateboard incorporates an internal integrated LED wiring harness system – simply hit the “on” switch and the 48 lights will turn on. Projects an explosion of color that has older kids riding in style. Includes a rechargeable battery; available in 10 different color combinations.

Buddy Pedal Go-Kart BERG Toys ($299.99): A rugged, four-wheel pedal kart with air-filled pneumatic tires and a wide wheelbase, this ride-on is perfect for kids aged 3-8. Riders can pedal forward, backward, and brake without taking their feet off the pedals. Thanks to an adjustable seat, kids can continue to ride as they grow older.


Take a closer look at these fantastic “save” or “splurge” toys, rolling out through fall 2012, below. For round-the-clock toy safety and trend information from the Toy Industry Association, visit ToyInfo.org.

Distraction by THINKFUN

Distraction by THINKFUNPlayers take turns drawing number cards and remembering a growing sequence of digits. If a player draws a Distraction card they must answer a quirky question before reciting the numbers in order. Get caught repeating the sequence incorrectly and collect the cards – the first player to run out of cards wins. 6/22/2012 (MSRP: $12.99; Age: 8 to Adult)


Star Wars Anti Gravity Balls™ by UNCLE MILTON INDUSTRIES INC.

Star Wars Anti Gravity Balls™ by UNCLE MILTON INDUSTRIES INC.High-bounce Anti-Gravity Balls feature new Star Wars caricatures. 6/22/2012 (MSRP: $9.99; Age: 4 and Up)


Waverly and the Magic Seashells by THE BRIDGE DIRECT INC

Waverly and the Magic Seashells by THE BRIDGE DIRECT INCMini-collectible seashells that contain little "pets." The seashells are part of a larger universe of "play" that includes mermaid dolls and play sets. Fun for kids to collect, display, and trade with friends. 6/22/2012 (MSRP: $3.99)


National Geographic Puzzles by TECHNO SOURCE

National Geographic Puzzles by TECHNO SOURCEThese unique National Geographic puzzles are great for puzzle fans who love animals and nature. Puzzles come in four themes: Into the Wild, Natural Wonders, Monumental Marvels, and World Travel. 6/22/2012 (MSRP: $9.99; Age: 10 and Up)


My Very Own Kitchen Set by AMERICAN PLASTIC TOYS

My Very Own Kitchen Set by AMERICAN PLASTIC TOYSMy Very Own Kitchen offers plenty of play features in a compact size. This 19-piece kitchen set includes a microwave, range, grill area, conventional oven, dish organizer and shelf space. Accessories include cups, dishes, silverware, pots, pans, cooking utensils, a pitcher, a cell phone and a colorful label sheet. Measures 19.25"L x 8.25"W x 28.75"H assembled. 6/22/2012 (MSRP: $19.99)


Crazy Cubes by SPIN MASTER TOYS

Crazy Cubes by SPIN MASTER TOYSEach Crazy Cube comes with its own unique combination of shooter, marble and accessories to enhance game play. Every Crazy Cube comes with its own matching marble brain and collector card. Adding to the fun, the collector card doubles as a blocking wall or shooting target when combined with its included post. 6/22/2012 (MSRP: $4.99; Age: 5 and Up)


Super Structs BIG Builder by WABA FUN LLC

Super Structs BIG Builder by WABA FUN LLCThe multiple, award-winning 126-piece Superstructs™ Big Builder set provides everything you need to build detailed, hard working, construction vehicles. Build a working forklift, dump truck, crane, or utility truck with the enclosed step-by-step plans. And once you have mastered these, you can take them apart and use your imagination to build other great creations! 6/22/2012 (Age: 3 and Up)


Video Spy Surveillance System by JAKKS PACIFIC INC.

A part of the company’s recently expanded "spy line," this role play toy includes a video camera operated by a remote control that enables kids to view their subjects from 250 feet away. 6/22/2012 (MSRP: $69.99)


Desk to Easel Art Cart by GUIDECRAFT INC.

Desk to Easel Art Cart by GUIDECRAFT INC.Children as young as three can explore their creativity with this classic, versatile arts and crafts unit, which can be positioned as an angled easel or folded down into a flat workspace. Features easy-to-clean laminate surfaces, a write-on/wipe-off surface, a chalkboard and plenty of storage space. 6/22/2012 (MSRP: $199.99; Age: 3 and Up)


Wi Spi Helicopter by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.

Wi Spi Helicopter by INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS LTD.This remote control helicoptecan be flown using an iPhone or Android app and includes a built-in camera that beams live feeds to the mobile device. "Spy" videos can also be recorded and uploaded to social networking sites. 6/22/2012 (MSRP: $99.99)


Kid Tough Portable DVR Player by FISHER-PRICE INC.

Kid Tough Portable DVR Player by FISHER-PRICE INC.This new, touch-screen device plugs into a dock that connects to a set-top-box and acts as a DVR, recording a child’s favorite television shows for them to enjoy on-the-go. The player can record two hours of live or pre-set programming, with the option of using a microSD card for additional memory. Holds a charge for 4-6 hours. 6/22/2012 (MSRP: $149.99)


Schoenhut® Electric Guitar by SCHOENHUT PIANO COMPANY

Schoenhut® Electric Guitar by SCHOENHUT PIANO COMPANYThis could be a first guitar for kids and a travel guitar for players of all ages. It includes eight dot position inlays, 1/4 pin pickup, and a silkscreen logo. No assembly is required. Launch date: August 2009. 6/29/2009 (MSRP: $115.99; Age: 6 and Up)


Rockboard Radiate by M.Y. PRODUCTS LLC

Rockboard Radiate by M.Y. PRODUCTS LLCThis board features an LED light system which provides visual effects without getting damaged. Made of 7 Ply hard rock maple; available in blue, green, or orange. Launch date: 2012.  2/12/2012 (MSRP: $99.99)


Buddy Pedal Go-Kart by BERG USA, LLC

Buddy Pedal Go-Kart by BERG USA, LLCA rugged, four-wheel pedal kart with air-filled pneumatic tires and a wide wheelbase. Riders can pedal forward, backward, and brake without taking their feet off the pedals. Thanks to an adjustable seat, kids can continue to ride as they grow older. 6/22/2012 (MSRP: $319.00; Age: 3 to 8)






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