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Puzzibits™ Flexible 3D Puzzle Art™ - Ocean Depths by MANHATTAN TOYName: Puzzibits™ Flexible 3D Puzzle Art™ - Ocean Depths
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 6 and up
Price: Not Specified
Category: Puzzles & Skill

What It Is
The 150 flexible, interlocking pieces included in this set can be used to create three 3D designs — a turtle, a seahorse and an octopus.

What We Thought
TDmonthly staff enjoyed assembling the Puzzibits pieces to quickly create a turtle in its shell. The flexible plastic pieces easily fit together and it didn’t take us long to figure out how they should be connected. My 11-year-old stepdaughter also thought the kit was great and loved the feel of the flexible pieces.

Why They’ll Want It
Retailers raved about the original kit when it first came out. One reported that a grandmother returned to buy 12 more versions of the kit for each of her grandchildren, since nobody wanted to disassemble their creations once they were made. Kids will love being able to assemble the creatures in this kit using just the illustrated instructions. Or, of course, they could improvise and create their own. Once hooked, they’ll probably be back for more, so Puzzibits could generate some nice repeat sales. – Alison Marek 6/30/08

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Groovy Girls Holiday Sylvie Starr by MANHATTAN TOYName: Groovy Girls Holiday Sylvie Starr
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 3 and up
Price: $17.00
Category: Dolls

What Is It?
This velour plush rag doll wears tights of a silver, sparkling fabric and gold satin shoes that complement the gold touches in her pageant-winner look. She’s not easily poseable, but has whimsical hair and a purse that dangles with the ladylike swing of her legs. Her dress is removable, but the other clothing and accessories, which are not, might make another outfit a difficult fit. Her earrings are sewn in so she doesn’t have to worry about losing them. She has a star’s smile.

What We Thought
I don’t consider myself a “doll person” but the more I looked at her, the more I liked her. And my mother — also not a “doll person” — commented, “She is really CUTE!” This is a great doll for a collection or to serve as a girl’s daily companion. Groovy Girls have accessories, too, which add to the fun. How about a stylish car or pet horse for starters?

Why They’ll Want It
Remember Holly Hobby? Well, Sylvie’s the new “it” girl in the ragdoll world, and every girl identifies with glam. They can bring her into their imaginary worlds and create stories for any number of daily experiences. Sylvie Starr would make a great gift. — Dena Welter, 10/2/07

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Trixieville — Avena by MANHATTAN TOYName: Trixieville — Avena
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 6 and up
Price: $14.99
Category: Dolls

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Groovy Girl Mini Gwen by MANHATTAN TOYName: Groovy Girl Mini Gwen
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 3 and up
Price: $5.00
Category: Dolls

What Is It?
A bendy, flexy mini Groovy Girl not more than 4” high, Gwen is perfect for dollhouses or hanging out in pockets. She’s fully poseable and wears a cool teeshirt, skirt and leggings set – all nonremovable and therefore non-loseable. She has a mischievous smile and a button nose.

What We Thought
These are very collectible dolls for kids of all ages. They’re great for decorating a bookshelf or a desk. They’re playable, too. Kids can definitely imagine them hanging out with dollhouse critters of all species and sizes. They have their own playspaces, too, so girls can create a whole world for these tiny playmates.

Why They’ll Want It
They’re cute, collectible and small. Since there are no removable parts, little girls won’t get frustrated by losing a shoe or a favorite skirt. Gwen looks as much like a real little girl as a little rag-doll-inspired vinyl toy can, and kids can easily identify her and use her to act out all their daily dilemmas and dramas, plus take her into their imaginary worlds. Groovy Girl Mini Gwen and her friends, Reese, Oki, O´Ryan, Vanessa and Yvette, are great gifts for little girls to get or give themselves.
-- Alison Marek, 12/2/05


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Take & Make Pizza Food Fun by MANHATTAN TOYName: Take & Make Pizza Food Fun
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 3 and up
Price: $20.00
Category: Educational

What Is It?
A cloth pizza box, decorated in the authentic pizzeria colors of red, white and green is secured by Velcro fasteners. Pull them open, lift the top of the see-through box and - Presto! - baby´s first pizza. But it´s not just any pizza, it´s four slices of brightly colored triangles with "crust" made of clingy fabric that´s just perfect for sticking to the cotton and Velcro "sauces" that kids can rearrange at will. Topping it all off are a variety of toppings that are numbered so kids can learn to count while learning to order the perfect pie. Inside the box there´s also a grill with a glossy card printed with flames that can be slid back and forth to turn the grill "on" or "off."

What We Thought
The box and the slices are well-proportioned for little hands. The clear plastic window in the top of the box is not only authentic, but also gets kids hungering for what´s inside. But to get inside, they´ll have to pull the flaps and then lift the top, which means they´ll develop some dexterity while satisfying their curiosity. The toy encourages creativity, too, since kids can mix and match sauces and toppings to create a mouthwatering treat for Mom or Rocking Horse.

