June 2014 | Vol. XIII - No. 6
Magformers Rainbow 62 Piece Set by MAGFORMERS LLC
You’ll enjoy more colorful, magical, and powerful magnets in this larger version of the basic set. The 62 Piece Set contains 30 squares, 20 triangles, and adds building diversity with 12 pentagons. A wonderful set for the novice builder who’s ready to leap into creativity. This set is truly easy and simple to use right out of the box. Only the best materials are used, High Quality ABS Plastic and 1/3" rare-earth NEODYMIUM magnet on side of the shape. 5/28/2014 (MSRP: $99.99)
ScienceWiz™ Cool Circuits by SCIENCE WIZ / NORMAN & GLOBUS INC.
Part of a line of ScienceWiz Thinking Games, this puzzle game created by Harry L. Nelson and Hiroshi Yamamoto provides 40 challenges at different skill levels. Players put a puzzle card down and solve the puzzle by making sure all the pieces are looped together, at which time the board will light up with the solution.
( Watch Video) 3/31/2008
Good Luck Mini® Chimps by SAFARI LTD.®
Your little animal lover will have hours of fun with these lovable Good Luck Mini® Chimps! Minis are tiny hand-painted replicas. These soft figures are professionally sculpted and feature the realistic colors and lively detail you expect in the larger replicas from Safari Ltd®. People use Good Luck Minis® for wedding favors, classroom prizes, party decorations, giveaways, and imaginative play. This set includes 192 Chimp Baby replicas packaged in a polybag.
5/19/2014 (Age: 5 and Up)
Snake Oil by OUT OF THE BOX PUBLISHING
In the Old West, the sly snake oil salesman had a special talent: he could get the most skeptical customer to buy the most dubious product. Now players can have their turn, inventing their own crazy two-word products and selling them to all types of customers. If the customer buys a product, the player wins. With over 280 wild words and 70 oddball customers, players will never run out of new combinations. Launch date: November 2010.
Awards: 2012 Mensa Select; 2012 Dr. Toy; 2012 Toy Man Seal of Excellence
— In a late Summer 2012 survey, Charles from Miller's Toys in Mamoronec, N.Y., told TDmonthly that Snake Oil is one of their top-2 best selling card games. They sell about 2 dozen copies a month.
— As of 12/6/2012 this product had 5 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Fun for all ages.
— Gary Green, owner of Toy Box of Asheville Inc in Asheville, N.C., told TDmonthly in a February 2015 survey that Snake Oil was his store's best-selling game. 7/3/2012 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 10 and Up)
Cover Your Assets by GRANDPA BECK'S GAMES
The new Game where the goal is to be the first millionaire! Stack pairs of assets, to cover your valuables before they are stolen by other players! Defend your assets with like cards in your hand or Gold or Silver Wild Cards! Easy to learn in just minutes, with layers of strategy for years of fun! This will be a your new Family Favorite! Loved by all ages. Kids, Parents, and Grandparents can all enjoy a great time together. Even dedicated, competitive, gamers get a kick out of the quick action, and the drama. Enjoy the emotional response as the value of your Assets increase each time they are stolen. Steal them back to gain even more value. Before they are stolen again, cover them with more Assets to protect them. Watch out though, if your new top set is stolen the one below it is in jeopardy again. Keep building up your assets till you become the first millionaire.
2/10/2012 (MSRP: $12.99; Age: 8 and Up)
Flying Turtle - Turquoise by MASON CORPORATION
This American-made, child-powered ride-on toy features an injection-molded polyethylene seat. Kids simply put their feet on the handlebars and swing the handlebars side to side with their hands to generate movement. The Flying Turtle, which comes pre-assembled, may be used both indoors and out, and holds up to 150 lbs.
— Deborah Smith, owner of Toys That Teach in Richmond, Va., listed the Flying Turtle as her best-selling ride-on toy in a March 2009 survey. “In spring and summer, [we sell] at least a dozen per month,” she said.
— Five percent of 60 retailers told TDmonthly in spring 2009 that Mason Corporation's Flying Turtle is a best seller in their stores.
— Three of 37 retailers named the Flying Turtle when discussing best-selling ride-on toys in spring 2010. Creative Kids Inc. in Columbia, S.C., sells about three dozen annually, Owner Melodie Ingwersen told TDmonthly in March 2010.
3/27/2009 (MSRP: $79.99; Age: 3 to 12)
Ostrich by FOLKMANIS INC.
The new Ostrich puppet is a rare bird indeed. A beautiful specimen with feathery soft plush and lustrous long eyelashes, this lovely long-legged creature holds its head up high when you insert your hand up the neck and into the beak. Two handed wing movement allows for pecking, strutting and flapping fun! 23-inches tall. MSRP $49.99. 2/10/2014 (MSRP: $49.99)
Excavate and Explore Dig Kits by GEOCENTRAL
These deluxe kits are an amazing way to make learning fun!
Each kit contains a sculpted and painted dig block, digging tool, dusting brush, magnifier, keepsake bag and educational booklet. Each booklet has interesting information about the subject and fun activities.
Assortment includes 9 kits: 2 of the Amethyst, Gemstone and Dinosaur Poop Fossil kits and 1 each of the Meteorite, Real Sea Life Fossils and Dinosaur kits.
Abracadabra Unicorn by DOUGLAS CUDDLE TOYS
This plush unicorn is 27" long with tail (69 cm). Douglas Toys makes beautiful, soft, cuddly stuffed animals and infant plush with a distinctive expression or gesture that speaks quality and value unlike any other plush animal. 6/12/2014 (MSRP: $44.99; Age: 2 and Up)
Water Dancing Speakers by LEADING EDGE NOVELTY
Connect these speakers to computers, iPhones, iPods, tablets, Android, game players & more. Multi-colored jets of water dance to the volume and beat of the music. That, added to the 4 multicolored LEDs, creates an incredible light and water show. The speakers stand 9" tall and are compatible with any audio device that has a 3.5mm audio jack connection. They are lightweight and portable. All connection cords are included.
— In a August 2014 survey, Stan Giliberto, owner of Over the Rainbow Toys in Glastonbury, Conn., told TDmonthly that this is one of their best-selling toys. "It's good for older kids who are starting to age out of toy stores," he explained.
— In a September 2014 survey, Beth Snyder, manager of Growing Tree Toys in State College, Pa., told TDmonthly that these speakers are one of the store's best-selling novelty items.
6/12/2014 (MSRP: $59.99)
MOSS Modular Robot Basic Builder Kit by MODULAR ROBOTICS
Build a distance-sensing robot motorcycle. The Basic Builder is the best way to start playing with robots. This kit includes two spin modules so you can create simple robot critters that scoot and drive. Control your creation with an infrared distance sensor! 3/12/2014 (MSRP: $149.95)
Squinkies Cupcake Suprize! Bake Shop by BLIP LLC
The Squinkies series of toys are soft, squeezy characters that can be held in the palm of a child's hand. Each toy comes inside its own bubble from which it can be removed. Put the Squinkie in the cupcake, insert a "coin," and the Squinkie comes tumbling out. The Cupcake can be opened to reveal a bakeshop playset. 2/18/2011 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Buddy Pedal Go-Kart by BERG USA, LLC
A 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)