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TDmonthly's ToyFair 2006 Preview--Animal Figures Product Category



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Mini EduAnimals by EDUSHAPE LTD.
Mini EduAnimals by EDUSHAPE LTD.

These soft flexible mini edulocks include 6 soft animals that attach to the blocks, too. This toy can enhance shape and color recognition plus help develop fine-motor skills. There are 28 pieces in a set. (Watch the Mini EduAnimals Video Watch Video) 10/20/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Star Willow Stables Leah May by MANHATTAN TOY
Star Willow Stables Leah May by MANHATTAN TOY

Leah May’s soft hair is ideal for hours of brushing and braiding, while her pink highlighted eyes and silver sparkly hooves are sure to delight any girl’s fancy. Leah May comes with her own hairbrush and a sweet pastel-patterned saddle blanket. 10/15/2009 (Price: $30.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Kentucky by CLAY-MATES USA
Kentucky by CLAY-MATES USA

This tiny little animal figurine is a racehorse handmade of porcelain clay. Launch date: October 19, 2009.
— “We sell about 400 [Clay-mates] in a month,” Marianne Kearns, owner of Second Star to the Right in Bridgehampton, N.Y., told TDmonthly in fall 2009. 10/12/2009 (Price: $2.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Animal Bands by TOYSMITH
Animal Bands by TOYSMITH

These colorful rubber bands function like traditional bands  but feature fun animal shapes when not holding something together.
— "We got 270 packages on Thursday and were sold out by Saturday morning. High school, middle school and elementary school kids are all buying them," Katie Rook, owner of Be Beep A Toy Shop in Columbia, S.C., told TDmonthly in fall 2009.
Editors Note: This item is very similar to the Animal Rubber Bands by Eastern Accent Int'l, first reported by TDmonthly in 2005. (Watch the Animal Bands Video Watch Video) 10/6/2009 (Price: $2.50) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Long Neck Giraffe by I LOVE MY PLANET TOYS
Long Neck Giraffe by I LOVE MY PLANET TOYS

This whimsical giraffe has a poseable neck for playtime fun. It is made from naturally sustainable rubberwood and organic cotton fabric. "Our toys educate children, encourage them to use their imaginations, and provide knowledge to help make eco-conscious decisions," Michael Daner, president of I Love My Planet Toys, told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 7, 2009. (Watch the Long Neck Giraffe Video Watch Video) 10/5/2009 (Price: $25) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Pop Up Lion by I LOVE MY PLANET TOYS
Pop Up Lion by I LOVE MY PLANET TOYS

This twist on the classic jack in the box features the king of the jungle in an intricate, wood-burned design on the rubberwood box. It is made from naturally sustainable rubberwood and organic cotton fabric. "At I Love My Planet Toys, we pride ourselves on offering eco-friendly toys that retain quality without compromising affordability!" Michael Daner, president of I Love My Planet Toys, told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 7, 2009. (Watch the Pop Up Lion Video Watch Video) 10/5/2009 (Price: $32.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Papo - Texan Bull by HOTALING IMPORTS
Papo - Texan Bull by HOTALING IMPORTS

The Texan Bull is part of the Farm Life Series by Papo, featuring detailed artwork on hand-painted figurines. Launch date: April 2009. (Watch the Papo - Texan Bull Video Watch Video) 8/27/2009 (Price: $3.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Papo - Sea Turtle by HOTALING IMPORTS
Papo - Sea Turtle by HOTALING IMPORTS

This hand-painted Turtle Caouanne is a 2009 addition to the Papo Sea Animals Collection. "The realism, poses, movement, detail and quality that Papo offers," set these figurines apart, Brian Shackelton, operations manager for Hotaling Imports, told TDmonthly. Launch date: April 2009. 8/27/2009 (Price: $2.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Papo - Lioness with Cub by HOTALING IMPORTS
Papo - Lioness with Cub by HOTALING IMPORTS

The Papo Lioness with cub is created with detail and designed to authentically display how lionesses really carry around their cubs. "[The] Papo wildlife series is easily the best-quality figure for the price," Brian Shackelton, operations manager for Hotaling Imports, told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 15, 2006. (Watch the Papo - Lioness with Cub Video Watch Video) 8/27/2009 (Price: $6.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Gentle Giraffe On The Go by CLOUD B
Gentle Giraffe On The Go by CLOUD B

Gentle Giraffe On The Go helps recreate sleep time routines by bringing familiar soothing sounds while away from home. Gentle Giraffe’s unique Serengeti sounds aim to take a child on a magical journey while effortlessly transforming unknown surroundings to a more familiar environment. It features four peaceful sounds, push-button sound selection with volume control, and two sleep-timer options, plus more, and may be used for all ages. Gentle Giraffe On The Go is part of the Cloud B Endangered Species Series, which helps bring awareness to animal friends who need our attention. A portion of every purchase goes to Conservation International. This product received a 2009 NAPPA Honors award, a 2009 iParenting Media Award for Outstanding Product in the Toy Category, a 2009 Creative Child Top Choice of the Year Award in the Travel-Soothing Sleep Aids for Kids Category, a 2009 Seal of Approval from the National Parenting Center, and a 2009 Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children's Product Award. Launch date: June 2009. 8/19/2009 (Price: $24)

The Cats of Baseball by TRADE WINDS ADVERTISING INC.
The Cats of Baseball by TRADE WINDS ADVERTISING INC.

