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Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid by HASBRO INC.
Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid by HASBRO INC.

This is one sidekick who definitely comes in handy! Your R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid figure is packed with all kinds of features to help you fight the dark side—or just have fun throughout your day. This exciting little friend rolls, spins “dances” and plays music, “remembers” and reacts to famous Star Wars characters, guards your room, plays multiple games and can even find and follow you! And with awesome features like an illuminating light beam, infrared location sensors, an adaptable droid mood status indicator, a rotating dome, motorized indoor-terrain treads, a beverage holder and manipulator arm and special “secret” features, this figure is sure to keep the fun going for “light years”! 10/28/2015 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

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

Over 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 (Price: $149.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

MiPô by WOWWEE GROUP LTD.
MiP™ by WOWWEE GROUP LTD.

Meet MiP, Your New Robot Friend! Equipped with GestureSense™ technology, any hand motion controls MiP. Using its free app, you can drive it, play games & more all while MiP balances on two wheels!
Awards: 2015 TIA Innovative Toy of the Year 2/14/2015 (Price: $99.99)

LEGO Technic Cargo Plane by LEGO
LEGO Technic Cargo Plane by LEGO

Zoom down the runway and off on another tough cargo mission with the biggest and most demanding LEGO® Technic plane yet. This is so much more than just a model, as it has a range of real-world functions to help it do its job. Move the joystick and watch the flaps, elevators and ailerons move, then activate the LEGO® Power Functions motors to open the front and rear cargo bay, retract the landing gear and spin the propellers. It’s just like the real thing! Rebuilds into a Transport Hovercraft.
Awards: 2015 TIA Educational Toy of the Year 2/14/2015 (Price: $139.99)

Zoomer Dino by SPIN MASTER TOYS
Zoomer Dino by SPIN MASTER TOYS

Control him if you can! Boomer is the incredible Zoomer Dino that only you can tame! With real dinosaur movements, sounds and incredible dino-sense abilities, Boomer can detect when you’re nearby and interacting with him. But watch out! Just like a real Dino he can get angry, spin around, chomp and roar! Using True Balance Technology™, Boomer perfectly balances on two wheels as he roams freely, exploring your home. Use your hands or the included controller to tame his Dino nature and build your friendship. But, don’t make him mad by pulling his tail! He doesn’t like it! He might even let out dino-sized burps and farts! Become a true dino master and control him if you can with Zoomer Dino!
Awards: 2015 TIA Toy of the Year, 2015 TIA Boy Toy of the Year 2/14/2015 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Edison Kit by LIGHTUP, INC.
Edison Kit by LIGHTUP, INC.

LightUp combines the best of both worlds by bringing together an engaging hands-on electronics platform with an interactive iOS mobile app. LightUp kits introduce key STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts, teaching kids how to explore their world with electronics and code. Snap together magnetic blocks to build circuits in seconds (no soldering or wiring needed). Download the free LightUp Learning iOS app for project ideas and personalized guidance. See electricity flow with the in-app augmented reality LightUp Lens. Learn 100+ key STEM concepts about electricity, circuits, and engineering with the Edison Kit. 2/14/2015 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Kingii Dragon Robot by OWI INC.
Kingii Dragon Robot by OWI INC.

Native to Australia, chalamydosaurus kingii or frilled lizard is one of the wackiest lizards to roam planet Earth. So in order to keep young lizard enthusiasts out of harm’s way, OWI has created a freakish robot lizard that is actually fun to play with. The Kingii Dragon Robot is a smart super lizard with artificial intelligence (AI). Similar to the original from Australia, when this robot feels threatened, it gapes its mouth, flashes its eyes, and dramatically spreads and flaps its frill (pleated material that encircles its head) in a threatening manner. If you are not intimidated by these shenanigans, it then turns around, front and back legs erratically move as if it were scampering away from danger.

Kingii Dragon Robot by OWI has an infrared sensor that is programmed to “escape” or “follow-me”. If the infrared sensor is activated in the “escape” mode the robot will automatically act “shocked!”, spreading its frill, dropping its jaw, illuminates its bicolor LED eyes and will scurry away from you until it escapes to a safe distance. If the infrared sensor is switched to the “follow-me” mode using the 2 way function switch, then the robot will assess danger by bluffing the attacker (unfurling and shaking its frill). When the robot does not sense danger it will proceed to follow you like a pet lizard. Thank goodness, that unlike the wacky frilled lizard that roams in Australia’s tropical woodland, OWI’s Kingii Dragon Robot is whimsically kooky and fun to build.

