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TDmonthly Magazine

October 2015 | Vol. XIV - No. 10

Our Top Ten Toys of 2015

By Justina Huddleston
October 2015

TDmonthly Magazine is excited to announce our Top 10 Toys of 2015. TDmonthly sees thousands of products across dozens of categories every year, but these are our picks for the top specialty toys, best gifts for kids, best educational toys, and more that we've seen in 2015. With the holidays coming up, our Top 10 Toys of 2015 are also great holiday gift ideas for kids of all ages. But because we saw so many cool new toys this year, our Top 10 Toys of 2015 has been expanded to 25. Take a look at our Top 10 Toys of 2015 below - and as a bonus, 15 more of the best toys for kids we saw this year - listed below in no particular order.

Star Wars Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by ORBOTIX

Star Wars Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by ORBOTIXOver the years, the magic of Star Wars has always lived on screen and in our imaginations. Thanks to our advancements in technology, we’ve made it possible to bring a new part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens into your home. Meet BB-8 - the app-enabled Droid that's as authentic as it is advanced. BB-8 has something unlike any other robot - an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings. It’s now possible to explore the galaxy with your own trusty Astromech Droid by your side. BB-8 is more than a toy - it’s your companion. 9/30/2015 (MSRP: $149.99)


Rockin Rody by TMI TOYMARKETING INTERNATIONAL INC.This is the Rody Horse with a support base for a rocking motion and is ONLY sold with a Red or Yellow Rody. The rocking base is detachable for hopping and bouncing and even more fun and play. It allows the Rody to grow with your child. The Rody Base is sold separately as item #8000. Maximum sustainable weight up to 100 lbs. 7/31/2015 (MSRP: $109.95; Age: 3 and Up)

Roominate Chateau by MAYKAH INC

Roominate Chateau by MAYKAH INCGirls can build their very own unique structures with the Roominate Chateau! Using the included building pieces that easily snap together, girls can tap into their imaginations to design two-level structures, bunk beds, balconies, a house on wheels, and other endless possibilities. Teaches important STEM skills: hands-on problem solving, spatial and fine motor skills, self-confidence, and creativity. Electrical circuits enhance designs so girls can watch their creations come to life with real movement, including spinning windmills, carousels, lamps, and more. Included in this 131-piece set are 8 wall/floor panels, 52 furniture building pieces, 32 connectors, 4 arches, 4 wheels, 2 axles, a motor, string of 4 lights, 2 switches, 2 battery packs, a screwdriver, doll, pet, and 20 sheets of craft paper. Requires 4 AAA batteries, not included. 9/30/2015 (MSRP: $49.99)

Kinetic Sand Metallic by SPIN MASTER TOYS

Kinetic Sand Metallic by SPIN MASTER TOYSDiscover the sand that shimmers in your hand! The all-new metallic Kinetic Sand assortment comes in shimmering Silver and Gold! And with 1lb of Metallic sand the creative possibilities are endless. This soft and stretchy sand easily cleans up while delivering non-stop fun! It's squeezable sand you can't put down. Feel the difference with Kinetic Sand! 7/29/2015 (MSRP: $17.00; Age: 3 and Up)

Sew Softies™ Sea Creatures by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITED

Sew Softies™ Sea Creatures by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITEDMake a cute Crab, funky Fish and 8-armed Octopus. Dive right into your sewing lesson with this splashy sea creature collection.  Sew Softies™ teaches children how to sew using kid friendly components, like oversized needles and pre cut fabric pieces with the holes already made. 9/30/2015 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 7 and Up)

Science X Magnetic Magic Activity Kit by RAVENSBURGER

Science X Magnetic Magic Activity Kit by RAVENSBURGERCan you make a paperclip float? What are magnetic fields? How does a compass work? These astonishing activities will reveal the fascinating world of magnetism. Success is guaranteed as you discover the power of this invisible force. Contents: 2 Ring Magnets, 1 Bar Magnet, 1 Packet of String, 1 Compass, 1 Washer, 1 Galaxy Map, 1 Fizz Token, Detailed Instruction Manual. 8/31/2015 (MSRP: $13.99)

Sea Sparkles: Sea Shimmers by AURORA WORLD INC.