The Cats of Baseball is an original character series depicting teams of cats playing baseball and their ongoing stories in cartoons, figurines, games and trading cards. "No character series has ever featured stories about cats with baseball cards, playing team baseball. The Cats of Baseball collection is designed for a wide range of children's toys and apparel," Victoria Oldham, co-president of Trade Winds Advertising Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: August 10, 2009. 8/19/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Norman PhartEphant™ - the Farting Elephant by FIERCE FUN TOYS LLC
Norman PhartEphant™ - the Farting Elephant by FIERCE FUN TOYS LLC

The soft, squeezable, 10"-round Norman PhartEphant produces eight different fart sounds with each gentle squeeze of his tail. "Norman PhartEphant appeals to all ages, and brings silly to any situation. He has become a gift of choice in hospital gift shops and even hit the corporate world as a gift to give the person that has everything. Really, who doesn't want a farting elephant?" Angela Larson, in sales at Fierce Fun Toys, told TDmonthly. This product has received the following awards: Great Dad Recommended: Seal of Approval - 2009; The Toy Man: Seal of Approval - 2009; and The Toy Man: Editors Choice Award - 2009. Launch date: June 2009. (Watch the Norman PhartEphant™ - the Farting Elephant Video Watch Video) 8/19/2009 (Price: $24.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Ladybug Ruffle Blouse by DECAF PLUSH
Ladybug Ruffle Blouse by DECAF PLUSH

This bright, polka-dot ruffle flower print shirt features a ladybug applique crafted from synthetic washable felt. It is available for both infant and toddler girls 6-12m up to 6T. The blouse showcases a "unique and original animal [and] fruit and street illustrations crafted in washable, synthetic felt!" Kimberly Murray, designer for decaf plush, toldTDmonthly. Launch date: March 2010. 8/19/2009 (Price: $52.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Carnegie Dinosaur Collectibles Tylosaurus by SAFARI LTD.®
Carnegie Dinosaur Collectibles Tylosaurus by SAFARI LTD.®

Safari's Carnegie Collection is a line of detailed dinosaur models whose features have been authenticated by the paleontologists at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which houses the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world. Measuring almost a foot long, the finned Tylosaurus is hand painted and intended to come to life in the hands of a child, transporting him back to the age of the dinosaurs. 
― “Dinosaurs from Safari are good sellers,” said David Campbell, owner of Amazing Toys in Great Falls, Mont., during a July 2009 survey of top-selling action and play figures.
― Three of 49 retailers said in summer 2009 that dinosaur figurines are the most in-demand play figures in their stores. 8/11/2009 (Price: $15.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Forest Raccoon by SAFARI LTD.®
Forest Raccoon by SAFARI LTD.®

Standing 3.5” tall and 1.75” long, Safari's Forest Raccoon is a realistic replica of this curious forest dweller. Beginning with detailed sculptures that are then hand painted, Safari's Wild Safari Forest series is designed for the hands of a smaller child. Whether roaming a back yard or more exotic flights of fancy, the Forest Raccoon is intended to be a long-time companion in pretend play.
― “We probably sell four to five a day, but it depends on the time of year. In fourth quarter we sell hundreds,” said Kenneth Young, owner of Fundamentals Creative Toys, who told TDmonthly in summer 2009 that Safari is a top-selling brand in his Mendina, Ohio, store.
― “Animals by Safari do very well,” said Jeanne McCullough, owner of Children’s Store in Boise, Idaho, of her best-selling action figure during a July 2009 survey.
― Of 49 retailers, seven listed Safari as a top-selling brand in their stores. 8/11/2009 (Price: $3.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Kangaroo by SCHLEICH NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Kangaroo by SCHLEICH NORTH AMERICA, INC.

