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LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 by LEGO
LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 by LEGO

Escape from the Death Star in the iconic GO Star Wars Millennium Falcon (7965). Straight from the Death Star escape scene of Episode IV A New Hope, the all new LEGO Millennium Falcon features stunning details, like hull plates that open to reveal a detailed interior, twin flick missiles, rotating quad laser cannons and detachable cockpit cover. Featuring Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, Princess Leia Organa and Darth Vader, kids can rewrite history and help Ben Kenobi defeat his evil nemesis from the dark side. The LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon (7965) includes * Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, Princess Leia Organa and Darth Vader MiniFigures * Millennium Falcon features opening hull, detailed interior, twin flick missiles, rotating laser cannons and detachable cockpit cover * 3 lightsabers, 3 blasters and 1 crossbow also included
– As of 07/23/2012 this product had 4.6 out of 5 stars from 73 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Set is very large; figures all fit inside the ship once it's built; sturdy once assembled. Cons: Though many reviewers said the set was durable enough to be played with, some reviewers reported that the set fell apart easily. 9/1/2011 (Price: $139.99)

Playable Metal - Pose by BEYOND123 LLC
Playable Metal - Pose by BEYOND123 LLC

Playable Metal blocks are made in aluminum alloy. There are 10 different shapes each with threaded holes on many of its facets. Blocks can be interconnected using specially designed screws. This patented connecting mechanism makes building flexible structures possible for each two adjacent blocks can be secured in any easily adjusted angle. Playable Metal blocks are available in 7 metallic colors. This set includes, 22 playable metal blocks, 39 connecting screws, 6 aluminum rods, 2 special rods (sports pack), L-shaped wrench. 9/1/2011 (Price: $74.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Geoform Wooden Magnets by HOTALING IMPORTS
Geoform Wooden Magnets by HOTALING IMPORTS

Kids can create shapes, animals, and people with the 42 geometric shapes included in this set. The set includes 24 idea cards. The wooden storage case with metal closure doubles as a playing surface for the pieces. 9/1/2011 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

SmartMax Magnetic Building Set 36 Pieces by SMART TOYS AND GAMES INC
SmartMax Magnetic Building Set 36 Pieces by SMART TOYS AND GAMES INC

SmartMax allows children to explore magnetism safely. The oversized pieces are specifically designed for handling by young kids as they learn about the effects of magnetic attraction and repulsion. Older children will have fun using the pieces to construct towers and bridges. The magnets are strong enough to carry up to 60 times their weight. Basic 36 includes long bars, short bars, large 1.8" diameter metal balls and a guide to build models. 25-piece and 42-piece sets are also available. (Watch the SmartMax Magnetic Building Set 36 Pieces Video Watch Video) 9/1/2011 (Price: $64.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Domino Express Maxi Power Plus by GOLIATH GAMES
Domino Express Maxi Power Plus by GOLIATH GAMES

The Domino Express Maxi Power Plus set combines the fascinating action of falling dominoes with even more exciting stunts. It comes with a rocket tower, 2 straight and 2 curved speed tracks, a plane launcher, 36 speed dominoes and over 100 regular dominoes to stack up and watch fall. This set is hours of fun for both new domino fans, as well as the experienced pro. Launch date: July 2011. 8/29/2011 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

WudWorkers™ Air Racer by MAXIM ENTERPRISE INC.
WudWorkers™ Air Racer by MAXIM ENTERPRISE INC.

The WudWorkers™ line is a “Build and Play” construction line that allows children as young as three years old to begin their love affair with creative play and construction. They can be built into one specific set and become a work of art on a shelf, or they can be played with, taken apart, and then turned into something entirely different. "Our line stands out from any other wooden construction set through our design and creative engineering," Kris Millington, SVP of Maxim Enterprise Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 2011. 8/29/2011 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

CityBLOCKS™ Stacking Blocks by CHRONICLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
CityBLOCKS™ Stacking Blocks by CHRONICLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