 11/18/2014 (Price: $41.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

O2 Power Racer by OWI INC.
O2 Power Racer by OWI INC.

Gasoline is currently the fuel of choice, but petroleum used to make it is becoming increasingly difficult to find and is contributing to environmental issues and worldwide problems. Automobile manufacturers know this and are spending tremendous amounts of money to develop alternative fuel for the future. A few years ago, OWI introduced a Salt Water Fuel Cell vehicle and is now introducing another alternative fuel and eco-friendly vehicle. Let us introduce you

Air as fuel...could possibly be another alternative to petroleum. Air is available 24/7, does not run out and it’s free. By golly, we might have something here and OWI’s O2 Power Racer can break down this technology to its simplest form. This is an amazing kit that uses the vision of our ancestors back in the middle of the 19thcentury. Now, your child can gain valuable insight into propulsion via compressed air.

Assembly and operation is a breeze. A pump-up bar with a pressure meter is built into the car for easy operation. This meter measures the volume of compressed air. The air chamber is a silicon tube (not a PVC tube used by others). The silicon tube creates an air tight fit. Another safety device implemented into the kit is a safety valve. If the user keeps pumping while the tank is full, the safety valve will open and bleed the air automatically. Anyway, back to the air in the tank. When the air chamber is full, you can release the compressed air; the air then expands and drives the vehicle a distance up to 50 meters in 35 seconds. The car is fast and furious fun that requires no batteries or specific weather conditions to limit its usage. OWI’s O2 Power Racer is not only designed with the environment in mind, but is also fun and easy to build! 11/18/2014 (Price: $25.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

HEXBUG Aquabot 2.0 with Fishbowl by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.
HEXBUG Aquabot 2.0 with Fishbowl by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.

Part pet, part toy, the HEXBUG Aquabot 2.0 provides kids with the fun experience of having a pet fish, without all the messy clean-up. The portable fishbowl allows kids to bring their pet fish with them wherever they go! Includes repositionable background and name tag. HEXBUG Aquabot 2.0 is available in two styles, the Angelfish and Hammerhead Shark, and ten translucent colors. The Aquabot 2.0 swimmers are equipped with an inner pulsating LED glow and a hi-tech sensor allowing you to wake the sleeping fish by tapping on the tank. Styles and colors are selected randomly at time of shipment based on availability.
— Mary Tague from Toy Town in Key Biscayne, Fla., told TDmonthly in an April 2015 survey that the Aquabot was their best-selling bath toy. 9/22/2014 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

LittleBits Space Kit by LITTLEBITS ELECTRONICS INC
LittleBits Space Kit by LITTLEBITS ELECTRONICS INC

Scientists have been exploring the earth and space science from as early as 4900 B.C. From ancient Egyptians, to Galileo, to Neil deGrasse Tyson, the secrets of the cosmos have kept us wondering, observing and learning. The littleBits Space Kit will enable anyone to build their own space investigations with little to no engineering knowledge. Included is a handy 30+ page booklet, with step-by-step instructions for 10 great projects like the ISS and Mars Rover. You'll also receive 2 9V battery + cables - everything you need to get started right out of the box. 6/29/2014 (Price: $189.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Ignition Series Electric Fan by THAMES & KOSMOS
Ignition Series Electric Fan by THAMES & KOSMOS

Build a working electric fan using a circuit that consists of a fan blade rotor, electric motor, LED, resistor, switch, and battery holder. Learn how motors work, the role each electronic component plays in the circuit, and how fan blades push air to make wind.
— In a January 2015 survey, four out of 10 retailers told TDmonthly that Thames & Kosmos was their best-selling brand of STEM toys. 6/29/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Cubelets KT06 Kit by MODULAR ROBOTICS
Cubelets KT06 Kit by MODULAR ROBOTICS

The KT06 kit contains 6 Cubelets and is a great way to get started with modular robotics. With KT06, you can create simple mobile and reactive Cubelet robots. 6/23/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

HEXBUG Nano V2 High 5 by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.
HEXBUG Nano V2 High 5 by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.