Why They´ll Want It
Kids will feel grown up making, baking and delivering their very own pizzas. They can serve the slices plain, with sauce alone, toppings alone, or all three combined deliciously together. Kids will feel smarter, too, when they start recognizing the numbers that go along with the toppings. They´ll undoubtedly find ingenious ways of combining all the elements in this toy to make a pizza slice unlike any other. Pizzerias of the world, take note: Your competition is in training.
-- Alison Marek 8/30/05



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Puppettos: A Day at the Zoo by MANHATTAN TOYName: Puppettos: A Day at the Zoo
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 3 and up
Price: $19.95
Category: Infant & Toddler

What is It?

Puppettos: A Day at the Zoo is a set of finger puppets that contains a tiger, giraffe, panda bear and zoo keeper.

What We Thought

This is a great toy because it is versatile: adults can use it to have a quality, interactive bedtime story with their kids;children can play with it on their own, giving them the opportunity to create zoologically-themed plotlines.

Why They´ll Want It

These fun, portable puppets are fuzzy, cute delights that little ones will adore.

--Nancy Tan

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Groovy Girls by MANHATTAN TOYName: Groovy Girls
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 3 and up
Price: $9.99
Category: Dolls

What Is It?

Groovy Girl dolls from Manhattan Toy are made of soft velour fabric with embroidered facial features and yarn hair. Outfits are interchangeable and come in all sorts of fun and funky fabrics.

What We Thought

The Groovy Girls are quite cute with their snazzy outfits and sweet-smiling faces. We liked these dolls not only because they are fun for young girls to play with, but also because they teach children to celebrate the world of diversity, and that beauty comes in all colors, styles and sizes.


Why They’ll Want It

Each Groovy Girl is unique from the others, with her own cool details adding to her personality.  The clothes are also easy to remove, so even small fingers will not have too much trouble getting the Groovy Girls all “dolled” up.



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Zoolio Activity Toy by MANHATTAN TOYName: Zoolio Activity Toy
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 1 and up
Price: $19.99
Category: Infant & Toddler

What Is It?

The Zoolio Activity Toy is a travel case that holds six animal-inspired panels featuring different classic toddler activities like buttoning, zipping and snapping. It comes with a convenient travel case with six individual panels that have separate features for development and playtime fun.

What We Thought

This soft and colorful activity toy is ideal to take on long car rides or even simple runs to the grocery store.

Why They’ll Love It

Lots of engaging activities will surely keep toddlers occupied and entertained…a plus for on-the-go parents! A series of fun hidden graphics are rewarding to discover.

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Loopy Links Jewelry by MANHATTAN TOYName: Loopy Links Jewelry
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 1-3
Price: $19.95
Category: Creative Activities

What Is It?
Every girl cannot wait to grow up to be just like Mom, but if you don't want your tot going through your jewelry box, Manhattan Toy's Loopy Links Jewelry is a great alternative. The activity kit comes with magnetic linking necklaces, bracelets and earrings that can be stored in a convenient see-through purse. All pieces are covered in colorful cloth and can be combined with other Loopy Links sets.

What We Thought
Loopy Links Jewelry is a safe activity for little girls to indulge in fantasies of being a princess or diva. With the lots of different combinations of accessories, playing with the jewelry will also increase imaginations and help build motor skills.

Why They’ll Want I
This kit is a fun way for young girls to dress up without growing up too quickly.

-- Nancy Tan

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Pyramid Zoo by MANHATTAN TOYName: Pyramid Zoo
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 1-3
Price: $12.95
Category: Infant & Toddler

What is It?
Pyramid Zoo is a soft cloth pyramid-shaped toy that teaches toddlers the names of animals through pictures and words. Each side of the pyramid folds out to reveal more animals with the name of each.


What We Thought
This is a simple and friendly toy whose unfolding sides and colorful pictures will engage any curious toddler… or even a 30-something toy reviewer deep in an after-lunch food coma.


Who Would Like It?
Toddlers.


--Tim Connolly

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Lots of Bugs by MANHATTAN TOYName: Lots of Bugs
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 1-3
Price: $11.95
Category: Infant & Toddler

What is It?
Lots of Bugs is a unique cloth and plush item that acts as a picture book and toy combined. The bug’s body unfolds to reveal four different pictures and captions, such as “A funny Bug” or “A Fuzzy Bug" (with plush body for kids to feel).


What We Thought
This toy brings parents and toddlers together while teaching simple reading and shape and size recognition.


Who Would Like It?
Any toddler or preschooler.


--Tim Connolly

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Mix & Matchimals by MANHATTAN TOYName: Mix & Matchimals
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 1-3
Price: $14.95
Category: Infant & Toddler

What is It?
Mix & Matchimals are a unique plush toy that combines two animals in one cube-shaped body. The body has pockets on all sides that hold both animals’ limbs and heads. Kids can have fun mixing and matching the parts to create their own unique animal.


What We Thought
This fuzzy toy will engage a toddler’s innate curiosity as he/she turns an inanimate cube into a friendly animal.


Who Would Like It?
Toddlers.


--Tim Connolly

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