These blocks can be stacked to over four feet tall—a foot taller than most stacking blocks. Kids can also arrange the blocks into cityscapes filled with skyscrapers, houses, vehicles, trees, and traffic signs, and then use the blocks as a play space for action figures, dolls, or toy cars. Includes 10 stacking blocks. Launch date: August 2011. 8/23/2011 (Price: $21.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar by LEGO
LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar by LEGO

The all-new LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar comes with 24 unique gifts, including an exclusive Santa Claus Yoda minifigure plus vehicles and accessories from the Star Wars universe. Features 8 minifigures, mini Millennium Falcon and X-wing Starfighter, and is 266 pieces total. 8/22/2011 (Price: $49.88)

Match It! Make It! Zoo by THE LEARNING JOURNEY INTERNATIONAL
Match It! Make It! Zoo by THE LEARNING JOURNEY INTERNATIONAL

The Make It! series are fun construction games that will challenge problem solving and memorization, and will develop fine motor skills of young children as they build their favorite creatures.  Featuring Dinosaurs, Zoo Animals, Farm Animals and Animal Babies, Make It! is a multiplayer game that teaches cooperation skills and animal recognition.  Simply take turns selecting game cards and try to collect the pieces necessary to complete your animal.  Great family games for all ages.  Ages 3+ years. 8/3/2011 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

HEXBUG® Nano Hive Habitat Set by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.
HEXBUG® Nano Hive Habitat Set by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.

The HEXBUG Nano Hive Habitat Set is the first transportable environment that enables HEXBUG Nano architects to customize the design and layout within a HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set. The Hive Habitat Set features an integrated center ramp for multi-level Nano interaction and a floor spotted with attachment points that kids can build off of, further extending its creative play pattern. Each attachment point can be filled with a variety of new playground accessories including pegs, which act as bump points for the HEXBUG Nano, rotating flags, which direct the HEXBUG Nano toward ramps or other obstacles including merry-go-rounds and even a seesaw for the playfully energetic HEXBUG Nano to explore. The HEXBUG Nano Hive Habitat Set can be connected to any pre-existing habitat set or used as a stand-alone product that kids can simply pack up to go with a convenient carrying handle. The Hive Habitat Set comes with one extremely rare HEXBUG Nano mutation and 35 easy-connect construction pieces including 16 pegs, 16 adjustable flags, two merry-go-rounds and one seesaw. HEXBUG Hive is CPSIA approved for kids 3 and up.  Launch date: mid-August 2011. 8/2/2011 (Price: $34.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Citiblocs Camo Colors 100 Piece Building Set by CITIBLOCS LLC
Citiblocs Camo Colors 100 Piece Building Set by CITIBLOCS LLC

100 piece assorted "camo" colors including : Green, Olive, Brown, Khaki, and Natural. Fun and educational, these award winning eco-friendly blocks will keep kids building for hours on end. This 100 piece CAMO colors set contains 5 different colors to add a little pizazz to building fun. Colors include: green, olive, brown, khaki and natural (20 blocks of each color). Kids can build towers, towns, castles and more. Building guide included. Launch date: July 2011. 7/15/2011 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Citi Trees by CITIBLOCS LLC
Citi Trees by CITIBLOCS LLC

This set includes 10 assorted colorful trees to decorate Citiblocs creations. This set of 10 vibrantly colored trees in a variety of shapes and sizes lets kids expand their Citiblocs environment. Launch date: July 2011. 7/15/2011 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

JURASSICMORPHS by RIVER DOLPHIN TOYS
JURASSICMORPHS by RIVER DOLPHIN TOYS

Jurassicmorphs #14: Jurassicmorphs, new for 2011, is part of the Zoomorphs pop-together building system. The child can build animals that exist or have existed in nature; or easily pop the pieces apart to make all sorts of friendly, poseable fantasy creatures. There are six characters in this set:  Diplodocus, Pilosaur, Coelophysis, Rhamphorhyncus, Pterosaur and Triceratops All sets are interchangeable.  All animals have hinged jaws.  Also available: Junglemorphs #15. There are four characters in this set:  Tree Python, Bird of Paradise, Tiger and Tropical Beetle.  All sets are interchangeable.  Some animals have hinged jaws.
Awards: Family Fun TOY of the Year 7/11/2011 (Price: $20.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