Features five evolved Nanos, sporting new looks, with three rubber spines on their backs, as well as a new system of tubular tracks that highlight the Nano V2’s unique multi-level climbing abilities. The Nano V2 can climb through tubes on its feet or on its back, and can pass another bug in a single tube to avoid a traffic jam. It can even flip to its feet when landing on its back on an open flat surface. Compatible with all other V2 sets. 5/6/2014 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

HEXBUG Strandbeast XL: Orange by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.
HEXBUG Strandbeast XL: Orange by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.

The Strandbeast XL is 50% larger than the original Strandbeast, and features a mesmerizing eight-legged walking mechanism that gives it a graceful, smooth-walking stride. Includes a dual-channel remote control that allows the user to independently operate each side of the Strandbeast’s legs. HEXBUG Strandbeast XL is compliant with CPSIA standards. 5/6/2014 (Price: $39.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Makerbot Replicator Mini by MAKERBOT
Makerbot Replicator Mini by MAKERBOT

Unleash creativity with an educational, entertaining, and useful 3D printer. Choose from hundreds of thousands of free, predesigned, and ready-to-print educational, entertaining, and useful 3D models on Thingiverse. For even more design possibilities, pair the MakerBot Replicator Mini with the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Top Toy Debut Award 4/29/2014 (Price: $1375.00)

Tinkerbots by KINEMATICS
Tinkerbots by KINEMATICS

Kinematics is a modular robotic construction kit, consisting of kinetic modules and adaptor blocks, which can be connected freely and without the use of cables. Kinematics is suitable for children from the age of 5 years and upwards, and with no computer skills being necessary, they may build interactive robots which have the ability to move. Exploring and playing with the Kinematic Blocks introduces children to the world of mechanics, sensors and renewable energy. The construction kit is a highly entertaining and useful teaching tool with an intuitive interface. The adaptor blocks enable Kinematics to be connected to other leading construction kits.

 4/10/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

MOSS Modular Robot Basic Builder Kit by MODULAR ROBOTICS
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 (Price: $149.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Sphero 2B by ORBOTIX
Sphero 2B by ORBOTIX

This budget successor to Orbotix’s popular smartphone-controlled ball is fast, handles well and can stop on a dime. The iOS and Android controlled Sphero 2B was first shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show last month. It’s in the prototype stages, but it still works like a charm. 3/12/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

T4 Transforming Solar Robot by OWI INC.
T4 Transforming Solar Robot by OWI INC.

OWI’s geek squad, who brought to you the beloved T3 Transforming Solar Robot, has dusted off their labs coats and goggles to concoct their latest triumph…T4 Transforming Solar Robot. "T4" not only has more transformations but also comes equipped with larger parts, meaning that your younger child does not have to be excluded from partaking in some high quality robot fun. “T4” is completely solar-powered so you never need to buy batteries. Not only will "T4" provide your child with a new understanding of solar power as a source of renewable energy, but will also get your kids outdoors for some wholesome fun in the sun. This kit gives your child the option to easily transform between one of four different modes: Robot – walking legs as well as moving wheels, Insecta – 6 walking legs as well as moving jaws, T-Rex -2 walking legs and moving jaws, and Drill Vehicle – similar to a miner’s driller/drilling bit and moving wheels. If your children are glued to smart-phones, give them an opportunity to acquire solar power knowledge, learn about mechanical transmissions, and get them outside to play. Amazingly, you might find yourself engaged in conversation with your child, thanks to their newly acquired “expertise”! 2/26/2014 (Price: $19.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Super Solar Recycler by OWI INC.
Super Solar Recycler by OWI INC.