Sea Sparkles: Sea Shimmers by AURORA WORLD INC.Aurora’s popular Sea Sparkles™ line features over 80 trend-setting styles of enchanting and trend-forward mermaid dolls and sea-friend plush that make a splash with families wherever they go. Their newest collection of 6 mermaids called Sea Shimmers™ have stylized long-flowing doll hair infused with shimmering mylar, sparkling crowns and new outfits. 8/25/2015

Kids First Level 1 - Automobile Engineer by THAMES & KOSMOS

Kids First Level 1 - Automobile Engineer by THAMES & KOSMOSRead the funny story of two inquisitive kids and build simple models of the vehicles they encounter on their comical trip to the supermarket with their dad. Along this roundabout journey, the kids build various vehicles to help the people in their town solve problems and complete tasks. As you follow the story, you can build models of the 10 vehicles in the story. Large, colorful plastic building pieces make it easy for small hands to put the models together. 9/30/2015 (MSRP: $45.00)

Twinkle Collection by DOUGLAS CUDDLE TOYS

Twinkle Collection by DOUGLAS CUDDLE TOYSTwinkle Collection (Twinkle Floppy Fawn, Twinkle Hedgehog, Twinkle Standing Fawn, Twinkle Polar Bear and Twinkle Owl) – Special Glitter fibers knitted in the plush make this lovely collection Magically "Twinkle" 7/29/2015 ()

4M Mecho Motorised Kits - Robobug by TOYSMITH

4M Mecho Motorised Kits - Robobug by TOYSMITHContains a set of pre-cut colourful foam boards, a set of plastic cases, gears and wheels, a motor, a screw, stickers and detailed instructions. (Also required two 1.5 V AA batteries but not included. The battery cover needs to be fixed with a cross-head screwdriver.) Learn how motors work. Connect a simple circuit to build this amazing Tractor with a lightweight but sturdy body. Have fun exploring basic mechanics. Easy-to-build! No screws are needed!
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award 8/31/2015 (Age: 5 and Up)

Gears! Gears! Gears!® Sweet Shop by LEARNING RESOURCES INC.

Gears! Gears! Gears!® Sweet Shop by LEARNING RESOURCES INC.Get creative and build with the Sweet Shop Building Set! Mix, match and create your own beautiful, spinning sweet shop! Set includes: colorful gears, cupcakes, lollipops, ice cream cones, gum drops, and more! Parts are all interchangeable, allowing for endless combinations and designs. Let your imagination grow!


Jewel EcoAquarium™ All in One Kit by FUNOLOGY INNOVATIONS LLC

Jewel EcoAquarium™ All in One Kit by FUNOLOGY INNOVATIONS LLCThe largest self-sustaining, low maintenance EcoAquarium™, with everything necessary for proper care: 4" x 6" Jewel EcoAquarium tank, choice of 2 African Dwarf Frogs OR 1 Betta Fish (NEW!),Lucky Bamboo plant, special Living Gravel™ Filter, Colored Gravel, Decorative Rocks with a Black Plastic Base.
PLUS a Care Pack: (Dip Net, Water Extractor, & 1 package of specially formulated pelleted Frog Food) 8/26/2015 (MSRP: $49.99; Age: 6 and Up)

Hologram Kit by LITIHOLO

Hologram Kit by LITIHOLOReal Holograms - You can make holograms right in your own home or classroom! Step-by-step instructions make the hologram process easy, educational, and fun!

Litiholo C-RT20 film is a holographic film for making holograms with no chemicals and no development processing.

Everything you need to make real 3D laser holograms - it's so simple, you could be making your first hologram in about an hour! Best of all, with the Litiholo "Instant Hologram" Film Plates, you spend all your time making holograms, not developing them.

 7/6/2015 (MSRP: $99.99)


Imagine 30 of the most beautiful, multi-colored cubes you’ve ever seen. Fun to hold, fun to ROLL, and Spectracube includes rules for SIX different games, from fast to strategic, to satisfy all fans of rolling dice game action!

 2/4/2015 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 6 and Up)

Elasmosaurus by SAFARI LTD.®

Elasmosaurus by SAFARI LTD.®Seventy-five million years ago, there really were sea monsters, and this long-necked Elasmosaurus from was one of them. Wild Safari® Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life were created for the dinosaur lover in all of us. Each Safari Ltd® hand painted figure is designed to stimulate the imaginations of children of all ages. 7/20/2015 (MSRP: $11.99)


Nello by KID O PRODUCTSNello is a magic object and versatile, open-ended toy that quickly becomes an indispensable accessory for countless play activities, indoors and outdoors. It is a color puzzle, a nesting toy, a marble run, a floating island in the bath or a sand toy at the beach. You can roll, spin and swing the rings, throw and catch them. Use them as targets for games like tiddlywinks or as beautiful props for role and pretend play. Nello is made from high-quality, food-grade HD-PE, 100% recyclable. 7/29/2015 (MSRP: $16.00; Age: 1 and Up)

Pickles to Penquins by OUTSET MEDIA

Pickles to Penquins by OUTSET MEDIAPickles to Penguins is the quick-thinking picture-linking party game!  Don't fret if the party gets frantic - the guests are probably just having a blast playing Pickles to Penguins - the frantic party game where you link the pictures to win. Get rid of your cards the quickest by figuring out what your cards and the cards in play have in common. Do they share a colour? Are they both things you find in a salad or bring to a party? Exercise your lateral thinking abilities, but don’t be too hasty or you may have to pick up penalty cards for stretching a connection too far. Take a deep breath and let the chaos begin! Hundreds of pictures, but how many can you link together? 7/29/2015 (MSRP: $27.00; Age: 8 and Up)

Tranquil Frog by CLOUD B

Tranquil Frog by CLOUD BLike his cousin, the award-winning Tranquil Turtle, Tranquil Frog transforms any room into a serene oasis.  Glowing in a relaxing lily pad green, the shell projects a magical underwater light effect and plays the soothing sounds of ocean waves and a seaside serenade.  The total effect provides for a calm and relaxing environment giving children a peaceful night’s sleep.  Tranquil Frog features a  23-minute timer with auto shut-off to ensure complete darkness during deep sleep, as recommended by pediatricians.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award 6/19/2015 (MSRP: $44.95)

Collared Lizard by FOLKMANIS INC.