LEGO Fun Favor Pack by LEGO
LEGO Fun Favor Pack by LEGO

Designed as party favors, the Fun Favor Pack contains 8 LEGO items ( 4 ea- Jeep and Yellow Airplane); Free LEGO Club membership and LEGOLAND Offers (free child admission). 6/30/2011 (Price: $19.99)

LEGO Isla De Muerta 4181 by LEGO
LEGO Isla De Muerta 4181 by LEGO

This 152-piece set includes 4 minifigures: Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann, Hector Barbossa and Skeleton Barbossa. Features the Black Pearl rowboat, treasure chest, gold bricks, gold coins, gems and apple. Turn the door to reveal cursed Skeleton Barbossa. Kids can flip the mast and row with the oars. Measures over 7 (17cm) wide (Rowboat measures over 4 (10cm) long and 1.5 (3cm) wide). Includes free poster. 6/8/2011 (Price: $19.99)

The Bishop Cubes® 27-Cube Set by SHAPE GAMES LLC
The Bishop Cubes® 27-Cube Set by SHAPE GAMES LLC

This is a set of 27 interlocking Cubes arranged in a 3x3x3 cube shape.  The puzzle challenges the player to transform the arrangement of the 27 cubes from one shape to any other shape, without disengaging any of the Cubes from each other. Cubes must be shifted by sliding along their faces.  The Cubes can shift in all three dimensions: X, Y and Z, but each face slides in only one direction. There are many solutions because there are millions of shapes you can tranform from and to.  The ultimate goal is to be able to logically understand how to shift from one shape to another in the fewest number of moves.  Other games can be invented by disengaging the Cubes and re-engaging them with the colors "flipped" on one or some of the Cubes, creating a "marked" Cube. The challenge is then to shift the "marked" Cube or Cubes into a specific position in the arrangement
Awards: TDmonthly Top Toy Award, June 2011
— Why it won: This cube puzzle challenges kids to use their spacial-temporal reasoning and logic skills. It's innovative design allows for more open-ended play than similar products, and it is portable for fun on-the-go. 6/3/2011 (Price: $29.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Little Builder Rattle Blocks by CITIBLOCS LLC
Little Builder Rattle Blocks by CITIBLOCS LLC

This 22 piece rattling building block set was designed specially for Little Builders. Shake, rattle, and build with these colorful blocks sized for little hands. Launch date: June 2011.
Awards: Dr. Toy 10 Best Toys of 2011 (Watch the Little Builder Rattle Blocks Video Watch Video) 5/27/2011 (Price: $34.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Dado Bricks by FAT BRAIN TOY CO.
Dado Bricks by FAT BRAIN TOY CO.

Dado Bricks are interlocking cardboard bricks, measuring 12 inches long x 6 inches deep x 3 inches high. Kids can use these stacking bricks to create kid-scale structures...walls, castles, forts, secret hide-outs, or even attractive room decor. Unlike other simple cardboard blocks on the market, the Dado Cardboard Bricks contain a protruding pair of square nubs along with a matching set of recessed square indentations. The result is a cardboard brick that when stacked, will not easily tumble and can retain a rigid structure. "The ONLY interlocking cardboard block on the market," Erik Quam, Director of Product Development at Fat Brain Toy, told TDmonthly. 5/27/2011 (Price: $39.95)

Tobbles by FAT BRAIN TOY CO.
Tobbles by FAT BRAIN TOY CO.

"While there are several stacking toys on the market, none of them are circular and included the added element of balance.  Tobbles is a stacking toy which encourages children to explore and discover," Erik Quam, Director of Product Development at Fat Brain Toy, told TDmonthly.
Awards: 2011 Finalist for ASTRA's Best Toys for Kids
— Melodie Ingwersen, owner of Creative Kids Inc in Columbia, S.C., told TDmonthly in an April 2012 survey about best selling infant & toddler products that they sell 2-3 dozen Tobbles each month. 5/27/2011 (Price: $24.95)

Roylco Straws & Connectors Structure Pack by ROYLCO INC
Roylco Straws & Connectors Structure Pack by ROYLCO INC

