January 2013 | Vol. XII - No. 1
Xyloba Orchestra by ETA TOYS
Orchestra is the Advanced Level Xyloba with 96 parts. Xyloba is a creative marble run for building and composing at the same time. Xyloba develops motor function and spatial imagination, and facilitates a creative approach to music. 11/15/2012 (MSRP: $299.00; Age: 5 and Up)
Crafty Bands by EPIPHANY CRAFTS INC
Children express their individuality by designing charm bracelets that best fit their personalities and interests. By finding a cool design or picture in a magazine or on the Internet, Tweens can punch out using our studio tool. Then attaching to the Bubble Cap they can put it into the Crafty Snap Setting and place the charm onto the Crafty Band. Starter Kit is priced at $29.95, and includes the Shape Studio Tool, four Crafty Bands, 20 Crafty Snaps, 20 Bubble Caps and adhesive. Refill Kits, including four Crafty Bands and 20 Crafty Snaps, are priced at $6.99. Launch date: November 2012. 11/16/2012 (MSRP: $29.00; Age: 8 to 16)
Winx 11.5" Believix Bloom Doll by JAKKS PACIFIC INC.
Girls will want to play out their favorite Believix moments from the show with these beautiful Winx Club Believix fairy dolls. With 11 points of articulation, girls can recreate any fashionable pose they want. The dolls come with a pair of sparkly Believix wings that plug into the Winx "X" on their back allowing for magical transformation from girl to fairy. 11/20/2012 (MSRP: $19.99)
Master Moves Mickey M3 by FISHER-PRICE INC.
M3 wows his audience with 360 spins and his signature one-handed handstand, the Windmill M3 has 8 original tracks to share with kids, including the catchy beats: M-to-the-I Remix and Who's Da Mouse Master Moves Mickey has over 15 dance moves to groove along to the music. Encourages energetic movement and learning through 4 action-packed dance lessons Squeeze Mickey's nose to switch songs and moves and to activate interactive dances. Launch date: 2012.
— As of 11/26/2012 this product had 4.8 out of 5 stars from 30 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: High quality; well-designed; dances are entertaining. Cons: Motor noise is loud; does not work well on soft surfaces. 11/29/2012 (MSRP: $79.99; Age: 2 to 6)