Collared Lizard by FOLKMANIS INC.Whether he's flaked out on a rock or scurrying under one, there's no mistaking the extraordinary Folkmanis® COLLARED LIZARD puppet. Visually stunning and surprisingly soft to the touch, this wonderful North American creature comes to life with movable head, mouth, forelegs and tail!

 7/2/2015 (MSRP: $33.99; Age: 3 and Up)

Thomas & Friends™ Track PlayTape® by BACHMANN TRAINS

Thomas & Friends™ Track PlayTape® by BACHMANN TRAINSPlayTape® in 50' and 25' rolls can be torn to any length to create track layouts matching a child's imagination. See why the award-winning Track PlayTape® provides hours of railroading Fun that Sticks™!


Calin Ballerina by COROLLE DOLLS

Calin Ballerina by COROLLE DOLLSThe new Calin Ballerina features the same sweet-smelling baby doll you know and love, this time in a beautiful little ballerina outfit. The tutu is a one-piece, so you won't lose anything, not even the adorable ballet slippers.


Snap Circuits Arcade by ELENCO

Snap Circuits Arcade by ELENCOWith this kit, kids can create an arcade out of electrical circuits - and then have fun playing with their creation! It's like two toys in one. Combining lights, sound, and motion, this is the most elaborate Snap Circuits kits yet!


Madame Chouette Activity Toy by MAGICFOREST LTD

Madame Chouette Activity Toy by MAGICFOREST LTDWelcome baby with gifts from the newest range by Moulin Roty: Mademoiselle et Ribambelle. Imagine the forest and all of the fairytale characters who can be found there. Imagine an owl singer, a little opera mouse, a gentleman otter and a rabbit - Monsieur Lapin – who is always late. This happy crowd is gathered around the delightful Mademoiselle at the edge of the wood to enjoy the show! Enter Madame Chouette The Activity Owl. Marvel at all of the surprises that await baby while admiring her pink ensemble with a yellow cotton polka dot tutu lined with tulle. Place this precious owl near baby and wait for her to discover a baby owl squeaker hidden in a tummy pocket, a detachable plastic ring rattle filled with colorful beads, large super soft wings with crinkle paper and a small mirror. Adorable! Look for other items in Mademoiselle et Ribambelle such as musical Owl and Monsieur Otter, squeaker toys, buttery-soft loveys to comfort baby and mousey rattle.  Imported Exclusively by Magicforest.
·    Hours of fun, learning and companionship to a little one
·    Mirror helps with self-awareness
·    Ring Rattle for grasping, sound and visual stimulation
·    Crinkle paper for teaching cause and effect, sound recognition
·    Baby Owl squeaker tucked into Mamma’s front pouch will teach object permanence and help with motor skills
·    A variety of soft fabrics offer sensory experience for baby as she explores all sides of Madame Chouette 3/31/2015 (MSRP: $70.00; Age: 0 and Up)

Galaxy Glow 'N The Dark Stars Series by PACIFIC PLAY TENTS INC

Galaxy Glow Space, the final frontier! Inspire future scientists with this themed galactic tent, tunnel and space station.
- Dome Tent ($59.99) -- turn off the lights and ponder the planets that magically appear
- Tunnel ($39.99) -- mix and match the tunnel with the tent or play
solo with this glow-in-the-dark toy
- Combo Junction ($129.99) -- Like the International Space Station floating above, this Combo Junction is made-up of connecting pieces that make an out-of-this-world adventure daytime or nighttime.

 3/24/2015 (MSRP: $59.99; Age: 3 and Up)

BabbleBaby Newborn Nursery Sweet Baby by MADAME ALEXANDER

BabbleBaby Newborn Nursery Sweet Baby by MADAME ALEXANDERYour Babblebaby™ doesn't talk yet...but it does have a language of its own! When you talk to your baby it will talk back! Babblebabies™ uniquely responds to your voice with over 80 different real baby sound combinations including babbles,coos,cries, and giggles! It’s designed to be the perfect baby doll for little parents.This baby has light skin, blonde hair baby and blue eyes.It looks, feels, and sounds like a real baby.

 2/15/2015 (MSRP: $119.95; Age: 3 and Up)

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