Kids can design a structure, then throw the big blue veil over top. The heavy duty straws are strong enough to support the veil, yet flexible enough to bend and curve. Set includes illustrated guide. "This set allows children to build a structure large enough to actually crawl into. The included fabric veil adds dimension to the structure," Sandra Smith, sales assistant at Roylco Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: January 2011. 5/27/2011 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

OgoBild Pod by OGOSPORT, LLC
OgoBild Pod by OGOSPORT, LLC

The Pod is the newest product in the OgoBild line. The set offers a combination of active and constructive play. Kids can build their own sculpture, or build their own space. Kids can experiment with the flexibility of the Pod for hours of dynamic, inventive play. The set includes 12 of the OgoBild rubber balls and 30 ball to ball 24" connectors. This product offers play for multiple children. "The Pod does not easily come apart - it can be thrown around and manipulated without the connector pieces popping out of the OgoBild rubber balls," Mary Kate Cowell, sales manager at OgoSport LLC, told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2011. 5/27/2011 (Price: $39.99)

Z.A.C. the ZOOB Alien Creature by INFINITOY
Z.A.C. the  ZOOB Alien Creature by INFINITOY

Inspired by kids’ submissions to Infinitoy’s online gallery, Z.A.C. the ZOOB Alien Creature gives kids all the tools they need to build their own aliens. Using specially-colored ZOOB pieces (including glow-in-the-dark pieces), and light-up eyes, kids can build aliens, a rocket, a UFO, a radio telescope, and lots more. This set includes 200 ZOOB pieces, 12 glow-in-the-dark pieces, 2 light-up eyes with batteries, and complete instructions. Launch date: September 2011. 5/27/2011 (Price: $39.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Fastback H2H by INFINITOY
Fastback H2H by INFINITOY

The ZOOBMobile FastBack H2H features two pull-back friction motors, so kids can create their own ZOOBMobiles and race them against each other, or put the motors together to make a super vehicle that goes up to 50 feet. The Fastback H2H features 45 ZOOB pieces, and 8 high-quality tires that are notched so they work like gears. Because ZOOB® pieces snap together so many different ways, kids can use their imaginations to create their own vehicles, and add on pieces from their ZOOB collections to make even more. The FastBack H2H is fully compatible with all other Infinitoy ZOOB pieces. Launch date: September 2011. 5/27/2011 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

ZOOB JR. Scooter by INFINITOY
ZOOB JR. Scooter by INFINITOY

ZOOB is a building set with a difference—the pieces move after kids put them together. So kids can play with their creations, instead of just looking at them. ZOOB JR. provides ZOOB’s award-winning creative play with softer pieces designed for young children. ZOOB JR. pieces are made with a special memory material that flexes and goes back to its original shape, so they bend, move, and snap together snugly. And just like ZOOB, ZOOB JR.'s open-ended versatility lets kids build anything they want to build as it sparks young imaginations. The ZOOB JR. Scooter includes 18 ZOOB JR. pieces, 4 wheels, and instructions for 17 creations, such as a scooter, a mini go-cart, a skateboarder, and a spinning robot (but kids can make up lots more). The instructions require no reading, and are printed on sturdy cards. Launch date: September 2011. 5/27/2011 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions by KLUTZ
LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions by KLUTZ

LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions is a brand-new book of brand-new, high-performance projects. From the supercharged Speedster to the Squeezeclaw Grabber to the Wall Rocket Racer — all these contraptions spin, stretch, speed, or otherwise spring into action. And all of them are totally buildable thanks to super-clear instructions and step-by-step diagrams. Every single one of the 16 projects can be constructed using just the custom selection of LEGO® bricks that come with the book.
— As of 05/12/2011 this product had 4.7 out of 5 stars from 15 reviews on Amazon.com. Cons: Some contraptions run slowly; the included rubber bands wear out with time.
— "Klutz Lego contraptions is by far our biggest seller," Mary Porter Green, owner of The Curiosity Zone in Asburn, Va., told TDmonthly in late Spring 2011.
— Want this? As of 05/11/2011 this product was available at The Curiosity Zone. 5/11/2011 (Price: $21.95)

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