Intended to reflect nature on a smaller scale, Schleich's detailed model of an alert mother kangaroo carrying her new baby is molded in durable plastic and hand painted. The lifelike detail of her fur, the color variations in her coat, and both animals' faces will help enrich inventive play time. 
― “Schleich animals are a steady seller,” said Kathleen Tutone, owner of Treehouse Toys in Portsmouth, N.H., in July 2009.
― When asked about her best-selling action or play figures, Lesa Smith, owner of Whiz Kids in San Luis Obispo, told TDmonthly, “We really only do the animals, just from Schleich. We love Schleich.”
― Forty-seven percent of 49 retailers said in summer 2009 that Schleich is a top-selling brand in their stores. 8/11/2009 (Price: $5.49) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

"It's a Zoo in Here" Porcelain Night Light by UNIQUE PRODUX INC.
"It's a Zoo in Here" Porcelain Night Light by UNIQUE PRODUX INC.

This detailed night light includes a 4-watt bulb and swivel plug. Launch date: July 15, 2009. 8/6/2009 (Price: $17.95)

Our Orphaned Owls by FIVE STAR PUBLICATIONS INC.
Our Orphaned Owls by FIVE STAR PUBLICATIONS INC.

One night, a big storm hits the farm. High winds and rain sweep through the tree where a mother and father owl are caring for their babies. During the storm, the mother owl disappears. The father owl doesn’t know what to do. Can Farmer Samuel and his wife save them? Launch date: September 2009. 8/6/2009 (Price: $15.95)

Stinky Little Scroungy by FIVE STAR PUBLICATIONS INC.
Stinky Little Scroungy by FIVE STAR PUBLICATIONS INC.

Farmer Samuel’s nephew Mossy discovers a dirty, smelly, and very sick puppy hidden in a box of rags. There is no time to spare. Will they be able to save him? They have to act fast! This tale is part of a four-book series of real stories from a California pet sanctuary, in which author Samuel Lopez records the rescue and restoration of unwanted animals. Launch date: September 2009. 8/6/2009 (Price: $15.95)

The Miracle of the Little Kitten by FIVE STAR PUBLICATIONS INC.
The Miracle of the Little Kitten by FIVE STAR PUBLICATIONS INC.

Farmer Samuel can hear a little kitten calling for help. He searches everywhere but he can’t find him. Just when he’s about given up hope of finding the kitten, here comes his dog Stinky Little Scroungy. Scroungy has something gray and furry in his mouth. Is it the kitten? This story is one in a series of real-life tales from a northern California pet sanctuary. Launch date: September 2009. 8/6/2009 (Price: $15.95)

The Three-Legged Kitten by FIVE STAR PUBLICATIONS INC.
The Three-Legged Kitten by FIVE STAR PUBLICATIONS INC.

A kitten flies out of the window of a speeding car and bounces across the road. The kitten is badly injured. Can Farmer Samuel find her in time? Even if he does, would the little kitten let him help her? "In these four inspiring, real-life stories from a pet sanctuary in northern California, young readers will achieve a deeper understanding of the need to care for and about all animals. Author Samuel Lopez writes about taking in unwanted and abandoned animals, restoring them to health and finding them new homes," Sue Defabis, project manager for Five Star Publications, told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 2009. 8/6/2009 (Price: $15.95)

Hippopotamus by HOLZTIGER
Hippopotamus by HOLZTIGER

This hippo is handcrafted out of hardwood and features non-toxic, watercolor paints and a clear watercolor sealant. (Watch the Hippopotamus Video Watch Video) 8/5/2009 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Hanno the Gorilla by AREAWARE
Hanno the Gorilla by AREAWARE

Designed by David Weeks and made from sustainably harvested beech wood, Hanno features a sturdy hardwood frame and measures 12" x 6.5" x 3.5". He has elastic-band "muscles" and is named after the Greek voyager who found gorillas 2,500 years ago. 7/20/2009 (Price: $75.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Organic Sleepy Bear by NAP INC.
Organic Sleepy Bear by NAP INC.

Organic Sleepy Bear wears a baby bear on its belly in a baby carrier. The adult bear, baby bear and baby carrier are made out of 100-percent organic cotton. There are no loose parts considered a choking hazard. Sleepy bear is cream-colored and the baby bear carrier comes in khaki. "The new organic teddy bear is made from the softest organic cotton produced in accordance with the requirements of the Organic Exchange 100 Standard and contains no pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers or any other chemicals. It is perfect for baby’s first friend or children of all ages," Ria Romano, PR manager for NAP, Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: July 2009. (Watch the Organic Sleepy Bear Video Watch Video) 7/19/2009 (Price: $29.95)

Roley Poley Animals by WILD APPLES
Roley Poley Animals by WILD APPLES

This collection of little animals on wheels includes the following designs constructed from various American hardwoods: anaconda, alligator, bear, chimpanzee, cow, elephant, giraffe, horse, kangaroo and rabbit. They are finished with non-toxic mineral oil. Each measures approximately 3" x 2" x 1.5". (Watch the Roley Poley Animals Video Watch Video) 7/15/2009 (Price: $4.75) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

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