Think twice before discarding that 1985 CD-ROM, don’t throw away that aluminum can, and pick up that plastic bottle left under the couch. We can use them with our state-of-the-art, eco-friendly educational toy kit that will stretch your child’s imagination while allowing them to take part in the joy of recycling. The Super Solar Recycler Kit is powered completely by natural light so you never have to worry about batteries! In addition to your newly discovered treasures, all you need to get started is included in this kit (solar panel, motor and instruction). Your children can recycle a can of their favorite soft drink to create Street Roller and Walking Robot, create Bottle Yacht, Drummer Robot and Flying Bird using a plastic water bottle, and even turn your old scratched CD’s into the super cool CD Racer.
— Mark Rosenblum from Hobbytown in Fairfield, Conn., told TDmonthly in a January 2015 survey that OWI was their best-selling brand of STEM toys.

 2/26/2014 (Price: $19.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

HEXBUG Nano V2 Hurricane Set by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.
HEXBUG Nano V2 Hurricane Set by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.

Introducing an all new breed of gravity defying HEXBUG Nanos. These Nano V2 bugs can now climb up vertically, horizontally, around corners, through loops and tubes, to the tip top of any Nano V2 habitat set. The HEXBUG Nano V2 Hurricane set features an evolved Nano, sporting a new look, with three rubber spines on its back, as well as a new system of tubular tracks that highlight the Nano V2's unique multi-level climbing abilities. The HEXBUG Nano V2 is a tiny, micro robotic creature that uses the physics of vibration to scurry up through multiple levels of tubes, as high as the V2 set will take it, to explore its environment. The quick little critter possesses an uncanny sense of balance, capable of crawling through tubes on its feet or on its back and can pass another bug in a single tube to avoid a traffic jam. The Nano V2 will even flip to its feet when landing on its back on an open flat surface. 9/26/2013 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Romo The Smartphone Robot by ROMOTIVE INC
Romo The Smartphone Robot by ROMOTIVE INC

Romo is a revolutionary mobile robotic platform that uses your smartphone as its brain. When connected to any iOS device, Romo becomes a friendly robotic avatar that wanders around your home or school. Romo is the first personal robot built for everyone. He's small but sturdy, fast, and his behaviors evolve the more you use him. At Romotive, we believe everyone - whether you're 7 or 70 - should have a robot that loves you with every cog in his heart. Romo's simple to use drag and drop programming language lets even kids with no computer science experience create and share new behaviors and personalities for their robot. Romo teaches kids about science, technology, engineering, and math in a super fun, intuitive way - by given them their own personal robot pet to program. Launch date: January 2013. 1/8/2013 (Price: $150.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Furby, Cotton Candy by HASBRO INC.
Furby, Cotton Candy by HASBRO INC.

Time to dust off the FURBISH dictionary because FURBY is back and ready to take the world by storm. Kids had better be prepared because FURBY has A MIND OF ITS OWN. Feed it, speak to it, tickle it, play music for it, and shake, tilt or turn your FURBY upside down. But be warned - how kids treat their FURBY will shape its personality.Kids can also download a free app to help them translate FURBISH, as well as virtually feed their FURBY and other interactive features. App is optional and works with iPad, iPod touch and iPhone with iOS 4.2 or later. Launch date: 2012. 12/5/2012 (Price: $59.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Nano Mutant Glow in the Dark Skeleton Zombie by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.
Nano Mutant Glow in the Dark Skeleton Zombie by INNOVATION FIRST LABS, INC.

Get a robotic creature that behaves just as a real bug would. This robotic HEXBUG Halloween Nano speeds around in random patterns, finds its way around obstacles and more all by using vibration-propelled movements. Each one comes with a unique registration number too, so kids can register their HEXBUG online and earn points, play games and learn scientific facts.
— Jessica Wood from Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vt., told TDmonthly in a Winter 2012 survey that Halloweeen Hexbugs were their top-selling Halloween toy. 10/24/2012 (Price: $8.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Furby - Teal by HASBRO INC.
Furby - Teal by HASBRO INC.

New FURBY looks great in any color, but Teal FURBY seems to be our most popular so far. Maybe it's the luxuriant teal sheen of its fur, or the way the teal sets off the bright yellow-gold of its eyes. With a mind of its own, the new Hasbro Teal FURBY will develop its personality based on how kids play with it. It will dance to their favorite songs. Put it in a room with a few of its friends and they'll interact with each other in all sorts of hilarious ways while speaking either English or the special FURBY language, FURBISH. Launch date: 2012. 9/19/2012 (Price: $54.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

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